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iMovie HD Available Here

The last good version of Apple’s iMovie was version 6, later called iMovie HD. At least that’s my opinion, and it’s shared by a few others. The later versions became more of a video manager (and not a good one), and a very rudimentary editor (and not a good one).

Realizing, but not admitting, how much people hated the new iMovie, there was a period when Apple would let you download the previous and now-abandoned iMovie HD, but it is no longer available from Apple, even on their Old Software List, so until I’m given a Take Down notice, I’m putting iMovie HD up for grabs here. Of course you’re trusting that I haven’t embedded some kind of nasty malware or anything, which I haven’t.

In the disk image is the “iMovie HD.app” application which you’ll drag to your /Applications folder and an “iMovie” folder which you’ll drag to your /Library/Application Support folder. Enjoy.

(I updated the iMovie HD app to include the modified version string discussed in the other post. Aug 2016)

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  1. Jim
    April 18th, 2011 at 13:01 | #1

    I agree. You are a lifesaver; I missed this when buying my new Snow Leopard system, and I’m so glad to have it back!

  2. Lee
    June 8th, 2011 at 19:31 | #2

    Thank you so much!!! I work on this version of iMovie on my laptop and with my new iMac I could not do any work….that is until I stumbled upon your magnificence here! Thanks!!

  3. Chad
    June 16th, 2011 at 20:38 | #3

    Thank you. Thank you. You’ve breathed a bit of life in my old G5.

  4. Mac Guy
    July 15th, 2011 at 10:19 | #4

    Merci 🙂

  5. A helpful bloke
    January 6th, 2012 at 15:46 | #5

    In case anyone is interested, it seems that direct references to it have been removed from Apple’s site, but that iMovie HD 6.0.3 can be still be downloaded from Apple here:


  6. A helpful bloke
    January 6th, 2012 at 16:04 | #6

    I posted too soon… The updater to 6.0.3 can be obtained, as can the (larger) combo update to 6.0.2, but users will need version 6.0 or 6.0.1 first.

    My apologies for any confusion. 🙁

  7. February 24th, 2012 at 16:25 | #7

    Oh Beautiful….

    Never really thought about this until I wanted to do something semi-serious with a few videos and then very quickly realised how much I missed the “editor” and hated the “toy”. Long may this page remain live.

  8. cecilia
    April 17th, 2012 at 12:24 | #8

    Can you please help me. Someone have stolen my mac with iMovie HD and I don’t want to use the new one. How can I download it?
    Thank you a lot for helping

  9. hnbyrum
    January 3rd, 2013 at 22:23 | #9

    OMGoodness!!!I have Looked EVERYWHERE for this and have now FINALLY been able to successfully download and install on my much older mac. I deleted it because I never used it in order to save space….now of course, I need it. THANK YOU THANKKKK YOUUU for keeping this up here for folks like me! you rock!

  10. leo
    March 17th, 2013 at 04:58 | #10

    tnks!! you really save my day, I have to do an urgent job and my old mac its a problem, but finally a version that works 🙂 tnks men all the good vibes for you

  11. Carl
    May 3rd, 2013 at 12:27 | #11

    i’im getting a trouble message saying there is missing components when i’m importing a 1080 resolution .mov from my video camera. Any help on this?

  12. Ulf
    May 25th, 2013 at 03:07 | #12

    Thanks a lot – now I can import Clips from my (old school) DV Camcorder like I want them to get imported – and not like Apple want me to import it….

    I missed iMovie 6 🙂

  13. May 27th, 2013 at 18:37 | #13

    You just saved my life!

  14. Jv
    June 8th, 2013 at 02:19 | #14


  15. Mirjam Hege
    June 16th, 2013 at 13:52 | #15

    Thank you! I’m very happy to have again iMovie HD – really my fav Programm which I unintentionally had erased 🙁
    Can’t thank you enough! Hate iMovie and FinalCutExpress…
    So now I can get creative again.. big smile for you!

  16. Jeff
    June 26th, 2013 at 22:02 | #16

    Thank you! So excited to have found this! Incredibly easy install, thanks for the directions and for providing this in the first place.

  17. July 18th, 2013 at 14:51 | #17

    This will help me with my films on focusfilms!

  18. Robert Martens
    July 19th, 2013 at 02:34 | #18

    useful for archiving old dv tape based projects

  19. Leslie
    July 21st, 2013 at 12:53 | #19

    HUGE thank you!!

  20. Leslie
    July 21st, 2013 at 12:53 | #20


  21. Hendrik Demey
    August 20th, 2013 at 01:04 | #21

    Great service to the community!

  22. Jennifer
    August 23rd, 2013 at 18:27 | #22

    Thanx As I am trying to learn imovie 09, I realize having a copy of 06 is a must and I don’t have access to that disc for my old computer at this time. I can open old project and not loose all the titles and other work I did.

  23. matthew napoleon
    September 17th, 2013 at 14:08 | #23

    Thank you so very much… now if I can only figure out how to get back my photoshop cs3 which I lost when I upgraded my mac to 10.6.8

    If you can help there that would be brilliant

  24. September 26th, 2013 at 10:16 | #24

    thank you!!!! i’ve edited every movie i’ve ever made for my band, rabbit rabbit, on iMovie HD 6… on my husband/partner’s computer. can’t make any artistic sense of the newer ones. and now i have this one on my own computer… thank you!!!

  25. Anne Corthouts
    December 12th, 2013 at 03:04 | #25

    IMovie HD is stille the best program for creative people, all the new once or not decent. One problem: after upgrading to Mavericks my Sony camera with tapes doesn’t work proper anymore, now it is impossible to send your montage back tot the camera, only the sound is recorded.
    I tried the newest version of I movie (version 10) and I movie HD is still the best and most logic to use.

  26. Koenraad Van de Casteele
    December 12th, 2013 at 03:05 | #26

    IMovie HD is stille the best program for creative people, all the new once or not decent. One problem: after upgrading to Mavericks my Sony camera with tapes doesn’t work proper anymore, now it is impossible to send your montage back tot the camera, only the sound is recorded.
    I tried the newest version of I movie (version 10) and I movie HD is still the best and most logic to use.

  27. tf
    December 13th, 2013 at 11:36 | #27

    iMovie is the best for basic apps. Used iMovie 3.0 for over 10 years til my firewire (Fryer-Wire) finally dies in my G4s.

    I use Movie Maker (don’t like it much – who taught these guys how to program??).

    I tried Premiere (way complicated, non-intuitive and non-user friendly – blech!)

    I have Pinnacle Studio 15 (by Avid) and tried it on 4 PCs and it doesn’t work. Boom, Freeze, Crash. Avid of all people! 🙁
    You’re a prince. Thanks for posting this after an otherwise chump situation at Apple.

  28. Chris B.
    December 14th, 2013 at 10:53 | #28

    Sitting in the Apple Store…genius bar. Woopie. You’re the genius!!!! Thank you for this.

  29. seme
    January 4th, 2014 at 09:42 | #29

    is there any way to install this imovie 6 on osx 10.8.2????

    January 4th, 2014 at 09:55 | #30





  31. Kent
    January 12th, 2014 at 18:15 | #31

    Huge help, thanks! Had a friend that just bought and older computer and I only could find newer versions of iMovie. I know I had these old versions at one point but I wasn’t smart enough to keep them around. Thanks again.

  32. Akeel Habib
    January 18th, 2014 at 21:45 | #32

    I’ve waited years to get this version, thank you Robert Harder.

  33. watch
    January 19th, 2014 at 19:53 | #33


  34. emma
    January 22nd, 2014 at 11:04 | #34


  35. Ron
    January 22nd, 2014 at 12:03 | #35

    Thanks to the internet and people who share! Thanks Rob!


  36. Zach
    January 25th, 2014 at 15:04 | #36

    Thank you SO MUCH for this. OMG. Thank you. I just tried to open old iMovie projects and almost had a heart attack when I realized iMovie 10 won’t read the file. You’re a life saver.

  37. January 30th, 2014 at 10:36 | #37

    just wanted to confirm that this download does work on mavericks 10.9.1. thanks for the great download.

  38. MGM
    February 5th, 2014 at 13:14 | #38

    How do we address the “iMovieHD can’t be opened because it is from an unidentified developer”?

  39. February 5th, 2014 at 20:54 | #39

    If you’re getting the Unidentified Developer message on this, or any other app you want to run, you need to right-click or control-click on the app and select Open from the popup menu. When you do that, the same message appears but with different options, and this time you can override and open the app anyway.

  40. James Pannozzi
    February 15th, 2014 at 21:28 | #40

    Many thanks !

    If you know of other great older software that runs under Snow Leopard, especially audio editors or sound synthesizers, please let us know.

  41. Fillon Antoine
    February 19th, 2014 at 06:49 | #41

    Thanks a lot Robert you just saved my day! i tried to use Imovie 9 or 11 and struggled but now thanks to you it’s much easier to make home movies

  42. garrett
    February 22nd, 2014 at 17:26 | #42

    Dude, thank you so FREAKING much. People like you make the world a better place.

  43. March 6th, 2014 at 14:36 | #43

    Hi Robert,
    Thank you for your suggestion for getting IMovie HD 6. I have got it, have imported a Music video of myself, of which I want to get 6 or 7 clips from to use on my website. I’ve selected the seven clips and when I export, I am not getting a good quality video clip. The clip appears small and grainy. What do I do to get a high quality clip? If you can PLEEASEEE give me a step-by-step instruction to achieve this.
    Thanks so much Robert.
    Kind Regards,

  44. imirza
    March 9th, 2014 at 19:59 | #44

    Thanks a million.

  45. March 14th, 2014 at 05:18 | #45

    Thank you so much for providing this invaluable service. Last week, my computer crashed and burned with all my data and software. The Apple store did an ‘erase and reinstall’ and replaced my defunct Snow Leopard operating system with the latest called Maverick. ($250) I also lost valuable software that I discovered Maverick would no longer support…which meant purchasing new!…such as Final Cut Pro. But I was most upset by having lost my beloved iMovie HD (which 6 years ago I had Apple Support send me to replace the then current version of iMovie on my new computer.) I thought I had hit the motherlode when I discovered iMovie HD on your site…but it was not compatible with Maverick. Apple Support told me that after version 10.7, iMovie is no longer compatible. I had Maverick 10.9!… I was devastated! How was I going to work on my many videos? I spoke with an iApps specialist at Apple Support who walked me through an ‘erase and reinstall’ of my previous Snow Leopard operating system 10.6…and my computer accepted your downloaded iMovie. Whew! I want to THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU, Robert!

  46. agentmonday
    March 16th, 2014 at 07:15 | #46

    You sir are a genius!!!! Thank you so much. The other version just disappeared on me when I upgrade OS. Not sure how it happened but they want me to fork out now for a terrible version. Thank you again!!

  47. March 17th, 2014 at 13:19 | #47

    Thank you so much for the download. I deleted this by mistake over a year ago , and could not find a movie maker that was this easy , and good to use. I had been uploading straight forward videos to you tube [ Immortaldio ] for all this time since losing this application. Thank you – thank you – Thank you. Brilliant. I hope many more find this , and you get the credit you deserve from all . Best wishes . Shaun.

  48. Dave Farrar
    March 21st, 2014 at 10:36 | #48

    As everyone else has done, I thank you for posting this. I’ve tried the new iMovie and Final Cut, but I always come back to the original iMovie for its simplicity and ease of use. Perfect for simple video projects. Thanks again.

  49. Tom
    March 31st, 2014 at 18:30 | #49

    Thank you so much Robert – this is helping me save so many old iMovie files! Question though: I am running 10.9.2 and want to recover some VERY old “.imovie2project” files. It seems as though these are the only ones I am unable to open through iMovie 6 (HD) that I downloaded here. Any suggestions on how I might recover these movies? (I am not looking to edit or do anything with the movies, just view them and possible export them to .mov format or something more compatible with OS X). Thanks in advance!

  50. Eric M Barach, M.D.
    April 28th, 2014 at 07:48 | #50

    @Robin Michetti Hi, I have an iMac os X 10.8.5 running mountain lion, and I was able to download move 6.0.3 HD and it ran without any problems. Also, I have old gee three transitions that would no longer work on the download, but updated downloads are available from Slick GeeThree site and they also work on mountain lion and 10.8.5

  51. Susi
    May 9th, 2014 at 14:34 | #51

    Hi. I don’t know if you can help me with my problem but I thought I would give it a shot. I recently had to replace my iMac 2006 desktop computer as the hard drive died. I had backed up everything on external hard drive thank goodness. I now have a new iMac late 2009. I am running OS 10.8.5. I have always used and loved the iMovie 6 HD. I am afraid to use the new one as everyone says it is awful… So I just had the computer set itself up from my external hard drive using Time machine. Here is my problem. I can load and edit videos just like before but when I close a project and then reopen it to continue to edit, the scrubber bar and play head are visible but within seconds they disappear. So I can no longer edit using my play head and scrubber bar. I tried re installing iMovie from your download but the same problem happens. Any idea what I am doing wrong? Thank you so much for your time and your help. Peace, Susi

  52. Kim
    May 10th, 2014 at 21:52 | #52

    Won’t work for me…says it can’t open because it is from an unidentified supplier?????????? help???? 🙂

  53. May 11th, 2014 at 08:13 | #53

    @Susi , I’m sorry, but that problem doesn’t sound familiar to me. So it’s only when you reopen a project that it’s messed up? That’s really odd. Sorry I don’t have any ideas. -Rob

  54. May 11th, 2014 at 08:14 | #54

    @Kim , Unidentified Supplier doesn’t sound familiar to me. This happens when you open the DMG file? -Rob

  55. Alex
    May 11th, 2014 at 12:05 | #55

    Thanks! Still using it to this day!

  56. Dirk Decker
    May 11th, 2014 at 19:57 | #56

    Hi Robert,
    whatt is minimum system config for this?
    Is it 10.3.? 10.5?

    I’m looking for a tool to use to capture a bunch of Video 8/Digital 8 tapesusing an old ibook….

  57. Jerry
    May 24th, 2014 at 11:52 | #57

    Is there an on-line (or other) manual for this version of iMovie? I would like to start a project.

  58. cristina
    May 26th, 2014 at 10:33 | #58

    the same happened to me! you have to go to your System Preferences, Security & Privacy and then you’ll see that you probably have an option where it says that you can let apps from anywhere 🙂 click that !! x

  59. Amy
    May 31st, 2014 at 18:23 | #59

    The “Unidentified Supplier” was a setting in my Security Preferences – I went and said open anyway – and presto! THANK YOU for this software – I have been looking ALL day. Works like a dream on my brand new macbook pro w/ retina.

  60. Amy
    May 31st, 2014 at 18:23 | #60

    The “Unidentified Supplier” was a setting in my Security Preferences – I went and said open anyway – and presto!


  61. Anna
    June 20th, 2014 at 15:01 | #61

    Thank you, thank you, thank you, thank you!

  62. Nikki
    July 10th, 2014 at 14:48 | #62

    THANK YOU SO MUCH!!! U ARE A LIFE SAVER!!!!! Here hugs for you lol! missed this one so much. I hated all of the new versions now I can go back to editing.

  63. Kendra
    October 15th, 2014 at 13:48 | #63

    Thank you thank you THANK YOU! I really cannot thank you enough! I just got a new iMac because my old one died and the new iMovie 10 just…blows. ^^ I missed iMovie HD so so much!
    Thank you for bringing life back to imovie!

  64. October 18th, 2014 at 09:41 | #64

    Thank you so much for this. I have a first gen macbook that I upgraded from Tiger to Snow Leopard a year or two ago, losing iMovie 6 in the process. I hadn’t needed to use iMovie 9 until today when I tried to edit a few promotional clips for a concert tour I’m about to start. After wasting an hour trying and failing to make 9 do what I needed it to do, I checked the internet, found you site, downloaded version 6 and got it done in 20 minutes. A million thanks.

  65. John
    October 21st, 2014 at 13:13 | #65

    Hi, it’s so refreshing to see this link available after all these years. I’ve been searching frantically after upgrading to OS X Yosemite. Do you have any idea if I will be able to download imovie 06/Hd on that software?

  66. Mike
    October 23rd, 2014 at 15:21 | #66

    iMovie version 6 seems to be not compatible with OS X Yosemite.
    Does anyone know how to tackle this problem?


  67. Björn
    October 25th, 2014 at 11:54 | #67
  68. October 26th, 2014 at 10:39 | #68

    Bjorn, thank you very much for sharing that video. I was so bummed when I lost iMovie HD 6.0.3 after updating to Yosemite. There doesn’t seam to be any logic to Apple these days. They used to be the best company and now they are just like all the rest. So sad. Thanks again. Cheers, Stinki1

  69. curt cuisine
    November 10th, 2014 at 04:09 | #69

    also a big thanks from austria, you saved my homevideoediting-ass 😉

  70. chirchlady
    November 14th, 2014 at 21:04 | #70

    Oh man, THANK YOU!! My version got corrupted. Blessing to have ability to download another copy of this app.

  71. MikeT
    November 19th, 2014 at 06:05 | #71

    Once you’ve installed it, go to the file as shown in the video (in the MacOS folder) and make an alias of the “iMovie HD” file and put the alias in your Applications folder. This way you don’t have to keep going into it each time you want to use it.

  72. November 27th, 2014 at 02:05 | #72

    Oh my god! Have you got any idea how happy you have made me!!! I’d totally given up on iMovie… this is awesome!

  73. December 1st, 2014 at 20:28 | #73

    I too use iMovie HD on my Macbook pro, and am looking forward to downloading same on my 27″ imac 10.6.8
    Snow Leopard. Then I will have to install all my Gee 3 volumes. Certainly hope I don’t run into any snags…
    Any pointers would be appreciated.

  74. December 7th, 2014 at 16:01 | #74

    You rule! Thank you!

  75. Chip Tredo
    December 24th, 2014 at 08:47 | #75

    OK, so I’m not sure if I can explain this well-enough, but here goes…

    I unwittingly used iMovie HD (I believe v.5) and the accompanying iDVD apps I bought off eBay, just to have something to record and edit videos with. These programs, and their “integration” with each other (key element there) have spoiled me.

    I’ve been tripping over newer versions of iMovie and iDVD, as well as other recording/editing/authoring programs for… what… 10 years now?

    I just started piecing together a G4 1.25GHz MDD, to run OS 10.3, in order to run the old versions of iMovie/iDVD.

    Question… does anyone know if there is a “newer” version of iMovie HD (maybe v6, which I haven’t tired) that maintains the relatively simple-to-use editing features of HD (v5), but has an integrated version of iDVD, that will run under something later than OS 10.3, such that I don’t have to go find a “G4 Superdrive”, since iDVD won’t recognize any of my later generation Superdrives (G5 and Mac Pro versions).

    I just like the simplicity of the “Create DVD” button click, and “poof”, type in a few names for chapter markers, and it’s done.

  76. Chip Tredo
    December 24th, 2014 at 08:49 | #76

    OK, so I’m not sure if I can explain this well-enough, but here goes…

    I unwittingly used iMovie HD (I believe v.5) and the accompanying iDVD apps I bought off eBay, just to have something to record and edit videos with. These programs, and their “integration” with each other (key element there) have spoiled me.

    I’ve been tripping over newer versions of iMovie and iDVD, as well as other recording/editing/authoring programs for… what… 10 years now?

    I just started piecing together a G4 1.25GHz MDD, to run OS 10.3, in order to run the old versions of iMovie/iDVD.

    Question… does anyone know if there is a “newer” version of iMovie HD (maybe v6, which I haven’t tired) that maintains the relatively simple-to-use editing features of HD (v5), but has an integrated version of iDVD, that will run under something later than OS 10.3, such that I don’t have to go find a “G4 Superdrive”, since iDVD won’t recognize any of my later generation Superdrives (G5 and Mac Pro versions).

    I just like the simplicity of the “Create DVD” button click, and “poof”, type in a few names for chapter markers, and it’s done.

  77. Chip Tredo
    December 24th, 2014 at 08:51 | #77

    @Chip Tredo
    Hey, can’t seem to delete the 1st version of that long “question”. Reply to this one so I get e-mail notifications if someone does. 😉

  78. Oss
    December 27th, 2014 at 03:51 | #78

    In a word, thanks. I’m generally pro-Apple, although a little too long in the tooth to be a fanboy. What they did with iMovie after version 6 was simply inexplicable.

  79. December 30th, 2014 at 18:49 | #79

    I think Im dreaming! Just this past week i tried to transfer some OLD vhs footage into my iMovie 11 and had a terrible time. I started researching and found that all iMovie versions past iMovie 06 are apparently inferior. From what I’ve read, only iMovie 06 allows the user to import the original footage at full resolution/quality. I am a complete perfectionist, and once I learned this, I knew I had to have iMovie 06 back. ANY loss of quality is simply unacceptable to me. All I can say is THANK YOU!!! I will somehow pay it forward. What a nice New Year’s gift:)

  80. Chip Tredo
    December 30th, 2014 at 19:11 | #80

    @Chip Tredo

    Just a follow up… I completed putting together this old MDD 1.25 GHz running 10.3. Had to get an older “G4 compatible” Superdrive cause the original in the G4 was dead. I have iMovie 5 (“iMovie HD”) running, and iDVD seems to be acting as I would expect it to (can launch iDVD from within iMovie).

    It’s all looking pretty good. Got a GB of RAM for the G4, a PCI eSATA card with an SSD drive to start up from, and a Lightscribe drive installed along with the Superdrive on the IDE buss.

    Time to start editing me some videos…

    Thanks to all in this thread. Merry New Year!!!

    Chip Tredo

  81. Rasik Shah
    January 10th, 2015 at 08:39 | #81

    Thanks a lot for the old version of i Movie HD 6

  82. greg
    January 23rd, 2015 at 12:12 | #82

    This is so helpful..However, after the download, I wasn’t able to open iMovie because I was getting there message-
    “You can’t use this version of the application “imovieHD” with the version of OS X. You have “iMovie HD” 6.0.3….”
    So I watched Bjorn’s video and it worked….but after turning my computer off, it went away. Do I need to follow these steps each time I want to us the old iMovie? How can I get it to stay and be more easily accessible?

  83. January 23rd, 2015 at 22:12 | #83
  84. bob
    January 29th, 2015 at 11:15 | #84

    Do I need to uninstall iMovie 10 in order for iMovie HD 6 to work properly?

  85. Greg
    February 12th, 2015 at 11:12 | #86

    Thanks for much for posting this. Saved my life today!

  86. Matt Scott
    February 23rd, 2015 at 05:01 | #87

    Robert you are a legend!!!!
    Thank you so much

  87. Chip Tredo
    February 23rd, 2015 at 16:26 | #88

    I’ve been using iMovie 5 (HD) for… a decade or more, love it. I’ve bought newer Macs, and have been introduced to versions 8, 9 and 11, and I hate them. Alas… other computer needs have required upgrading the CPU, and the OS. I’ve actually gone and bought an older CPU (the fastest I can get that will still run iMovie v6, a 2.5 GHz G5 DP) simply so I can use iMovie 6. Yeah… I’m a little OCD like that. Anyhoo… 6 is it. Anything after becomes a confusing mess of a program.

  88. stefan
    March 3rd, 2015 at 14:47 | #89

    Hm, doesn’t install on my yosemite machine.. The installer from the apple homepage says it’s an update that needs something else installed. honestly, I dont want to install the other DMG from your page as I can not be sure it’s malware or something.

  89. March 3rd, 2015 at 17:30 | #90

    Stefan, I think you’ll _only_ find updates, not fresh installers, on apple.com. That’s why I have this here, but you’re right: you can’t be sure I haven’t added malware to it. This app pre-dates when apple started signing code, I think. Rob

  90. yo lee
    March 31st, 2015 at 14:17 | #91

    I’ve followed your instructions but when I try to open iMovie 6.0.3 it comes up with
    “You can’t use this version of the application “iMovie HD” with this version of OS X.” You have “iMovie HD” 6.0.3

    Now what do I do?!!!!

    I tried throwing the version 10 in the trash and emptying it but no go.
    This is driving me nuts. (I still have version 8.0.6. )

  91. Joseph mascheratti
    April 4th, 2015 at 10:12 | #92

    yeeeeeessssssss thanks much much awesomeness

  92. Mirosław
    April 8th, 2015 at 04:35 | #93

    You are GREAT !!!!!

  93. Jonathan Hughes
    April 13th, 2015 at 08:10 | #94

    T H A N K Y O U ~ you are a star!!! 🙂

  94. Rondog
    April 19th, 2015 at 12:32 | #95

    Looking at all the response you got, you must have some idea now what utter hero you are by providing us iMovie HD 6!!! I have looked all over to get some audio control back to my video work when changing to iMovie 8. Still her e and now in 2015! What were they thinking at Cupertino by leaving iMovie 6 for iMovie 8?!! Hope them California boys learn from this much non-directed enthusiasm for one single application feature (but I’m affraid they will not….).

  95. slow loose chippings
    April 20th, 2015 at 12:24 | #96

    Life saver, just what I needed,

  96. Roberto Olivetti
    May 7th, 2015 at 14:46 | #97

    Thanks a lot 🙂

  97. May 12th, 2015 at 11:51 | #98

    yeah, i agree. for most of the editing jobs imovie 06 is just perfect. There is no quicker handling in any other tool. thank you very much.

  98. ap
    May 12th, 2015 at 13:01 | #99

    You’re a gentleman and a scholar. From the bottom of my digital heart; Thank you.

  99. greatful human
    May 14th, 2015 at 16:18 | #100

    you are a hero among men. I salute you.

  100. c james
    May 21st, 2015 at 04:08 | #101

    Man, you’re a hero!

  101. Robert Russell
    May 26th, 2015 at 08:29 | #102

    Thank you so much! You are a life saver. I truly dislike the new I-movies.

  102. Anthony DeLorenzo
    May 27th, 2015 at 21:42 | #103

    Thanks a million. I’m running an older Mac with 10.6.8, without this I’d be screwed.

  103. sheryl
    May 30th, 2015 at 09:19 | #104

    OH MY GOD! HOW CAN I EVER THANK YOU!!!!!! You soooooooooo just saved me!

  104. Wendy
    June 15th, 2015 at 17:08 | #105

    Thanks, Robert! Obviously you are doing a great service since this thread has been going strong for 5 years, and hopefully Apple continues to turn a blind eye! Bought a refurbished MacBook Pro and really needed this as it has little to no apps on it, and yes, I feel this was the best version of iMovie for user-friendliness and functionality, especially when teaching students basic video editing. Now, any ideas on how I can get iDVD again 😉

  105. June 21st, 2015 at 01:43 | #106

    Yesterday I upgraded to Yosemite, and as forecast iMovie HD, which I have been using since version StoneAge — the best movie editing app ever — did not work. I had not understood all that stuff about opening Terminal, but having watched the video again — whoopee!! Many thanks for a lifesaver!

  106. July 20th, 2015 at 18:17 | #107

    Thank you soooooo much. I hope it works on this piede of crap….

  107. July 21st, 2015 at 09:17 | #108

    Any idea why I keep getting shut-down/quit notices with this
    “Process: iMovie [2122]
    Path: /Users/USER/Desktop/iMovie.app/Contents/MacOS/iMovie
    Identifier: com.apple.iMovie8
    Version: 8.0.6 (821)
    Build Info: iMovieApp-8210000~16
    Code Type: X86 (Native)
    Parent Process: ??? [1]
    Responsible: iMovie [2122]
    User ID: 501

  108. Gawen
    July 26th, 2015 at 14:30 | #109

    @Björn Thank you so much this actually works

  109. Jeff
    July 29th, 2015 at 09:31 | #110

    You, sir, rock the hardest! I somehow lost my iMovie when my hard drive crashed last year and was at a complete loss how to get it back without upgrading to Yosemite, which I refuse to do. This version is so much better anyway. Sometimes Apple is a real carnival huckster, twirling its moustache and cackling maniacally as it watches us hapless marks try to deal with its arbitrary software decisions. Thank you so much!

  110. August 25th, 2015 at 15:59 | #111

    Thank you!!!!

  111. Richard
    October 9th, 2015 at 15:21 | #112

    I started using iMovie 4 and continued through to iMovie HD 6 which I love very much. The reason is that I used to shoot actual film and cut and splice the film to edit movies. This is the way movies were originally made and the way iMovie HD is programed so it is a natural for me to use. The later versions of iMovie make no sense to me so I have resisted using these versions after iMovie HD. This is all well and good except I was continually faced with system upgrades which eventually were not compatible with iMovie HD 6. The lastest OS version compatible with iMovie HD6 is Snow Leopard Version 10.6. For later system versions you can use an external drive, to install Snow Leopard and install iMovie HD 6. I still had the installation disk for Snow Leopard and iLife 6 installation disk which has the iMovie HD 6 version. You can also down load iMovie HD 6 from this site. You will also need to install iDVD version 7.0.2 to burn DVDs. Later versions of iDVD are not compatible with iMovie HD. After all of these are installed on your external drive, you can then start up with your most recent operating system such as Yosemite (10.10.5), turn on your external drive to mount your external drive on your desktop, open system preferences, select Start Up Disk to see your external drive highlighted, select your external drive to restart, then your external drive will restart up with Snow Leopard. I have MacPro with 3 external drives plus time machine because I make and store a lot of movies. I use a 500 MB G-Raid external dedicated exclusively for Snow Leopard, iMovie HD and Ready-Set-Go 7.2 a desk top publishing system that have used for 20 years and is no longer compatible with OS later than Snow Leopard. You should be able to purchase an external hard drive for less than $500 depending on the size. This works better and faster than using an older computer which may not have an optical drive so that you will not be able to burn DVDs. Whenever I want to work on iMovie HD I startup my MacPro, startup my external drive with Snow Leopard and iMovie HD, then restart with my external drive to open iMovie HD. I work on the project and when it is finished, I transfer the project to either of the other external drives for storage. I use the external drive with Snow Leopard only for working and not for storing. If you install iLife 6 you will be prompted to upgrade which will upgrade to the latest versions compatible with Snow Leopard. If you use music from iTunes, you will need to transfer music from your iTunes library to your external drive with Snow Leopard. I have been using method with Snow Leopard, iMovie HD, iDVD and iTunes to use seamlessly. Hope this will work for you.

  112. Valerie
    October 27th, 2015 at 15:57 | #113

    Thank you worked perfectly – love this version. When folks get the window that says it will not open because of the developer – just go in to Preferences – Privacy and change the preference for not allow non – Mac apps. Then set it back after it opens or not.

  113. Phil
    October 28th, 2015 at 18:23 | #114

    Thank you so much. You made my day!

  114. Rolando
    November 1st, 2015 at 00:32 | #115

    Hello everyone I found another alternative that I personally think is the best bc the terminal does not need to be open. Here is the procedure:
    1. Install iMovie HD if it’s not installed yet, there is a link provided on this website.
    2. Open up “Applications” folder. Right click iMovie HD and click on “Show Package Contents” then open “Contents” folder. Then right click “Info.plist” and open with textedit.
    3. Finally look for these two lines:


    I highly recommend using the find feature (This can be done by holding the command key and while still holding it press f) type:
    CFBundleVersion6.0.3 switch that to

    Exit and your done open up iMovie I’d whenever you want.

    * Yours may say 6.0.4 but should still work.

  115. Warren UMaine
    November 13th, 2015 at 10:42 | #116

    Thank you everyone and lastly Rolando! I just followed those instructions and they worked for a new iMac using 10.11.1 (El Capitan).

  116. Andrew
    November 25th, 2015 at 13:29 | #117

    Thank you for this. I am so glad you made this available, no other version has come close to this version.

  117. Terri
    December 24th, 2015 at 11:40 | #118

    Technical question here….I have iMovie 6 on an old computer I just pulled out. But for some reason (on expert settings) I can get a smooth playback on 320 X 240 (QVGA), but get a sticky playback on 640 X 480 (VGA). For this reason I was only able to make videos the size of a postage stamp back in the day. On a newer computer that died, I was able to export to the larger size with no problem, so I know the problem is with my older computer.

    But the older computer is all I have. The terminal work-around has a lot of problems, so I was hoping to just use my old computer. But I can’t render a larger size file. Does anyone have any ideas? I have no idea why it gets so glitchy with the larger size file on this computer. Frustrated.

    • December 25th, 2015 at 07:41 | #119

      Sorry, Terri. Not sure what to do about that. There were some tips in the comments here about getting iMovie to run without the Terminal hack, but it amounts to the same thing. If iMovies is coughing on your system, it will do that anyway. =(

  118. Malu
    January 1st, 2016 at 12:12 | #120

    I have an old macbook with the El Capitan, and I installed the iMovie 6 through here, but it says I need to update for an older version so I downloaded the 6.0.3 through the apple site and now it says it can’t update because it doesn’t know the site, what can I do?

  119. Malu
    January 1st, 2016 at 12:21 | #121

    So, I could figure out the “doesn’t know the site” problem, and any ways it still says it’s not compatible 🙁 what can I do?

  120. Terri
    January 2nd, 2016 at 10:32 | #122

    I’m trying this again. The first time I gave it a go, I worked on a trial work project and it crashed. (I have a lot of plug-ins on it.) I would pay for iMovie 6 HD if they made it compatible with the newer operating systems. But I also want Streamclip updated, too! It’s so frustrating not being able to do what I used to do. And the later iMovies are not user friendly. I’ve tried. Timing transitions alone, are a big headache.

  121. January 2nd, 2016 at 11:05 | #123

    @Terri I feel your pain. I wish there was a modernized iMovie (this one, the good one). =(

  122. David
    January 7th, 2016 at 08:52 | #124

    Done what Rolando said and after changing the string to 6.0.5 I try to open up iMovie HD and get this message –

    ‘Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers’

    I’m using 10.10.5 Any ideas on where I’ve gone wrong?


  123. David
    January 7th, 2016 at 08:53 | #125

    Done what Rolando said and after changing the string to 6.0.5 I try to open up iMovie HD and get this message –
    ‘Your security preferences allow installation of only apps from the Mac App Store and identified developers’
    I’m using 10.10.5 Any ideas on where I’ve gone wrong?

  124. Stewart
    January 11th, 2016 at 23:01 | #126

    Hi Robert,

    Thank you so much for posting this. I downloaded the file, which the icon has a white circle with a line through it and when I open the icon I get this message:

    You can’t use this version of the application “iMovie HD” with this version of OS X.
    You have “iMovie HD” 6.0.3.

    Any idea what to do about that?

  125. January 15th, 2016 at 09:48 | #127

    Check out this related post on this blog. There are some Yosemite and El Capitan notes there.

  126. Luke
    February 10th, 2016 at 13:27 | #128

    IMovie 11 is to Apple as what “New Coke” was to Coca-Cola.

    The idiot management team at Apple (the idiots who pulled iMovie HD off) have left a bitter taste in the mouths of longtime Apple customers like me, because all the releases of iMovie since then, are TERRIBLE.

  127. Sigve Alsvik
    February 20th, 2016 at 02:35 | #129

    Thanks Robert and thanks to Rolando! Running iMovie HD 6.0.5 in El Capitan, no problem! Just ignore the bug after creating a New Project, restart the app and then open Existing Project.

  128. CR Gruver
    February 25th, 2016 at 23:28 | #130

    This is a great thread! I too miss iMovieHD like crazy, and it hasn’t worked on my Mac for over a year… thanks to this thread I was able to reinstall and at least have my movies able to play. Unfortunately I still can’t create a new movie, so after some searching I came across a program called VideoPad (NCH Software). I promise I do not work for these guys, but this program reminds me ALOT of the old iMovie, and after a couple hours of learning curve I feel like I’m back in business. I’m still using the free download version and it really worlds great. Again – I’m no salesman but if you’re looking for a simple video editing program like the old iMovie 6, this is a great option.

  129. March 1st, 2016 at 08:11 | #131

    @CR Gruver
    Yes, I use Video Pad too, as well as iMovie X and FCP. I think video pad is OK, but, after about a month it disables some features wanting you to pay. Either way, I love that theres final a somewhat free video editor that’s cross-platform. (Mac and PC)

    Final Cut Pro X is still my favorite.

    Thanks for the iMovie HD download!

  130. JJ
    March 12th, 2016 at 15:38 | #132

    Hi. I can’t drag the file into my applications – it won’t let me?

  131. Marco
    March 13th, 2016 at 03:59 | #133

    Hey, thanks for this.
    I still have 3 G4 processor macs with MacOS 10.4.11 (working better than my new 2012 Intel macs….) and I needed this for camcorder video downloads.
    very precious.

  132. Forest
    March 13th, 2016 at 15:35 | #134

    I bought one of the last boxes of iLife 06 years ago and still have the disc and used it to load HD6 on my then new Snow Leopard Mac. Since then, I have abstained from updating my OS, for fear of losing my beloved HD6 and not being very confident that I could perform these workarounds described here. Would I be able to load HD6 on El Capitan from the iLife disc?

  133. Andrew
    March 27th, 2016 at 12:30 | #135

    Just wanted to say a huge thanks! working as promiesed on a 10.9 box!
    Now to get my slick plugins back!
    Thanks again for this!

  134. Peter
    April 5th, 2016 at 01:47 | #136

    Huge thank you, Robert, for keeping a legacy application alive. (Still using a G4 under 10.4.11 as my main machine.)

  135. Marlboro Man
    April 9th, 2016 at 07:21 | #137

    Unfortunately the download link no longer works :-l

  136. April 9th, 2016 at 10:03 | #138

    @Marlboro Man Huh. Works for me as of 9 Apr 2016. -Rob

  137. Scott
    April 12th, 2016 at 16:22 | #139

    I have spent countless hours trying to “get back” to iMovie 6. I’ve always hated iMovie 7 and wondered why Apple made things more complicated. You are a gem! Thank you for doing this.

  138. EJ
    May 23rd, 2016 at 17:44 | #140

    Thanks. I am new to using iMovie. I have 2 and 5 but figured I should just learn on the best version. Trying to figure out how to make VERY simple youtube vids with black screen and my lyrics in sync with the song?? No luck so far.

    Anyway, I am 30 year vet on Macs but stopped with my 17″ HD PowerBook with 10.4.11 and it seems the The Big Apple Money Ship has left me on the shore regarding compatibility. What started out as a “people’s” computer biz turned into just another greedy, selfish one. Thanks for your help and others out there like Old Version, etc. Believe it or not there was a time one could access just about every software ever made at the Apple site. Ah yes, and gas was 75 cents a gallon too :-))

  139. win
    May 24th, 2016 at 21:54 | #141

    May 25, 2016 and this still works. Awesome, thank you so much. 🙂

  140. Harold Kite
    May 25th, 2016 at 10:22 | #142

    Does anyone have the plug-in or whatever they were called, they included fog, rain and stars and others. I think they were added after the original iMovie came out. I have them on a Power Mac but the motherboard went out and cost to much to fix.

    Any one with copy could you post, they worked great, used at least 4 different times.


  141. THE PITS
    June 5th, 2016 at 18:23 | #143

    Everything went fine until I tried to open the application. I got this message:

    The version of iMovie HD installed on this Mac is not compatible with OS X El Capitan. Download the latest version from the Mac App Store.

    Is HD 6 killed in OS X El Capitan? I sure miss that version, which I used regularly. Never use the new version(s).

  142. July 19th, 2016 at 04:57 | #144

    Thank you so much! This is a game-changer for me because I have struggled and struggled to edit on the later versions of iMovie and absolutely hate them. Version 6 was brilliantly simple and intuitive – so of course they had to go and ruin it. Really glad to find your excellent support here to get back to the iMovie I loved – it will save me literally days! Kind regards, JK

  143. Randy Niles
    August 10th, 2016 at 19:00 | #145

    Thanks a ton. I’ve been a Mac user – and enthusiast – for the past 8 years, so I’m happy to jump back to a simpler, more streamlined app.

  144. Steen
    August 25th, 2016 at 00:13 | #146

    Bummer it’s giving me a 404 Error Code 🙁
    Any advice?

  145. August 25th, 2016 at 05:31 | #147

    Thanks, Steen, I had a typo in the download url. Fixed!

  146. September 6th, 2016 at 10:39 | #148

    Massive lifesaver! I’ve been using my old Mac for media purposes, since it has the trusty old CS4 suite on it. This lets me do even more, even though iMovie HD is a bit dated. Thanks for providing a link when Apple refuses to!

  147. Patrick
    September 8th, 2016 at 13:33 | #149

    Fantastic! Many thanks! This seems to work on my 2006 white MacBook 😀

  148. meg
    September 9th, 2016 at 03:39 | #150

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Really lifesaver

  149. Tobin Page
    September 10th, 2016 at 14:23 | #151

    I also dislike the new versions of iMovie. just got this macbook maverick and could not find the iMovie 6, I did great editing with this good old app. I thank you ever so much, you saved my video life.

  150. tubbs
    September 25th, 2016 at 08:30 | #152

    no white balance control killed it for me (

  151. EJ
    September 29th, 2016 at 11:06 | #153

    When I was in the music biz in Hollywood I always had an engineer to do the mixing, etc. Now I am trying to figure out how to put some of my songs on youtube with just a simple black screen and the lyric over the music.

    Startpage got me here for an upgrade from 6.0.3 which I am trying to learn. Thanks so much for the archiving of the application. I am old school (started with a MacPlus made in Ireland 🙂 in the 80’s. Stopped at 10.4.11 on a 17″ HD PB.

    On youtube I have been unable to discover how to work with text. Using the editing button and the music video title is very limiting, either right or left and short sentences.

    I see all these videos of text on the screen and don’t know how to get there. Any suggestions?

  152. nick
    October 9th, 2016 at 21:41 | #154

    im getting an error ” incompatible cpu subtype, Trace/BPT trap” this is on OS X 10.4.11. Any ideas?

  153. Cliff
    October 17th, 2016 at 19:05 | #155

    I loved this version so much! Almost as much as I hate the newer versions.
    I had all but given up on video editing. This download was perfect and I am excited to jump into all the home movies that have been sitting untouched for the past two years. Can’t thank you enough!

  154. cliff
    November 2nd, 2016 at 13:33 | #156

    Anyway to link iTunes library with this version of iMovie on El Capitan?

  155. November 2nd, 2016 at 14:57 | #157

    I haven’t tried linking iTunes and iMovie in a long time, although I know Apple has changed the way developers interact with iTunes. Sad if that connection is lost now.

  156. November 2nd, 2016 at 14:58 | #158

    @nick I am not familiar with that “incompatible CPU” error. Sorry.

  157. Kieran
    November 23rd, 2016 at 09:52 | #159

    THANK YOU! I made the mistake of updating when a few errors started reoccurring in my old HD software. Without your link, I would have lost 7 months of hard work. I really wish there was something out there that is free, similar to this software, and runs with little error. It’s unbelievable Apple threw this beauty away. Anyways, thank you.

  158. Forest
    November 23rd, 2016 at 15:13 | #160

    Anyone still running their computer with older OS versions that support iMovie HD6 (Tiger, Snow Leopard, Lion, Mountain Lion, etc) have another option to preserve it without fear of losing any functionality in HD6 by going to the latest OSX. Get a sufficiently large external hard drive to exceed what you have already filled on your internal drive and use Carbon Copy Cloner to make a bootable copy of your entire hard drive. Then, when you want to work in iMovie, boot up with the external drive.

    Also, if you find you have lost the sounds in iLife Sound Effects, in the Audio pane of your iMHD6, you can still find them on your hard drive and drag that folder to your desktop, from where you can select the sound effect you want and drag it into your movie. Go to Macintosh HD to Library to Apple Loops to Apple to iLife Sound Effects.

  159. Forest
    November 23rd, 2016 at 19:56 | #161

    Your iTunes library should still be there in the audio pane, however, if it is the iLife Sound Effects you are missing, see my post from earlier today.

  160. indrek
    November 28th, 2016 at 13:25 | #162

    hi, thanks alot. one thing – when it starts, it says “Quicktime HD component missing…”. Any ideas, what to do?

  161. Simon
    December 29th, 2016 at 19:28 | #163

    Thank you for posting this. I’ve been struggling with current versions of iMovie. I’ve found that iMovie 6 runs well under macOS Sierra. The only problem I’ve run into is importing a large file created from an analog source (VHS tape). Importing an mp4 file gets converted to a dv file. iMovie occasionally hangs up. When I force quit iMovie, I can usually find the .dv file in the iMovie trash.

  162. Simon
    December 29th, 2016 at 21:38 | #164

    When importing large files into iMovie 6, like a file converted from a VHS tape, the system may report that the iMovie application is not responding. If you’re patient, the conversion that iMovie is doing will complete normally.

  163. Dave
    December 30th, 2016 at 14:43 | #165

    Robert – Can I give you a big kiss? Pay you something for your efforts? Sweep your floors? I always loved iMovie 6, and could not understand or work with any “improved” version that came after it. I’ve tried and tried but have not found any acceptable alternative that is as easy to use. Wanting to transfer my old miniDV tapes to my computer, I just spent four hours trying to import a 3-minute clip into the newest iMovie. The dang thing kept chopping up everything into individual clips and placing them out of sequence in the Events window, just to make it even more confusing and difficult. It’s about as counter-intuitive as anything I’ve ever seen. Thanks for nothing, Apple.

    Found this site, and downloaded iMovie 6 onto my old MacBook Pro that’s running El Capitan. Based on things I had read elsewhere, I was expecting to have to hack something in order to get it to run, if it would run at all. I held my breath and launched it. When I saw that old familiar opening splash screen pop up, I just about cried. I jumped out of my chair and fist pumped. Yes!!!!! It works FLAWLESSLY on El Capitan. Unbelievable. I can’t possibly express my gratitude. Thank you for making this old man’s day!

  164. December 30th, 2016 at 16:43 | #166

    @Dave LOL. I’ll just take the thanks. Happy New Year, everyone!

  165. spencer
    January 5th, 2017 at 14:36 | #167

    Not surprised to find lots of other users who love imovie HD and hate the more recent versions. I am returning to imovie HD to try again to export some holiday movies I did back in 2007 – now the old imac is on its last legs, I don’t wont to lose them and have re-discovered the reason I did’nt get them off originally and only ever watched in imovie – How do you export without a massive loss in quality? going via the share/quicktime/best quality route, the result is still poor compared to the original. Any good tips out there? Thanks Robert for keeping the flame alive. I still have not found a better editor – just got to sort the exports!

  166. Forest
    January 5th, 2017 at 15:52 | #168

    spencer :
    Not surprised to find lots of other users who love imovie HD and hate the more recent versions. I am returning to imovie HD to try again to export some holiday movies I did back in 2007 – now the old imac is on its last legs, I don’t wont to lose them and have re-discovered the reason I did’nt get them off originally and only ever watched in imovie – How do you export without a massive loss in quality? going via the share/quicktime/best quality route, the result is still poor compared to the original. Any good tips out there? Thanks Robert for keeping the flame alive. I still have not found a better editor – just got to sort the exports!

    If you are wanting to take your movies from the old iMac to a newer model, you could share them back to your video camera, from which you load them onto the new iMac. Preferably you want to share back with a miniDV, or tape format cam, which should make your new video lossless.

  167. January 5th, 2017 at 16:13 | #169

    Hey folks, it has been months now with no reply to me asking for help #153 ??

    Would appreciate some tutoring.


  168. Forest
    January 5th, 2017 at 17:28 | #170

    EJ :
    Hey folks, it has been months now with no reply to me asking for help #153 ??
    Would appreciate some tutoring.


    Why don’t you do all the editing, text, music in iMovie and then upload the finished product to YouTube?

  169. Connie L
    January 7th, 2017 at 22:49 | #171

    Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!!
    I despise all the later iMOvies. They have no finesse. I had to hang on to my old computer just to run iMovie 6.
    If you have an old photo shop that will work I will be forever in your debt.

  170. January 11th, 2017 at 15:06 | #172

    @Forest @EJ, I agree with Forest. Rather than use Youtube’s text tools you could simply make the text actually part of the rendered video and upload that. Still sounds kind of painful though.

  171. January 11th, 2017 at 23:33 | #173

    @Connie L
    Well, that’s the point. I know nothing of youtube’s tools. I am trying to figure out how to do one simple thing. I want to be able to put my lyrics on a black screen in sync with my songs. When I try the text is limited to just titles with a small window for seeing them.

    I see videos all the time with text all over yhe screen in different fonts and points. Can this be done with iMovie?


  172. January 11th, 2017 at 23:35 | #174

    Sorry Connie, went to the wrong reply button. Oh yeah, do you want apps for 9.2.2 or OSX?

  173. January 11th, 2017 at 23:37 | #175

    Robert Harder :
    @Forest @EJ, I agree with Forest. Rather than use Youtube’s text tools you could simply make the text actually part of the rendered video and upload that. Still sounds kind of painful though.

    See accidental post to Connie

  174. January 11th, 2017 at 23:38 | #176

    Forest :

    EJ :
    Hey folks, it has been months now with no reply to me asking for help #153 ??
    Would appreciate some tutoring.


    See accidental post to Connie

    Why don’t you do all the editing, text, music in iMovie and then upload the finished product to YouTube?

  175. Forest
    January 12th, 2017 at 00:14 | #177

    EJ :
    @Connie L
    Well, that’s the point. I know nothing of youtube’s tools. I am trying to figure out how to do one simple thing. I want to be able to put my lyrics on a black screen in sync with my songs. When I try the text is limited to just titles with a small window for seeing them.
    I see videos all the time with text all over yhe screen in different fonts and points. Can this be done with iMovie?

    If you are wanting something like a scrolling text that keeps up with your words in a song, that should be doable in iMovie, but I’m not sure what complexity of text vs song you are looking for here. Something more complex would likely require software like Final Cut Pro.

  176. Dale
    January 13th, 2017 at 03:56 | #178

    What a lifesaver,,,,thank you so much for keeping this available. You rock!!!

  177. January 22nd, 2017 at 12:35 | #179

    Thanks. I missed the older version. So much easier to manage.

  178. January 22nd, 2017 at 16:39 | #180

    Please. Just need a little help on how to put full screen text (my lyrics) on a black screen to put on youtube. I’m not as hip or current about other choices.

    I am on a 17″ Powerbook with OSX 10.4.11.

  179. Will
    February 4th, 2017 at 19:25 | #181

    And thank you yet again. I somehow lost my old iMac install DVDs containing iMovie 6. I THOUGHT I had install discs and backups of everything, but I was mistaken. Newer iMovies are completely useless for copying DV tape to DVD.

  180. February 7th, 2017 at 19:03 | #182

    Thank you very much!

  181. EJ
    February 10th, 2017 at 16:37 | #183

    Come on now, I’ve asked please, I’ve explained my limited knowledge, isn’t anyone interested in helping out here?

  182. Forest
    February 10th, 2017 at 17:17 | #184

    Hi EJ, I did place a comment to you, but it seems it never got moderated, as it still says “awaiting moderation”. That was on January 12th. So here’s what I said then and maybe it is helpful.

    “If you are wanting something like a scrolling text that keeps up with your words in a song, that should be doable in iMovie, but I’m not sure what complexity of text vs song you are looking for here. Something more complex would likely require software like Final Cut Pro.”

    You DO have iMovie HD6, correct?

  183. February 10th, 2017 at 17:22 | #185

    @Forest I found that post (and some others) that were awaiting approval. Sorry, don’t know why they were flagged or why it is so hard for me to find pending comments. Weird. -Rob

  184. EJ
    February 11th, 2017 at 15:42 | #186

    See #153 for my basics. I mis wrote about youtube but meant imovie.

    Seeking the most simple presentation of my music and lyrics. Music plays from embedded mp3 and words are on the screen duuration of each song part (verse, bridge, chorus) 10 years ago I made a youtube vid with imovie 2. But can’t remember how I did it.


  185. Forest
    February 11th, 2017 at 17:52 | #187

    OK, that YouTube reference kinda threw me off your intentions. Here’s a step by step breakdown to get this done. It is quite easy really.

    Open iMovie > if it opens with another movie you are working on, close that window and you get to the window where you see “create a new project” – then – select the video format you want to use (widescreen is best for today’s standard) – then – name your project and click on “create a new project” – then – with the song you want on your desktop, drag it into the line that says “drag audio here . . . – then – select the “Editing” button on the right and select “Titles” at the top – then – on the bottom left of that editing pane, you will see “Over black”, click on that to activate it – then – in Titles, find “Scrolling”, where you have 4 options for type of scrolling titles.

    Play with those by adding some text into the box which appears when you click on one of the 4 scroll options, to see which suits you – then – with text in the box, click on the scroll option you like in order to see it play on the movie screen.

    Now, the tricky part will be to time your scrolling words with the playing of the music. You can vary the speed and duration of the scroll and also select what font and size you need for the text. You can make it like the Stars Wars opening scene, where the text scrolls off into the distance if you want. That is the “scrolling block” option. It might be better to use small blocks of video with text added, as you go, rather than one big video clip containing all of the text.

    Click on “Add” when you have a piece of video done and build your movie that way.. The timing of music to text will be a bit of a challenge, but should be doable if the lyrics aren’t too fast paced.

    Making use of the timeline, based on 30 frames of video per second, which runs along the bottom of the movie window, you can time how long a lyric section lasts and then very precisely time the scrolling words to the music by using the speed and duration sliders in the editing pane.

    Don’t forget to “Save” and save OFTEN as you work, because a crash will lose everything back to the last save.

    Hope I haven’t forgotten anything, but I think that gives you a good basis to work from. Don’t be afraid to play with the various controls to see what they do, That’s the only way to learn and you can always revert back to your last “Save” if something goes wrong, by closing IMovie altogether and reopening it.

  186. EJ
    February 12th, 2017 at 08:29 | #188

    Thanks a lot. I’ll get back to you on how it works out.


  187. EJ
    February 14th, 2017 at 13:59 | #189

    Well, it was the stuff I already tried 🙁 Don’t want any bouncing or scrolling etc., just a simple block of text that is on screen for the length of the verse or chorus, etc. When I use “centered titles” the second line of the text gets smaller then the first. In the scrolling mode the only one that allows a block of text is the “scrolling block” and then it is jumping up the screen and not readable.

    Somehow I am not communicating my simple desire well enough or iMovie is not used on youtube and some other program or application is used? Like I said, years ago I put together a 9/11 video using iMovie 2 and somehow knew what to do. The video had music under it and still pictures that faded with the music. Just can’t remember what I did :-/

    We all have gone a million times to news sites, etc. and a block of text is on the screen explaining something. Then another will show up, perhaps different text or something but it hangs there for a while also.

    What am I missing here? Am I not computer savvy enough or behind in the times?

    Thanks for you advice.

  188. Forest
    February 14th, 2017 at 14:24 | #190

    There may be help for you to get some free software for your Mac which allows you to make a block of text that doesn’t “shrink” the text after the first line, as the standard iMovie option does, but you will have to track down the source of this software to see if he still offers it. He is/was a regular contributor on the Apple iMovie forum and may still be active there. Have you been to that forum to see if someone there can offer any advice?

    Here is a link to his Apple page and although it doesn’t have a direct link to him, it tells you who to ask for on the Apple forum.


  189. Forest
    February 14th, 2017 at 14:41 | #191

    EJ – I just went on the forum and asked if Lennart’s software was still available. I’ll get back to you here if I get a reply.

  190. March 16th, 2017 at 10:06 | #192

    I recently bought a used MacBook Pro retina 2102 running Sierra 10.12.1 installed by the seller.
    I want to work on a video project and want to use iMovie. I will be using Raw files from a Nikon camera- stills only. Whats the best version of iMovie I could use?!?



  191. March 16th, 2017 at 10:07 | #193

    That’s 2012 – I didn’t come from the future!

  192. March 16th, 2017 at 11:00 | #194

    @mike S
    Hard to say what’s the “best” for stills — depends on what you want to do. Good luck, though! -Rob

  193. March 17th, 2017 at 15:57 | #195

    Hi Rob,
    thanks for your reply. But I guess that iMovie 6 won’t support files at that resolution I took many pics at 4k) ?! iMovie 6 sounds great in view of all the stuff written on this site – iMovie 10 etc has so many bad reviews I haven’t downloaded it, so am still hardly started on my endeavours!


  194. EJ
    March 29th, 2017 at 12:37 | #196

    Well, I am in the ball park now Forest. I have the basics of Scrolling Box, etc. My problem is this:
    I have followed the iMovie help and still am not able to lengthen my clips???

    I select it with correct prefs set up. I put the slider at the point to be stretched to and the clip deselects. I try changing the time in the editing and even double spacing the lyrics to see if it makes a difference.

    Your advice has gotten me far along. Can you figure out what I am not doing? I am really anxious to get my music on youtube.



  195. Forest
    March 29th, 2017 at 15:43 | #197

    Hi EJ,

    Are you putting your text over a photo image, a video clip, or a black screen video clip? Photo image times can be extended, but the Scrolling Block of text, whether over black, a photo image, or another video clip, can only be made to last for 31 seconds, by sliding the speed slider far right.

    Not sure what you mean by this – “I select it with correct prefs set up”. If you can clarify the exact steps you are taking, I might be able to figure out what you are missing.

  196. EJ
    March 29th, 2017 at 20:01 | #198

    >>Are you putting your text over a photo image, a video clip, or a black screen video clip?>>
    I checked the “over black” box.

    >>Photo image times can be extended, but the Scrolling Block of text, whether over black, a photo image, or another video clip, can only be made to last for 31 seconds, by sliding the speed slider far right.>>
    That has been part of what is confusing me.

    >>Not sure what you mean by this – “I select it with correct prefs set up”. If you can clarify the exact steps you are taking, I might be able to figure out what you are missing.>
    OK, I follow the iMovie Help on “Fine-tuning where a clip begins and ends” in that blue highlighted box. It says which prefs to have active.
    I select the clip, and when I drag the playhead to the spot I wish the clip to end the selection goes off. Rinse and repeat, each time I touch one the other goes unselected.
    I try to adjust the playtime by repositioning the clip a bit. I highlight it then drag it right or left from within the blue clip with just the curser arrow visible. If the clip appears too long I can choose it and the cross appears and I can drag it left to shorten it. But it won’t work the other way to lengthen it.
    The ghost image is there but no movement of the clip to lengthen the clip. I fuss around with double spacing some of the lyric to make it longer, and that sort of typing stuff within the clip.
    Thanks for all your help.

  197. Forest
    March 30th, 2017 at 10:55 | #199

    OK, I am thinking you want to edit the over black clips you have your text inserted into – maybe eliminating some of the beginning and end where you just see a black screen before and after the text has scrolled past.

    After you select the speed you want the text to flow in a clip, insert it into the timeline by clicking the “Add” button. Then, highlight that clip to blue by clicking on it. You can now work on that clip in the timeline.

    Using the left/right arrows on your keyboard, you can move the timeline playhead (inverted triangle) frame by frame. There are 30 frames in one second of the video clip. Using the timeline numbers, you can precisely time your edits. This is the feature that makes iMovie HD6 superior to all iMovies that followed. Once you move the playhead to where you want a clip to start, go up to EDIT at the top tool bar and select “Split video clip at playhead”. This will produce two clips, the one you want and a piece you don’t. Click on the piece you don’t want to highlight it blue only, then hit your delete button on the keyboard.

    Do this for the other end of the clip to eliminate that end piece you don’t want too. You can’t extend a clip once in the timeline, except by highlighting that clip, then making changes with the speed slider, as you watch the results on the main iMovie screen. Once you reset to your need, you click “Update” and that will change the clip in the timeline. Each time you work a clip in the timeline with those sidebar controls, you first need to have clicked on Scrolling block to have that sidebar function working again.

    Hope that helps.

  198. Forest
    March 30th, 2017 at 11:08 | #200


    I could also suggest that if you plan to do more of this type of video editing, you might consider moving up to Apple’s Final Cut Pro software. It has many more features than iMovie and is much like the software that professional video editors use, so this task would be a lot easier, but FCP also has quite a steep learning curve.

    I tried it, but found I wasn’t committed enough to learn all of its functionality, so opted to stay with the much simpler, user friendly iMovie HD6. It does everything I need for my home videos and there are aftermarket software plug ins that enhance its functionality easily.

  199. EJ
    March 30th, 2017 at 12:52 | #201

    I guess I’m not making myself clear. What I am doing is about as Basic as it gets but with my learning curve I am unable to articulate my situation.

    I want to put my music on youtube. I load it into iMovie. I want to have my lyrics visible. I choose Scrolling Block on a black screen. I add it to the clip line. I can shorten the clip by selecting it, then draging to the left from the edge. BUT if I want to lengthen it it doesn’t work by the rules.

    I move the playhead to the point I want to lengthen it after I select the clip, it turns blue and the ghost point disappears. So as simple as possible, why can’t I lengthen the clip??

    I certainly don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars on Final Cut when iMovie 6 is challenging enough All I want to do is show my lyrics while the music plays.

  200. Forest
    March 30th, 2017 at 14:58 | #202

    “So as simple as possible, why can’t I lengthen the clip??”

    OK, so I went to the Help to see what you are using and it is “direct trimming”, something I have never used because I find the cropping does what I need. That’s what I described in my second to last post. Did you notice the IMPORTANT notation at the top of that help page? (Fine tuning where a clip begins and ends)

    The clip volume levels must be deselected before you can work with this. Maybe you missed that step?

    Other than that, I can’t see how one can lengthen a video clip beyond the actual length that it was originally made, which with over black is 31 seconds max, if that is what you are trying to do.

    You do know that you can make several video clips over black, with added scrolling text in each and they will flow seamlessly together when played?

    Without being there to actually see what you are doing, I don’t think I can be of much more help.

  201. EJ
    March 30th, 2017 at 15:21 | #203

    Thanks ever so much for your time and offerings Forest.

    I intuitively came up with the small clips to create the flow of the lyric as some of my songs have a verse that lasts longer than 31 seconds. So what I have been doing is breaking the verses and chorus’ up into those short blocks.

    I have put together three songs already. At some point in the future I may try adding pics as well but for now I just want my great stuff (he says modestly) on the web. I will give you a link when I am successful at posting on youtube. Been saving the iMovies in the choice for the web.

  202. Forest
    March 30th, 2017 at 16:41 | #204


    Your welcome for whatever I offered that got you moving forward with your project. A link here to your YouTube productions would be interesting to see.

  203. Donna
    April 11th, 2017 at 10:59 | #205

    when i open in the terminal iMovie 6 quits. i’ve been trying to get it to work for years.

  204. EJ
    April 22nd, 2017 at 20:06 | #206

    Well, I did it. Please check them out on youtube under EJ Doyle. The letters in the scroll look crappy to me. Any suggestions on how to make them crisper would be welcome. Again, thanks a lot for the help.

  205. EJ
    April 22nd, 2017 at 20:12 | #207

    I spent a couple of days trying to learn iMovie and this is what I came up with. Need help in getting the text crisp. Thanks for having this site.

    Youtube search: EJ Doyle

    The 9/11 video was from 2007 done in iMovie 2, can’t remeber how I did it and had it down because youtube wasn’t allowing it to go above 1000 hits. It would get up in the 900’s and then go back to the 600’s.

  206. Forest
    April 22nd, 2017 at 20:49 | #208


    I’ll have a look. Thanks and congratulations on getting it done. No way I know of to make the text “crisper”, although a different font might help. I haven’t seen it yet, so hard to comment, but, if it doesn’t look as crisp as it did to you while played in iMovie, then it may be the result of compression loss when uploaded to YouTube. Just a guess!

  207. May 12th, 2017 at 08:09 | #209

    I’ve been using iMovie HD6 for years making over 100 movies for schools in my program. Now I want to start shooting 4K and am wondering, doubting, that HD6 could handle that. Sigh . . . I’m probably going to have to learn a new way of editing. I will miss the ease of HD6!

    What are folks favorite, easy to learn and use, editing platforms?


  208. Donna
    May 12th, 2017 at 10:37 | #210

    iMovie won’t run on my laptop so i’ve been using it on a really old slow computer. i just got final cut pro. i can use it but can’t say it’s easy since i can edit in my sleep on iMovie 6. i’ve tried many video editing softwares. you just get spoiled with iMovie 6.

  209. May 26th, 2017 at 12:58 | #211

    Darn. My macbook pro running Yosemite will not let me open your iMovie HD application because it is not from Apple. Any way around that??

  210. EJ
    May 31st, 2017 at 15:32 | #212

    Unable to get crisp titles in my movies. My lyrics come out blurry.

    I’ve tried ten different fonts.

    Any ideas on what I am doing wrong. The best video I have was done 9 years ago on my Pismo in 9.2.2 using iMovie 2. What’s going on here PLEASE?

    Here’s a sample of what is happening…


  211. Geo
    June 8th, 2017 at 10:57 | #213

    Greetings from Greece and many thanks for posting this. I was looking all over for it iMovie HD is the best! 🙂

  212. Lelila
    June 12th, 2017 at 14:54 | #214

    I can’t run iMovie HD on my laptop and i HATE the new version. Can someone help?

  213. EJ
    June 18th, 2017 at 19:29 | #215

    It would probably be good if you gave the make, model, etc. of your lap top for the folks here to help you better.

    I don’t know much, trying to get some help on how to improve my music videos but nothing yet.

  214. EJ
    June 23rd, 2017 at 15:59 | #216

    Did you ever get the opportunity to look at my youtube video? I’d really like to be able to present decent stuff there but this blog just doesn’t have much of a “family” vibe if you know what I mean.

    If Robert sees this, why don’t you take a look and give me some advice, I’d really appreciate it.

  215. Forest
    June 24th, 2017 at 12:30 | #217

    Had a look at Get Back in Line Boy and it looks like you accomplished what you had wanted to do, with good timing on the scrolling blocks. Are you the artist singing? If so, wouldn’t it be a more interesting video watching you perform the songs?

  216. EJ
    June 24th, 2017 at 14:26 | #218

    Thanks for the reply. My concern is why do the words look so blurry?? I’ve tried other fonts and sizes, etc. and they still are ugly.

    On the polished music it is hired folks back in my Hollywood days. The guitar/vocals is my singing. I can barely get these ugly looking lyrics on a black screen, don’t know how I would ever make vids of me singing.

    I have a flip phone and not a SMART phone so that is out of the story. I have had about 250 views of my stuff now and all I average is 1 min of viewing time. People need constant stimulation I guess rather then actually listening to a song??

    And who wants to see a 75 yo man singing anyway? I think my lyrics and subject matter are quite “interesting” if one would listen to the whole song.

    If you have any suggestions about improving the screen lyric font quality I am open.

  217. Terri
    July 3rd, 2017 at 15:03 | #219

    A few years ago when I was directed to this site, I tried it (thrilled that all my plug-ins were intact) and it crashed in the middle of a project. (Years later) I want to try it again, but am also looking for something similar in case it’s still wonky. (I don’t want to lose a project mid-stream). Has anyone tried Filmora Video Editor? What do people recommend that’s super close to iMovie 6HD. I know that program like the back of my hand, but still want the quality of iMovie.

  218. EJ
    July 20th, 2017 at 12:44 | #220

    Robert, why do I have to beg to get any help here and still doesn’t come? Aren’t we all sort of in a club of mac users?

    I need some analysis of why my text on the screen seems so blurry. Please.

    Check out one of my videos here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9SD6B7Ygjo

    and offer a suggestion on why it looks so crappy.

    I’ve tried different fonts and sizes and it still looks like a Vaseline covered lens.

    Thank you,


  219. July 20th, 2017 at 20:43 | #221

    @EJ I’m sorry no one has been able to volunteer a solution to your problem. As far as I can tell, the quality of the titling is limited to whatever the Apple developers wrote in there years ago. I’m not sure what can be done about that. Maybe there are underlying assumptions that are different.

    Are you dealing with a DV project? Or an MPEG-4 project? I never had any luck with MPEG-4 based projects in the old iMovie, as much as I love the old iMovie.

  220. Bill
    July 21st, 2017 at 00:24 | #222

    Yeah, a late comer but getting iMovie 6 back with little effort is tremendous and i will donate as appreciation. Apple should be ashamed, considering how they’ve become what they accused others of if not worse. Can’t wait to check out your other stuff

  221. Chris
    July 24th, 2017 at 21:13 | #223

    Thank you for posting this version! It works with my Sony DV Handycam, when iMovie 10.1.6 does NOT.

  222. August 1st, 2017 at 21:33 | #224


  223. pat martel
    September 2nd, 2017 at 12:05 | #225

    THANKS for iMovie 6… works on great on Yosemite. Just wondering if there’s a simialr way tpo get the compatible idvd to work with iMovie HD?

  224. Jack
    September 12th, 2017 at 10:06 | #226

    You are a life saver!!!! Many thanks!

  225. sarine
    September 24th, 2017 at 01:32 | #227

    i absolutely love you, robert harder, you so totally ROCK!!! …and may all cool things come your way, as they surely should, for your sharing your knowledge–you’ve brought so much happiness to so many! have a fun day…

  226. Terri
    September 28th, 2017 at 15:57 | #228

    While I’m still thrilled I can use this version of iMovie, I’m finding some frustrating tech issues. If I close the app, I more than likely lose everything. My work-around is to export what I have finished so far before closing, and then re-import it when I’m ready to work on it again. Not ideal.

    I wish they would revive it so all the bugs would be worked out 🙁

    I also wish I could use Streamclip again. These other editing programs are not as user friendly.

    Also, has anybody tried ScreenFlow?

  227. SLR Photo
    October 1st, 2017 at 13:36 | #229

    Thanks, exactly what I needed transfer Digital Hi-8 videos to MacBook. SLR

  228. EJ
    October 6th, 2017 at 15:24 | #230

    @Robert Harder

    Hey Robert,

    Almost a year now of being frustrated with the results in iMovie 6. I am wondering just what do people do with it? If I can’t achieve a VERY simple result of putting text over an mp3 without the text looking like Vaseline covered letters, then what are others using it for.

    I’ve had no response to anyone viewing my video on youtube as to what they think is going on with it. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g9SD6B7Ygjo

    I would love someone to post a link to just ONE video made in iMovie so I can compare.



    • October 7th, 2017 at 06:58 | #231

      Possibly no one has any information that can help you. I haven’t used a lot of titling in a long time, so I don’t have anything to offer. Terribly sorry.

  229. EJ
    October 7th, 2017 at 09:05 | #232

    Thanks for the get back. What I am asking is if this is a superior version of iMovie what sort of projects are people working on with it? Did you look at my link? Does that appear “normal” to you? Are there any examples of iMovies available?

    The only movie I have made in the past was ten years ago on iMovie 2 and it looked perfect?? When I say “movie” it is really a slide show with music, no camera work involved.


  230. Beverly
    October 25th, 2017 at 02:20 | #233

    Thank you so much for the download site for iMovie 6.
    I have just upgraded to El Capitan and was disappointed that all of my iMovie 6 movies, that were stored on my external drives, showed up without the usual imovieHD icons, just a generic document icon. And of course they wouldn’t open. I found your site, downloaded the version you have up, and like magic I could open my most recent iMovie 6! All of those iMovie 6 movies now seem to be working.
    I cannot find words to describe how happy I am that you have continued to provide this service!

    I am about to purchase a new iMac that will probably have High Sierra as the current OS.
    Will your iMovie 6 work with this system? Hoping yes!

  231. Forest
    October 25th, 2017 at 08:30 | #234

    I can’t tell you if this iMovie workaround will work on High Sierra, but I can tell you a way to ensure you still have access to it. First, you need to buy an external hard drive. If you have a number of movies saved already, you would want at least a 1TB hard drive, 2TB might be better for future project space.

    Before you get rid of your old iMac, make a clone of El Capitan on your new external, using Carbon Copy Cloner. There was a free version of this software available at one time. Might still be. This cloned external drive can then be used as your start up disc on your new iMac, so instead of seeing High Sierra when you use it, it will bring up your old El Capitan for you to work iMovie in.

  232. Forest
    October 25th, 2017 at 08:38 | #235


    Just a guess here, but I think the problem you have with the text may be because you are not laying your text over actual video clips, but instead one frame still text images made into video clips by iMovie. Still pictures put into iMovie and made into video clips always appear less sharp than actual video clips. I believe this has something to do with the interlacing involved in processing video clips in iMovie.

  233. EJ
    October 25th, 2017 at 16:31 | #236


    Thanks Forest.

    I have no video equipment and only a flip phone. Any suggestions on how to come up with a “universal” back ground video on which to put my lyrics? Can my iPad Air do anything? Like maybe “film” a black screen or something??

    I live 50 miles from the nearest town in the Arizona White Mountains and it has been impossible to find any help on this. The Mountain Lions and Elk don’t seem to care :-))

    Do you think this the same limitation on all iMovie versions? I see these 15 yo kids with great looking videos and wonder how in the heck do they do them??

  234. Donna Kuhn
    October 25th, 2017 at 17:05 | #237

    newer versions of imovie have backgrounds, even animated ones

  235. Forest
    October 25th, 2017 at 17:38 | #238


    Looks like Donna might have an answer for you. I have no experience with iPads, or newer versions of iMovie, so I can’t offer any advice on those subjects. Sorry.

  236. EJ
    October 25th, 2017 at 18:11 | #239

    @Donna Kuhn

    Thanks Donna. Might have to invest in one since all I have is iMovie 6.

    You might want to checkout one of my videos and see what I am experiencing

    In fact I am at 997 views now of them, maybe you can be 1000 :-))

  237. EJ
    October 25th, 2017 at 18:12 | #240


    Thanks Forest, you have been a real positive part of my experience here.

  238. RSB
    November 7th, 2017 at 09:52 | #241

    It’s like I’ve died and gone to iMove H(eaven) D
    I have a late 2013 iMac I managed to get iMovie HD on thanks to your link.

    My background… I shot my first footage on an 8mm film camera when I was 4 years old WAY back in 1955. Joined the Army in 1970. The recruiter said, “Young man, what do you want to do in this man’s Army?” I said, “I’d like to go to Vietnam and shoot film cameras.”

    I think the recruiter had just got out of Vietnam and had a hearing loss and all he heard was. “I want to go to Vietnam and shoot.” And soon I found myself there shooting an M-60 machine gun and not a Bolex H-16 as I wanted. Finally got out of Nam and the Army and used the GI Bill to get my degrees in Film and Broadcasting.

    Bought an Apple LISA in 1983 and have been hooked ever since and then in the mid 1980s I discovered iMovie (YEEHAW) and eventually iMovie HD.

    Despite having taught this stuff at a private university AND I have Apple Final Cut Pro, my brain is wired better for iMovie HD. I’m transferring my old Super 8 footage I shot in Vietnam (between period of shooting the M-60) to iMovie HD and making movies with HD.

    Thanks a million for the info here and the download.

  239. Donna Kuhn
    November 7th, 2017 at 11:46 | #242

    it doesn’t work for me so i got final cut pro recently but it hurts my head whereas imovie6 i can edit in my sleep.

  240. November 12th, 2017 at 09:27 | #243

    OOOOOH!!! It’s working yesssss!!!! Thank you soooooo much!! You save my life really I was desperate!!! I have an old Mac Book Pro 2009 with The Captain and when I uploaded to it I lost the editions apps between others, and the new iMovie 10 it’s not available for The Captain and I spoke with Apple support and they gave me the only link with the iMovie 9 they have left but it’s the 9.0.9 version and it doesn’t run or instal without the 9.0… I know all of this it sound like a mess but really… I feel so thankful to find your old version and it works! And I can finish my job! I almost cry of happiness when I saw your blog! Thank you thousand times!!

  241. Terri
    November 19th, 2017 at 16:25 | #244

    I am so frustrated. I love that I can revive this older program. I love it. It’s so intuitive. But unfortunately, the system has glitches. If I shut down my program, most of the time I lose everything. My work in progress, and all my clips. Lately I’ve been only working on projects I can do in on sitting. I wish apple would update this program – I’d pay good money to have a glitch-free iMovie 6.

  242. Donna Kuhn
    November 19th, 2017 at 16:33 | #245

    i understand. i have it on an old computer that is just too slow. i got final cut pro finally but i rather use imovie 6.

  243. Forest
    November 19th, 2017 at 16:43 | #246


    You ARE “saving” frequently as you work, right? Can’t see why you would lose anything if you have saved it before quitting iMovie.

  244. Terri
    November 19th, 2017 at 16:52 | #247

    Yes. I save all the time even when working on a project just in case it crashes. When I close down there’s a 70/30 chance I lose everything. I even get a window stating that it lost clips. And then when I ok that (hoping maybe just the ones in the trash were lost ) I get a blank slate. It’s incredibly frustrating. My work around is to export my work every time I close it, and then re-import.

  245. Christopher Andrews
    December 18th, 2017 at 12:08 | #248

    OMG!! Can somebody out there help me please?
    Im yet another victim of those lovely Apple people!
    I have a Sony Handycam DCR-HC51, which I have now learned is no longer supported by Sony!! This is having spent over a hundred pounds on every conceivable adapter, converter and cable! to try and make a connection to my 13″ retina MacBook Pro!!
    I also have a 20″ iMac upon which I have managed to load iMovie HD and am able to connect to it directly using the firewire lead provided with the camera but for some reason the camera is not seen by the Mac. I have a shoe box full of tapes but at the moment I am at a loss as to how I can download them to a computer. Camera manufacturers no longer manufacture cameras with mini tapes. And neither do they offer support for existing cameras that still use them

  246. Sandy ZK
    February 3rd, 2018 at 12:51 | #249

    If this work OMG THANK YOU!


  247. Sandy ZK
    February 3rd, 2018 at 13:03 | #250

    Follow up IT WORKS THANK YOU!

  248. john musker
    February 18th, 2018 at 16:06 | #251

    I followed your link and was able to open the old iMovie HD on my fairly new MacBook. THANK YOU!! I have hated these other newer iMovies that have made it far harder to edit, etc. This is great. But now I am wondering is there any way I can get this to put on my new iPad Pro. I am guessing they are not necessarily compatible because of the different Ohs? On my iPad after clicking your link I got something that said I could a”add” it to my file but I can’t find anything that resembles the installer I saw on my MacBook. I would like to be able to cut on the iPad as well as the laptop. Thx!

  249. Aaron Goji
    April 15th, 2018 at 13:36 | #252

    Thank you for this. I tried downloading it via the store but I am running OS X 10.11.6

  250. george
    May 17th, 2018 at 06:23 | #253

    Perfect! Thanks to all who take the time to help others. Thank you especially Rolando. Your instructions are still helpful all these years on! I’m running High Sierra 10.13.3 and am happy to say I’ve got my favorite iMovie HD back again! Thank-You.

  251. Chris Bredehoft
    May 22nd, 2018 at 13:08 | #254

    What version of iMovie had a screen with events and projects separated but you could still drag the orange marker above the video in the projects to create chapters, and you had a lot at your fingertips to edit text in the video. I created DVDs back in 2013 and 2014 but I don’t believe I used iMovie 6, but I know for sure iMovie eight does not allow me to create chapters.

  252. Terri Meyer
    July 23rd, 2018 at 09:46 | #255

    I installed on my new computer (High Sierra) and was pleased to see that I no longer had to work through the open terminal. I haven’t worked with it yet on my new computer, but look forward to it. I’m so glad it’s still available!!!

  253. Peter
    August 5th, 2018 at 14:24 | #256

    Thanks a million – I hate iMovie 9 or later. Way too complicated and not of use. So far your version seems to run well even in High Sierra 10.13.6. Again, many thanks for sharing this!

  254. Terri Meyer
    August 5th, 2018 at 14:27 | #257

    For some reason my color effects aren’t working on 6…While I can import it to the current iMovie to colorize the way I want, I can’t believe that the current iMovie won’t compress when exporting, leaving me with a HUGE file!

  255. Vincent
    August 23rd, 2018 at 18:37 | #258

    Thanks so much. Works with High Sierra on the 2018 MacBook Pro!

  256. EJ
    August 24th, 2018 at 14:39 | #259

    Problem here…made a movie for youtube. When I open a “new” project the old movie information is there in the scrolling block and centered title???

  257. Forest
    August 24th, 2018 at 14:53 | #260


    Can you not just delete that text and type in your new text?

  258. EJ
    August 24th, 2018 at 19:37 | #261

    Point is WHY is it there? If it is a new movie it should be a clean slate shouldn’t it? Is there some sort of buffer or something that remembers your last job? Has this ever happened to you or is just my iMac 2009?


    BTW, I STILL haven’t been able to make a slide show in iMovie because the pictures all come out blurry??? They are big enough to fill the size requirement. Any suggestions?
    Look at the 2:45 point in my song on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ryb4zoBMU8

  259. Terri
    October 28th, 2018 at 21:18 | #262

    I have a question. In iMovie 6HD I can have a 4:3 aspect ratio. In iMovie 10, it only renders in 16:9. Sometimes I like to use effects in iMovie 10 and then transfer the footage to my go-to vidding program 6HD. But I end up with black bars. Frustrating that iMovie 10 has an aspect ratio default. I’m trying to find another vidding program that has all the bells and whistles in 4:3, that I can later move to iMovie 6HD to complete the video. Is anything compatible like that?

  260. Forest
    October 28th, 2018 at 23:52 | #263

    I’m wondering why you wish to use the 4:3 format? It is “old school” now and you rarely see 4:3 shot for today’s wide screen format world.

  261. Taredare
    October 30th, 2018 at 07:43 | #264

    Because I produce music videos to classic TV shows.

  262. Terri
    October 30th, 2018 at 09:57 | #265

    I’m an iMovie 6 HD purist, but have tried many other programs over the years, since my iMovie 6 is a bit buggy. I had tried Final Cut Express and hated it, but did love and use Live Type (a titling program) that came with. Now Live Type is no longer compatible, and I want more fancy. I might have finally found my answer. Davinci Resolve. It’s free. It works a lot like iMovie 6 in how you manipulate clips, and it has a lot of fancy with Youtube videos to guide. And, after a lot of tests renders, it can render in 4:3. It’s still a big learning curve….for example, I cannot import DV files, but I think I’m ready for the swerve.

  263. Terri
    October 30th, 2018 at 09:58 | #266


    I produce music videos using classic television clips.

  264. EJ
    October 30th, 2018 at 13:58 | #267

    Still looking for a good way to put jpg’s in iMovie to make a slideshow without the jpg’s getting blurry??

    I’ve tried different sizes of the same pic and still can’t get them to show crisp and clean as you can see at the 2:45 mark in my video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6ryb4zoBMU8

    I did come up with a way to make the scroll more readable by experimenting:
    Went to Export-Expert settings-Options-Data rate:256-Frame rate:30-Image size:352×288

    Haven’t found the right combo yet for jpgs??

  265. Forest
    October 30th, 2018 at 15:06 | #268


    I have never found a way to get still pics into HD6 without some unwanted artifacts – the blurring you speak of. Seems to me there is no way to prevent HD6 from doing this when it converts the still image into a video clip. I’ve learned to live with it.

    I too tried Final Cut and just couldn’t put my mind to the steep learning curve required to get proficient with it. HD6 was the best video editor Apple ever made, IMHO.

  266. EJ
    October 30th, 2018 at 20:28 | #269


    So ironic. I am trying to make videos without a camera of any type to get my music out there. Yeah, those learning curves turn into Mountain passes for me.

    Thing I just don’t get is how I could have done it so well in iMovie 2
    eight years ago???

    Is this a situation of people clinging to Mac technology in-spite of more efficient stuff out there in the PC world? Speak of learning curves. I’ve never been on a PC except in a library. :-O Started with a MacPlus on System 6, ended with my iMac on 10.6.8. All the rest of the OS’s look too industrial, cold, with too much nonsense nanny state stuff.

  267. paul Hannan
    March 12th, 2019 at 09:27 | #270

    I have used iMovie HD with much success,on my Mini 2010, High Sierra and am looking for another application which is comparable, and not expensive. iMovie HD has issues.

  268. Alex Odessa
    March 18th, 2019 at 22:48 | #271

    Thank you soooo much!!!
    I’ve old Mac and couldn’t find soft anywhere/

    God bless you

  269. J.M. Shepard
    May 15th, 2019 at 12:12 | #272

    Thanks, Robert! Looked all over for Imovie 6, and your site was the only place to find it. Really appreciate it.
    J.M. Shepard 5/15/19

  270. Ben
    July 24th, 2019 at 14:20 | #273

    Sorry guys but I am trying to get imovie hd but I cannot see any links…
    It is for my old powerbook G4… yes I know I could buy a macbook pro but my G4 comes with a firewire port for my scanner…

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