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 racked up impressive numbers for its fourth financial quarter of 2008 - $7.9 billion in revenue and $1.14 billion in profit - but that's only half of the story - literally. Those numbers nearly double when you account for iPhone revenue received, which we explain this week. Also in this issue, Joe Kissell celebrates the release of Mail Act-On 2, Jeff Carlson suggests a way to import video from a FireWire-equipped camcorder to the new MacBook that no longer includes FireWire, Glenn Fleishman notes the release of Google's Android code as open source, and Adam weighs in on rumors of a tablet-sized device from Apple and looks at the new Google Earth for iPhone. In Take Control news, we announce the release of Joe's new ebook, "Take Control of MobileMe." And in this week's TidBITS Watchlist we note the releases of iPhoto 7.1.5, BBEdit 9.0.2, Lightroom 2.1, Adobe Camera Raw 5.1, DiscLabel 5.3, Cocktail 4.2, AirPort Extreme Update 2008-004, Aperture 2.1.2, InDesign CS3 5.0.4 Update, InCopy 5.0.4 Update, and Suitcase Fusion 2.0.
Science fiction is here today! Examine the world from your iPhone with the free Google Earth.Show full article
Do a couple of comments from Steve Jobs during a rare appearance on Apple's earnings call, coupled with some odd log entries discovered by a search engine, imply that we'll see a tablet-sized iPod soon? Adam regretfully thinks not.Show full article
The new MacBook no longer includes a FireWire port, which is bad news for owners for MiniDV and HDV camcorders that connect to a computer via FireWire (or i.Link). Here's a possible workaround for getting your footage onto Apple's consumer notebook.Show full article
Adam will be entirely offline on November 2nd while hanging out with 40,000 other runners in New York City, racing his first marathon. Follow along online if you like, or if you're in New York, come watch and cheer.Show full article
Apple posted a profit of $1.14 billion on revenue of $7.9 billion during the fourth fiscal quarter of 2008 thanks to increased sales of Macs, iPods, and especially iPhones.Show full article
The day before the first smartphone using Android ships, the alliance behind the operating system put the full source code under open-source licensing.Show full article
Indev's Mail Act-On has long been a popular add-on to Apple Mail, allowing users to move or copy messages (or apply more complex rules) with a couple of keystrokes. The just-released version 2, a complete rewrite, features better performance, a truly delightful interface, and some exciting extra features that will thrill die-hard Mail users. It's like LaunchBar for your email!Show full article
Now that Apple's MobileMe service has settled down enough that it's possible to write a coherent book about it, we're pleased to announce the release of Joe Kissell's "Take Control of MobileMe," a 112-page ebook that explains all of MobileMe's features. Show full article
Notable software releases this week include iPhoto 7.1.5, BBEdit 9.0.2, Lightroom 2.1, Adobe Camera Raw 5.1, DiscLabel 5.3, Cocktail 4.2, AirPort Extreme Update 2008-004, Aperture 2.1.2, InDesign CS3 5.0.4 Update, InCopy 5.0.4 Update, and Suitcase Fusion 2.0.Show full article
In this week's discussions, readers explore third-party solutions for improving Apple's Mail application, troubleshoot a problem with Mail icons disappearing, track down Word 2008's elusive autocorrect dictionary, examine rumors of a tablet-sized Mac or iPod, and grapple with importing video from a camcorder to the new MacBook.Show full article