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iMovie for Mac Updated With Fast Project Creation, Other New Features

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Apple today updated its iMovie app designed for the Mac, adding several new features and design tweaks aimed at speeding up the video editing process.

Fast project creation allows editing to begin with a single click, while an easier to find "New Project" button has been added to the Projects browser. Larger product thumbnails, designed to bring the look of iMovie for Mac in line with the iOS version, have been added.

Clicking a video clip will now select the entire clip instead of a range, and there's a keyboard shortcut that enables selecting a range within a clip. There's also support for App Preview resolutions for the iPad Pro and the Apple TV, along with performance improvements. A full list of the changes is below:
- Easy to find New Project button in the Projects browser
- Larger project thumbnails that match the look of iMovie for iOS
- Fast project creation lets you begin editing with a single click
- Clicking a video clip selects the entire clip, instead of a range
- Keyboard shortcut to select range within a clip in the browser and timeline (hold down R key while dragging)
- Support for App Preview resolutions for iPad Pro (1600 x 1200) and Apple TV (1920 x 1080)
- Improves stability
iMovie can be downloaded from the App Store for $14.99. [Direct Link]

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ArtOfWarfare

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I'm happy that clicking on clips now selects the whole clip instead of just a range. The old behavior was just annoying - it was rarely what you wanted and shouldn't have ever been the default action.
 
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oneMadRssn

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I'd rather they make the iOS version more like OS X, rather than making the OS X version more like iOS. Above all, I'd prefer they keep the two versions designed specifically for each OS rather than making them have the same UI.
 
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marioman38

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I'm in my early 20s and still stuck on iMovie HD '06. It works great for me to update old family 8mm tapes to DVD with iDVD integration. I export them to disk image and direct Kodi to the network share for access to the full DVDs with menus. The older software while limited in functionality did video editing well with very little clutter. It was simple to use.
 
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zahuh

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I remember when iMovie was the king of all apps and the center of Apple's strategy. Gotten so much harder to use and even less powerful over time.
 
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Doha

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iMovie updated. whoop dee do. I just wish Apple would spend some real time working on updating FCPX and get it to a stage where it becomes a serious contender with Premiere and Avid.
 
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xmichaelp

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YES, they fixed all the little UI problems I had with it. Like using system menus instead of crappy looking ones. Tiny issues, but it matters to me.
[doublepost=1461885064][/doublepost]YES, they fixed all the little UI problems I had with it. Like using system menus instead of crappy looking ones. Tiny
Yes. I is more likely Apple will drop FCPX like they did Aperture. With the example of Aperture we can never know what apps we can depend on.

They didn't rewrite FCP just to drop it a few years later. They've also made acquisitions for Logic recently. Their pro apps aren't going anywhere.
 
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zorinlynx

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I wish iMovie had a "quick edit" mode. A lot of times I just want to fix up a clip in my library or do some light editing. To do this with iMovie requires creating a project and a whole bunch of extra steps that shouldn't be needed for a quick edit.

The biggest thing is adjusting brightness and contrast in a clip. Doing this is effectively so much work that I don't even bother half the time.
 
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windowpain

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Yes. I is more likely Apple will drop FCPX like they did Aperture. With the example of Aperture we can never know what apps we can depend on.

I have half a feeling that they are going to realize that dropping aperture was a mistake and introduce a replacement. Maybe a misguided hope, but (iirc) they advertised the retina MacBook Pro showing the benefits of the retina screen to edit photos.

I know professional users are not their main market (and haven't been for a long time) but there is surely a huge market of prosumers, many of whom have jumped ship to Adobe Lightroom. Seems an unnecessary self inflicted shot in the foot.

I know photos is a huge step up from iPhoto but surely they can't think it is enough?
If aperture isn't supported on osx 10.next I doubt I will be upgrading.

Glad they are still updating iMovie though, I haven't used it much but it is pretty good for my needs.
 
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Mr. Dee

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I remember 10 years ago, iLife was a major draw of owning a Mac in addition to OS X. Since I bought my first Mac, I have only launched iMovie once just to see what it looks like. Things like video editing are just a fad that have passed for me. Might record some videos of my mother on Mothers Day to make a movie.
 
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Dvda66au

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iMovie is great, comes in handy a lot for me.

If you use iMovie like its intended to be used and not like 'you' expect it to be used then it's awesome.
 
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MacAwesome88

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FCPX is a serious enough contender for 3 recent Hollywood movies that were edited using it. It's also the standard for a few News Organizations like the BBC. Ever tried to do a simple Pan & Zoom in Premier? I did just so I could learn the software and wow you gotta do all this stuff with keyframes and and widgets & effects palette and timing control... sure Premier is very advanced but sometimes like using a CAD program to mow your lawn? lol...
 
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harriska2

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I also use imovie 9. Can't justify $300 for FCP even though it works more like imovie 9 than whatever abomination they have now.
 
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BruceEBonus

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I tried to get in to 10 bit could not use it after 9. Totally alien. Have done dozens of dvds and YouTube video with it. Yes. It's bugged to hell with projects of any complexity or length freezing eventually but it was good in its day. However as another forum user said here. Apple is now playing catch up and I life is.more a memory than cutting edge software that it once was. So sad. I used to be so proud to show off how neat and sassy Apple was compared to MS expensive stuff. Now it's.a matter of time before that is terminated as well as the remains of OSX
 
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I wish I could use iMovie for the kind of work that I do, but I find myself using Camtasia instead. It is a lot more flexible and doesn't assume that my needs are limited to taking home video clips and making them shorter.
 
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ConnYoungy

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The iOS app desperately needs a crop option and custom filters - how hard is it to customise your RGB levels??
 
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