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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.

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GraphicConverter 3.7 Adds Features and Fixes -- Mac users looking for a Swiss Army Knife of graphics programs can download GraphicConverter 3.7, an update to Lemke Software's tool for viewing nearly 120 graphic file formats. (One use for GraphicConverter recently mentioned in TidBITS is reading faxes sent over the Internet; see "Facts about Internet Faxing" in TidBITS-484.) The new version adds numerous features and bug fixes, including the capability to drag & drop images onto the application's icon, a command for slicing images into rectangular sections, plus numerous file format tweaks and export improvements. GraphicConverter 3.7 is available in English and German versions as either a 3.1 MB download for the full program, or a 900K updater from version 3.6.2. Registering the program is $30 for European residents; otherwise, GraphicConverter is $35. Owners of previous versions of can upgrade for free. [JLC]

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