recover corrupted iMovie project?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Knockask, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2010
    Does anyone know whether it is possible to recover a corrupted iMovie project?

    I was finalising a iMovie project (after several weeks work) when it became corrupted.

    Unfortunately as I am a new MAC user, I was not using the time machine or any other back-up method - in hindsight very foolish. I had however exported the movie to show people draft versions. I have tried and failed to edit the exported movie, which I imported back into iMovie.

    I showed 400 people an older version, which they loved. However it had some silly errors in it that would be fantastic to edit out.
  2. macrumors member

    Jun 8, 2010

    mabye you should check out final cut express
  3. macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    How "corrupted" is it? Can you open it at all? I had some success using copy and paste to rescue all my edits from a damaged project into a new blank project. Other tricks have been used by other folks. Sorry I don't recall those. The sad truth is that you may be out of luck.
  4. thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 10, 2010
    Thanks for your suggestion.

    When the corrupt project is within iMove projects folder, functionality of iMovie is extremely minimal. It is possible to select the corrupt project file, but it is not possible to edit it - therefore it is not possible to copy and paste the contents into a blank project file.

    If I remove the corrupt project from iMove projects folder, full functionality immediately turns.

    The corrupt file is currently located on the desktop. I have tried to copy this file and rename it. Then I inserted it into the iMove projects folder, but no success at all.

    Do you have any other suggestions, that I could try?
  5. macrumors member

    Apr 28, 2010
    I don't. When my project was corrupted, I did a fair amount of searching around for help. The copy-paste trick was the only thing that came close to saving me any time. I was hoping there was a database "restore" or repair tool, but I never found one.
  6. macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2011
    I also corrupted my project. It started acting while I was pasting in some clips from another project. Last time I closed the project I could not longer open it. I could play it in the preview but that was pretty much all. No edit, duplicate or re-publish. What did save me is my time-machine. I restored the project to 2 hours earlier. Vuola! Thank God for the back-up.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Nov 11, 2011
    ..clever makeshift 'solution' that saved me!!

    I have a clever makeshift 'solution' if you need to get that vital project out...

    My project got corrupted and made iMovie crash when I tried to play fullscreen or export the video.

    SOLUTION: Make the video viewing pane as large as possible and then use 'ScreenFlow'* software to capture it whilst you preview it. You won't recover HD quality, but at least you can get a perfect 480i copy for YouTube.

    Here is my real example which I rescued using the above method so you can see for yourself:

    * obviously you can use any software that will do video capture of your screen.. if you're mega-desperate, you could point a video camera at your screen.. if you're mega-mega-desperate you could point a mirror at your screen and use photobooth!! perfect for that lo-fi style ;)
  8. macrumors newbie

    Oct 28, 2012
    this worked for me

    I had the same issue .. could not edit a project I had a lot of time invested in. I realized that the last clip I had used was grayed out in the event thumbnails (when I scrubbed over it, it was fine). I closed iMovie, opened Finder and deleted the thumbnails for that event. When iMovie was launched again it regenerated the thumbnails and my project was available. I hope this is helpful ... that's a scary moment when you think you've lost all those hours of work.

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