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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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Apple Sells Its One Hundred and Fifty Millionth Song

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Apple Sells Its One Hundred and Fifty Millionth Song -- Apple continued to remind everyone it's the 400-pound gorilla of the online music industry by announcing it has now sold over 150 million songs on its iTunes Music Service. What's more, just in time for the holiday shopping season, iTunes gift cards will now be available in Best Buy stores in addition to Target and Apple's own retail stores. The announcement follows yesterday's financial results where Apple noted it shipped more than 2 million iPods during its fourth fiscal quarter. Apple says it's selling more than 4 million songs a week, which puts it at a pace to sell over 200 million songs per year.

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This announcement's timing on the heels of fourth quarter results permits me to note Apple's "other music products" (anything but iPods) brought in $98 million last quarter, which is roughly a one-third increase over the same quarter a year ago. Combined with revenue from iPods, that means right now roughly one quarter of Apple's revenue has to do with music, not computers. [GD]

 

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