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Fix damaged iMovie project files Apps
Recently, in preperation for upgrade to Panther, I moved all of my large iMovie projects and files to another drive. I used cp in the Terminal to do so. This broke all my iMovie files. It would no longer open them in any way -- not even to import. It broke project files and clips. I was crushed, and I thought I lost a lot of video and work.

I searched around and after MUCH looking found Lennart Thelander's File Fixers which was referenced in the iMovie FAQ. The file fixers will reset the files information to that which iMovie recognizes. They are AppleScripts and these are the actual fixers for OS X [83KB download] and OS 9 [27KB download]. They worked great for me! If you want to test them, create a new iMovie project. Use cp in the Terminal to move the new project around (clips and all), and it will probably break. Then run the fixers and see if they work for you.
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Fix damaged iMovie project files
Authored by: Manevitch on Oct 30, '03 11:36:46AM

Not that it's much help now, but this problem is exactly why CpMac exists. If you have the Developer Tools installed, run /Developer/Tools/CpMac instead of plain cp to copy files WITH their Mac resource information intact.

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Fix damaged iMovie project files
Authored by: aranor on Oct 30, '03 08:32:52PM
The command ditto -rsrc will have the same effect, copying while preserving resource forks.

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