8 Replies Latest reply: Feb 12, 2013 5:47 PM by Flammablevapors
irina.s Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

IMovie 11 seems to be in total chaos on my Mac OS X Lion 10.7.5. It doesn't read the photos i put in my projects (it shows totally different photos), it blocks the running videos, it doesn't keep the settings i do to fonts or transitions, it never completely finalizes the projects (when it gets to creating middle file freezes). In all the above mentioned situations, it crashes and i have to reopen it.

 

I applied some of the advice here found (moving all the files from movie folder, putting them back again and forcing imovie to recognize them again, deleted files from iphoto, reuploading them, moving clips shorter than 6 sec from iphoto etc) Nothing worked.

 

I really need this application for keeping my business on feet, so, if anyone can give me a workable suggestion i'd be thrilled :-D


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)

    Hi

     

    When iMovie doesn't work as intended this can be due to a lot of reasons

     

    • iMovie Pref files got corrupted - trash it/they and iMovie makes new and error free one's

    • Creating a new User-Account and log into this - forces iMovie to create all pref. files new and error free

    • Event or Project got corrupted - try to make a copy and repair

    • a codec is used that doesn't work

    • problem in iMovie Cache folder - trash Cache.mov and Cache.plist

    • version miss match of QuickTime Player / iMovie / iDVD

    • preferences are wrong - Repair Preferences

    • other hard disk problem - Repair Hard Disk (Disk Util tool - but start Mac from ext HD or DVD)

    • External hard disks - MUST BE - Mac OS Extended (hfs) formatted to work with Video

    ( UNIX/DOS/FAT32/Mac OS Exchange - works for most other things - but not for Video )

    • USB-flash-memories do not work

    • Net-work connected hard disks - do not work

    • iPhoto Library got problems - let iPhoto select another one or repair it. Re-build this first then try to re-start iMovie.

    This You do by

    _ close iPhoto

    _ on start up of iPhoto - Keep {cmd and alt-keys down}

    _ now select all five options presented

    _ WAIT a long long time

     

    • free space on Start-Up (Mac OS) hard disk to low (<1Gb) - I never go under 25Gb free space for SD-Video (4-5 times more for HD)

    • external devices interferes - turn off Mac - disconnect all of them and - Start up again and re-try

    • GarageBand fix - start GB - play a few notes - Close it again and now try iMovie

    • Screen must be set to million-colors

    • Third-party plug-ins doesn't work OK

    • Run "Cache Out X", clear out all caches and restarts the Mac

    • Let Your Mac be turned on during one night. At about midnight there is a set of maintenance programs that runs and tidying up. This might help

    • Turn off Your Mac - and disconnect Mains - for about 20-30 minutes - at least this resets the FireWire port.

    • In QuickTime - DivX, 3ivx codec, Flip4Mac, Perian etc - might be problematic - temporarily move them out and re-try

    (I deleted the file "3ivxVideoCodec.component" located in Mac HD/Library/Quicktime and this resolved my issue.)

     

    buenrodri wrote

    I solved the problem by removing the file: 3ivxVideoCodec.component. after that, up-dated iMovie runs ok.

     

    Last resort: Trash all of iMovie and re-install it

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • irina.s Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    My system is up to date so all the applications have the latest upgrades. i did part of the things you said and imovie worked better, but not perfectly. because of that i could detect the pattern of its crashing. i think it's most a conflict with iphoto. if i use only videos in my projects all is good, but if i drag photos (especially those edited in iphoto) it shows me different photos than those added, and sometimes blocks during play and crashes. so, i reinstalled it...still the same

     

    what i couldn't or didn't know how to do was this:

     

    1. This You do by

    _ close iPhoto

    _ on start up of iPhoto - Keep {cmd and alt-keys down}

    _ now select all five options presented

    _ WAIT a long long time

     

    i'm confused by this close iphoto, on start up of iphoto. could u please give me step by step details?

     

    2. Run "Cache Out X", clear out all caches and restarts the Mac. where is cache out x?

     

    3. Turn off Your Mac - and disconnect Mains - for about 20-30 minutes - at least this resets the FireWire port. - where/what is mains?

  • irina.s Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    cache out x figured :-D downloaded it. let's see if it works

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)

    1. This You do by

    _ close iPhoto

    _ on start up of iPhoto - Keep {cmd and alt-keys down}

    _ now select all five options presented

    _ WAIT a long long time

     

    i'm confused by this close iphoto, on start up of iphoto. could u please give me step by step details?

     

    How-Ever could I give a more step by step instr. than this ?

    • What step is strange ?

    • What it does - is sorting out any corruption in the iPhoto Library (very common after forced/panic Halting of program or Mac)

    • iMovie starts up by going trough iPhoto and other resources libraries - and if faulth here it usually fails in startng up (iMovie)

     

    2. Run "Cache Out X", clear out all caches and restarts the Mac. where is cache out x?

     

    found it OK - I use it rarely - but read that it can help

     

    3. Turn off Your Mac - and disconnect Mains - for about 20-30 minutes - at least this resets the FireWire port. - where/what is mains?

     

    Mains - Depending on what Mac used - The Wall Socket with 240V or 110V (coutry dep.)

     

    If You use a LapTop - Turn it off and disconnect the battery/mains (wal socket) adaptor. Most probably it at least re-set's the FireWire-port (if Your Mac got one - new MacBook Air don't)

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • irina.s Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    About the Mains... Do this every day when I stop using it. I don't leave it plugged.

     

    About the iPhoto thing. So, u mean to keep cmd+alt down and then click on the iPhoto to open it? Because if I close it, reopen it, and once it is opened I hold cmd alt keys down, nothing pops up.

  • Bengt Wärleby Level 6 Level 6 (19,450 points)

    About the Mains... YES

     

    About the iPhoto thing.

     

    I turn off my Mac

     

    Turn it on - Just so NO other programs is running

     

    then press down alt-key + cmd-key

     

    click on iPhoto icon in Dock or in Application folder (alt-key + cmd-key still down and kept so during up-start)

     

    I get

     

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    I select ALL of them and leave my Mac for Several hours to do this

    • No other processes during this time

    • I secure that Screen-Saver and Energy-Savers are set to NOT start - but keep Mac up and running all the time.

     

    Yours Bengt W

  • irina.s Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    it works smoothly now. thank you :-)

     

    i have one more question though. in the project library of my imovie, after the last software update, suddenly instead of having only a list of my projects, imovie temporary files appeared, and they are by the dozen. how can i make that disappear from my library and continue having only my projects?

  • Flammablevapors Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Can I clear all of the iMovie cache files. I have deleted all projects from my project list except for two. I had no problem with them. So is it safe to delete these files.

     

    Thanks,  flammablevapors