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    Mar 24, 2014
    HELP! Problem with IMovie 11'
    So, I've been working on a project on IMovie 11' since November w/ music & clips I downloaded from YouTube. I was more than half way finished with it, it was perfect & all of the sudden, it went nuts on me. The first thing that happened is an entire event folder of video footage greyed out - I assumed it was because I had over 10 hrs worth of clips & it was too full, so I moved some to another folder & it worked - all the clips came back & I could see them in the project.
    The next time I opened the program, it was saying "Optimizing Video" & loading something. Then, it wouldn't even let me playback the project, edit or add anything to it. The thumbnails were still in the project & all the clips played within the event folders, showing the orange line indicating what was in the project ... but when I try to playback the project, it's just a grey screen & plays random audio from another one of my video projects.
    I even tried exporting the movie & saving it to my computer - when I played it, it was a totally different video project!
    None of my other video projects will play either, it only plays the audio & shows the grey screen. ALL the clips play in the event folders, so I don't understand why my projects won't playback.
    Anybody have any idea what's going on here? It's really not letting me do anything & I'm really upset because I've worked so hard on this If anybody knows the problem or how I can fix it, I really appreciate the help!
    If I have to, I might have to redownload IMovie & start over. I know there is a new version of IMovie, but if I update will I be able to get all my old projects & do you think they will work?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Did you make backups while working on the project? If you were using Time Machine, you can restore back to a time before the problems occurred.

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    Mar 24, 2014
    Quote Originally Posted by chscag View Post
    Did you make backups while working on the project? If you were using Time Machine, you can restore back to a time before the problems occurred.
    Thanks for your response. I wish I had know that! It did save a file of the project on my computer as it always does & I have all the clips I used still saved.
    I use this program all the time & it's never done this before, so it's really frustrating. I realized that when I first open IMovie, it will play other projects normally but once I try to open the project I'm currently working on, it quits on me. It still won't let me edit or add to the projects.

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    May 04, 2014
    HELP! Problem with IMovie 11'
    I experienced almost exact symptoms with iMovie 9.0.4 and OS X 10.6.8. I went to purchase iMovie 11' and got message I needed to update from Leopard to Maverick in order to run iMovie 11'. After updating both, I'm back to work on my projects, without losing any of my previous work.

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