Apple Takes a Step Back With iMovie ’08
she was so happy to read:
"IMovie ‘08, on the other hand, has been totally misnamed. It’s not iMovie at all. In fact, it’s nothing like its predecessor and contains none of the same code or design. It’s designed for an utterly different task, and a lot of people are screaming bloody murder."
sounds good so far!! maybe no need for a totally new computer after all.
and it continues:
"The new iMovie, for example, is probably the only video-editing program on the market with no timeline—no horizontal, scrolling strip that displays your clips laid end to end, with their lengths representing their durations. You have no indication of how many minutes into your movie you are."
the calitexican is admittedly new to editing, but at least she knows how crucial the above was while editing her little movies. and, she might add, she thinks that exclusion is totally ridiculous...
she also likes to read this:
"The new iMovie gets a D for audio editing. You can choose one piece of music to put behind the video, but that’s it. You can’t manually adjust audio levels during a scene (for example, to make the music quieter when someone is speaking). You can’t extract the audio from a clip. The program creates a fade-out at the end of an audio clip, but you can’t control its length or curve. "
she's had some serious audio issues that made her want an external mic for her little webcam, but now that she has a camcorder, she thinks her audio issues will be better. she was very fortunate to have imovie's sound to be able change at different points during the editing process.
and she didn't know about this, but she will take advantage now:
"The new iMovie doesn’t accept plug-ins, either. For years, I’ve relied on GeeThree.com’s iMovie plug-ins to achieve effects like picture-in-picture, bluescreen and subtitles. That’s all over now."
ummhmm...and coming up next is what the calitexican has been upset about because we computer lovers know we have to update our computers often enough, but to spend the kind of money that apple thinks we should at the time they put out new products is completely unacceptable and simply out of touch with reality for most consumers. makes me glad that david pogue, mr. super duper technology guy, thinks so as well:
"On top of all that, this more limited iMovie has steep horsepower requirements that rule out most computers older than about two years old."
she also likes pogue's silly sense of humor and brutal honesty:
"But honestly. To rephrase (and sanitize) the wailing on the discussion boards: What the [bleep]! What was Apple thinking?"
"I can’t remember any software company pulling a stunt like this before: throwing away a fully developed, mature, popular program and substituting a bare-bones, differently focused program under the same name.
"I’ve used the real iMovie to edit my Times videos for three years now. The results are perfectly convincing as professional video blog work. But the new version is totally unusable for that purpose. It’s unusable, in fact, for anyone doing professional work that requires any degree of precision.
"I can’t help thinking that Apple would have done better to call a spade a spade, and give the new program a different name. Call it FlyMovie, or ByeMovie, or WhyMovie.
"But one thing’s for sure: it sure isn’t iMovie.and that, my friends, is the word of the pogue.