iMovie froze my whole laptop

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by UntoldAnimation, Aug 26, 2014.

  1. UntoldAnimation macrumors newbie

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    Ok, sorry if this is in the wrong forum, but this is really urgent and I really want to hear what you guys think. I put this on the Apple Community Support thing, so I'll just copy and paste that to here:


    Ok, this is really serious. I was using iMovie on my laptop and for no reason it just froze. I can't move my mouse.

    The last time this happened to me was almost 4 months ago. I held down the power button and forced my Macbook Pro to shut down. When I booted it up again and went back on iMovie, everything was gone. All my projects and everything in my event library's, gone. While at first I was really distraught I realised I still had my footage on my iPod, so I just imported the clips again. (For some reason it wouldn't let me import in any of the event libraries I already had, so I had to make a new one)

    This time though I had lots more footage for my projects and I needed to delete some of the clips off my iPod to save space.

    So I'm really scared to shut my laptop down because I don't want to lose my project. I've spent 4 months working on this, spending about two hours every day filming. I really don't want to lose my work. I still have some footage left on my iPod, but not nearly as much as I did. Someone please give my some guidance here, I'm very anxious right now


    This is the post:
    https://discussions.apple.com/message/26505520#26505520


    So yeah, what do you guys think?
    Maybe there is some folder where all my Events/Projects are stored but I never thought to check before my Macbook froze. As stated, the last time this happened I shut down my laptop and turned it on again, only to find that everything was gone.

    They weren't completely empty, to be exact, but when I go on one of the projects that I made before I lost everything the first time, is says 'Missing Video' or something, so I just assumed that like my event library, the clips in my projects were gone too.


    Now I don't know for sure that if I restart my laptop my project will be gone again, but considering I've worked 4 months on this, I don't want to take any chances. Luckily enough, just the day before I uploaded what I had done in the video so far on Youtube in 1080p, but there now way I can export that back into iMovie.


    So what should I do? Should I risk restarting my laptop? What else can I try first? Thanks in advance ;)
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If your computer is locked up, you really only have one option; restart.

    You don't have a backup? There really is no excuse for not having a backup. Apple makes it ridiculously easy, and external HDDs are cheap.
     
  3. AnonDP macrumors member

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    My laptop goes crazy even thinking about iMovie. i7, 16GB.
     
  4. UntoldAnimation thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Everything turned out better than expected

    Yeah, I know it wasn't wise not to make a backup, but you don't have to shove it in my face -.-

    In the end though, I restarted and nothing seems to be missing, so...
    thanks I guess?
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Thats good, but I really do suggest getting a backup system setup immediately. I've seen too many people lose important pictures and videos because "it didn't seem like it was a big deal." Once you look into the cost of data recovery, backup makes a lot of sense.
     

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