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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

 
 

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Word processor for a book -- Attempting to write an entire book in a single Microsoft Word file is an invitation for trouble. Find out what other word processors are recommended by TidBITS Talk readers. (7 messages)

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Super 8 Transfer -- What do you do with all those Super 8 movie rolls in storage? Several ideas emerge, ranging from re-shooting the projected movies to sending them out for professional digitizing. (7 messages)

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Firefox bookmark location -- After updating the Web browser Firefox to the latest version, a reader's bookmarks disappear. In addition to discovering where Firefox stores its bookmark file, other folks chime in with their various Firefox experiences. (7 messages)

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New for iOS 8: TextExpander 3 with custom keyboard.
Set up short abbreviations which expand to larger bits of text,
such as "Tx" for "TextExpander". With the new custom keyboard,
you can expand abbreviations in any app, including Safari and
Mail. <http://smle.us/tetouch3-tb>