Category: iMovie

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iMovieLocationEditor review at Macworld

I gave iMovieLocationEditor four mice in my review at Macworld, which is now online. I wrote: The new Map feature in iMovie ‘09 taps a database of 4,000 cities, airports, and other locations. If the location you want to use isn’t in that list, version 8.0.1 of the software added the capability to enter your ...

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iPhone 3GS Shoots and Edits Video

Look out Flip: Apple today announced the iPhone 3GS, with an improved built-in camera that records video and audio. It features auto-focus and auto-exposure, and also offers some basic editing capabilities: drag the edges of the filmstrip to select a portion of the video, then tap Trim to cut it down. You can’t mix and ...

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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 ...

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iMovie ’09 8.0.3 Fixes Clip Speed Bug

[Update: According to a source I trust, the bug has not been fixed. I haven’t been able to replicate it in a project where I originally saw the bug, however.] It appears that Apple fixed an unusual but maddening bug in iMovie ’09 8.0.3. As I detailed in “iMovie ’09 Tip: Speed Clips 2,000%,” the ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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iMovie ’09 VQS Off to the Publisher!

Earlier this week, I sent the final version of my iMovie book to Peachpit Press, which is a tremendous relief. I’m very proud of this title, not only because iMovie ’09 is a big improvement over iMovie ’08, but because I’ve crammed so much new material into the book. I’ll be posting more details soon ...

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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 ...

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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 ...