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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.

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Skype has released Skype to block a critical vulnerability related to receiving a malicious file via an instant message. Also resolved are problems with video freezing in networks with high packet loss, and unspecified minor bugs. Unfortunately, the horrid design of Skype 5 remains in place, but, luckily, the still-functional Skype 2.8 does not suffer from Skype 5’s security vulnerability. So, you can either upgrade to Skype or stick with (or downgrade to) Skype 2.8. I recommend downloading manually; the automatic updater failed when I chose Skype > Check for Updates. (Free, 20.2 MB)


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Comments about Skype

Geoff Arnold  2011-05-09 19:35
Hmmm. The latest Mac download is now What else changed, I wonder?
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-05-09 20:06
Drat, that was fast... I imagine they just found a bug and released a silent update. I'm just going to update the title of the article, since that's the version I now have too. Sigh...
Charles Robert Hayden-Gilbert  2011-05-10 02:22
I tried Skype 5 and really didn't like its GUI, nor the fact that it wouldn't tell me who had called. With SkypeIn numbers in the UK and Australia, this was a real pest. Call forwarding ceased to work, and I found that I had to go into my Skype preferences and reset them to re-activate Call Forwarding. I reverted to Skype (16248) as this works fine.
Charly Avital  2011-05-10 05:19
I am confused. I was running version I have downloaded, from the link version, which I am now running (their interface is equally ugly).
barefootguru  2011-05-09 23:45
I'm seeing through both Check for Updates and the downloads page (currently on
bunk3m  2011-05-10 01:22
Hmmm. I downloaded the update from the link on and I got What is going on with these version numbers????
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-05-10 12:33
All these version numbers are nuts - I'm checking with Skype PR to see if we can figure out what's going on.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2011-05-11 14:45
OK, Skype PR tells me that all three of these version numbers are essentially identical:

So as long as you have one of them, you should be fine from a security standpoint.
Skype is the only software that I have ever "downgraded" to the previous version because the new version was unworkable. I don't particularly like 2.8, but v5 was orders of magnitude worse. Hope they fix it, but who knows what will happen now Microsoft own it.