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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

 
 

Data Robotics Ships Drobo S with USB 3.0

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Data Robotics has announced that a new version of their Drobo S storage device, which replaces the previous generation’s USB 2.0 port with a higher-speed (and backward-compatible) USB 3.0 port, is now shipping. The Drobo S offers five storage bays, each of which can hold any standard 3.5-inch SATA or SATA II drive; the device automatically combines the disks into a larger volume while setting aside redundant storage space to protect against drive failure. Users can freely swap or upgrade drives at any time. The price for the Drobo S, which also includes FireWire 800 and eSATA ports, remains unchanged at $799.

Steve Jobs reportedly stated recently that Apple has no immediate plans to ship Macs with built-in USB 3.0 ports or driver software to support existing third-party cards. However, at least two manufacturers—CalDigit and LaCie—sell Mac-compatible PCI Express USB 3.0 adapters for the Mac Pro and ExpressCard/34 adapters for those few MacBook Pro models with ExpressCard/34 slots. According to Data Robotics, the new Drobo S has been tested successfully with both manufacturers’ cards and Mac OS X drivers.

Data Robotics hasn’t said if or when USB 3.0 will appear on any of its other devices. At present, two other Drobo models still have USB 2.0 ports—the second-generation four-bay Drobo (which also has a FireWire 800 port) and the eight-bay DroboPro (which includes FireWire 800 and iSCSI ports). The latter, which was introduced more recently, seems a natural candidate for USB 3.0.

In other news, Data Robotics has also announced that its Drobo Sync software is now shipping for the DroboPro FS (an eight-bay device with dual Gigabit Ethernet ports). The software, which is available at no cost via Drobo Dashboard, lets a DroboPro FS automatically back up its data to a second DroboPro FS on the same local network or a VPN.

 

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