iMovie--Oh, my god.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by medelia, Nov 7, 2007.

  1. medelia macrumors newbie

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    this is my first time using imovie. it took forever to import the video i want to cut (off my desktop, not straight from a camera). All is well and good, except I was half way through editing when it quit on me. I hadn't saved, which is dumb, I know. BUT, in the help section it said that clips and files being edited before imovie quit would go in the trash to be retrieved when imovie reopens. I see them in the trash, but I have no idea how to retrieve this media. it won't let me drag the files back into the clip window, all it lets me do is select them. I'm scared that if I quit imovie again it will delete everything from the imovie trash and I'll have to re-import all over again. Is this the case?

    Can anyone help?

    Thanks in advance!
     
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  3. Italchef macrumors 6502

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    I've been using iMovie '08 to do some basic editing. I've used FCE for a while but for simple home stuff that's nice to get onto a DVD ASAP, iMovie is pretty good. I know that many are upset with it, but if you look at what it's meant to do, it accomplishes it. Fast and easy.
    Every time that I use iMovie it saves my projects when I close the program. I'm using an external drive as my scratch disk and it hasn't trashed any of my files. It has crashed once on me but I didn't lose anything.

    Mick
     
  4. Sawtooth811 macrumors 6502

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    I know what you go through!!!!:mad:
    I went through the same thing!!! I'm a professional movie maker, and I was thinking about moving to Final Cut Pro, but anyway, repair your permissions at Disk Utility (in the Utility Folder in apps), make sure everything is OK,
    and get into the habbit of saving more often. After a few months of movie making, it never happened again......
     
  5. davidjearly macrumors 68020

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    Professional movie maker? Forgive me, but why would you be using a consumer based video editing program?

    David
     
  6. Sky Blue Guest

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    A professional movie maker who uses iMovie?

    massive lulz
     
  7. Sawtooth811 macrumors 6502

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    What I meant by professional was that I'm an expert in iMOVIE/FINAL CUT MAKING!!!!
     
  8. Italchef macrumors 6502

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    This has brought up a question that should be easy to figure out. In iMovie '08 I can't find in the menu a "save" or "save as" selection. The program has been saving for me every time that I quit it, but as for saving while I'm working, nothing. Is this the way that the program works?

    Mick

    I just found my answer in the Apple Discussion forums: "Any work in iMovie '08 is always immediately written to the project file. So you can never loose any work because you forget to hit the Save button."
    Thanks til man
     
  9. bjett92 macrumors 6502a

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    I am personally not a huge fan of the new iMovie '08, so i installed iMovie HD also so that i could chose which one would get the job done better
     
  10. MattOC macrumors newbie

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    iMovie--Oh, my god.

    Hello everyone,

    Came across this thread and not sure if I can help with import speed necessarily, but something we've been developing and chucked out into the software ether might help in some way. We've called it YourView...

    It will certainly cut down iMovie editing time to import, it works as a preprocessor for iMovie 06 and 08 effectively, allowing you to tag video and create clips to export into iMovie, cutting out all the video you don't actually want to give the full treatment to- basically stuff that would end up on the cutting room floor.

    Anyway enough spiel, its called YourView, have a look on www.yourview.tv and tell me what you think...


    ...and Sawtooth pulling myself up on the cutting room comment, its definately not for professional movie makers! Just the desktop iMovie ones! ;)
     

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