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.
Apple news once again drives our coverage, with Apple’s announcement last week of the third-generation iPad, the third-generation Apple TV, iOS 5.1, iPhoto for iOS, and various updated iOS apps. Less emphasized was Apple’s cancellation of iWork.com, a stillborn collaboration service that never made it out of beta. In other news, Intuit has released Quicken Mac 2007 Lion Compatible, and we’re pleased to bring you our latest ebook, “Take Control of BBEdit.” Finally, Adam takes you on a hypertextual tour of some delightfully interconnected blog posts about how big media companies suffer from unauthorized copying largely because they’re not meeting the needs of their customers. Notable software releases this week include Safari 5.1.4; iTunes 10.6; iBooks Author 1.1; GarageBand ’11 6.0.5; iPhoto ’11 9.2.2; DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.1.2; Adobe Lightroom 4.0; and Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055.
Intuit has released Quicken Mac 2007 OS X Lion Compatible, a reengineered version of the five-year-old finance application that works with Mac OS X 10.7. Yes, really.Show full article
Apple has officially put an end-of-life date on iWork.com, announcing that the collaboration service will be turned off as of 31 July 2012. It won’t be missed.Show full article
With the usual fanfare, Apple has revealed the third-generation iPad, showcasing the device’s Retina display, faster A5X processor, new rear-facing iSight camera with 1080p HD video recording, voice dictation capability, and optional 4G LTE wireless connectivity. All that, in very much the same form factor and at the same prices.Show full article
Apple’s hobby product, the Apple TV, was updated with a new user interface and to support 1080p video. The third-generation Apple TV remains priced at $99 and will ship this week. The previous model gains the new user interface but not support for 1080p video.Show full article
The recently released iOS 5.1 update adds a controversial 4G cellular label to the AT&T-specific iPhone 4S, plus a few new features, including a camera shortcut button on the lock screen.Show full article
iLife for iOS now has a third app, with a surprisingly rich iPhoto making its debut. GarageBand and iMovie for iOS both got welcome tweaks as well. And, rounding things out, a few other Apple apps for iOS received minor updates, too.Show full article
Our latest ebook, “Take Control of BBEdit,” explains how to accomplish real-world writing and coding tasks more efficiently than ever before, focusing on three main areas of usage: essential text-processing features for all BBEdit users, working with HTML from the level of the individual tag all the way to a dynamic Web site, and managing multi-resource projects. Show full article
In which Adam starts reading a blog post, backtracks to the comic strip that prompted the blog post, bounces off to read what Andy Ihnatko said, and ends up pondering how the concept of time-shifting as fair use plays into the big media landscape, among much else.Show full article
Notable software releases this week include Safari 5.1.4; iTunes 10.6; iBooks Author 1.1; GarageBand ’11 6.0.5; iPhoto ’11 9.2.2; DEVONagent Lite, Express, and Pro 3.1.2; Adobe Lightroom 4.0; and Parallels Desktop 7.0.15055.Show full article
Last week’s iPad announcement drives our ExtraBITS recommendations this week, with MacJury and Tech Night Owl Live podcasts, a tip about how to beam photos between iOS devices using the new iPhoto app, and Glenn Fleishman’s explanation of what 4G LTE means. On the troubling side, it seems that credit card companies are pressuring PayPal to rescind payment services from publishers deemed to be selling obscene ebooks.Show full article