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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

 
 

Mac OS 8.1 Update Available

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Mac OS 8.1 Update Available -- Today, Apple released Mac OS 8.1, an update to Mac OS 8.0 that includes support for Macintosh Extended Format disks, DVD-ROM and Universal Disk Format (UDF) disks, plus new versions of PC Exchange, Open Transport, the Location Manager, and the LaserWriter driver. Mac OS 8.1 refines Virtual Memory and disk caching (which improves application launch and re-launch times, as well as network file copies) and adds components such as MRJ 2.0 (Mac OS Runtime for Java) and Microsoft Internet Explorer 3.01.

The U.S. version of Mac OS 8.1 will be available on CD-ROM in February (Mac OS 8 owners can purchase a CD for $19.95); localized versions should appear in April. Happily, current Mac OS 8 users can download the Mac OS 8.1 update for U.S. systems for free. Apple has posted the update in BinHex and MacBinary versions, both as a large (15 to 22 MB) single file and as thirteen smaller files.

<http://support.info.apple.com/ftp/8.1us.html>

Make sure to read Mac OS 8.1's documentation and back up your system before installing. Also, keep an eye on TidBITS Updates during the week for further details about Mac OS 8.1. [GD]

<http://www.tidbits.com/macnews.html>

 

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