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451 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Dec 11, 2005 2:21 PM by catspaw RSS
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Dec 10, 2005 9:40 PM
I was importing quicktime file's into iMovie and a few were not importing for some reason. So, I closed the application, but when I tried reopening, it wouldn't. I ejected my external firewire drive to restart the computer. When I dragged the external to the trash, it ejected, but the trash became full. I opened the trash to see a folder named "Mac OS" and inside a contents file named "iMovie". I dragged it to the desktop and tried reopening iMovie but nothing happened. I have no idea how that folder appeared in the trash and why iMovie stopped opening. I am desperately in need of iMovie and would greatly appreciate possible technical support or ideas on how to open iMovie on my computer. thank you.
iMac G5, Mac OS X (10.3.9)
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
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    Dec 10, 2005 10:52 PM (in response to csmeidell)
    Hi csmeidell - welcome to iMovie Discussions!
    It would possibly help if we knew what sort of QT files you were attempting to import to iMovie.
    Also, that iMovie file in the trash - file or folder? If you still have it, click it and then go Command-I to get info about it. What does it tell you?
    Try a few clean-up tasks:
    1. Repair Permissions (Utilities>Disk Utility).
    2. Go to Users>Library>Preferences and trash the com.apple.imovie.plist

    Is your external drive formatted Mac OS Extended as it should be? Did you use it to store any of your iMovie project?
    No answers yet, just questions!
    ””
    G5 Dual 2.0 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.3), 1.5 GB RAM; VidCam: Sony DCR TRV80E
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
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    Dec 10, 2005 11:32 PM (in response to csmeidell)
    Hi csmeidell - make sure you do the other clean-up tasks I suggested.
    Also re-attach your external drive, then select it and go Command-I. In the resulting window you will see how it is formatted. Not sure if a wrongly-formatted disk would do the damage, seeing you had no iMovie files on it, but the potential is there!
    What disks came with your computer? An app. called Pacifist:
    http://www.charlessoft.com/
    will open a Software Install and Restore Disk in order to install a single application (won't work for Tiger),
    ””
    G5 Dual 2.0 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.3), 1.5 GB RAM; VidCam: Sony DCR TRV80E
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
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    Dec 11, 2005 1:23 AM (in response to csmeidell)
    Really pleased it all worked out, and thanks a lot for reporting back.

    Cheers!
    ””
    G5 Dual 2.0 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.3), 1.5 GB RAM; VidCam: Sony DCR TRV80E
  • catspaw Level 5 Level 5 (4,340 points)
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    Dec 11, 2005 2:21 PM (in response to catspaw)
    Brain explosion! Ignore "won't work for Tiger". Cross-pollinated from another post!
    ””
    G5 Dual 2.0 ghz, Mac OS X (10.4.3), 1.5 GB RAM; VidCam: Sony DCR TRV80E

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