Missing iMovie
April 26, 2012 11:09 AM   Subscribe

Last night, I exported a work-in-progress iMovie last night to show a friend. When I tried to edit it again, it said it couldn't find the source material, so I restarted iMovie. Now the project won't open. Where did it go?

I watched the project in iMovie this morning, and when I started editing, I got the "this project has been finalized, do you want to modify it" box and clicked okay. (Now I'm worrying that I just assumed that's what it said, but I can't be sure.) I made some changes, but the viewer went black and said it couldn't find the source material. When I reopened iMovie, the project was gone. It won't import or open the .rcproject file, which, per google, I put in the iMovie Projects folder. The source clips and music are still where they belong. What on earth happened and how do I fix it? Mac OS X, iMovie 11. I am not especially computer literate, but I can follow instructions. I am so grateful for any help--thanks.
posted by this roof to Computers & Internet (9 answers total)
is the file actually there?
posted by empath at 11:12 AM on April 26, 2012

The .rcproject file? I can open it in Finder and see folders and thumbnails etc in it, so yes?
posted by this roof at 11:31 AM on April 26, 2012

When you say it won't import, does it give you an error message?
posted by empath at 11:37 AM on April 26, 2012

No, it just doesn't open. iMovie will start up if it isn't already open, but the project doesn't appear in the list. If I try to import it through iMovie, the file name is gray.
posted by this roof at 11:40 AM on April 26, 2012

Go to console and look for imovie error messages, there should be something...
posted by empath at 11:43 AM on April 26, 2012

Yep, a bunch of these: 4/26/12 11:38:32 AM iMovie[628] Skipping loading of project "RT Video" due to error: Unable to load project
posted by this roof at 11:46 AM on April 26, 2012

Is it on an external drive? Googling around turns up that error related to that. If it's not, trying loading up disk utility and running a scan to see if it finds permissions problems or anything like that.
posted by empath at 12:19 PM on April 26, 2012

No external drive, and repairing permissions problems didn't seem to work. This might be hopeless. Thanks so much for your help, empath.
posted by this roof at 12:49 PM on April 26, 2012

Tips from support.apple.com: iMovie: "Your project is unreadable" Message. Looks like that's an archived support item though.
posted by kaefer at 1:32 PM on April 26, 2012

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