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Movies folder is gone & iMovie is acting up

by lillibet1 / February 23, 2006 11:16 PM PST

I was importing some dv footage into iMovie, and then exporting it back on a clean tape to send someone a copy. First, iMovie kept shutting down and putting the clips in the imovie trash. Then I would delete the file and start over. Somehow in this process I have deleted the entire folder:movies.

So the problem is two-fold:
1. why is iMovie throwing clips into the trash?
2. what should I do to create a new movie folder for my Home file?

Yes, I empited the trash so I think the folder is truly gone. I had backups of the movie files so that doesn't matter - or is not a disaster at least.

Also, does iMovie have its own disc space? It will tell me I am out of disc space, and yet my G4 powerbook shows 58Gb available?

I am on: Powerbook G4 running 10.4.4 with 1G memory and 93Gb hard drive with 58Gb available.

Thanks for any help.

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by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / February 24, 2006 2:02 AM PST

You missed an important piece of information. What version of iMovie are you running?
To create a new Movie folder in your Home folder, go to your Home folder and create a new folder as you would normally. Just change the name from untitled to, Movies.
iMovie is probably throwing things in the trash, not the Finders trash can, because it has a problem which is why it keeps crashing.
First, run the Disk Utility and repair permission on your hard drive. Try again with iMovie.
Your original Movie folder got deleted because you went there and deleted it. Clips that are in the trash, inside iMovie, are NOT in the Finders trash can. They are still sitting on the HD, taking up space, and when you delete them, the original clips that were in the Movie folder, remain untouched.
iMovie will use all the available disk space and does not have a certain portion of the HD allocated to it.
If the disk permissions fails to work, trash iMovie's preferences and try again. If that fails, trash iMovie and reinstall it. Your machine should run iLife 06 without a problem.


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iMovie help
by lillibet1 / February 24, 2006 5:14 AM PST
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Thanks - you are the best in the universe of help discussions. I will let you know how it turns out.
I am running iMovie 5.0.2 (111) which looks to be the most current version.
I'm still a little confused about the available space issue with iMovie - it says I am out of room when my hard drive has 58GB available. Maybe this will be cured with the permission repair, etc.
Have a nice weekend.

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