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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

 
 

Netopia Adds Security, Multiple Monitors to Timbuktu Pro 8.5

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The latest release of long-developed Timbuktu Pro remote control software appeared last week. Version 8.5 adds several options designed to improve security and provides support for viewing multiple monitors remotely.

<http://www.netopia.com/software/products/tb2/ mac/>

Several new modes are available in this release, including:

  • Lock-down or "Help Desk": A computer can't initiate remote sessions, but is available for remote viewing by, for instance, in-house technical support.

  • SSH-only: Timbuktu Pro can be prevented from connecting using the old, less secure protocol, after which it will allow only SSH (Secure Shell) connections.

  • Remote screen blanking: The remote computer's screen goes blank when being controlled from afar by Timbuktu Pro. This "secures" the activities of that user from casual observation.

  • Two monitor sharing: Timbuktu Pro now provides a view of two monitors on a remote system.

  • Hide from scanning: You can suppress the appearance of a particular computer running Timbuktu Pro from local network lists.

Timbuktu Pro 8.5 finally includes an option to check for an upgrade automatically on launch - a key tool in these days of frequent upgrades for utility software. And Netopia claims in the release notes that screen sharing for Control sessions is much improved, especially over local networks.

Be sure to read the multi-step process for successfully upgrading a system with Timbuktu Pro installed - it works for me every time, but it requires adherence to a detailed sequence of operations. Timbuktu Pro 8.5 is a free upgrade for registered users of version 8.0. (The link below takes you to the download authorization page.)

<http://www.netopia.com/support/technotes/ software/tb2mac/update_8.html>

 

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