iMovie ’08 and Time Machine

Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard launches today, and I’ve been using it to take screenshots of iMovie for my book (which, irritatingly, isn’t listed at Amazon yet for some reason). I like Leopard a lot so far, even though I haven’t had the time to really explore many of the new features.

Although nothing about iMovie ’08 changes with Leopard, the addition of Time Machine makes it possible to locate projects or clips that you’ve thrown away. Here’s a sidebar from the book (which is almost done!).

[Also, if you want to help out your favorite author, please use these links to purchase Apple Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard or the Apple Mac OS X Version 10.5 Leopard (5-User Family Pack) through Amazon; I get a small percentage of the sale as an Amazon affiliate. Thanks!]

Rescuing Clips via Time Machine

If you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard, you have a built-in option for resurrecting clips after you’ve emptied the Trash. The Time Machine feature backs up any files on your hard disk that have changed in the past hour.

So, although you may have rejected half of a clip, sent it to the Trash, and then emptied the Trash (which rewrites the source clip), the original clip is probably still available.

To restore a clip using Time Machine:

  1. Quit iMovie.
  2. Click the Time Machine icon in the Dock.
  3. Type the name of the clip you’re locating in the Finder window’s search field. Or, use the timeline at right or the back and forward arrow buttons to browse the save states.
  4. When you’ve found the version of the file you want, select it and click the Restore button. The file is copied to its original folder.
  5. Launch iMovie, which will rebuild the Event’s thumbnails and include the formerly deleted clip.

My review of Leopard (co-written with Glenn Fleishman) for the Seattle Times is published tomorrow. I’ll add a link then. You can read it here: Apple’s latest cool cat.

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