3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 31, 2013 9:51 AM by fetak11
Jenholm Level 1 (0 points)

So, it seems I ´m not the only one having this error -108 problem on iMovie 11, I tried the most of what is written on the threads about this but it keeps doing the same thing. I didn´t experience this kind of problem in the older versions.

So now I worked for a week with a video that has a deadline and I´m out of solutions. It keep crashes when I want to export it, actually it did even when I was working with the project, frames got stuck, wrong frames appeared etc but finally as I said I managed to finish the video despite of this by having to switch it on and off every minute......It says the error is about the memory but it´s a new computer and I have a lot of space.

Anyone know what to do?

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



    Error -108 memFullErr  Ran out of memory [not enough room in heap zone]


    Turn off - TimeMachine usually works - re-try.

    (the Application down in the Dock - not the Device)


    But this can mean many thing's - My first thought is

    • Free Space on Start-Up hard disk. How much ? (other disks do not count)

    So Your boot Mac OS hard disk - is not filling up then ?

    And You got to System Pref and turned off - TimeMachine ?

    Then I'm out of good ideas - I would turn off my Mac (totally) for > 20 minutes and see if this helps.

    Else - general trouble shootings as (follows)

    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

  • Jenholm Level 1 (0 points)

    Hello again, as I said I´ve been doing everything I could find about this issue:

    -turning time machine off

    -I have 105 GB free space

    -Turned the computer and Imovie off hundreds of times

    -throwing files and caches

    -repairing harddisk

    -closed all other programs while exporting


    My video files is not from iPhoto, I don´t seem to have the file 3ivxVideoCodec.component

    I have a new mac pro, I worked with iMovie on my old computer without this problem.

    I don´t really get that this problem means you´re out of free space since i have a lot!


    If I create a new account I can´t use my final project, I will have to start all over with my video, right?



  • fetak11 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hey there,


    I had this problem today, and looked all over google to try and find a solution. I have mountain lion retina display 500 SSD, 16GB RAM, 2.6 GHz Intel Core i7. I did not understand what could be the problem. I tried reseting my computer, deleting all unused apps, and nothing. I tried re-installing, and nothing.


    Just before I was about to give up I took my 5min long Full HD edit and selected every video in my iMovie and clicked on "Optimize - Original Quality." This operation alone took 30GB of space and have no idea if I will see these 30GB again, but what I know is that after once exporting my error 108 disappeared.


    So my advice, make sure you have a lot of space upfront and optimize the video. Good luck and enjoy