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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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Macworld SF 2007 Event Updates

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Macworld Expo is always a hectic time for us, what with oodles of appearances and signings, and sometimes we can't nail them down entirely before our last issue of the year. This year was no exception, so here are some updates and reminders. (For the full lineup, see "Macworld SF 2007 Events," 2006-12-18.)

  • Wednesday, January 10th: At 2:00 PM, I'll be at the MacTech booth (#N3320) to show off the snazzy new TidBITS Archive CD that you can buy there for a show special of $29.95, sign CDs, and generally reminisce about events from yesteryear that the CD makes easy to find. Remember RAM Doubler? How about DiskDoubler? At 2:15 PM, Glenn Fleishman will be answering questions about 3G cellular technology and Wi-Fi at Macworld's booth stage (#408) as a follow-up to their technology trends issue.
  • Thursday, January 11th: If you don't already have dinner plans, be sure to sign up for what is actually the 22nd annual Netter's Dinner, or depending on your perspective, the 12th Annual Last Netter's Dinner. It's at 6 PM; meet at the top of the escalators leading down to South Hall and be prepared for a brisk and geek-intensive walk. Alas, the indefatigable Jon Pugh will be incommunicado, so I'm in charge once again (insert evil laugh here). Freebies are always welcome for me to award to particularly good answers in the raise-your-hands survey.
  • Friday, January 12th: I'll be talking with Shawn King at 2:00 PM, though not on the Macworld magazine stage as previously noted, but at the Taste of the Conference stage.

And finally, Ilene Hoffman's Hess Events List has filled out nicely, so if you're not sure what to do, be sure to check it out.

 

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