iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

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big mean bunny
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Hello all

I hate my first post being a "arrgh help me!" post, however arrrrggghhh! help me!

Today a pupil was working on iMovie 11 (on 10.7) having virtually completed their gcse coursework, when the program seemed to lock up. They called me over because it wouldn't play and it appears like it had gone to the full screen preview to start playing, but instead had crashed. Trying to tab between the two programs that were open did nothing. In the end I had to "ctrl+alt+esc" it and force close, however when you open iMovie it seems to have corrupted gone bad as the "edit project" button is now greyed out, where as on every other project it is fine.

So far I have tried:

permissions repair
trying to move the user's entire folder to another machine (as I couldn't for the life of me find the plist for iMovie)

in the event library it shows the orange edit line (to show which part of the clip is in the timeline, however you can't access the timeline and all the share options are also greyed out. Can anyone help me with this? I have had a search around and not found anything helpful. I am desperate for the pupils to avoid having to re-do it, despite the timeline clips being there showing what part they can have. I teach predominantly low confidence pupils who will be devastated if it can't be fixed as project was close to full marks!

DAVE M
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Re: iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

I can't help with iMovie as I have never used it, being a FCP7 user.

But to give the pupils a bit of confidence, I have had projects lock up or otherwise go bad on both Premiere and FCP in the past and it's actually not too hard to re-edit a programme.
The hard part is making decisions and so long as there is a narrative, rather than a montage type music video, then repeating the edit is quite easy.
Especially if you can see the locked project.

What is a wise move is to save alternative versions of the project under different names, so if the worst happens, you can go back a few edits under the alternative name and recover.

big mean bunny
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Re: iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

Cheers Dave

Haven't been able to solve it, however this is what I have discovered:

If you change the name of the project on the tabs screen, you can then get it to open to view the timeline. It won't play however gives you a "map" of what you have done. 

I tried copying and pasting into a new project but it doesn't play that way, also moving the project doesn't seem to work as it still have the same issue on different machines, I presume that somehow the assets have become corrupted.

I have now taken screenshots of the project, and the inspector windows of each clip, so will just get the pupils to import the footage again and rebuild it using the screen shots. I tried to do this for them to cut some of the work out for them however i wasn't savvy enough with the material to do it justice.

johnpr98
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Re: iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

I'm not a Apple man, however I did try a google search though and corrupted preferences may be an issue

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/3069422?tstart=0

https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4416254?tstart=0

Good luck

johnpr98
 
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Maxwell
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Re: iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

First close iMovie, the on the computer open your movie folder and see what else is in the project. Then try and shut computer down and leave for a while. Then re-open iMovie and check for updates. Also when opening iMovie ask for new project and the import the old file.

sharad
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Re: iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

Does anyone know of any video editing software which will edit video at the above settings please? My Sanyo Exacti HD 2000 camera is capable of recording at this maximum HD resolution (MPEG4 -AVC/H.264, not AVCHD) but I have, so far, been unable to find any software that will edit such footage and preserve the same resolution on export. I'd be grateful for any suggestions please. Thanks. Tony

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sharad
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Re: iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

verry god

sharad

mediaed
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Re: iMovie 11 issue - edit project greyed out

Hi
You could try Magix Edit Pro Premium.
I am travelling in SE Asia and editing my AVCHD on this programme and exporting as MP4. as i get some spare time.

I have just checked that i can put one of the MP4 files onto the time line and can edit. Could be solution if you are using a PC.

Gordon