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June 2, 2007

iMovie and Fat32 Don't Mix!

So, I spent many hours trying to figure out why the fast/slow/reverse effect wouldn't work for me in iMovie. It would preview OK and seem to work when I applied the effect to a clip, but the resulting clip would be all black and the movie would begin behaving very strangely. I upgraded iLife from 5 to 6 thinking that might fix the problem. No luck! Finally, after exhausting many theories I Googled and found an obscure comment in a forum about Fat32 and iMovie. Bingo!

I have a couple of hard drives I use for media projects. Since I have both Mac/PC computers around, I thought I'd just format them as Fat32 so I could get to them from my PC if I needed. That turned out to be the problem. Once I moved things around and reformatted the drives as OS X Extended (Journaled) everything worked like a charm. Sigh.

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