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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

 
 

Take Control News: Learn to Podcast on the Mac

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Beginning a podcast is easier than starting a radio station, but it's still hard to assemble your hardware and software, and to learn the necessary tricks of the trade. You can easily meet that challenge with the second edition of "Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac," a 118-page book that provides start-to-finish guidance from long-time podcaster Andy Affleck.

The book leads off by discussing how to plan a podcast's topic, format, and polish. Then Andy focuses on the practical details of choosing the right microphone and audio software, followed by step-by-step instructions for recording using Audio Hijack Pro, GarageBand, Sound Studio, WireTap Studio, and Ubercaster, with advice about conducting interviews by phone, iChat, and Skype.

Once your audio is in the can, Andy explains how to use audio plug-ins to make a recording sound better, complete with downloadable sound files to supplement his text. He also explains how to edit out any awkward bits, plug in additional audio, and mix tracks.

Finally, Andy covers how to encode a podcast, add useful tags and chapters, find a publishing tool, and publish your podcast for the world to hear.

"Take Control of Podcasting on the Mac" includes a coupon worth $3 off either Audio Hijack Pro or Fission. Or save $14 off both.

 

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