iMovie '09: Referenced videos from iPhoto Library not displayed in iMovie Event Library


If you change the Advanced Importing preferences in iPhoto so that the checkbox labeled "Copy items to the iPhoto Library" is deselected, movies you import into iPhoto after that change will not appear in iMovie.


Note: This issue only occurs with referenced movies that are imported to iPhoto while using iMovie '09 (version 8.0.5). Referenced movies which have been imported into iPhoto and accessed in iMovie prior to  iMovie '09 (version 8.0.5), will still appear in iMovie '09 (version 8.0.5) 


To resolve this issue, select the checkbox for "Copy items to the iPhoto Library" in the iPhoto preferences pane:

  1. Open iPhoto.
  2. Choose iPhoto > Preferences.
  3. Click the Advanced tab.
  4. Select the checkbox for "Copy Items to the iPhoto Library."*

* If you have already imported movies into iPhoto which are not visible in iMovie '09 (version 8.0.5), you will need to re-import your movie back into iPhoto after following the steps above. 

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