View Full Version : iMovie Madness!!

21st April 2009, 11:53 PM
Hi Guys! :)
I have an iMac aluminum 24" 2.4Ghz. This machine is very capable of running iMovie '09, and it should do it properly.
So, I have been quite busy on my holiday break moving all of my old cassette video's to HD's. I have so far done this successfully, but today my iMac told me I was running on 2GB's of HD space and that Mac OSX wasn't going to run properly etc etc. So, naturally I rushed out to buy a 250GB HD. (It's not as big as my iMac's HD, but it would be big enough until I could afford another HD which is more powerful). I came home, and decided that it would be easier to move all of my video content which I had imported into iMovie to the WD 250GB drive. I created a new project and estimated how much video would fit onto my new drive. I estimated 6 hours. (Too long). I was given the error code: OSStatus error -2009. - I straigiht away thought that the video footage was too much for the tiny drive to handle so I naturally reduced the amount of video in which I wanted to transfer to the HD. But.. When I deleted the original footage in the project I had created and added the new footage iMovie just kept on Beachballing. I decided to close iMovie and re-open it. Upon re-opening it, I was told that there was no footage in the new project i had created. I was ready to pull out my hair, but once again I calmly moved the video from my event to the project. Now all I get is the spinning wheel. (The wheel you see when turning off an iPhone).
Update: I have just closed iMovie and have re-opened it. I am now getting the error: OSStatus error -2009.

If anyone could help me, I would be very very grateful!

Carl :-)

22nd April 2009, 07:52 AM
are you editing off the external HDD? because if its anything other than firewire it will shit itself. Same goes for large amounts of data ... USB drives just cant handle large amounts of data transfer at the same time ... its has to be done is small amounts. Firewire 400 or 800 is the only external you should use for scratch disks.

22nd April 2009, 09:58 AM
Maybe move some of the other stuff off the iMac so that iMovie can work again. It's relatively easy to put your iPhoto and iTunes files onto the external drive. When you're sure that's done then delete the originals from your iMac and try to sort out iMovie. Once that's done then move iPhoto and itunes back to your iMac.

Just be very careful that you've got iphoto and itunes on your external before you delete!

Also ... how much did you save by buying the 250GB external compared to 1TB? Too late now, but I would have begged, borrowed or ... [no, I wouldn't steal] to get $199 for a 1TB drive.

22nd April 2009, 10:48 AM
why don't you move your porn and downloaded music to the external drive so you can use your iMac's internal drive as the scratch disk (faster than USB).

I'm using an external 500GB drive connected by eSata to my Macbook Pro. It's more than double the speed of the internal drive!

22nd April 2009, 11:04 AM
lol.. I am using my internal 320GB HD as myscratch disk. I am now trying to move, bit by bit my footage to my external.
@richbowen - I have nothing on my iMac. Just this footage
@xfodder - I am editing off my internal 320GB internal drive
@Cybix - lol.. I'm a good boy =D