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    May 12, 2010
    Unable to drag iMovie events into Project
    I am very new to Mac, and am trying iMovie for the first time. I have a Sony DCR-TRV18 miniDV camcorder, and have successfully imported a little over two hours of miniDV tapes into iMovie, and they show up as events. However, when I try to drag any event into the project area (after creating a new project), it is not retained. My particular events were organized by year, with individual day events contained within the "year" event. i have tried moving single days, or the year, and nothing is successful--in fact, I cannot even drag the event at all when the "year" is selected. I should also point out that I do not need or want to edit individual clips--I just want to get all the events in chronological order into projects, and then to copy onto DVDs. I have consulted iMovie help to no avail--can anyone help me? Thank you.

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    To debug something like this I'd start in the Utilities folder, then start iMovie and try these things that are not working. Then I'd look at the log in Console app to see if any errors or warnings were reported for those actions.
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    May 12, 2010
    Well, I feel like an idiot! I accidentally discovered (after quite a few frustrating efforts) that the clips themselves are to be selected. I was trying to select the files listed in the event library menu. After playing with them a little bit, I learned how to move the clips easily, and successfully created two DVDs!

    And I should have known better than to leave out the software version, but just didn't think of it. I appreciate the reminder for future reference.

    Thanks for the quick response--sorry I sounded the alarm prematurely!

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  4. #4

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    Sep 09, 2009
    Select which clips where? I'm on iMovie11 and I have used iMovie a long time, but not recently, but this problem suddenly seems to happen for me. I create an event and import videos, then have to select videos and drag into a project I create, right?

    That just scrolls down the event videos and drags nothing into the project. The preview plays the videos in the events, the projects area has apparently become redundant. Either I'm missing something or the app has gone wrong in some way.

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    Apr 20, 2010
    Whoa...whoa...Once you create an must open the event ( or actually add clips to the event ). When you open the event and reveal individual clips within the event only those can be selected in part or as a whole to be added to a project. Entire events cannot be moved into a project.

    Idiot alert...I was actually responding to posts 1, 2, 3...which are 4 months old....sorry for the confusion. As to post #4...seems logical...try again...I am at a loss to help with your problem if it persists.

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