2 Replies Latest reply: Oct 5, 2012 11:54 AM by medicinemanKE
medicinemanKE Level 1 (0 points)



I moved my iMovie projects and events from the local drive to an external drive and was working fine like that until this last time I tried to use it and now the projects are not showing in iMovie.


Here are some details.  I created a folder on the external drive called "current" and subfolders called "iMovie projects" and iMovie Events". 


After I did this, I remember working with the projects.  In iMovie, the external drive would show up with all of the projects under it.  Everything was fine.


Now in iMovie, the local drive shows and the external drive shows, but no projects show under the external drive.


On the external drive, the projects and the events are there, in the folders that I mentioned above.


I am trying to figure out why they do not show anymore in iMovie.


Thanks for the help!

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 (19,450 points)


    Moving Event's and Project's

    Connection - Either connect one Mac in Target mode to the other via FireWire. Or use an external hard disk !

    (Target-Mode - Start one Mac e.g. laptop - BUT keep T-key down during full up-start - Now a FW-symbol is jumping around the screen and it will work as an external hard disk when connected to the other Mac)

    A. The External Hard Disk - MUST BE - Mac OS Extended (hfs) formatted to work for Video. UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange works for most other things but not for Video whatever program is used (iMovie or FinalCut)

    B. Should be a FireWire one as USB/USB2 performs badly to me and especially when filling up

    C. Do never Move or Alter any folder named

    • iMovie Event's - or -

    • iMovie Project's

    on DeskTop/Finder - as this will result in iMovie losing connections to them and repair can be anything from hard to impossibly

    D. Moving and Copying must be done within iMovie application and Events to Events - and - Project's to Project's.

    E. Moving Project's to Event's - Do not work for me - I have to export project as a QuickTime movie then Import this into Events.

    Event's window can show two faces

    Like this


    or like this


    from one hard disk Event - You can move it to the other hard disk

    You can not (at least not me) move Event to Project or other way around only

    Event to Event and Project to Project

    Yours Bengt W

  • medicinemanKE Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks, after thinking about it and reading your reply, I realized that I had moved the projects and events under a subfolder.  I thought I had done that and it worked after I had moved them but maybe not.  So I moved them back to the root of the external drive and now it's fine.  It was just one of those things I forgot I had done...oh well.


    Thanks for the help!