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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

 
 

Hellcats and Hellcats: Missions at Leyte Gulf

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Hellcats has to be the best flight simulator for the Mac today. It combines 256-color, 3-D, shaded graphics with extremely fast, smooth scrolling and military-simulator-quality avionics and creates a fast-paced arcade game.

There are eight missions to fly, ranging from bombing an enemy runway to protecting an Allied carrier from Japanese attack. Your plane is the F6F Hellcat, equipped with machine guns and a pair of bombs. Each target you obliterate gives you points towards promotions through the ranks, but be forewarned: dying in the game is like dying in real life. Your character is gone, and you start again with a new recruit.

The game is best played with a joystick but works fine with a mouse. There are a few bugs, most noticeably a blind search party; bail out near your base, and chances are the rescue party will still pass you by. A program exists called "Hellcats Rescue" (available via anonymous FTP from sumex) that exhumes dead pilots, leaving their scores intact. This is useful when Hellcats pulls a fast one on you.

Missions at Leyte Gulf , the sequel to the smoothest flight simulator on the Mac adds more goodies. In addition to eight more missions, it features rockets (though not completely historically accurate, they are fun), moving targets (ships, trucks, tanks), and smarter fighters. Gameplay seems even faster on my IIci than the original Hellcats. Note that this is only a missions disk - you still need the original program.

Available in stores and mail order houses.
Company: Graphic Simulations
Price: Hellcats: $38 mail order
Missions: $22 mail order
Overall: 5
Repeat Playability: 5
Value: 5

 

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