Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:29 AM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:23 AM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:06 AM
That's a good question. I just fired up iMovie HD to check... and it's not much!
Third party plug-ins are still not supported, but after three major revisions, it's clear that Apple has no intention of bringing that back, so I didn't include it as a con.
There's no Magic iMovie feature, but some features replicate the behavior (such as the setting to automatically insert transitions). See the "Resurrect Magic iMovie" section of this Macworld article I wrote about iMovie '08:
Make iMovie '08 Work Your Way
Other than that (unless I'm missing something), iMovie '11 has caught up, and exceeded, iMovie HD.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:49 AM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:29 AM
Just to be clear, AVCHD is supported. But iMovie won't edit AVCHD without transcoding, and won't open the native files directly. (I'm guessing that's what you meant.)
Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:34 AM
I'm sure most of the geeks here can wade their way through these cool products, but most people probably dont even look at them anymore. MacWorld seems to miss this in their reviews, Give the apps to Joe/Jane consumer and see how far they get, then write a review.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:57 AM
I notice Macworld overlooks this major stumbling block. Personally, I'm investigating Adobe Premiere for this reason alone. They include the ability to create Blu-ray disks.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:01 AM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:13 AM
I'm confused. You're saying iMovie '08 was too complicated? The whole point (and a major complaint) of the post-iMovie HD versions was that they were too simple, featureless, and designed specifically for Joe/Jane consumer. Perhaps you're confusing "different" with "complicated" -- the new iMovie is different in its approach, but not necessarily more complicated.
I can't necessarily speak for all of Macworld (since I'm a freelance contributor), but my impression is that people come to Macworld for expertise. A Google search can turn up many reviews and first impressions from users of all skill ranges. A person reading a Macworld review can come into it knowing that the product has been given a serious look. That doesn't mean the average consumer viewpoint is ignored; for example, much of my review of Premiere Elements 9.0 focused on the difficulty that people who were unfamiliar with video editing would encounter with the software. I think if you peruse other reviews at Macworld, you'll see that they focus on new users as much as on geeks.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 11:15 AM
Shooting at 24p should help you get that film look, since iMovie supports 24p now without conversion to a different frame rate.