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Edit iMovie files with any text editor Apps
Open an iMovie file (not the ones in the Media folder, but the project file) in your favorite text editor. As you can see, it's a plain text file (no XML unfortunately) which you could generate from a script if you wanted. For simple copy and paste functions, one could even write a web-based front-end for iMovie projects.

[Editor's note: This would have saved me some time this weekend; instead I did things this way.]
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Be careful about line endings
Authored by: hayne on Jul 08, '02 10:27:38AM
As I mentioned in an earlier hint, iMovie's project files seem to use the traditional Mac end-of-line character "\r" rather than the usual UNIX end-of-line character "\n" which is what most OS X applications use. So you should be careful to use an editor which can write files in this "Macintosh format" - e.g. BBEdit can do this. Using a standard UNIX editor (e.g. 'vi') will possibly create problems due to the "\n" line endings - I'm not sure if iMovie will accept project files with "\n" line endings (or with a mixture of "\r" & "\n" !).

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Be careful about line endings
Authored by: yoc on Jul 09, '02 08:26:42AM

You're right. The only text editing software I tried which works for editing iMovie projet file was BBEdit. TexEdit and others will give you back an unusable project file.

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