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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

 
 

Leopard Envy and Tiger Inertia

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I have made the mistake on previous releases of Mac OS X, other operating systems, and even software applications of upgrading immediately on a "dot zero" (.0) release, something I typically advise others to avoid. However, the pain I suffer is mitigated by helping others, and as a tech writer, it's sort of my job to be on the bleeding edge to file reports back to later adopters.

Leopard is an interesting case. I had used Leopard betas, and updated a test Power Mac in my office - one that I will be selling one of these days - to the shipping version of Leopard on the day before its formal release. A few days later, I installed 10.5.0 on my home PowerBook G4, suffering problems I've documented elsewhere due to an out-of-date copy of PGP (see "PGP Causes Leopard Slowdown, But Fix Is Simple," 2007-11-13).

However, my regular work machine - a Mac Pro I bought in spring - remains on Tiger. And what I'm finding is that as every day goes by, I'm looking more and more for missing features in Tiger that I use at home in Leopard. Even with the 10.5.1 update, I still think Leopard has a bit to go in fixing some security design errors and in a few areas of stability and functionality.

But I find myself on my Mac Pro looking for Quick Look, a functional Spotlight (instead of the okay but not great one in Tiger), Back to My Mac (once I got that working), and even some of the glitz like Cover Flow in the Finder.

I'm not ready to take the plunge yet: I need to be sure of 100-percent functionality for my daily work. But I'm strangely close to making the move. Maybe with 10.5.2, whenever that comes, I'll finally be ready.

 

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