How To Go From iMovie 8 to iMovie 6?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Felasco, May 16, 2014.

  1. Felasco Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    Hi all, hoping you might share some iMovie advice.

    I'm attempting to downgrade iMovie from version 8 to version 6. I currently have version 8 installed in Snow Leopard (10.6.8). I have an installer for iMovie 6.

    I thought I'd seek your advice before proceeding.

    I don't mind getting rid of version 8 if that is necessary. I have it on an install disk should I change my mind.

    Thanks for any suggestions you have on how I should install iMovie 6, appreciate it.
  2. daybreak macrumors 6502a

    Sep 4, 2009
  3. Felasco thread starter Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    Yes, there is a reason. :)

    I solved this one, by dumping all the files I could find for iMovie 8, and then running the installer for iMovie 6. Not sure if that was necessary, but it worked so I'm all set now.
  4. HobeSoundDarryl macrumors 604


    Feb 8, 2004
    Hobe Sound, FL (20 miles north of Palm Beach)
    You'll need to verify that iMovie 06 will run well on whatever version of the OS you have now. Even if it runs, "well" is the key word. And think about the future. Will you want to update to the next OS version when it comes out? And the next?

    My suggestion: buy an external hard drive, install Snow Leopard and any other software that you like to use from back then (including anything that runs in Rosetta), then boot into that drive when you want to work with iMovie 06. That way you'll have no issues upgrading your Mac to new OSs as they come out (won't have to worry about iMovie 06 breaking). I have this exact setup and it works great. I needed a few programs that run in Rosetta so I needed to retain a Snow Leopard boot drive.

    Otherwise, I'd have much reservation about hoping that iMovie 06 would keep working with every software update of OS X.

    For what it's worth: I missed '06 so much that it motivated me to try FCP X instead of trying to get by on '08-11. FCP X is kind of like '06 only with considerably more power. You might want to get the trial of that and see what you think. If you edit a fair amount of video, you might find the cost worth it.
  5. ratsg macrumors 6502

    Dec 6, 2010
    Can you share the URL for the iMovie 6 installer?
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
  7. Felasco thread starter Guest

    Oct 19, 2012
    I use your advice, but in reverse. I use Snow Leopard 95% of the time, and have Mavericks in a partition for those rare times I need it. I'm planning to switch to Mavericks in version 10.9.38. :)

    Thanks for this advice, sounds good, I will check it out.

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