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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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Tonya Engst Discusses Ebooks on the Tech Night Owl Live

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On the Tech Night Owl Live podcast, Take Control editor in chief Tonya Engst shared her perspective on ebook-related topics as a small publisher selling ebooks in big online venues like Apple’s iBookstore and Amazon’s Kindle Store. She also talked about her latest ebook, “Take Control of Your iPad,” recently updated to include the third-generation iPad and iOS 5.1.favicon follow link

 

Comments about Tonya Engst Discusses Ebooks on the Tech Night Owl Live

I would argue that eBooks are more rented (for the users/company's lifetime) than truly owned. E.g., if Amazon goes belly up tomorrow, my Kindle library is only as available as my backup/ability to take the DRM off the file to use in another context.
Adam Engst  An apple icon for a TidBITS Staffer 2012-05-04 05:59
That's absolutely true when DRM is employed, and is one (among many others) reason we don't use it.