iMovie is a video editing software application which allows Mac users to edit their own home movies. It was originally released by Apple in 1999 as a Mac OS 8 application bundled with the first FireWire-enabled Macintosh model. Since version 3, iMovie has been a Mac OS X only application bundled in the iLife suite of Macintosh applications.
iMovie imports video footage to the Mac using the FireWire interface on most MiniDV format digital video cameras. From there, the user can edit the video clips, add titles, and add music. Effects include basic color correction and video enhancement tools, and transitions such as fade-in, fade-out, and slides.
Other features include (also in earlier versions):
Another new feature is 'Magic iMovie', which attempts to automate the whole process of video editing, by allowing a common transition to be added between scenes, a music track to be synchronised with the video and a DVD to be created with the accompanying iDVD software
New features added include:
According to Apple's system requirements iMovie '08 requires at least a PowerPC G5 1.9GHz or an Intel Processor. G4s are not supported, though Apple sold its last G4-based Computers (iBook G4) 14 months before the release of iLife '08. However, a system hack enables iMovie 7.1 or higher to run on a PowerPC G4.
Features removed included the classic timeline, the ability to create DVD chapter markers, and in-timeline audio adjustment and control. Most surprisingly, iMovie '08 imports a much more limited set of video codecs and metadata formats than previous versions of iMovie or today's QuickTime Player. For example, QuickTime Player can be extended to support the FLIP Video 3ivx MPEG-4 codec, but iMovie cannot use this QuickTime support. The peculiar lack of QuickTime support means QuickTime Pro can edit a far larger range of video than iMovie '08. Some users have also complained of iMovie 08 being slower and less polished than iMovie 06, and taking a long time to render clips and thumbnails.
In response to the reduced feature set, Apple released iMovie HD 6 as a free download to those who had purchased iMovie '08. Similarly, Apple also reduced the $299 price tag for Final Cut Express to $199 in response to the new iMovie. However, the current (7.0.1) version of iMovie is unable to import some video formats. For example, the special file from Kodak V705 does not work.
|iMovie||October 1999||Bundled with iMac DV, later issued as a free download.||Mac OS 8.6 and OS 9|
|iMovie 2||July 19, 2000||Bundled with FireWire-enabled Macs, also a separate purchase and later a free download.||Mac OS 9 and OS X||Added new sound effects (including some from Skywalker Sound), but removed older ones; also removed the Water Ripple effect.|
|iMovie 3||January 7, 2003||Bundled with all new Macs, also a separate purchase (iLife), later as a free download.||Mac OS X||Bundled as part of iLife.|
|iMovie 4||January 6, 2004||Bundled with all new Macs, also a separate purchase (iLife '04).||Mac OS X||Bundled as part of the iLife '04 package.|
|iMovie HD 5||January 6, 2005||Bundled with all new Macs, also a separate purchase (iLife '05).||Mac OS X||Bundled as part of the iLife '05 package.|
|iMovie HD 6||January 10, 2006||Bundled with all new Macs and separate purchase (iLife '06), later as free download for owners of iLife '08.||Mac OS X 10.3 (Panther), Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and Mac OS X 10.5 (Leopard)||Bundled as part of the iLife '06 package.|
|iMovie '08||August 7, 2007||Bundled with all new Macs and for separate purchase (iLife '08).||Mac OS X 10.4 (Tiger) and 10.5 (Leopard).||Bundled as part of the iLife '08 package. Redesigned.|
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