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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

 
 

3Com Announces Palm III

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3Com Announces Palm III -- Last week, 3Com announced plans to ship a new Pilot, the Palm III "connected organizer," in April. The $399 Palm III, an incremental update to the successful PalmPilot line of PDAs, will offer a more curved case design with an optional flip cover, 2 MB RAM, 2 MB flash RAM, Palm OS 3.0, and an infrared port. (For more complete coverage, check out the close-up photographs and first-look review published by PalmPower Magazine.) Although not groundbreaking, the Palm III is seen by many as an intermediate push against the upcoming, heavily hyped, Windows CE-based "Palm PCs." Prices for the current PalmPilot Professional and PalmPilot Personal have dropped to $299 and $199 respectively (see Jeff Carlson's recent series of PalmPilot articles, begun in TidBITS-411, for more details on these older models).

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In related news, 3Com's subsidiary Palm Computing is suing Microsoft over the Palm PC moniker; the suit was filed in several European countries, where Palm believes it has a better chance of proving trademark infringement. [JLC]

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