problem where recent iPhoto videos not showing in iMovie often happens after running iMovie for the first time. What happens here is that iMovie is trying to index and load all the movies stored in iPhoto, it will not to load everything specially when you have huge video collection in your Library. The solution is to force iMovie to load iPhoto videos again. To do this, you will have to create a new iPhoto Library, load it in iPhoto and let iMovie load the new iPhoto Library then let iPhoto load your original library, and run iMovie to revert back to that library. This will let iMovie load all the videos again, but this time only the unloaded videos will be imported.
Here’s how to force iMovie to load iPhoto videos:
- Create an new iPhoto Library by pressing alt/option as you run iPhoto.
- Click “Create New” and save it on your Macintosh HD. I would suggest
that you add something in the filename that indicate its a temporary library.
- Open iMovie and it will load movies on the new empty iPhoto Library.
- Quit iMovie, then iPhoto.
- Press alt/option then open iPhoto.
- Choose your original iPhoto Library.
- Start iMovie.
You will have to wait a while for iMovie to realize that it needs to load iPhoto movie. If it doesn’t, try restarting iMovie.
This fix works for me and should work for you to. Just make sure you’re not moving files to and from the external hard drive when loading iPhoto movies on a usb 3.0 device.
Sytsem used: iPhoto ’11, iMovie ‘ll, iOS 10.8.1 Mountain Lion, 2.5 GHz Core i7 intel, 16gb RAM, 500gb SSD, Retina Display, 1GB Graphics, and 2TB Western Digital My Passport.
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