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Slow-mo and effects in iMovie '08


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This question is maybe a little past it's 'use by' date but is there still no way of getting slow/fast motion on 08, or some of the snazzy effects you got with 05?

I'm finding this difficult to believe! The 08 interface is very impressive but to lose the functions i had on 05 sucks.

I used 05 to make wedding videos for friends before and have a couple to do again and now with 08 there's no slow mo? How can you make a cheesy wedding vid with no slow-mo or fireworks!!

I've heard that to get them back you can download 06 for nothing, what's the story with that? Does it use the same license or sumfink?
(Or should i be attempting to install my iLife 05 on the same Macbook as my 08?)

Any advice appreciated.
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Just download iMovie HD for free like the thousands of other people.
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where do you download it from?
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Hmm, interesting. I'm downloading it just now from Apple support.
Thanks Donedeal, i'm not convinced i'm out of the woods yet, but i'm optimistically curious.....
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http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/imovieHD6.html
for anyone else.
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Well, it's in, it's on and i'm enjoying confetti in slo-mo again. Many thanks DoneDeal, i think you've cracked it.
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I've just started editing video using iMovie 8 and from what I can tell, it's going to be an issue using slow motion effects. I've read everywhere that I will have to use iMovie HD though I can't find an available download anywhere. Does it not exist anymore for download from the mac support site?

Any thoughts on this? Thanks!
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Apple removed iMovie HD from the downloads when they released iMovie 09. My only thought is, do you have some Mac friends?

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so I take it slow motion is back in the 09 vers. and an upgrade is in order....

Bummer deal. I just bought my new MacBook Pro, and it came with 08 installed.... ARgh. had I only waited a few more weeks....
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I have imovie HD6 but when I try to read files created in imovie 8, I get sound but no vision. Do you have to export the imovie 8 files in a different format in order for imovie HD6 to read them?
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so I take it slow motion is back in the 09 vers. and an upgrade is in order....

Bummer deal. I just bought my new MacBook Pro, and it came with 08 installed.... ARgh. had I only waited a few more weeks....
Slow motion is back. It is by clip in the timeline.

If you bought you Mac on or after January 6, 2009 then you can order iLife for a $9.95 processing fee. So says Apple. I can't see how that is done, so perhaps a call to them will answer that.

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I have imovie HD6 but when I try to read files created in imovie 8, I get sound but no vision. Do you have to export the imovie 8 files in a different format in order for imovie HD6 to read them?
You are not explaining this well enough.

As a check, open the file in QuickTime to be sure it has an image to show.

If you are talking about files you create via the share menu, then you'll have to create an appropriate formatted file for iMHD to read it. That might take some experimenting.

If you are talking about the imported files in your iMovie Events folder, then you have to be choosing the real content, not the thumbnails. Assuming the imports are DV or AIC files, then iMHD should be able to use those without further conversion.

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Slow motion is back. It is by clip in the timeline.

If you bought you Mac on or after January 6, 2009 then you can order iLife for a $9.95 processing fee. So says Apple. I can't see how that is done, so perhaps a call to them will answer that.
So here's the scoop. After playing phone tag with an apple rep for a couple days I've been informed that the aforementioned article had an expiration date.

However, since there is no mention of this offer being for a limited time, she is extending the offer to me and sending me a copy of iLife '09.

Excellent support. I've very impressed how easy it was to actually talk to a person and get this issue resolved.

On the downside, I am fairly certain that the article will be removed asap so nobody else will be available to procure a copy of '09.

Thanks for all your help.
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Thanks for replying xstep. The full story is quite complicated but here it is: We bought a panasonic hard disc video camera in a bit of a hurry and only later found that it is not compatible with imovieHD6. ie you cannot just download the files from the camera without conversions. I thought that we might be able to get around this by downloading the files through imovie 9 which is able to do this but because I could only borrow the machine with imovie 9 for a limited period, once the download was complete (onto a portable hard drive), I could only use imovie 8 to view them. However I want to use imovie 6 to edit them so thought we might be able to export the files from imovie 8 in a format that imovie6 could then view. So currently, I have the files in the format .mov and the get info screen indicates that these are quicktime movie files. When I try to view them in quick time however, I get sound but no video as well as in imovie6HD. Perhaps I requuire quicktime pro?
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dvoira, some notes...

You may know this but, the files you would be interested in are in your event folder which would be something like; "Movies/iMovie Events/<eventName>". The folders below that should not interest you.

Open a bad clip in QuickTime and do a Get Info (Command-I) on it. You are interesting in the "Format:" information. The lines will tell you the video & audio type. Usually video is listed first, but not always.

My understanding in that iMovie 08 & 09 import from non tape cameras in a manner that converts the content to Apple Intermediate Codec (AIC) video and I think Linear PCM audio. In the Info panel that would look something like this;
16-bit Integer (Little Endian), Mono, 48.000 kHz
Apple Intermediate Codec, 640 x 480, Millions
So perform that task and report back what the video format is. You can cut & paste from the Info panel.

Also, have you confirmed that iMovie 08 does not import from your camera? Have you got the latest updates for iMovie 08 and iLife support? Check for software updates to confirm that. If the camera has a firewire port, and your Mac too, then you should be able to import into iMovie HD.

QuickTime Pro should have no affect on this issue.

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