6 Replies Latest reply: May 16, 2014 10:03 AM by EZ Jim
SDJ1 Level 1 (0 points)

I recently uploaded multiple videos from my camera.  While watching one of the videos in iPhoto, the program crashed and the video files are now missing.  Is there any possible way of recovering these video files as I have erased the memory card? Thanks.

iPhoto '11, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,173 points)

    SDJ1 wrote: ... Is there any ... way of recovering ... files ...? ...


    If iPhoto 6 and later: Rebuilding the iPhoto library does not let you see the files again in iPhoto, you can recover your files from your Time Machine or other backup.


    If, rather than recovering an entire iPhoto Library, you want to recover only some specific video file(s) from your backup, you will need to quit iPhoto if it is open. 


    Then <control> click on the library file to "Show Package Contents."  Navigate to the specific file(s) in the original or modified version folders as desired.  Copy (DO NOT MOVE) the specific file(s) of interest to a new location.  Now, launch iPhoto with the library you want to use.  Then import the file copy(ies) into the the open iPhoto library.





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    Mac OSX 10.8.4

  • SDJ1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much for your help!!!

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,173 points)

    You're welcome.


    Thanks for letting us know you got what you needed.





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    Mac OSX 10.8.4

  • ekreft Level 1 (0 points)

    EZ Jim-


    I'm having the same problem and I just found this post; I went to the library file and selected "show package contents" but then it just gives me this list of folders and I don't know what to do next. Can you please help?


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  • Terence Devlin Level 10 (137,945 points)

    That's not the Library, you've opened the Application package.


    The Library will be in your Pictures folder.

  • EZ Jim Level 7 (22,173 points)

    Terence is, of course, correct.  Because you have not responded to him, you may need more detailed help.


    ekreft wrote: ... I don't know what to do...


    (1) Close everything.


    (2) Open your User Pictures folder:




    (3) Control click on the iPhoto Library in the Pictures folder

          and then select "Show Package Contents":




    (4) Inside the Package you will find aliases

          to the Originals and Modified images:




    (5) Clicking one will open either the Masters or Previews folders

           respecively.  They contain your images in organizing folders:



    (6) Navigate the organizing folders inside to find the images you want

          and copy them to a new location.


    (7) If desired, you can them import the image copies into the

          iPhoto Library you are creating or repairing:



    (8) When you are satisfied, backup your iPhoto Library.