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hebeth Level 1 (0 points)

I have a Sony DCR TRV17 that I used to pass through VCR tape video via Firewire port to my Mac Pro under Imovie 9.0.9 without an issue.   Now under Imovie 10.0 the video shows in the import window, I can start recording yet when I stop recording the recorded clips do not show up anywhere.  The movie file I'm creating still indicates that I still need to import video.   Anyone having similar problems?

MacBook Pro, OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • Shuttleworth125 Level 2 (415 points)

    I'm having the same problem with a DCR-HC42e, I can import from tapes fine, but pass through doesn't work. It plays the passed-through video in the import window, and the record counter counts up, but noting is actually recorded. Cannot see any recording in either the iMovie window or when looking in the iMovie library package contents.

  • hebeth Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Shuttleworth..thought it was only me having this issue.  It apparently is something in the upgrade that has a bug.   Now the issue is how to get it fixed.

  • neonsounds Level 1 (0 points)

    Same here with a  Sony handycam DV-VCR.  Camera says "importing" but no thumbnails are available after stopping import.  facetime camera works fine, however.  Everything was working fine with the current settup before upgrading to OSX Mavericks

  • Mr. Apple101 Level 1 (90 points)

    There should still be a copy of iMovie 9.0.9 on your mac after you upgrade to Mavericks. If you want to attempt it with it should be located in /Applications/iMovie 9.0.9/.


    This isn't a solution but hopefuly it is workaround if you guys are stuck.

  • hebeth Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks Mr.Apple101...was unaware that I still had 9.0.9 after upgrade or that I could still use the prior version.  I am looking at other alternatives for video editing, out of frustration, but will use the 9.0.9 version for now.

  • davepscl Level 1 (0 points)

    I'm having a problem somewhat like this one. I found the old iMovie application; however, when I try to launch it comes up with the "generating thumbnails" message that never makes any progress and you have to "force quit" iMovie eventually.  Any idea how to get around this issue MrApple101?

  • Mr. Apple101 Level 1 (90 points)

    Hey Dave,


    I had this issue only once before but was lucky enought to find it was a specific event causing the import to freeze. It took me some time to isolate the problem though. I would recommend letting it sit there for some time before you try any troubleshooting. Larger libraries can take long periods of time to update.


    This is a good thread for this issue.  I would first try removing the iMovie.plist as elikness mentions.


    1. Open Finder

    2. Click on "Go" in the menu bar.

    3. Click on Go To Folder on the dropdown menu.

    4. Type "~/Library/Preferences/" in the text field and click Go.

    5. Find the number).plist file and move it to Trash.


    Quit and relaunch iMovie to see if this took care of the issue before attempting the next step. If you're still having an issue then you can try what I needed to do which is isolating the problem event.


    1. Open Finder.

    2. Go to the Movies folder. You should see iMovie Events here.


    If you have a larger event library I'd recommend renaming the iMovie Events folder to say, "iMovie Events COPY". Then create a new empty folder named “iMovie Events”. When you launch iMovie 9.0.9 all events will be missing at this point. Quit iMovie if it is open. Then you can either drag each event from iMovie Events COPY to iMovie Events or you can select and drag several at a time. Each time you drag an event folder back into the new iMovie Events folder launch iMovie 9.0.9 to see if you are having the same issue. Wash and repeat until either you have found the problem event or you have imported all events.


    If you find the problem event you can reimport the clip from iMovie 9.0.9 by going to File > Import > Movies and navigating to that events iMovie Original Movies folder to find the clip.


    Hope this helps!

  • foxcub 6 Level 1 (70 points)

    Yes I too had problems importing in the latest I movie , i coneted the Panasonic video camera and attempted to import from the internal hard drive on the camera everything went fine until I unigged the camera or switched off the mac , I got the message missing camera or file or something similar , tried this several times with the same result , what u had to do was copied the contentents to my external drive then reimport a pain but it worked ok

  • davepscl Level 1 (0 points)

    I got iMovie 9 working. The iMovie library upgraded by ver. 10 was on an external drive I could just unplug, then trashed the plist files and can now import movies into ver 9 again. Haven't tried for a few days but the base problem with ver 10 still seems to be there and I haven't seen any updates.

  • mattpepe1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Im using a DV camera to import via firewre to iMovie 10, and it will import a few seconds and then flash black and do that a few times instead of importing the whole clip, it like breaks it up. Its not the firewire cable, and the camera worked perfect when importing to 9.0.9

  • Fred32837 Level 1 (0 points)

    Having the same problem with my Canon ZR40.  Trying to do a pass-thru recording from VHS tape.  Imovie acts like it's importing the video, but after, the event contains 0 minutes.  Imovie 9 is still working ok.  Has Apple abandoned all 4:3 video with iMovie 10?  I haven't tried importing from DV tape yet. 

  • Fred32837 Level 1 (0 points)

    The support page showing compatible camcorders for imovie '11 (v9) contains the following statement:


    • iMovie ’11 works with most Mini DV tape-based camcorders using DV and HDV formats, which use a FireWire cable (also known as IEEE 1394 or i.Link) to transfer video.


    The support page for imovie 10 does not. 



    My new camcorder, the Canon Vixia HF R300 is supported, but doesn't have a pass-thru.  Better hurry up and get the VHS tapes digitized -- running out of options.  I bought an Elgato USB digitizer, but the video goes unstable at times -- iMovie is much more stable during import. 

  • thesurreyfriends Level 3 (710 points)

    The support page  above can be mis-leading.

    If you select PAL or NTSC, you get "No matches found".

    If you select Multi-region or Any Region you get that most DV or HDV by Panasonic,Canon ,JVC or Sony are supported.

    Mis-leading because when you buy a camcorder most of them are either NTSC or PAL. Very few are Multi-Region or Any Region ( apart from some professional cams).

    A poor choice of words used in the support pages perhaps?

  • thesurreyfriends Level 3 (710 points)

    I have just re-read my comment above and  am not sure if I made it any clearer?


    To sum up I believe the support page is saying that both DVand HDV camcorders in either NTSC or PAL  from Panasonic, Canon, JVC and Sony are supported.

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