11 Replies Latest reply: Jan 6, 2013 9:56 PM by Brent D.
Dennis Shirokov Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I researched this topic in a couple of previous discussions and don't seem to find a solution for my situation. I have iMovie 09 and iPhoto 11. I have lots of videos in iPhoto that I shot with iPhone 4 this year, but none of them are showing up in iMovie. iMovie says "updating iPhoto library" every once in a while when I open up iMovie, but no movies show up under iPhoto view. Anyone knows what the solution could be?

MacBook, 2GHz Intel Core Duo, 2GB, 250GB Disk, Mac OS X (10.6.6)
  • 1. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    burdell1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    have you tried iPhoto 11 too? i have gotten it to work with iPhoto 09 and iMovie '11, but not with iPhoto '11. is yours a referenced iPhoto library?

  • 2. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    ashj78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having the exact same problem. Just adding to the thread to see if it gets more attention. I have iphoto 11 but imovie 09. I don't want to upgrade imovie until I know it's something I want to use. So I'd like to have a go with it first. Plus, upgrading may not be the solution anyway. All my DV Cam imports show up fine but not the iphone 4 vids imported using iphoto. Thanks anyone!

  • 3. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    melissa jfromwashington Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My iphoto movies do not show up in imovie nor idvd.  I often check your status for the answer and have checked others as well.  Finally I called Apple willing to pay what ever it takes to get my home movies onto a dvd since my computer is about to crash.  Apple told me there is on such service since my computer is 2 yrs old.  HELP!!  I love my apple but my husbands pc just burns the movies no problem!  Anyone figure it out yet???

  • 4. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    calbe Level 1 Level 1 (110 points)

    Hi Folks,

     

    Your iPhoto access in other programs such as iMovie depend on ~/library/preferences/com.apple.iApps.plist. Whenever you add new videos to iPhoto and close iPhoto, this file gets updated. If corrupted, pull the plist, open iPhoto and a new movie and then quit. See if iMovie picks it up.

     

    As long as you have the latest dot release, I believe you should be fine in compatibility.

     

    Calbe

  • 5. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    burdell1 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    I tried it, but it doesn't seem to work unfortunately....

  • 6. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    ashj78 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi,

     

    My issue was resolved by upgrading iMovie to '11 as well. It seems iMovie won't pull them through unless they are the same version. Bit of a shame since I didn't feel compelled to upgrade otherwise. The only other way I found was to export the videos into separate folder and then reimport them. It's time consuming and you end up with two copies of the video but it does work. Hope that helps

  • 7. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    dc4 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    create an event in imovie/

    go to iphoto, select movie clip/

    drag clip over to the event and unclick.  should drop in fine and import.

     

    or...  drag clips from iphoto to desk top.

    go to Edit/import/movies/ ( in imovie)

    The prompt will allow you to select desktop.  Find movie on desktop and import movie clip.

     

    I have an imac so maybe that's just a mac friendly feature but I too noticed none of my movie clips showed up

    when I selected the photo icon, just the photos.

     

    good luck

  • 8. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    slu Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Same exact problem.  iPhoto 11 & iMovie 09.  I only upgraded iPhoto for Photostream (which I like) but I now feel like I have been forced into upgrading to iMovie 11 for a basic feature.  If 11 and 09 don't work together, that is fine but then they should not sell the apps individually or should tell you that there may be issues.  I feel like I have been bullied into iMovie 11 when I didn't really have any need for it at all.

  • 9. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    splatini Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This worked for me. I had a video that was shot with the iPhone 4 in portrait mode. I could import it into iPhoto 11, but then could not see the video in iMovie 11.

     

    I did the following:

    1. Copy the movie from the iPhone to the hard drive. (I used a separate software tool for this.)

    2. Create an event in iMovie.

    3. Right-click on the event and choose "Import Movies...".

    4. Find the movie on the hard drive.

    5. iMovie imported it and then I was able to edit it.

     

    During editing, I used the cropping tool in iMovie to crop the really tall iPhone movie to a normal 4:3 aspect ratio for the final video.

  • 10. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    LaraHoward Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have been editing videos in imovie11 for months now that are saved in iphoto11 on an external hard drive, and they have always been imported automatically to imovie as events whenever I open imovie without any problems. Now today I opened up imovie, and for some reason, only videos thru September 24, 2011 are shown in the imovie events area under the iphoto directory!! I have several Projects that access clips from movies after this date, and the projects display the clips just fine, but they are not shown in the Events section. This is a major problem, as these are videos I am editing for work-related marketing purposes, and I have so many of them that I don't want them permanently stored in imovie on my hard drive because it takes too much space (the reason I moved my whole iphoto collection to an external hard drive in the first place). Anyone have any new solutions to what appears to be an issue not just affecting me?

     

    Much appreciated, thanks!

  • 11. Re: iPhoto videos not showing up in iMovie
    Brent D. Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    calbe wrote:

     

    Hi Folks,

     

    Your iPhoto access in other programs such as iMovie depend on ~/library/preferences/com.apple.iApps.plist. Whenever you add new videos to iPhoto and close iPhoto, this file gets updated. If corrupted, pull the plist, open iPhoto and a new movie and then quit. See if iMovie picks it up.

     

    As long as you have the latest dot release, I believe you should be fine in compatibility.

     

    Calbe

     

    I had this problem and this fixed it. The problem started for me right after I upgraded iPhoto 9.4.1 to 9.4.2. I had to quit both apps, remove the plist file, launch iPhoto, then quit iPhoto, then launch iMovie... then iMovie asked about thumnails for videos and the iPhoto videos were back in iMovie.