As soon as I select all videos from the smart album, the ball of death appears
Try the following, Klaus: (you do have abackup of the Aperture library, don't you )
To remove the videos using the Finder:
- Quit Aperture.
- Select the Aperture library in the Finder and control-click it, then select "Show Package contents" from the pop-up menu.
- Go to the Finder window that opens and press ⌘F.
Add a rule "Kind is Movie"
This will show all movies in the Aperture library. Remove them.
I removed all videos from the library and just started aperture again which is now geenrating 30000 thumbs
Compared to all prior tries this looks better so lets cross fingers.
Thanks for the help, I really learned some things today (finder is your friend, and looking for videos is much easier than it is in windows)
BW: is there a way to define what counts as a video (maybe a list of extensions)?
P.S: I come back to you after aperture is done / or stuck ;-)
after finding some avi files that I could relocate but that still kill my machine I restarted aperture again and right now I am at 15000 from 30000 thumbs, still processing, so this seems working...
I isolated all my video files to a separate folder and tried to look into them
Most of them work fine, but I have some avi files that can be watched usig VLC, but when I try to start the in finder, my machine goes bananas (>130 % cpu)
Is there a way to check which files are ok without having to check each one manually?
And when the play in finder, willl they play when I import them, back to aperture?
I cannot be sure, Klaus.
Apple did not publish a full list of compatible Video formats. This list is not exhaustive:
It does not support all QuickTime suoorted formats, so previewing in the Finder is not a safe test.
I'd create a new Aperture library and import your videos in small batches into this library (as referenced, so you can easily delete them), and add only those, that will not make Aperture hang to your current library.