Old iMovie Files - Stills stored in "Still Images" Quicktime file, not updating

Discussion in 'Digital Video' started by dbit, Nov 19, 2015.

  1. dbit macrumors regular

    May 2, 2006
    So I came into a new company that was using imovie for their video work (not a substantial chunk of their work at the time), and recently we've had to update their video projects to work with the latest versions of imovie. We copied the libraries and all associated events using the commands in iMovie onto an external harddrive. In most cases iMovie see's them fine, but in some it shows 'missing media' for some still images.

    Well after some trouble shooting I've found that the still images were actually rolled into a "Still Images" quicktime file in the previous versions of iMovie. So for instance, if I go onto the disk, to the imovie library and choose show package contents, in the folder of the project there is a "Still Images" file that is a quicktime video of all the still images in the original project. But the current version of quicktime won't play these files. I downloaded quicktime 7 vr and it plays them just fine.

    So, for whatever reason imovie used to roll stills into a quicktime container and reference them there, and now we can't get the new version of iMovie to observe these references. I desperately need help!

    I've found little to no info on any of this out there, which is shocking to me.

    Any information is MUCH appreciated!
  2. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    Sometimes there is a format/codec mismatch. In my experience, QT7 played everything I threw at it, but that was due in part to my aggressive collection of codec/plug-ins. That's not possible with QTX. Anyway, try running the stills clip through Handbrake of MPEG Streamclip and see if the output is something amenable to QTX. And just checking - the QT container we're talking about has data in it, right? Like the file size would suggest that there's something there.

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