Category: iLife


iMovie ’09 8.0.5 Released, Supports New iFrame Format

Apple today released iMovie ’09 8.0.5. In addition to improving support for importing video captured using the latest iPod nano, this version introduces support for iFrame, a video format employing H.264 video and AAC audio compression. According to Jim Dalrymple at CNET and Peter Cohen at The Loop, iFrame is a format developed by Apple. ...


My Seattle Times Review of Snow Leopard

…is now posted: “Snow Leopard: The big improvements come under the hood“. Choice paragraph: How often in software do you get something that fundamentally makes something better instead of just making it bigger? When you’re talking about operating systems, that answer is once — now. Also, Peachpit confirmed that my book, “The Mac OS X ...


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.


Five Cool and Useful Techniques for iMovie ’09 & iDVD has posted an article I wrote about iMovie and iDVD: Five Cool and Useful Techniques for iMovie ’09 and iDVD. If you’ve been following along with this blog, these might not be new to you, but I think they’re worth highlighting.


Wow: New Hidden Features in iMovie ’09 8.0.3

[I just posted the following article at TidBITS.] iMovie ’09 8.0.3 Adds New Hidden Features Apple released iMovie ’09 8.0.3 this week, a seemingly minor update that “addresses general compatibility issues, improved overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues.” However, I’ve discovered that this small iteration turns out to have two new ...


iMovie ’09 8.0.3 and iDVD 7.0.4 Released

Apple updated iLife ’09 today, touching everything except iWeb (and GarageBand, which was updated earlier this week). According to Apple’s release notes, iMovie ’09 8.0.3 “addresses general compatibility issues, improved overall stability and fixes a number of other minor issues,” including: Support for 720p AVCHD Lite cameras and camcorders Deleting a beat marker no longer ...


Download the iDVD portion of my book for FREE!

Click here to download the PDF (6.2 MB). When Apple revealed iMovie ’09 at Macworld Expo this year, I was thrilled to see so many new features compared to iMovie ’08. (You can read my Macworld review of iMovie ’09 here.) But that also created a problem: my publisher needed the book to stay within ...


It’s a Book! First Author Copy of iMovie ’09 VQS

I received the first copy of the book, iMovie ’09 & iDVD: Visual QuickStart Guide via FedEx today, and it looks great. I think the print quality is a bit higher than the last edition (which was pretty darn good), making the full-color figures and photos really pop. The book should start to appear on ...


Why You Should Be Using Time Machine with iMovie

I use Time Machine – the automatic backup feature of Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard – as one part of my overall backup strategy, and although most of the time I never think of it, Time Machine occasionally saves my bacon. Tonight, it salvaged a corrupted iMovie project file. Working on the new chapter of ...


iMovie 8.0.2 Fixes Crashing and Full-Screen Bugs

Apple has just released iMovie 8.0.2, which fixes an annoying problem where iMovie ’09 would crash at launch if any project files are 0 KB. Also addressed is a bug where full-screen mode wasn’t available for all systems. Kudos to Apple for providing that information in the release note. (I expressed my frustration at the ...