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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.

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The iPad Arrives

At long last, the orgy of non-stop media speculation is over, and Apple has introduced the iPad, a tablet-sized device that's most easily thought of as a scaled-up iPod touch. Although some models will include 3G data connectivity, it's not a phone. The iPad offers enough enhancements, in addition to its size, that it could take over some key tasks from a MacBook.Show full article

Hands-on Impressions of the iPad

Jeff Carlson and Glenn Fleishman share their impressions of using the iPad during Apple's media event.Show full article

Photo Tour of Apple's iPad Introduction

Our own Jeff Carlson provides a visual tour of what it's like to participate in a major Apple media event: the introduction of the iPad on 27 January 2010.Show full article

iPhone Developer License Points to New Devices?

Adam suggests that a small wording change in the iPhone Developer License Agreement could indicate that Apple's long-range plans include more (and larger) iPhone OS-based devices.Show full article

TidBITS Events at Macworld SF 2010

Come find us at Macworld Expo in San Francisco with this handy list of our appearances!Show full article

TidBITS Watchlist: Notable Software Updates for 1 February 2010

Notable software releases this week include Mailplane 2.1.4, Keyboard Maestro 4.0.2, BusyCal 1.2, Aluminum Keyboard Firmware Update 1.1, and PGP Desktop 10.Show full article

ExtraBITS for 1 February 2010

Most of our time last week was taken up with iPad-related writing, but we found the time to check out Fraser Speirs's contention that the iPad is the future of computing, look into the ongoing debate about the proposed Google Books settlement, and note that Google has created a Web app to work around Apple's continuing refusal to approve or deny the Google Voice app. Plus, AT&T admits that its network has problems in New York and San Francisco, and promises to spend an additional $2 billion on improving it.Show full article

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