Apple Takes a Step Back with iMovie ’08

jshayneLast week, Apple released a new version of its iLife suite—its $80 package containing iPhoto, iMovie, iWeb and GarageBand. The suite also comes preinstalled on every new Mac. The enhancements in iPhone, iWeb and GarageBand are great. But iMovie ‘08 is an utter bafflement.[…] Thanks to jshayne for providing this nice story on Digg (more than 1431Diggs).

What other users say about this:

BLACKEAGLE: good isheep deserve this

maybeinoregon: I agree with previous posts – I have both HD Movie and IMovie 08 – and once you understand how to use 08, it is actually easier and faster than HD – if you want to throw together a quick movie – you cold NEVER throw a movie of 120 pics w transitions, and a 15 minute audio track in 5 minutes in HD Movie – and have the transitions, length of viewing pics, and audio track automatically match – but that is exactly what I did in 08 – with no problem.

devmage: I upgraded to iLife ’08 but I hadn’t tried iMovie yet how disappointing it was to read this article. While some seems to like here in the comments I am probably one that will find it too limiting. Looks like I will finally have to buy that upgrade to FCE.

moisie: Is it me or is it much faster at exporting than Quicktime or the old iMovie – which is odd since it uses quicktime.

whiteyMcBrown: A couple of thoughts. Surely it would have been easier for Apple to upgrade their existing iMovie than rewrite it from the ground up, so you couldn’t really call it laziness. If they came up with a system that makes for faster, easier movie editing, then I suppose the place for that would be at the entry level of their movie editors, under the “i” moniker. They still make the same number of versions of movie editors as they had before, so it’s placed about right. Making it easy as possible for people to get into software, I think, has always been the point of the iLife suite. Keep in mind that this software comes free with all new macs and for the rest of us, it’s still a suite of some pretty awesome programs for $79 (CDN). As part of the free market system you have to accept that people can make and sell whatever they like… and you can choose to buy it or not.. if there’s something you like better, buy it.

chewy5000: Since when does the iPhone come with iLife?

danny951: This is all getting out of hand, even the article states what everyone seems to be overlooking, in that “the company is offering a free download of the previous iMovie version to anyone who has iMovie ‘08. In that regard, all the wailing is a bit overblown; Apple is not actually taking away the older version. The only real raw part of the deal is that people who pay $80 for a new software rev expect an enhanced version—not another copy of the old one.”

StoverDaniel: Knowledge in the form of an informational commodity indispensable to productive power is already, and will continue to be, a major –perhaps the major –stake in the worldwide competition for power. It is conceivable that the nation-states will one day fight for control of information, just as they battled in the past for control over territory, and afterwards for control over access to and exploitation of raw materials and cheap labor.

prestige: I have no plans to become the next George Lucas. Editing a simple Christmas video in iMovie ’06 took my wife and I three hours and was painfully slow rendering transitions. I recently made a little ‘trip to the zoo’ video using ’08 and it took about 20 mins at most including transitions, text, images, video, and multiple songs. It might be a step backwards in terms of editing power but it’s leaps ahead in terms of usability. Piecing together a home movie is no longer a chore.

Proctor: iPhoto 8 sure is badass.

mrfletch: You have to remember that this is not the iMovie you knew. They completely re-wrote this from the ground up, and it is exactly what they say it is, a brand new application. For a version 1.0 release I think it’s amazing, they’ve made several improvements on what was already out. Sure a few features didn’t get put back in, but this is 1.0. I can’t wait to see what 2.0 has in store for us. Personally I love the new look!

Matrix_Prime: A this point, Windows Movie Maker looks better. And yes, I own a Mac.

cicovc: You mean iPhoto, right?

b3brett: I have one thing to say in support of iMovie 08. iMovie 08 fixes the poor photo quality that was present in iMovie 06 for slide shows. In iMovie 06 the pictures are not at the original quality and look bad. They look perfect in iMovie 08, just as good as you see in iPhoto. This is a huge improvement. Try making a slide show in both an you’ll see what I mean.

payndz: The only thing I’ve used iMovie (06) for is making ‘Phantom Edits’ of DVDs, like turning the two Matrix sequels into a single, 117-minute film. From what I’ve seen, I don’t think I’d be able to do anything that complex in iMovie ’08. I guess Apple want me to buy Final Cut Pro…

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