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iMovie '09: Speed Clips up to 2,000%

iMovie '09 brings back the capability to speed up or slow down clips, which went missing in iMovie '08. Select a clip and bring up the Clip Inspector by double-clicking the clip, clicking the Inspector button on the toolbar, or pressing the I key. Just as with its last appearance in iMovie HD 6, you can move a slider to make the video play back slower or faster (indicated by a turtle or hare icon).

You can also enter a value into the text field to the right of the slider, and this is where things get interesting. You're not limited to the tick mark values on the slider, so you can set the speed to be 118% of normal if you want. The field below that tells you the clip's changed duration.

But you can also exceed the boundaries of the speed slider. Enter any number between 5% and 2000%, then click Done.

Visit iMovie '09 Visual QuickStart Guide



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Until now, no Internet backup services have worked with the Macintosh. With the release of BackJack from Synectics, though, Mac users finally have a way of backing up and restoring files over the Internet. BackJack provides a simple interface for selecting files to back up, then compresses and encrypts (with 128 bit encryption) your files before uploading them. BackJack logs all actions, plus it sends you email after every session. You can automate the software to take advantage of less expensive off-peak rates - pricing is based on the amount of data you back up, when you send it, and how much storage space you use (recovering data is always free). In our testing so far, BackJack was easy to set up and has worked well. You can test it for yourself since the company offers a free 15 day trial period with 2 MB of storage space. Along with the free software from the BackJack Web site, the service requires a 28.8 Kbps or faster Internet connection and supports one or more PowerPC-based Macs (a 68K version of the software is in development).


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