8 Replies Latest reply: Dec 3, 2012 4:04 AM by Phil Weyman
Petrica Level 1 Level 1

I "upgraded" to iMovie '11 and none of my iPhoto videos are showing in iMovie events library.


I tried the Quictime 7 solution, the emptying of the iPhoto trash solution.....nothing works.

The videos are accessible from iPhoto, they play in both QT10 and QT7, but they would not show up in the iMovie library nor can they be pasted from iPhoto into the iMovie project.


I feel like in the old MS Windows days, am I dreaming ?

Please help.....thank you in advance.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.4.10), WinXP
  • John Cogdell Level 5 Level 5

    Check all my posts in this thread, as there may be something there that helps:




  • David Willer Level 1 Level 1

    I tried the suggestions you listed, but I'm still having the same problem.  In iMovie, all iPhoto movies used to show up in the Event Library - now there is nothing. 


    I tried making a Smart Album in iPhoto for just movies - closed and reopened iMovie and still nothing.


    My iPhoto preferences are set to copy (and had been). 


    This is frustrating.

  • David Willer Level 1 Level 1

    And just like that....it's working again.  The only other thing I did after I sent that last message was emptying my iPhoto trash, closing iMovie, closing iPhoto, and then reopening iMovie.  When iMovie reopened, the event library had 'iPhoto Library' listed and it's now taking about 15 minutes to reubilld thumbnails (I have a large iPhoto library - over 30,000 items and many movies). 


    So - since my iPhoto prefs were already set to copy items into iPhoto - the 2 changes I did were creating the smart album and deleting iPhoto trash. 


    Good luck to others having this problem!

  • robjhbaker Level 1 Level 1

    I just deleted the Iphoto trash and the Album returned to Imovie

  • gregproberts Level 1 Level 1

    FYI, I just purchased a new iMac and started iMovie '11 and had the exact problem you mentioned (no iPhoto videos recognised). I quit iMovie, removed all trash in iPhoto, and restarted iMovie and all videos are now visible. Seems cleaning iPhoto trash is a first move if experiencing this problem...

  • alfboy002 Level 1 Level 1

    I just Did what David said he did: Empty the iPhoto trash and reopening iMovie and it's working again! Thanks David!

  • Randy Farnsworth Level 1 Level 1

    I tried many remedies and found that the simplest remedy finally fixed it: delete the imovie preferences file and restart iMovie, which re-builds the thumbnail library.


    In finder, option-click Go, then Library, then go to the Preferences folder, then delete com.apple.iMovieApp.plist


    This is on OS 10.8 Mountiain Lion, with iMovie '11 and iPhoto '11

  • Phil Weyman Level 1 Level 1

    Emptying iPhoto Trash worked for me.


    I thought this had something to do with the unified library (as that was the only thing that had changed before the problem arose).


    Can't believe it was (in this case) such a simple solution.

    Thanks for posting.