March 10, 2011

Apple pushed a press release this morning reminding us that iPad 2 will go on sale tomorrow (almost forgot!).  For those of us ordering online on the East Coast, we now have to change our alarms from 3am to 4am to make the purchase.  That’s awesome Apple (Grrr).

Some other clarifications contained within:

  • GarageBand and iMovie for iPad go on sale today for $4.99 each
  • Online orders now begin at 1 a.m. PT (not 12:00 that Apple reps had previously been reporting)
  • Every customer who buys an iPad 2 at an Apple retail store will be offered free Personal Setup service (That should keep lines moving briskly)
  • Apple Store opens iPad 2 sales  at 5PM (be prepared to wait while people get their iPad 2’s set up)
  • 5 p.m. will also be for AT&T, Best Buy, Target, Verizon Wireless, Walmart and select Apple Authorized Resellers
  • iPad 2 will be available in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Luxembourg, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the UK on March 25; and in many more countries around the world in the coming months. Further international availability and pricing will be announced at a later date.

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January 4, 2011

Apple has released software updates to their iMovie and Garageband applications, which are a part of the iLife ’11 suite. The iMovie update brings scrolling performance improvements, and bug fixes for stabilization and Facebook uploading. The Garageband update brings bug fixes as well as the return of the ability to Quantize Note Timing for tracks with Groove Matching. Apple updated iPhoto with emailing enhanments recently and the updates are available in Software Update.

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December 6, 2010

Jailbroken iPad users running iOS 4.2 are now able to run Apple’s iMovie iPhone 4 and iPod touch 4 application via a few SSH tricks. The problem is that iMovie runs like an iPhone app on an iPad- letterboxed. That’s where the jailbreak app FullForce comes in. The jailbreak-only app (available on Cydia) makes iMovie run fullscreen like a native iPad app. Check out more screenshots and instructions after the break (Thanks, SilverTH):

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June 28, 2010

Redmond Pie has successfully and completely ported iMovie for iPhone 4 to an iPhone 3GS. It was originally rumored that iMovie for iPhone only works on iPhone 4 due to the exclusive availability of 512 MB of RAM. Now, you can see that the application works almost flawlessly on a 256 MB of RAM device. 

If you’re interested in getting this working you will need to follow a long and tiring step-by-step guide which involved SSH skills, jailbreaking, and editing of the internal iMovie for iPhone application files. Because of this we don’t recommend it, but it’s cool for those who like to live life on the edge. 

June 24, 2010

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June 12, 2010

Tidbits got some new information about iMovie for iPhone 4:

  • It is a no-go on the iPhone 3GS, you need the iPhone 4’s A4 processor (iPad version por favor?) and probably its higher res screen as well.   Handling video and creating real-time transitions was the official reason.  
  • You can’t export projects (yet?) to iMovie on the Mac for further editing.  Obviously you can export via iTunes flat movies and do whatever you want on the desktop after that.
  • You can record video and still directly within the application or bring in previously recorded stills/videos.  Because of the way the iOS works, you can also use footage sent to you via email because image/video files are saved in the Camera Roll.  Obviously the files would need to be Apple-approved formats like H.264.  .AVIs need not apply.
  • The app will ship on June 24th for $4.99 (known already).  The app is for iPhone only because it probably uses the higher res display and probably won’t upscale to the iPad’s display.  It would be surprising if a iPad version doesn’t at some point ship, whether the iPad gets a camera or not. 

For $5, this app seems like a no-brainer.

 

October 13, 2009

iMovie 8.0.5 is out with a surprising new video format twist:

Dubbed iFrame, the new video format is based on industry standard technologies like H.264 video and AAC audio. As expected with H.264, iFrame produces much smaller file sizes than traditional video formats, while maintaining its high-quality video. Of course, the smaller file size increases import speed and helps with editing video files.

The first cameras  that support this new format are the high-end Dual Cameras, the $550 VPC-HD2000A and the $499 VPC-FH1A from Sanyo.

Update: Apple produces a KB article on the format

iMovie 8.0.5 also has the following improvements:

  • Improved compatibility with importing video captured on the iPod nano
  • Fixed problems with resizing the iMovie window during playback
  • The update is recommended for all users of iMovie ’09.

 

 

August 20, 2009

Well, it has only taken a decade to get this together: 10 years since Apple launched iMovie in 1999, Microsoft has finally shipped its own version of a straightforward, easy-to-use video manipulation solution for Windows users, Windows Live Movie Maker.

Redmond bills its new consumer sofware as “the one-minute way to turn photos and videos into great-looking movies that are easy to share – for free.”

This Microsoft iMovie pretender has been in beta-testing for a year. It doesn’t attempt to be a full movie-making suite, but does let users make movies out of their own video assets and still images. And just like iMovie it lets users spice up clips with music, transitions and titles. Also like iMovie it offers one feature which can automatically mix defined assets together to create a video.

In another neat trick, of course, Microsoft has ensure its ten years in the waiting iMovie equivalent doesn’t work with the most popular WIndows flavour out there, Windows XP.

“Change isn’t always easy,” a Microsoft staffer explains in this blog post, “and I know there have been some growing pains as we’ve moved from Windows Movie Maker to Windows Live Movie Maker. I want to address one thing we think you might be concerned about – OS support. In order to take advantage of the latest and greatest technologies available on the Windows platform, we optimized the new Windows Live Movie Maker for Windows Vista and Windows 7.”

Nice one – so if you are a PC, then you’ll need to “upgrade” to Microsoft’s new OS in order to enjoy the kind of solution Mac users have held for the last decade.

Sure, Microsoft once offered Windows Movie Maker, but this failed to capture consumers hearts and wasn’t sufficiently slcik for use in the education markets, which turned to the more efficient and reliable iMovie instead. Indeed, development of Windows Movie Maker was abandoned after the release of Windows Vista; its replacement, Windows Live Movie Maker, will be included with Windows Live Essentials.

In fact, iMovie’s been around for such a long time it is easy to forget the words of then interim CEO, Steve Jobs, when iMovie got launched. “The new iMacs with our iMovie software usher in the era of desktop video, allowing mere mortals to easily create professional-quality movies right in their homes or classrooms,” he said. “This is going to be very, very big.”

He was right, desktop video was “big”. And Microsoft has finally gate-crashed the party.

Cnet already says: “Compared to Apple’s polished, elegant, and feature-packed iMovie, Windows Live Movie Maker is a crude imitator.”

Too little, too late? The market will decide.

February 4, 2009

From OSXHints comes a very interesting patch for those of you rolling with G4s.  This one allows you to (slowly) run iMovie ’09 on your elder hardware.

To patch iMovie ’09 so that it will run on a PowerPC G4, Control-click on iMovie and pick Show Package Contents from the pop-up menu. In the new window that appears, navigate into Contents » MacOS. Now you’ll need a hex editor such as the free HexEdit; once you have that, edit the file iMovie in the MacOS folder.

Use the File » Go To Address function in HexEdit to go to the following addresses, and replace each existing entry at those addresses (7C 08 02 A6) with 4E 80 00 20. The addresses are 15fb9c, 15fc7c, and 15fe00.

What you’re doing here is replacing the PowerPC instruction for mflr r0, which basically initializes the stack for the called function, with blr, which essentially causes the called function to always return, voiding the purpose of the function. So when the function is the PowerPC check, you’ve essentially patched your way around it.

When done, save the file and quit HexEdit, and iMovie ’09 should launch on your G4.

January 6, 2009

January 1, 2009

Yep, it isn’t just iWork.  iMovie is moving into the Cloud as well.   As Stevo said:

The MobileMe launch clearly demonstrates that we have more to learn about Internet services.  And learn we will.  The vision of MobileMe is both exciting and ambitious, and we will press on to make it a service we are all proud of by the end of this year.

Check the details at Computerworld

We can already hear the naysayers…flame away!

May 15, 2008

 What’s a band to do if it hasn’t got the cash to make its own music video and lives in a country with extremely high levels of CCTV? Well, Get Out Clause used state CCTV cameras and their rights to access information to create this clip, (full story, do read on).

I think this is such an ingenious plan that it’s rather fantastic and want to let you know about it. The UK has one of the highest concentrations of CCTV in the world (fact), and new band Get Out Clause needed to make a point, promote themselves and make a video (in that order)…

Here’s what they did:

Unable to afford to make their own music video the band set up and performed their music in front of 80 of the 1,300 CCTV cameras used by British state security – one camera was even on a bus…

Now comes the good part: the band used the UK Data Protection Act – that’s the UK equivalent of US reader’s access to information laws – to request all the footage the state collected of them…

It gets better: the band then took all the clips of them performing in front of those CCTV cameras, spliced it all together in iMovie or something, and created their very own music video.

Thanks to David Atkin at Parliament Hill.

 

 

October 4

AAPL: 153.48

-1.00

Final Cut Pro X users will be happy to hear Apple is planning an update that will arrive before the end of the year that will include support for macOS High Sierra and iOS 11 features.

While we’ve learned the update will include support for “many” of the new features in High Sierra and iOS 11 released to the public last month, perhaps the most notable will be support for H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding (HEVC) that arrived with iOS 11 and macOS High Sierra… expand full story

September 29

AAPL: 154.12

0.84

Apple’s ‘just works’ philosophy has hit a snag for those shooting video on an iPhone for editing in Final Cut Pro X: the app doesn’t yet support the new H.265 High Efficiency Video Coding used in iOS 11.

The HEVC codec is, as the name suggests, a far more space-efficient way to compress video, reducing the space needed to store video by as much as 50%. But right now, any HEVC video footage you import into FCP X will be unusable …

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