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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

 
 

iTunes 9.0.3

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Apple has released a small but helpful bug-fix update for iTunes. Version 9.0.3 fixes an issue that prevented the "Remember password for purchases" setting from being enabled, addresses problems with syncing certain smart playlists and podcasts with unspecified iPod models, and resolves a bug that caused problems in recognizing connections with some iPods. Apple says the update also improves general stability and performance. The update is available via Software Update or from Apple's Web site. (Free, 90.82 MB)

 

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Comments about iTunes 9.0.3
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V. JOHNSON  2010-02-08 09:04
I'm impressed with iTunes 9.0.3. However, I want to know if iTunes 9.0.3 allows more than 80 minutes of music to be burned on a CD without using the MP3 format.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2010-02-08 09:05
I'm no expert on burning CDs, but my understanding is that when making an audio CD (as opposed to a data CD containing audio in MP3 format), you're limited to what the disc can do (usually marked on the disc or package). I don't believe iTunes has any control over that.
Glenn Fleishman  2010-02-08 10:32
Adam's correct. There's a set of specs for audio CDs (the Red Book), and it defines 79.8 minutes as the longest sum of recordings that may be made in that format. iTunes (nor any CD burning software) cannot write more music than that for discs to be played back in any compatible audio CD player using the audio CD format.
David Gordon  2010-02-09 01:58
It seems that 9.0.3 has re-introduced the annoying bug that stops the zoom control bringing up the Mini Player. Hope they bring that back.