How to Recover Lost iMovie Project on Mac

|by Dodson, Updated on Jan 4, 2022

iMovie is the default app on Mac, iPhone, iPad to edit videos. You can use it to create a project, import videos, and do further editing, like merging, splitting, adding tracks, filters, and more. However, during the process, you might get iMovie projects unsaved, deleted or they just disappear without any hint. Luckily, you can get back the iMovie project according to how they were lost.

Part 1. How to Recover iMovie Project after Crash (Without Saving)

It happens regularly that when you edit an iMovie project, iMovie just freezes and can’t move at all. In this case, you must force quit iMovie, which results in the iMovie project being unsaved.

Actually, it’s not the worse situation. Maybe you can check out iMovie Library to find the iMovie project there.

  1. Find and navigate to iMovie Library. It’s in the Movie folder.
  2. Right-click on iMovie Library.imovielibrary and select.
  3. From the next window, you need to check in details, looking for the unsaved iMovie project.

When find it, double-click on it to restore the project or drag and drop to the iMovie app.

Part 2. How to Restore iMovie Project Disappeared

You don’t know where the iMovie project is as it is just missing. If you are sure you haven’t deleted it before, then the only option for you is to search for it. On Mac, type in "iMovie Project" in the search box, looking for all the results related to the iMovie project. After finding it, drag and drop it to the desktop. After then, choose a folder you’re familiar with and put the iMovie project. When you want to do further editing, drag and drop it to iMovie.

Part 3. How to Recover Lost/Deleted iMovie Projects

There are cases that you accidentally or intentionally deleted iMovie projects before you realize you need it. In this case, you need to find the lost or deleted iMovie project. There are two ways available.

#1. Restore Deleted iMovie Project from Time Machine Backup

If you want to restore deleted iMovie project with the Time Machine backup file, you must have a backup file first. If not, you need to use iBatsoft Data Recovery for Mac in #2 to recover deleted iMovie project.

  1. If your Time Machine backup is on an external hard drive, please connect the device with your Mac first.
  2. Open the Finder Window for Movies folder where by default iMovie project saves.
  3. Click Time Machine in the menu bar and click Enter Time Machine.
  4. Scroll up and down, look for the iMovie project. You can look for it with the help of a timeline.
  5. When finding the iMovie project in Time Machine backup, select it and click "Restore".

#2. Retrieve Deleted iMovie Project with iBatsoft Data Recovery for Mac

If you are not able to recover deleted iMovie project from Time Machine backup, you can try iBatsoft Data Recovery for Mac, professional data recovery for Mac users to recover deleted files on Mac internal hard drives as well as external hard drives. Here are the steps for how to use it to restore deleted iMovie Project on Mac.

  1. Download and install the Mac data recovery on your MacBook or iMac. It’s fully compatible with all the macOS, including the latest big sur. If it tells you the app is blocked, please go to the system preferences to set up as "install apps from App Store and identified developers".
  2. Launch the Mac data recovery software. From the first window, please locate the place where you have deleted the iMovie project. After then, click "Scan" to let the software scan the hard drive, looking for deleted iMovie project for you.
  3. Wait for the scanning process to finish. After then, you can see all the found files are put in the directory. From the left panel, select the hard drive > folder > then you can see the found files for this folder. By default, the iMovie project is in the Movies folder. You need to find the Movies folder in the left panel and find the iMovie project on the right side. Select it and click "Save" to save it on your Mac.

Part 4. How to Recover iMovie Project on iPhone

Some people also asked how to recover iMovie project on iPhone. There are multiple ways available.

#1. Restore iMovie project from iTunes backup

If you have backed iPhone to iTunes before deleting iMovie project, then you can restore iPhone from iTunes backup.

  1. Connect your iPhone with your computer from where you have backed up iPhone to iTunes.
  2. Click "Restore Backup" > select the backup file that contains the iMovie project and restore it to your iPhone.

#2. Restore iMovie project from iCloud backup

If you have enabled the iCloud backup feature on your iPhone, the deleted iMovie project might be in the iCloud backup. You can use it to restore your iPhone to get the iMovie project again.

  1. On your iPhone, tap Settings > General > Reset > Erase All Content and Settings. Wait for the iPhone to be erased completely.
  2. When a new window asks you to set up your iPhone, select Restore from iCloud Backup > sign in with your iCloud account > select an iCloud backup to restore to iPhone.

#3. Use iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery to scan iPhone directly for deleted iMovie project

iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery is a professional data recovery software to scan iPhone, looking for deleted iPhone files. Supported files include videos, photos, contacts, messages, and the iMovie project. You can try it to scan iPhone and get back deleted iMovie projects on iPhone.

  1. Connect your iPhone with your computer on which you’re going to perform iPhone data recovery.
  2. Download and install iBeesoft iPhone Data Recovery.
  3. Launch iPhone Data Recovery and click "Recover from iOS Device".
  4. Click the "Scan" button beside the iPhone on the software.
  5. Preview the found files, find the iMovie project to preview.
  6. Select the found iMovie project and click "Recover" to save on your computer.
  7. Select the found iMovie project and click "Recover" to save on your computer.

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