iMovie Guide

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2 Tutorial
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6 Troubleshooting

Troubleshooting Tips for the Common iMovie Issues

iMovie problems got you down? Don't worry! This subsection of iMovie guide is designed to help you troubleshoot the issues you may be experiencing. Now take a look below and find the solution to the problem you’re having with iMovie.

#1. iMovie keeps crashing


The “iMovie keeps crashing” issue may be due to several reasons:

  • iMovie project files got corrupted - Trash the corrupted files and add the right ones.
  • Problem in iMovie Cache folder - Trash and Cache.plist. Then creating a new User-Account and log into this. Then iMovie will create all pref. and cache files new and error free.
  • Preferences are wrong - Repair Preferences.
  • File codec problem – Convert video files to an iMovie compatible format. Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac can make it an easy job. It enables you to edit videos in iMovie with video and audio perfect playback.

#2. iMovie no sound


Like the “iMovie keeps crashing” issue, “iMovie no sound” issue may be due to different reasons. If you're sure the Project files hasn't been corrupted and the preferenses are right, that may be a file codec problem. In a case like this, you need to convert video files to an iMovie fully compatible format and Wondershare Video Converter for Mac can help you with that.

#3. Sound in iMovie is out of sync


For best synchronization, it is recommended that 16-bit sound is used with iMovie. If you imported sound with 12-bit audio, change the settings on your camera and then re-import your footage. Then extract the audio from your footage. You can go to the “Edit” menu and click “Select All”. Right click to open the dropdown menu, and select “detach audio”. After that, you can sync them up manually.

#4. iMovie can’t connect with video camera


There’re a number of factors affecting the connectivity. But some common solutions include using a FireWire connection instead of USB. You can disconnect and then reconnect the FireWire cord restart the camera and iMovie. Then disable the “FileValut” feature in the “Security Preferences” and switch your camera to “DV,” “VCR” or “VTR” mode. Consult the owner’s manual for your camcorder to make sure you have it set up to properly connect and communicate with your computer.

#5. Can’t import GoPro video to iMovie


The standard output file produced by the GoPro high definition camera is in the form of an MP4 container with H.264 codec. It’s not suitable or recommended for editing purposes. Hence, it’s best to convert the files prior to any editing works. The method suggested by GoPro’s official website is to use their defaulted program – CineForm, but there’s no guarantee of success in conversion for uploading onto iMovie. Here you can give it a try with the Wondershare Video Converter Ultimate for Mac.

#6. Can’t finalize iMovie projects


That’s because the iMovie files are being written to backup by Time Machine. Due the files being in use by another process, iMovie can't finish the processes that it began. To solve the problem, just go to “Preferences” and turn off the Time Machine or wait several minutes to hours to let the Time Machine complete the job. Another solution is just skipping the “finalize” stage and go straight to “Export” > “Media Brower”.

#7. iMovie trailer not working


If you iMovie trailer doesn’t work, here are some things that may fix the issue:

  • Open "Fonts" app check to make sure all the fonts are activated.
  • Create a new user and log in to that new account to restart iMovie. If this works you have a font issue as it’s related to your user account.
  • Go to Disk Utility -> Repair permissions -> Restart OSX.
  • If all else fails, then you may need to reinstall Mac OS.

#8. Aperture 3 video not shown up in Movie


If the video files in your Aperture library are referenced files, stored in a location (such as an external hard drive) that is not managed, they are not able to be used in iMovie.

To solve this issue, just change the referenced files to managed files by selecting the offending videos and select File > Consolidate Masters. Then choose whether to copy the referenced files to your master library location or move the file to the managed library location. After that, you’ll be able to access it in iMovie.

#9. Ken Burns effect is annoying


iMovie will automatically add the Ken Burns effect to the still image you import. If you don’t want to apply this effect, go to File > Project Properties. In the pop up window, locate the Initial Photo Placement pop-up menu, choose Fit in Frame, and click the OK button. Then within this project, any still image you import won’t apply this effect.

Note: you have to choose this Fit in Frame option every time you start a new project; otherwise the project defaults to the Ken Burns effect.

#10. The export result is bad


Your finished product will look better if the images are at least 640-by-480. Anything less, and iMovie blows up the images to make them fit the frame. So when exporting, choose Share > QuickTime > Movie to MPEG-4 and click Save. Then your video quality will be better.

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