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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

 
 

Copying Utilities

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People have gotten sick of how long it takes the Finder to copy files, hence the appearance of the shareware SpeedyFinder and several other neat utilities. As I mentioned above, CopyDoubler comes with AutoDoubler 2.0 now, and is also sold separately. Aside from speeding the copying process, CopyDoubler allows you to choose when AutoDoubler-compressed files are expanded and when they aren't, along with other copy-speeding options such as turning off verification and not copying Finder icons. Even snazzier is the commercial CopyRight utility from CSG Technologies, which passes off the copying tasks to a background application so you can continue working in the Finder and even start additional copies, all of which proceed simultaneously. It's way cool and I'm irritated it took me so long to write about it. At Macworld SF look for CopyRight Pro, which allows you to select which files are copied by name, label, etc., and run copies at specified repeating times.

CSG Technologies -- 800/366-4622 -- csg.tech@applelink.apple.com
Fifth Generation -- 800/225-2775 -- 76004.2301@compuserve.com

 

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