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nikiiszard Calculating status...
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Jan 8, 2011 9:58 PM
I opened iMovie earlier this evening and noticed my projects and events were nowhere to be found. I tried to import movies, and it would not let me, let alone bring up the dialog box. I looked at my iPhoto events in the side panel, and noticed that my movies in iPhoto were not showing up. I thought it might be a problem with an update, so I updated the software, but nothing changed, even after restarting. I opened the iMovie folders and didn't notice anything out of the ordinary. Is anyone else having the same problem, or has anyone else fixed it?
Macbook, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Andy Macpherson Calculating status...
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    Jan 8, 2011 10:22 PM (in response to nikiiszard)
    I am experiencing exactly the same problem. I downloaded from store and installed it. All good. I added in the latest videos from iPhoto and also from my camera. Still all good. I come back two days later to edit the films and iMovie was empty, and like yourself I am unable to import or open any of my files.

    If anyone can help it would greatly appreciated.

    Message was edited by: Andy Macpherson
    2 Ghz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 2 GB 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRAM
  • gramsmi Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2011 12:37 AM (in response to nikiiszard)
    I have the same problem, can anyone help?
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • achimbaur Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2011 1:15 AM (in response to gramsmi)
    Same problem here. The projects and the events window are empty all of a sudden. I also can't import movie clips.

    Using the Finder I still see my project files in the appropriate folder. But in iMovie it appears as if all my projects and all my events are gone (which is a really scary thought).

    I have Time Machine enabled but I don't know exactly how this would help me in this case.

    Help, please!
    iMac 27" i5, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • zhoukeke Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2011 6:14 AM (in response to nikiiszard)
    I had the same problem. All my events and projects are missing. In the mean time, iMovie even doesn't allow me to import new video and create new project. It's totally disabled. I tried to call Apple support telephone, it played music for tem minutes and nobody pick up the call. What a sad experience! Can anybody help?
    Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), iLife installed
  • Macs4Maine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 6:23 AM (in response to nikiiszard)
    Solution!

    Go to Users > [your account] > Library > Preferences

    Find this file:
    com.apple.iMovieApp.plist

    Move it out of the Preferences folder.

    Launch iMovie. It should rebuild the Events Library, iPhoto thumbnails, etcs. And your Projects will return.

    It worked for me.

    (Whew, that was scary!).

    Good luck, all!
    MacBook (alu), Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Ilya Kuznetsov Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2011 6:35 AM (in response to Macs4Maine)
    It is working!
    iMac i5, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • gramsmi Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 9:19 AM (in response to Macs4Maine)
    Thank you for posting the solution. !!! Great, it works !!!

    Message was edited by: gramsmi
    MacBook, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Macs4Maine Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 10:10 AM (in response to nikiiszard)
    Good - it's a simple prefs file problem.

    But does anybody have any idea what caused this?

    The only thing I did since yesterday, before iMovie lost the Projects and Events, was upload to YouTube (from iMovie), and start using an Apple TV (sweet!).
    MacBook (alu), Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • Jim2006 Level 2 Level 2 (360 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 10:57 AM (in response to Macs4Maine)
    But does anybody have any idea what caused this?


    I don't, but if someone still has the problem see if you are getting any output from iMovie in the console. That may have clues to what causes this problem.
    Mac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • JamesMcWhorter Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2011 12:09 PM (in response to nikiiszard)
    Great find, Macs4Maine. I think you saved all of us a lot of headache and frustation. I followed your instructions and it works great for me.

    Danke!
    13 Inch MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.6), http://JamesMcWhorter.com
  • achimbaur Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 12:09 PM (in response to Macs4Maine)
    Thanks Macs4Maine, you've made my day!
    Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • Andy Macpherson Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 9, 2011 1:53 PM (in response to Macs4Maine)
    Thanks Macs4Maine - much appreciated.

    I noticed the problem replicated itself when I reopened it and selected to update movies from iPhoto NOW. I repeated your solution and this time when it prompted, I selected to update movies LATER.

    Thanks again
    2 Ghz Intel Core Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.6), 2 GB 667 Mhz DDR2 SDRAM
  • zeliegirl Calculating status...
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    Jan 9, 2011 4:11 PM (in response to Macs4Maine)
    This happened to me today. I suspect it was a recent software update issue. I recall installing some iLife updates the other day and suddenly a number of us are experiencing this problem. Coincidence? Unlikely.
    iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
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