David Koff is a technology expert who began programming his Apple II+ computer as an eleven-year-old boy. As a grown man, he was the lead Apple Systems Engineer for over seven years at The Getty Center in Los Angeles where he was responsible for simultaneously managing over 300 Macintosh computers and scripting in Unix. He’s a regular contributor to MacTech Magazine and has been featured as a speaker at the yearly MacTech Conference. His writings have appeared on such blogs as The Inertia, GigaOm, Message to America, and The Mac Dweeb, and he has sold a screenplay to Fox Family films. As a professional actor and comedian, he’s been featured in numerous commercials and popular TV shows including “The West Wing” and “Sesame Street.” He’s also a member of several improv comedy troupes, including Fake Radio, LA’s Premier Old-Time-Radio Comedy Troupe.
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.