iMovie 09 beachballing

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by samwise, Apr 3, 2012.

  1. samwise macrumors regular

    Apr 17, 2005
    North Salt Lake, Utah
    I have a Rev A MBP 13" (2.26 Core 2 Duo with 4GB of RAM) running 10.7.3.

    When I run iMovie 09 (v8.0.6), it is constantly beach-balling.

    I have three clips from my GoPro Hero 2 camera that I copied from the SD card to my hard drive, and then imported into iMovie (5:46, 8:54 and 11:34 respectively, recorded at 960p 60fps). Each import took a couple of attempts as the spinning beach ball appeared, but I eventually got them into iMovie.

    Then I created a new project and attempted to copy the clips into the project. It took a number of attempts for each clip, as the application would stop responding on multiple occasions, requiring me to force quit iMovie and then re-start it.

    Now that I have them in the project, I started to edit it - and, naturally, when I split the project at the point I wished to make a cut, it beach-balled once again, requiring another force-quit and restart.

    As you can no doubt imagine, this is getting pretty old! :mad:

    Having read some threads with beach-balling issues in iMovie, I've removed Flip4Mac, Perian, and a couple other extra Preference Pane installs to see if they affect it, but have noticed no difference.

    Is the MBP just not up to the job at this spec? Or is there something else I could be looking at for possible conflicts or other issues?
  2. Cam1 macrumors newbie


    Jan 14, 2012
    If you have tried restarting your computer, try opening up a new finder window and go to [Your Home Folder]/Libary/Preferences] and delete all the files that start with "". Don't worry about deleting these files, iMovie will regenerate them automatically.

    Note: You can also always drag the old files back from the trash into the Preference folder.

    There is also a youtube video tutorial on how to do this:

    If what is stated above does not work, you can also try freeing up space on your MacBook Pro. As well, you could also check Software Update to see if there is an available update for iMovie 09.

    Check out my website and youtube channel for more iMovie Tutorials and Tips:

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