Merge Events Crashes iMovie '11

I have been searching to an answer to this problem for months. I organize my iMovie events by month, which involves a fair amount of splitting and merging events. Back in the August/September, 2012 timeframe, I could no longer merge events without iMovie '11 (9.08) crashing every time. It starts just fine, sets up the merged event, then just quits. No forum of any kind has discussed this same kind of problem. I had not, as far as I can tell, made any changes to my configuration betwen when this worked and when it didn't.
I have an iMac, 20-inch, Mid 2007 running OS X 10.8.2.
Things I have tried:
1. Checked memory (I have 4GB, so no issues) and hard drive space (also no issues 302 GB available).
2. Reloaded iMovie. No change.
3. Reloaded Mountain Lion. No change.
4. Moved two events to an external drive and then tried from there. No change. Still crashes.
5. Looked at all of the other causes for crashes of iMovie and took those steps (deleted plists, ivx, etc...). Nothing works.
I just can't find any relief from this problem. Nothing I do seems to have even the slightest impact.
Has anybody has this problem and/or know how to fix it?

I am not entirely surprised this isn't considered a known issue. I was unable to find any evidence of others having the problem, at least until you posted this morning. I was really relieved to see I am not alone, although I am sorry you are having the same frustrations.
I did report the error to Apple on at least a dozen occaisions with a fully annotated error report each time it crashed. Or maybe 12 out of the 50 crashes. I can readily reproduce the problem, and moving the movies to another drive didn't change the behavior.
I ended up spending a few hours reimporting all my video since August, 2012, and now everything is aligned properly. And I'll continue to do the same workaround going forward. But I would like the program to work as designed.
It is now a known issue since you reported it? If not, is there a way I should be reporting it as well?

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