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  • bagmag Level 1 (0 points)
    So, I restarted iMovie today and the film project I was making is now 'Empty', yet I can see the project in my imovie projects file, all 1.1 mb of it. Tried importing a back up from external HD and iMovie still doesn't see it, obviously. Events are all still there.

    Closed iMovie, trashed the .plist and reopened, no change. Rebooted, no joy. .plist reappears each time I open iMovie, though content seems different. Just left a comment with Apple iMovie Feedback.

    I have three more projects to complete and export for a publication. I'm in deep doo-doo if this doesn't get solved. Any ideas on a workaround so iMovie can see the project?

  • burdell1 Level 1 (10 points)
    I tried the fix you suggested, but for some strange reason, iMovie still doesn't seem to find the videos. It does rescan iPhoto, but nothing comes up afterward. Is there any other things I should do to make it work?
  • BensDaMan Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks so much, been getting fricken annoyed at iMovie, all fixed now!! I just put it on my desktop, should i delete it or keep it?

  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    You can delete that file once you've restarted iMovie, it will create a new fresh one that doesn't have any defects in it.

  • BensDaMan Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks mate! Everything is working perfect!!

  • MaxPower27 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi. I am having all of these issues with Lion and iMovie 11.  Sometimes it finds the projects and most of the time it does not.  It hangs every time it opens and takes 15-20 minutes to decide whether to open or not (and then it is a lottery whether my events are there or not).  All of the events remain visible in finder in the correct folder.  I did not have this issue before upgrading to Lion, but cannot be sure it is Lion as I had not been in iMovie for some time and it may be that it is a memory issue with so many HD video files in iPhoto.  Any help would be appreciated as this was a package I loved, but which is now working less than 20% of the time and I do not know what to do as it is an intermittent issue (other than never turn the computer off when it happens to be working).  Why does Apple not address this if it has been a common issue!

  • MaxPower27 Level 1 (0 points)

    Had one other thought.  About the same time I set up a separate user for my wife so that we can both access our shared music collection on iTunes, but have separate favourites/playlists etc.  I am wondering whether iMovie 11 has been impacted by this creation of a new user and having now a shared account. I have not done anything to reflect this in iMovie, as the main account (I think) continues to host it.  However, the significant increase in time to open it and hanging rate (most of the time) are a concern on top of the missing projects.  Please help - I would really appreciate being able to use it again this Christmas.  Thanks.

  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    Hello MaxPower27,


    If you upgrade from Snow Leopard to Lion, there's at least 2 things to do as preventive measures to help with iMovie.


    1. Delete the iMovie Preference file


    2. Repair Disk Permissions


    One other step is to turn off Time Machine while you are working in iMovie especially when doing final render/export of projects that are completed.


    To Delete the preferences try this:


    Go to the desktop, look for the Go Menu at the top of the screen. Hold down the Option key and click on Go. This will make the Library option visible so click on Library. Then go to Preferences and look for these two files:



    Drag those two files to the trash. Reboot the Mac. Launch iMovie. See if it starts up the same as before or is slightly different.


    Failing that try booting the computer into Recovery Mode. Restart your Mac and hold down the Command key and the R key (Command-R), and keep holding them until the Apple icon appears, indicating that your Mac is starting up. After the Recovery HD is finished starting up, you should see a desktop with a Mac OS X menu bar and a "Mac OS X Utilities" application window. Note: If you see a login window or your own desktop and icons, it is possible that you didn't hold Command-R early enough. Restart and try again.


    In the Utilities application, launch Disk Utility and from there run Repair Disk Permissions. Let it run until it finishes, then quit the program reboot the Mac. Launch iMovie and see how it presents itself this time 'round.

  • Coolmax Level 2 (195 points)

    Hi MaxPower27,


    Part of the reason I think many people are having issues with iLife products (iMovie, iPhoto etc) is the fact that Apple removed the technicality of their operational requirements in trade for the best easy and fantastic user experience until the day arrives when your iMovie does not work as expected. 


    iLife products gobble up hard drive space, especially with iPhoto and iMovie fast.  Most Mac users have just 1 hard drive and that's their boot drive.  The problem is not apparent when you bought the computer new because the drive is clean and has lots of free space.  When the drive becomes nearly full however, performance will be degraded and issues with large file fragmentation and corruption however rare could happen.  Ideally, you should have all your photos and videos worked and stored on separate drives and leave your boot drive for applications only plus perhaps some minor files that you download from the net.  I have practised this since I first used iLife products many years back and had recommended my clients that had initial problems like yours, went with my suggestion and never had problems afterwards.

  • Coolmax Level 2 (195 points)

    Most of the iLife's slowdown has to do with hard drive access.  Which means that you have the freshest plist that contains just the necessary drive or drives link that you always have online.  Any drive that is offline will take iMovie longer to scan through the media,eventhough you no longer have clips from that drive.  Also, make sure you have clips and projects stored in your fastest drive.  In this case, a FW800 drive or your boot drive.  Don't mix up slow and fast drives all together and string them together with clips strewn everywhere.  iMovie will be at the mercy with the slowest hard drive you had previous clips stored on.  I had a client who had USB 1,NAS RAID and FW800 and couldn't figured out why her iMovie was slow as molasses.  It was determined the NAS RAID and USB 1 drive response time were SLOW.  Removed plist and started over and selected her fast FW800 drive and loading times was then improved.

  • MaxPower27 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Elikness,  What can I say!  I am so very grateful and impressed.  Your first suggestion worked and I am really grateful for the thorough and clear explanation.  Thank you.  iMovie opened within seconds and there were my projects and all seems to be operating smoothly.  I wish you all the best for the festive season and happy new year too.  Thank you!!!!

  • MaxPower27 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Coolmax, Thank you for this.  I will experiment with this and see how things go!  All the best and thanks.

  • elikness Level 4 (2,635 points)

    Happy Holidays and know that as long as you're productive with the software,...That's what's most important. Enjoy, and Good Luck!

  • PhilBAust Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks I've fixed my problem, see all my clips now, merry Xmas.

  • sfrazza Level 1 (0 points)

    hey I am trying to find this file on my computer but cannot???  no users>account>library?????  how do i find it?


    i have a mac osx 10.7.2 and imovie 11 9.04

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