6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 26, 2014 12:36 AM by iPaul37
JimBurnett Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Recently my iPhoto library stopped working. All I got was a spinner and it never opened even after leaving my MBP sitting for an hour.


So I moved my iPhoto Library to my document folder and created a new iPhoto library and re-imported from the Masters folder. Everything except videos imported.


After messing around I found a solution that worked for me.


After you re-import to your new library create another library. iPhoto well restart and use this library. Once the new Library is up, switch back to your previous library which you re-imported to. Now import your videos.




1. Make a backup of your iPhoto Library, or at least make a copy the Masters folder.



2. At this point there should be no iPhoto Library in your Pictures folder (could be different if you use a custom location).



3. Create a new iPhoto Library.



4. Import from the backup you made in step 1.


This is where people starting getting "can not import" errors with a list of video files.



5. Create a new library. iPhoto will restart and use this library.



6. Switch back to your main iPhoto Library. The one from step 3.



7. Re-import but make sure you do not import duplicates. When the window popups up select Do Not import so that you don't re-import the same photos.


The videos should now import.




For some reason creating a new library and switching to it and back to your new library does something to allow videos to be imported again.



This worked for me, might not for others but I hope it does for you.


MacBook Pro (17-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion, iPhone 4s fully updated.