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Reduce iMovie's startup time Apps
iMovie is dog-slow in starting up -- especially after a system restart. To shave five or more seconds from the startup time, Control-click on iMovie's icon and choose Show Package Contents. In the new window, drill down to Contents -> Resources -> Sound Effects, and remove the two sound effects folders foudn there. Place them in a separate folder elsewhere and just drag-and-drop them into iMovie when you need them. You can also catalog them in iTunes and, once again, you have access to them via iMovie4. Now you can add more effects as you record or collect them.

[robg adds: I took one for the team and tested this one. It does seem to make a difference in startup time, though my machine is fast enough that iMovie4 isn't really slow in starting in 'normal' mode -- about five seconds. But with the folders removed, that dropped to maybe two or three seconds. Still, I'm not sure it's worth removing the folder, mainly because if Apple ever updates iMovie and includes new sound effects, I'm not positive of what might happen when you run the software updater.]
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Reduce iMovie's startup time
Authored by: schneb on Feb 19, '04 11:04:19AM

Sometimes Apple will eliminated certain sound effects to make room for new ones. Applying this hint will preserve these SFX for later use when desired.

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Reduce iMovie's startup time
Authored by: g3ski on Feb 19, '04 03:19:10PM

It worked for me and did reduce the startup time by a few seconds on a Dual 867G4.

One could also remove the sounds from the folders, but not the folders.

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Reduce iMovie's startup time
Authored by: schneb on Feb 19, '04 06:08:52PM

Good idea. Maybe even a folder alias placed in the new location where your SFX reside so you can drop them back in if you feel it is necessary.

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Reduce iMovie's startup time
Authored by: WadeHM on Feb 21, '04 07:36:32AM

Wow. I am using a 1 GHz PowerBook and now iMovie pops open immediately. There is no delay.

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