FireWire 800 ExpressCard for MacBook Pro -- One of the common complaints about the 15-inch MacBook Pro was its lack of a FireWire 800 port, which is present on both the PowerBook G4 and the new 17-inch MacBook Pro. The saving grace was the MacBook Pro's ExpressCard slot, which, as Glenn Fleishman pointed out in the last issue of TidBITS (see "ExpressCard on the Horizon"), allows data transfer of 2 Gbps in each direction, making it possible to run FireWire 800 via an ExpressCard. Now, Akumen, Inc. has announced the first such adapter in its ExpressWay Series, the "2-Port NitroAV FireWire800/1394b Professional Express Card (34 mm) Interface Adapter (MacBook Pro)." (Yes, that appears to be the full name). The card sports two FireWire 800 slots with a maximum throughput of 800 Mbps and costs $90. [JLC]
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.