Category: Editing


Windows Live Movie Maker Says Goodbye to the Timeline

iMovie ’08 took a lot of flack for dispensing with the timeline, the single horizontally scrolling representation of a movie. Instead, your project is organized left to right, top to bottom like you read a paragraph of text. Microsoft is taking the same approach with its new Windows Live Movie Maker. View the movie on ...


Working through the video-editing backlog

Is the pile of MiniDV tapes piling up? Is your hard disk filling to capacity with footage you’ve shot but not edited? I offer five steps on making the editing process in iMovie more manageable and less daunting in a new Macworld article: Working through the video-editing backlog.


iMovie ’09 Tip: Trim to Playhead

When iMovie ’08 introduced skimming, where simply moving your mouse pointer over clips previewed the footage in the Viewer, it also created an interesting interface problem. Unlike earlier iMovie versions, you can’t position the playhead and leave it there while you access menu items for editing. This is most obvious when trying to split a ...


More Changes in iMovie 8.0.1

I just updated my TidBITS article with two new pieces of information about what’s changed in iMovie ’09 8.0.1. I’m running short on time today, so I’ll just paste the relevant sections here (green indicates new material). Interlacing Bug Fixed — Here’s something I think Apple would want to trumpet loudly. It fixed a bug ...


iMovie ’09 8.0.1 Update Brings More than Just Bug Fixes

[I published this article simultaneously at] Apple released updates to iLife ’09 and iWork ’09 this week, as usual providing no useful information about what’s changed other than, in the case of iMovie 8.0.1 for example, “improves overall application stability as well as addressing minor issues related to usability.” But the changes are seldom ...


iMovie ’09 Updated to 8.0.1

Apple has released an update to iMovie ’09 via Software Update or as a 24.5 MB download. As is typical with recent Apple updates, there’s no good information about what’s included in the update, other than, “This update improves overall application stability as well as addressing minor issues related to usability.” Usually this means there ...


iMovie ’09 Tip: The Four-Second Title

When adding a title to an iMovie project, you typically drag a title style from the Titles browser and drop it onto the beginning, end, or middle of a clip (the middle gives the title the same duration as the clip). If you have a very long clip, your title could end up being much ...


iMovie ’09 Tip: Speed Clips 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 ...


Flickr Now Offers HD Video for Pro Members

Speaking of 720p, Flickr is now letting its pro members upload 720p HD video. They’ve set up a pool to highlight some HD video, as well.


Exporting 720p Video from iMovie ’09

If you’re banging your head against a wall trying to export HD video from iMovie, you’re not alone. iMovie ’09 has a bug where it doesn’t handle interlaced video properly (hopefully fixed soon). Macworld’s Chris Breen figured out how to get 720p video out of iMovie, and wrote about it at With iMovie ’08, ...