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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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MobileMe Gains 24/7 Chat Support -- Apple has added around-the-clock text chat support for MobileMe, the sometimes-disgruntling collection of Internet services that replaced .Mac. To start a support chat, you must first choose a specific topic under the Get Help with Mobile Me section, after which a Chat Now button appears; clicking it starts a chat with an Apple tech support person. (Posted 2009-05-01)


NYC Apple Store Ranks Among Most Photographed Places -- A research project at Cornell University has evaluated nearly 35 million photos from Flickr in an effort to automatically organize, label, and summarize large-scale collections of digital images. One interesting finding: the glass-cube Apple Store in New York City is the 5th-most photographed place in New York City, and the 28th-most photographed spot in the world. (Posted 2009-05-01)


WWDC 2009: Sold Out -- Ars Technica is reporting that Apple's annual Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) has already sold out. This year's conference, to be held 08-Jun-09 to 12-Jun-09 at San Francisco's Moscone West Hall, is only the second WWDC ever to have sold out in advance (the 2008 conference having been the first). Sessions from WWDC 2009, which is expected to focus on the iPhone 3.0 software and Snow Leopard, will be available as videos in the iTunes Store after the conference is over for those unable to attend. (Posted 2009-04-29)


Forbes Publishes PDF of Jobs's Deposition -- Steve Jobs's full deposition to the Securities and Exchange Commission on 18-Mar-08 is now available as a PDF from Forbes.com. The 119-page document reveals, largely uncensored, Jobs's responses to questions regarding the backdating of Apple stock options (an illegal action if not properly accounted for and reported), and the fabrication of minutes for a nonexistent Board of Directors meeting by Apple's general counsel at the time, Nancy Heinen. The transcript provides a rare glimpse into the organization and activities of Apple's upper echelons, and surprisingly candid comments from Jobs himself. (Posted 2009-04-28)


Esquire Cover Shot with RED Video Camera -- Many still cameras can shoot video, and video cameras capture stills, but until now there's always been a quality tradeoff. Esquire is touting its latest issue as the first major-market magazine to use a cover image captured by a video camera, the high end RedONE, which shoots at 4K resolution (roughly four times better than HD). (Posted 2009-04-28)

 

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