Review: iMovie ?09
Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:14 PM
And this is why some of his still have to hold out for the "back to tape" functionality. So we can edit the whole movie, dump it back to HD tape, hook it up to our plasmas, and watch it in full HD... what a hassle... and that assumes the audio/video stay in sync which it rarely does (and i'm on Mac Pro, quad, 4gb ram, etc).... I'm hoping the Toast blu-ray plug-in fixes this issue for me.... but it should all be native in OS X and iLife by now... lame Apple, totally lame... they should kick them off the blu-ray disc association... shameful...
Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:41 PM
This is an absolute deal-breaker. I have Final Cut Express but it's often too much, iMovie HD 6 was a perfect balance.
I certainly don't mind change but the removal of basic fundamental tools seems stupid to me.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 12:54 PM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 01:00 PM
I certainly made the case to Apple that rubber-band audio editing isn't too advanced; and even if it is, that's what having an "advanced tools" mode is all about. I can see it being activated when other advanced tools appear.
However, I won't pretend that my arguments have any sway with Apple. I can understand that they're trying to make things as easy as possible, especially for people new to iMovie and video editing. But this is also why everyone should use the Provide iMovie Feedback item under the iMovie menu to let Apple hear what you think.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 01:37 PM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:02 PM
Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:24 PM
Pogue explained that Jobs was adamant that DVD's are a thing of the past and he is forward thinking in his embrace of wireless technology. Thus the MacBook Air sans optical drive and MacBooks sans Firewire. Pogue said that if Jobs had his way, iDVD would have been removed entirely from the iLife '09 suite.
If you notice the advertisements for iLife, they mention only four programs, not iDVD. For example, see this page FROM Apple's website announcing the new iLife. The headline doesn't include iDVD.
I'm not sure Jobs cares much about piracy, except as it relates to the media companies willingness to cooperate with Apple's business model. Jobs sees iTunes and AppleTV as the future of content delivery and the media companies believe it's not just a bitter pill to swallow, they think it will mark the beginning of the end of their means for raking in the dough and monopolizing music and movie distribution. The truth is the Jobs isn't responsible for this condition. The internet itself is. !http://www.flickr.com/photos/raimist/3258300715/|thumbnail=true!
Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:41 PM
But we're not there yet. Apple is being a bit too aggressively forward-thinking when it comes to optical media. I don't think they're wrong, I think they're just early. The reality is that I can send a DVD to any number of friends and relatives and know that they could pop the disc into a player and view my movie. Not all of them could see the same movie on the Web (or, more specifically, have the bandwidth to download and watch).
Unless Apple decides that a push to Blu-ray is worthwhile at some point, I don't expect iDVD to be in the next iLife revision. I think it's more likely that you'll be able to burn a movie to DVD directly from iMovie, without any menus or anything besides just the movie.
Posted 06 February 2009 - 02:57 PM
This whole HD solution Apple is selling totally sucks. It's a giant hassle. You have to transcode to import then transcode to export!
There are at least 3 consumer video editing applications for Windows that let you import and edit native AVCHD footage. You don't have to wait while it transcodes, it just imports the native files. Use Bootcamp to do it in a fraction of the time iMovie does it.
And you can burn those movies, natively, to DVD or BD to play on your DVD or Blu-ray player on your TV, or you can stream them to your Xbox 360 or PS3 since they support AVCHD. Apple TV does not.
And as mentioned, the Apple TV doesn't even do 1080 while consumer camcorders are doing 1080. So there's really no way to watch your HD footage the way you want using Apple's solution. The Xbox 360 and PS3 do support 1080.
If you do have an Xbox 360 or a PS3, you can get inexpensive OS X software that lets you stream your movies to them. If you have a PS3, you can also burn your movies to Blu-ray (assuming you buy a 3rd party Blu-ray drive and Toast for your Mac since Apple doesn't offer it).
Apple is really behind the times in this consumer video area.