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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.
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.
Towards the beginning of last year, Apple’s iBooks and iTunes Movies services in China were shut down by a government agency. Now, Apple is again facing problems in the country, this time due to third-party applications by The New York Times. According to a report from the publication, Apple has removed the NYT news apps from the App Store…
December 29, 2016
While I’ve been a photographer since I was 14, when my bedroom became a darkroom with a bed in the corner, I’m a complete beginner where video is concerned. The closest I’ve ever got to video production was putting together a few exceedingly basic cycling videos in iMovie to share with friends.
However, since we live in an age when tech writers are increasingly expected to be video producers, and I love to learn new skills, I’ve set myself a new goal for 2017. At some point in the year, I want to be able to produce professional-looking review videos that wouldn’t look out of place when viewed alongside the output of my extremely skilled colleagues. I’ve upgraded to Final Cut Pro, and I’ll be taking you guys along for the ride – beginning with the demo video for this review.
It’s already clear to me just how much I have to learn, so anything which makes my goal a little easier has to be worth a look. And that’s exactly what Contour’s ShuttleXpress aims to do …
December 8, 2016
The new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar has been out for a few weeks so you’ve probably seen the early reviews and know all the initial takes. The USB ports changed, the Touch Bar may be gimmicky, and some pros are feeling left out.
My own machine (base 15-inch with upgraded 1TB SSD) arrived three weeks ago as my new work computer, giving me plenty of real-world use with it. My main observation from time spent using the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar is that early impressions don’t necessarily last.
November 14, 2016
With the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar arriving to the first pre-order customers and going on sale at Apple stores this week, you might be looking to try out some apps that support the new hardware. Fortunately, Apple has already confirmed many apps that will get support for Touch Bar, the new contextually sensitive touchscreen panel embedded into the MacBook Pro’s keyboard, and many others app developers are announcing updates.
Head below for the full list.
November 9, 2016
While the new MacBook Pros with Touch Bar aren’t slated to start arriving to customers until next week at the earliest, French news outlet 01NetTV has shared an early review of the new device. The blog, which appears to have a review unit rather than an early shipment, posted a three and a half minute hands-on video review of the new MacBook Pro with Touch Bar (below), focusing primarily on the new OLED function display…
November 4, 2016
The Touch Bar in the new MacBook Pro replaces the physical function keys on the keyboard with a touchscreen panel, allowing apps to display custom, unique and contextual interfaces like buttons, sliders, tabs and other controls. We’ve already covered some general details about how the Touch Bar works and what developers can do with the API, but it will take some time for third-party developers to add integration.
Apple is leading the charge, however, adding extensive Touch Bar support to many macOS apps with 10.12.1. Using the Xcode developer tools, we’ve gathered screenshots from all of Apple’s apps that already include Touch Bar features. See our roundup of the 23 compatible apps after the jump …