iMovie alternatives?

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by Vincisomething, Jan 16, 2016.

  1. Vincisomething, Jan 16, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 18, 2016

    Vincisomething macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2014
    TL;DR I can't get iMovie, so I need an alternative (that is free and 10.7.5 compatible). Any suggestions? Operative word being free. It doesn't have to be the best, I just need something where I can upload a video, put a song in the background and play the video on fast foward while the song plays (like a time lapse).

    Something happened to my computer and I had to reset it. I realized that some apps I had before - iMovie, Garage Band- were no longer on my computer. I can't accept the app bundle. However, at the same time, it doesn't give me the option to purchase it (not that I want to... I had it for free before and now I'd have to pay $15). Nothing about this makes sense. It tells me my only option is to just accept the app, but when I try, it does absolutely nothing- not even error pop-up windows- the button's basically a dud. And at the same time, if I did want to just buy it, it doesn't even give me that option. No matter how I look at it, I can't get iMovie, which is absolutely aggravating because I want to use a video editing program for something.
  2. Frank Maxwell macrumors newbie

    Jun 29, 2015
    If you bought iMovie you should get it. Can you tell us what Apple software you are using?
  3. coldsweat macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2009
    Grimsby, UK
    The free version is only 720p & it may be over the top, but you could try Lightworks

    Your iMovie download issue sounds like it could be a problem with the 'highly reliable' Mac App Store - have a look on the Apple support discussions & you may find a solution!!!!
  4. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
  5. Todor macrumors newbie


    Jan 7, 2016
    Not sure with the iMovie download problem...if you need an alternative, try Final Cut Pro or Adobe Premiere Pro.
  6. Vincisomething thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 1, 2014
    Macbook Pro 10.7.5. I used to run on a 10.6.8 (and it came with the computer), but the reset updated my macbook pro, I guess. Before, it ran fine on the 10.6.8, but now I can't even get it. I'm thinking it's because it now runs on 10.10.something, but I had it before, which is why I don't why I can't accept it.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 18, 2016 ---
    I'm too stingy to even pay fro iMovie lol.
    --- Post Merged, Jan 18, 2016 ---
    I originally tried posting this question to Apple Support, but I couldn't post for some reason! I'll try again today.
  7. Todor, Jan 19, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 19, 2016

    Todor macrumors newbie


    Jan 7, 2016
    #7, well...Yes, I agree, you'd better turn to :apple: support. But don't forget to share the problem reason and solution here when you're back.;)
  8. bent christian Suspended

    bent christian

    Nov 5, 2015
    I have used OpenShot in Linux in the past. It's pretty good. No frills. There is supposed to be a 2.0 OSX version being released soon. They only have the older Linux installers posted on the site right now.
  9. ajforbes20 macrumors regular


    Oct 5, 2011
  10. jblagden macrumors 65816


    Aug 16, 2013
    I tried OpenShot recently, but it has troubles with titles. It requires Inkscape for plain titles and Blender for animated titles. I’ve only troubleshot the animated titles so far. I’ve tried different file paths for Blender, but it doesn’t work with any of the paths I’ve provided. I did some research and found out that the issue is caused by changes in the Blender API. The only way for an end-user to resolve the problem is to use Blender 2.62, which is only for OS X 10.5 and won’t work in El Capitan. The best solution would be for the developers to include the requisite parts of Blender and Inkscape in OpenShot. Until this issue is resolved, OpenShot won’t be a viable alternative to iMovie. Well, unless you use make titles in iMovie, render them, and then use them in OpenShot.
  11. Dusty2016 macrumors newbie

    Jul 3, 2016
    Yes one iMovie alternatives is showbox. same work as imovie
  12. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

    Mar 19, 2008
    Warrington, UK
    No it doesn't. Showbox is for watching online movies, not editing home videos.
  13. dorsal macrumors regular

    Aug 20, 2002
    Quicktime will do what you need to do, it's free, but will not be as easy as iMovie. It will take some googling to learn.
    If $15 is too steep for you, maybe you should get another hobby.
    Programmers are people who write code for a living.
    Assuming you work for a living, how would you like to work for free?
  14. ColdCase, Jul 7, 2016
    Last edited: Jul 7, 2016

    ColdCase macrumors 68030

    Feb 10, 2008
    Older discussion, but I have the same problem with Pixelmator. Others on the support site have similar problems with one app or another. It seems that if the app store thinks you returned the app and was refunded, it sometimes won't let you update or even buy it again... kinda catch 22.

    I originally received Pixelmator as part of introductory offer, so it was purchased, but had some problems with downloads from the app store. Eventually that was fixed via the developer's site and the app store customer service cancelled my order.

    Fast forward a few months and updates start to be issued. According to mother apple I'm not allowed to have them (or some of them) as the app order was cancelled (I did get a few anyway). Last I checked six months ago, there was nothing apple could do about it, didn't appear to be anyway to reset the refund status. Although pixelmator is a great product and I use it often for photo repair, good thing I don't depend on it.

    I now have this notification I can't get rid of that Pixelmator has an update available, as when I ask for the update, it fails. The notification never gets reset. (I've turned off app store notifications so it doesn't annoy me day to day :) )

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