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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

 

 

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Two minor mistakes last week, and one major problem this week, which accounts for the tardiness of this issue. First, we mentioned the existence of the Frequently Asked Questions file at sumex-aim.stanford.edu. Unfortunately, the source had transposed two letters in the filename, and so did we. Look for "csmf-faq.txt".

Secondly, Andy Sheppard told us about an FTP and archie site in the UK, adding that it had mailserver capabilities though he didn't know the details. Unfortunately, it turns out this site is available only from the UK. I believe the address is <ftpmail@doc.ic.ac.uk>.

The previous paragraph is vague because our dearly-beloved 105 MB hard drive died a terrible death Tuesday when some moron got drunk and ran his car into an electric pole. The resulting power flutter (off-on-off in the space of a few seconds) turned the hard drive's controller card into the functional equivalent of a twisted heap of smoking metal. We had decent backups, but I lost all my mail and some recent work. By the time you read this, we'll be back up on another APS 105 MB drive ($270 cheaper than two years ago).

 

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