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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

 
 

Radioshift 1.5.2

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Rogue Amoeba's Radioshift 1.5 snuck out at the very end of 2009, and has subsequently been followed by a pair of bug-fix updates. Major new features in Radioshift 1.5 include support for thousands of previously unsupported streams (including ones previously available only to Web-based players), better error-handling with faulty streams, easier installation of third-party players, an overhauled interface, independence from crashes in external audio playback engines, and auto-wake support for FileVault-protected home folders. Fixes in 1.5.1 and 1.5.2 resolve a problem with live listening of programs from the guide, properly preserve the listening history between launches, and address a number of cosmetic issues. Full release notes are available. ($32 new, free update, 11.2 MB)

 

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Comments about Radioshift 1.5.2

I enjoy Dixieland (classical jazz).

A search reveals a few stations with weekly hour-long programs of this music, none within my local fm reception range. Sigh.

My internet connection is a Verizon cellphone without a data plan that just charges minutes of use. Minutes are "free" after 9:01pm weekdays and all day Saturday and Sunday.

Because I don't have a dedicated 24/7 connection I'm curious if it is otherwise possible (with some combination of hardward and software) to "program" the programs I want to download (like TV on a VCR), have them captured somehow, somewhere online so I can download manually periodically when convenient?

I'm open to any and all ideas that might achieve the same result.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-19 13:47
If I'm understanding right, the problem is that Radioshift can record shows only when they're playing live, which likely wouldn't be when your off hours are. So, unless you could set a Mac elsewhere on the Internet to record whenever the shows are live, and then transfer the files manually to your Mac during your off hours, I think you're still more or less out of luck.

Sorry!
Nutski  2010-01-19 03:25
Still can't add stations myself.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-01-19 13:47
I hear from the Rogue Amoeba folks that suggestions to the Guide can be made right from within the app, and you can also create manual subscriptions, as outlined in the Radioshift help files.