HD 6 vs iMovie '08

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Camotanker, Aug 25, 2007.

  1. Camotanker macrumors newbie

    Aug 24, 2007
    Comparing these two products, I like the ease of use for the imovie08 but why doesn't it have the graphic features and visual effects as the HD6. HD6 is way better in this department. I don't get it, why are these two programs worlds apart?
  2. steve_hill4 macrumors 68000


    May 15, 2005
    NG9, England
    You might get more of a response if you asked this in the Mac Applications forum.

    But to answer briefly, Steve actually introduced 08 by talking about a colleague not being able to basic edit a HD movie within 30 minutes, so they wrote an app to be able to do that. I thought it would be alongside iMovie, but it replaced it. It later transpired a lot of the cool things iMovie HD 6 allowed you to do had gone, so it did gain a certain level of dislike around here.

    Apple seemed to believe solidly what people wanted was to be able to do the simple things to video quickly and not rubber-banding, viewing in timelines or audio syncing. That's the main reason why they are so far apart. Apple have since realised this off the backlash and allowed iMovie 08 owners to download iMovie HD 6 for free.

    I suspect in iMovie 8, (whatever they end up calling it, e.g. iMovie 09), they will re-introduce a lot of the older features they removed, whilst trying to keep the features of new.
  3. alzatron macrumors newbie

    Aug 19, 2007
    iMovie 08 is fine to edit a 3 minute video to share on youtube, but it lacks features that are needed for longer projects or if you want to make a DVD of your movie.

    I feel bad for people who purchase iMovie 08 but have never used 06. They may never know how good Apple can be at designing entry level video software.
  4. singhy44 macrumors member

    Jun 9, 2008
    Manchester, UK
    Well, I don't agree that the next version of iMovie (possibly '10) will be similar to iMovie HD. I think they want people who want more than just the basics to buy Final Cut Express, and spend money. However, a not-well-enough-known fact is that iMovie HD is still availible and can be downloaded from the Apple site here http://support.apple.com/downloads/iMovie_HD_6 and Apple must have known people would miss the advanced features of iMovie HD so made it a free download for those with iLife '08. I have it on my iMac, but I haven't used it yet. Hope you appreciate it.
  5. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    Agreed that they must have known people would miss features, and it goes even further than that. For people who previously had iLife 06 on their computers and were upgrading to iLife 08, the installer moved iMovie HD to a separate folder (called iMovie (previous version)) in the Applications folder rather than just overwriting the old version as it did with all the other apps in the iLife suite.

    Coincidentally, the new version of Final Cut Express (version 4, iMovie HD on steroids) was released with a $100 price reduction at roughly the same time as iLife 08- and several people I know (including me) purchased it immediately after seeing the limitations of the new iMovie released in iLife 08 (which still cracks me up that when you do an "About iMovie" the window has the headline "iMovie '08" and then lists the actual version as 7.1.4 :rolleyes:)
  6. dandeco macrumors regular

    Dec 5, 2008
    I think in the next version of iLife, iMovie should be like this:

    • Retain the ease-of-use interface, skimming, the video library, etc. from the previous version.
    • Add the ability to create DVD chapter marks for iDVD export.
    • Add some more transitions and title templates.
    • Include some basic video filters/effects (such as fast/slow, old film, sepia, solarize, etc.)
    • Maybe even throw in a few themes like iMovie HD 6 had.
    • Include an automated movie-creation wizard like iMovie HD had, as well as many competing Windows editors have (such as Pinnacle Studio and Adobe Premiere Elements).
    • Add rubber band-style audio editing for music and other audio files. Maybe even do a window switch thing in the edit bay for "audio editing mode," like Corel VideoStudio has.
    • Add support for Pinnacle's Video Capture for Mac! This could come in handy for those with the regular aluminum MacBook and want to edit video from an old analog camcorder or VCR.

    See, that way the program still remains easy to use and can make movies quickly, and includes more power for those who want to do more with their videos without having to download iMovie HD 6!
  7. rpaloalto macrumors 6502a


    Sep 19, 2005
    Palo Alto CA.

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