Is it possible to install old version of iMovie for a MacBook?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by binkytron, May 15, 2010.

  1. binkytron macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    Hi, I recently bough a new MacBook Pro 5.5 (Mac OS X version 10.6) that came with an

    iMovie version 8.0.4.

    I've been using iMovie version 4.0 for the past couple of years, often for some complicated mash-up editing splicing various audio tracks over different videos, to my great satisfaction.

    It seems that this new version of iMovie doesn't offer the same capability as far as multiple audio tracks.

    Basically I miss my old version, and tried unsuccessfully to install it on the new mac (from my old desktop computer).

    The staff at the Mac Store told me it was completely impossible to install any lower version, but I got the strong vibe they just didn't want to discuss it, so I'm hoping someone here has other ideas.

    Can anyone tell me if it's at all possible to install a previous version of iMovie on a new computer? (if not version 4.0 a version in between?)

    Thank you for any help you can provide.

    all the best.
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Pretty sure iMovie 4 only runs on PPC (non-Intel) Macs, so I don't think it's possible to install it on a Macbook.
  3. binkytron thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    Thanks for the quick reply!

    I read some threads saying that version 6.0 would possibly be compatible for download, and possesses lots of features missing from the new version.

    Does anyone know if this is true and where it would be possible to get it?

  4. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    iMovie 6 was made available for download by Apple when iMovie '08 was new, and then pulled after the release of iLife '09. It is no longer available from their website and I would be suspicious of other sites that hosted the disk image after Apple pulled it from their own site.
  5. WeemanWise macrumors 6502


    Sep 8, 2009
    I still have the iMovie 6 DMG file on my portable hard drive :)
  6. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
  7. binkytron thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 15, 2010
    Thank you for the feedback. Has anyone successfully used/installed the iMovie '06 on a more modern computer (I just got mine in February). I'm a bit wary of paying for it online and then finding out it's not compatible, which it may not be if Apple pulled it from their website.

    Hopefully someone has uploaded it successfully, but if worse comes to worse I may just keep using my old iMac exclusively for editing with the 4.0 version.

    In any event, thanks for all the useful feedback!
  8. mchalebk macrumors 6502a

    Feb 4, 2008
    I use iMovieHD 6 on a 2008 MacPro. No issues.

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