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thatoneguyjm Level 1 Level 1

We have a new iMac, and imported our profiles with the migration assistent. My wife is creating a project in iMovie, however, when we click on the button to add a sound effect there's nothing to select.


Screen shot 2011-05-21 at 1.09.25 PM.png

I've tried reinstalling / updating iMovie, but no luck. No iMovie sound files show up, no iLife files, and no iTunes songs. Any thoughts on what's wrong?

iMovie '11, iOS 4.3.2
  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7

    Look in this folder:


    Library>Audio>Audio Loops>Apple


    Anything there?



  • TanManPhoto Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem... What can I do to resolve this? my... Library>Audio>Audio Loops> (Apple) not shown.


    Thanks in advance.

  • TanManPhoto Level 1 Level 1

    Hi I have the same problem now... were you able to resolve this? Thanks

  • ajwms Level 1 Level 1


    I have the exact same problem on my new Macbook Pro - using original account (but this also occurs in newly created accounts and migrated account).


    Sounds show up in iMovie HD. The loops are there in the library but there are no sounds listed in iPhoto or iMovie. Loops do show up in Garageband.


    I have repaired permissions and reinstalled iLife with no luck.

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7

    Have you tried dragging the sound effect files from the Finder to the media browser in iMovie?



  • ajwms Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, I did try that but the media browser didn't seem like it would take them there. I could add them to an individual timeline for a project but not to the audio part of the media browser. iPhoto shows up fine and I can add photos there easily but no audio option for either iMovie or for iPhoto slideshows.


    I only have caf format in the Apple Sound Effects library folder. I tried adding one aif file but no luck and I believe the aif is not what I need anyway but I am not sure.



  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7

    You could drag things into the sound effects browser in older versions of iMovie.  I guess it's no longer possible to do.


    Are the effects present in your Library>Audio>Apple Loops>Apple folder?



  • ajwms Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, they are there

    HD/Library/Audio/Apple Loops/Apple/iLife Sound Effects/ - all kinds of subfolders with media in them.


    Everyone has Read privs and system and owner have Read/Write privs on the folders.

  • Matthew Morgan Level 7 Level 7

    The only other thing I can think of to try is forcing iMovie to rebuild it's preferences.


    Quit iMovie.


    Move this folder out to the Desktop.




    Relaunch iMovie.



  • ajwms Level 1 Level 1

    Yes, I tried that as well. Trashed any pref I could find referencing iMovie, iPhoto and iApps in both user and System library folders.


    Same blank audio media pane as the screenshot at the start of this thread. So odd, the files are there but somehow the pointer just doesn't find them or iTunes, which also has music in it that plays just fine within iTunes.


    Thanks for the suggestions!

  • calbe Level 1 Level 1

    It is possible that the iTunes Library may also be the culprit. iMovie may be trying to reach your current library file and encountering an error.


    Have you tried creating a test iTunes library? You can do this by holding option while launching iTunes.


    BTW, iMovie '11 originally stored those sound effects in the root Library. They were later moved to the application resources folder so a reinstall will bring them back.

  • ajwms Level 1 Level 1


    I finally got it resolved when I found this thread:


    I solved it by grabbing the iLifeMediaPlugins for another Mac in my office and copying them to the laptop where this issue was showing.


    Rebooted and now my media browser shows the tunes again - both iTunes and the iLife sounds.


    Just wanted to pass along a possible solution.

  • iappleater Level 1 Level 1

    I came across this problem so i replaced my  iLMBiTunesPlugin.ilmbplugin with a copy found online and worked as a charm.


    You can download a working copy from here, you need to uncompress and then replace original file at

    Library/Application Support/iLifeMediaBrowser/Plug-Ins/


    Mediafire Link

  • iappleater Level 1 Level 1




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