iPhoto: Import fails to finish

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by pjdhunt, Jul 4, 2007.

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    For the past few days, I have been trying to import some photos from my Canon Rebel XT. The symptom is that after all photos are loaded from the camera, iPhoto displays 1 photo remaining and fails to complete. After a while, the camera times out and shuts off. iPhoto will now appear to be done, but in fact if you try to quit, it will refuse saying the import isn't finished. The only way to quit is to force a quit. While this is happening CPU will be 100% with 30% to the system, and 70% to iPhoto. You can leave this for days and it still will not complete.

    I have tried importing from the camera directly, and directly from the compact flash with the same results.

    I am running OSX 10.4.10 and iPhoto 6.0.6.

    Has anybody seen this?
     
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    mad jew

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    Can you get the photo by using Image Capture?
     
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    Image capture

    The photos are all valid and readable through aperture or photoshop elements. It just seems that iPhoto is refusing to import the batch of about 144 photos.
     
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    mad jew

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    Okay, so is it all the photos that are unreadable, or is it just one from the batch? Have you tried exporting it from one of the apps that can read it, and then importing that file into iPhoto?
     
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    The photos are all fine and all appear to import successfully. It is just that iPhoto won't finish the the import process (and transfer the files from the iPhoto import folder inside the iPhoto Library and move the images into the main library). It just sits their sucking up all the CPU.
     
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    mad jew

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    Ahh, okay. Sorry mate, I was on a different wavelength. Maybe try rebuilding your iPhoto library, once you've force quitted iPhoto of course. Is this a one-off, or has it happened before? :)
     
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    I actually did just do a rebuild (via command-option). No luck.

    I have also tried breaking up the batch and I can't seem to import anything any more.

    Also tried relocating the library. No luck.
     
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    mad jew

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    So if you quit iPhoto and then reopen it, is the old import still running and stuck? If not, can you manually import a completely different file, just to test if importing is still possible with iPhoto? :)
     
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    So, I can import a single picture or a few pictures. It looks like if I import more than 5 RAW photos in a batch it will go into a busy CPU state and won't actually get to the finish step. Arg...importing a couple hundred photos like this is gonna suck!
     
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    Looks like it is a bug with RAW image support. I deleted all of the RAW files (leaving just JPGs) from the directories and I was able to import 150 JPGs. I can import 1 or 2 RAW files, but anything more than that will hang iPhoto.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the same import problem
     
  12. macrumors member

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    Did this ever get resolved. My iphoto 9 will not finish import eiter. Does not matter if one picture or many, raw or jpeg. Everything was fine until a few days ago. Only thing new is the ipad.

    Clay
     

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