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iMovie '08 is "a whole new application"

updated 02:05 pm EDT, Tue August 7, 2007

iMovie '08 released

Apple today released iMovie '08 as part of its revamped iLife suite during a special event in Cupetino, CA. iMovie '08 features a brand new interface similar to iPhoto, allowing users to preview by "skimming" and select video the same way text is selected. Users can share movies anywhere -- via iTunes or a .Mac Web gallery -- and encode the movie in multiple resolutions. The latest iMovie release also allows users to upload movies directly to YouTube. Apple's chief told the tale of how iMovie '08 became a reality, with one video engineer designing the software after finding he couldn't make a short clip five minutes long from some HD video he had shot while vacationing in the Cayman islands. "No more sending DVDs to Grandma," said Apple CEO Steve Jobs to his captivated audience.

by MacNN Staff





  1. wings_rfs

    Joined: Dec 1969


    No More Fuzzy Stills?

    I wonder if this new iMovie fixes the problem with the old one, where making a clip from a still image makes it blurry. Real blurry.

  1. elroth

    Joined: Dec 1969


    i'm skeptical

    I hope they haven't over-simplified iMovie to the point it doesn't do everything the '06 version does. Jobs seemed to only talk about the "simplicity" and speed of making a movie. I sure hope you can still edit frame-by-frame, split and adjust the audio, etc.

    Making iMovie look like iPhoto does not excite me at all. Everything I needed to do I could do easily with the '06 iMovie - I hope I can still do it all (with as much control) with the '08 version.

  1. thajeztah

    Joined: Dec 1969


    imovie removed features

    iMovie 08 is missing many features that -were- present in iMovie HD; things like editing multiple audio tracks, timeline editing, editing volume fades etc. I've had a look at the tutorials and all videos, but it seems it's really not there!

    Even worse: importing old projects from iMovie HD is not fully supported (from the tutorials)

    'importing an iMovie HD project will remove all custom transitions and effects, titles and any music added to your project !!'

    Does anybody know if it's possible to install iMovie 08 next to iMovie HD

  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Mpeg 2????

    Okay.. If iMovie will actually support Mpeg2 in Real time as opposed to reconverting it first to DV... then I'm totally sold. That's much more important to me than being able to fade music in and out.

  1. hayesk

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Re: mpeg 2

    MPEG 2 is not really an editable format. Cameras that use that format are doing a disservice to video editors.

    It's kind of like working in Postscript or PDF, it may be possible, but not really suitable.

  1. Guest

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Installed iMovie 08...

    a very brief play yesterday as import of a current iMovie project took nearly 2 hours (dual G5 powermac a couple of years old) - no option to stop convert.

    All the effects options etc have gone and was unable tweak audio levels...

    Of all the new iLife apps - this one leaves iMovie 06 installed which I can understand - think I will continue with that for existing projects and look at this one for new ones.

    From the first skim though - 2 or 3 steps back - will probably have to go bac to using Final Cut Express which I had stopped using when iMovie 06 came out...


  1. webraider

    Joined: Dec 1969


    re:re:Mpeg 2

    That may be.. however.. there are plenty of editors that edit in Mpeg 2 without a problem... The same is true of Mpeg 4. The point is that it makes no sense to convert a file form Mpeg 2 to DV... to edit it.. and then re-convert it back to a now even poorer quality Mpeg 2 file or .VOB file for making a DVD which is something that I still need to do. My experience is that Mpeg 2 is Just as easily editable as DV so your comment doesn't make sense to me. It's also that EyeTV uses the Mpeg formats exclusively and iMovie would be a much better program for making DVD's than it currently is. Rememeber... we are talking about a Media Center. Imovie should make it easier.. not harder to do this.

  1. liliana

    Joined: Dec 1969


    need to edit from .VOB

    Please help... I have a Sony DVD camera (big mistake) and I am trying to import the video into imovie'06. The software won't recognize the camera (USB port instead of firewire), so I copied the files onto my harddrive and then tried to open. The files are .VOB which imovie won't recognize. So I downloaded freeware to transcode .VOB to MPEG or DV files. imovie'06 opened MPEG files, but the video looked terrible. I also tried importing the DV file, but it will only bring all the clips as one instead of each one independently! I was able to use iDVD to make a copy of the DVD, but of course no edits (very frustrating!!!). Does anybody know if there is a way for me to edit .VOB files in imovie'06 without loosing quality and also being able to bring the clips individually rather than as one big clip? Or do you know if imovie'08 will be able to solve this problem since it can now import through USB port? Thank you!!! L.

  1. wfolley

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Extremely disappointed

    I had gotten pretty good at I movie hd. Isn't it logical to assume that Imovie 08 would be an upgrade? It seems to be a downgrade. Hmmm. I've been trying for hours to figure out how to extract audio from a video clip. I guess it's not possible. I've never heard of a new version of a program doing less than the former. I'm baffled and disappointed in Apple.

  1. John the Geek

    Joined: Dec 1969


    RE: liliana


    You can do the things you want with MPEG-2 video with an app called MPEG Streamclip. MPEG Streamclip is free, but it needs the Apple MPEG-2 support plugin. You can run it to see if you already have it, and it will let you know if you don't.


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