DVD Studio Pro 1.5 Supports Mac OS X -- Apple today announced the release of DVD Studio Pro 1.5, a new version of the company's professional DVD authoring tool that adds Mac OS X compatibility. DVD Studio Pro, which sells for $1,000, offers high-end features such as full-motion menus, higher-quality audio and video, and inclusion of DVD-ROM material along with video, to separate itself from Apple's free consumer-level iDVD authoring utility. The new version of DVD Studio Pro can also use chapter markers set in Final Cut Pro during the video editing phase of a project to create chapters on a final video DVD. (This feature requires Final Cut Pro 3.0.2, scheduled for release later this month as a free update for Final Cut Pro 3 users.) Owners of earlier versions of DVD Studio Pro can upgrade for $200. [MHA]
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.