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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

 
 

Bare Bones Rustles Up TextWrangler 1.0

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Bare Bones Rustles Up TextWrangler 1.0 -- Bare Bones Software has released Text Wrangler 1.0, a $50 general-purpose text editor without the extensive feature set (particularly the HTML features) or $180 price of its highly regarded sibling BBEdit. TextWrangler can open and edit nearly any text file, including those with Unicode (UTF-8 and UTF-16) character sets, and features speedy search and replace (including PCRE matching - PCRE stands for Perl-Compatible Regular Expression), syntax coloring, FTP file access, and more. With the release of TextWrangler, Bare Bones has discontinued the free BBEdit Lite; owners of BBEdit Lite can upgrade to the full version of BBEdit for $120 until 31-Mar-03. To help users differentiate between its editors, Bare Bones has posted feature comparisons of TextWrangler versus BBEdit 7.0 and TextWrangler versus BBEdit Lite 6.1. TextWrangler 1.0 is available in a 30-day full-featured demo version, which is a 9.8 MB download. [JLC]

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