Normally iMovie runs well, and you can quickly build powerful, professional-quality movies using the techniques described earlier in this book. But all applications can suffer problems, so in this chapter I show you how to get around problems you may experience with iMovie. First, you'll learn several smart moves to make iMovie run as fast as possible. Next, you'll learn how to prevent iMovie from crashing or running unstably. After that, you'll see how to resolve problems when iMovie won't recognize your camcorder, import photos from iPhoto, or keep audio in sync. Lastly, you'll learn where to find information to troubleshoot other issues that arise.
To make iMovie run as fast and smoothly as possible, make sure you keep it up to date with the latest fixes and patches. You may also need to add RAM to your Mac or simply free up as much of its existing RAM as possible. And if your Mac's hard drive is nearly full, you may benefit from defragmenting it.
To keep iMovie in good shape, you will want to install any updates that Apple releases — not only updates for iMovie itself, but also for the other iLife applications and for Mac OS X. Installing these updates ensures you have the latest features and fixes for problems.
The easiest way to get updates is to use Software ...