I think the apostrophe should be OK.
For an iMovie Project to work, it needs to be in the Movies/iMovie Projects/ folder. (If it is on an external drive, it should be in the iMovie Projects/ folder at the top level of the drive. The drive must be formatted as Mac OS Extended (journaled) - not FAT32.
The iMovie Project is really just a text file in hexadecimal. It references the actual video clips, which are stored in iMovie Events (or sometimes in iPhoto or Aperture Events.).
It is important not to move these events, except from within iMovie, or the links from the Project will no longer make sense. Events should be in the Movies/iMovie Events/<event name> folder on the internal drive, or they can be in the iMovie Events folder at the top level of the external drive.
Here is how to move projects and events from within iMovie.
To fix your issue, the general strategy would be to move everything back to where it was. Make sure the Event folders are back where they were. If music or photos have been moved, that could also be an issue.
Thanks, AppleMan1958. You've prompted me to look closer at the "Missing" file.
I've checked Time Machine and discovered I never moved the events file folder named in the Missing Media error message. It has always been in the Movies/iMovie Events folder on my internal HD, but I did rename it. I've relabled it to its original name and rebooted my iMac, but that hasn't helped. I've never changed the names for the individual event clips.
I've tried clicking Contine when I get the Missing Media error message, hoping iDVD would get the files anyhow, but that leads to another eror:
The project could not be prepared for publishing because an error occurred. (ParamErr: error in user parameter list)
Since iMovie has always found the files well enough to display them on the Events and Project panes, it is finding the events (so they're not totally "Missing"), but is having trouble "telling" iDVD where they are. Any ideas?
Thanks again for your help!
I had another idea. You said you changed the name back, but it still did not work.
The iMovie Event folder must have the extension .localized if that extension is not there, the events will not work.
So I would suggest trying this:
1) In the Finder, right click on the iMovie Events folder and choose GET INFO in the popup menu. Make sure that the .localized extension is there. I do not think that this extension is needed on the individual Event Folders.
This worked like a charm! ...It worked for both Large and HD formats, based on the reviews I did for each in QuickTime!
Many thanks for saving a re-edit that would have taken well over a week!
It is a 7GB, 1/2 hour project; is that too big to expect the Share function to work right?
I've imported the HD file into iDVD. Would you expect the Chapter marks in the iMovie Project to work there?
BTW, I very much appreciate your tenacity and clear instructions!
All the best....
Yes, the chapter marks should work fine.
Keep in mind that iDVD will convert your file to standard definition 640x480. That is why I suggested sharing in Large 960x540 so it wouldn't have so much work to do. But no worries, your 1920x1080 file should work fine in iDVD. It just may take longer to crunch it down.
Just as you said, everything turned out very well, including the chapters! It only took about ten minutes to burn, so my use of the larger file didn't lead to an all-nighter... I'll know better next time, though. Thanks for the explanation.
Many thanks for the great help and prompt replies!