iMovie HD 6 No Longer Available For Download

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    iMovie HD 6, previously available as a free download for iLife '08 users, has been removed from Apple's site.

    The application, which had been part of the iLife '06 suite, was made available in response to public outcry after a complete rewrite of the application as iMovie '08 resulted in the loss of a number of features that users had come to rely on. iMovie HD 6 was available through Apple's site to users with a valid iLife '08 installation for nearly a year and a half, but has disappeared in a move presumably related to the arrival of iLife '09. The new iLife suite includes iMovie '09, a significant update to the much-criticized iMovie '08.

    Article Link: iMovie HD 6 No Longer Available For Download
  2. simX macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    Actually, no, iMovie HD 6 was not made available due to "public outcry". Apple made it available the day they released iLife '08. Apple already knew that people might not like the then-newest version of iMovie.
  3. BVGuitarPlayer macrumors regular

    Jan 14, 2006
    iMovie HD 6 is the only way to go if you do not have the awesomeness of Premier or Final Cut. Forget the new crap.
  4. dansgil macrumors regular


    Aug 17, 2005
    Vancouver, BC
    For those of you who still want to download it iMovie HD 6, it's available for download here, but I doubt it'll be there much longer.

    Download it while you can!
  5. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604


    Jul 4, 2008
    Silicon Valley
  6. SFStateStudent macrumors 604


    Aug 28, 2007
    San Francisco California, USA
    I made the switch to FCP 4.5 HD and I've never looked back at iMovie anything. I'll try the HD 6 download...
  7. Moriarty macrumors 6502

    Feb 3, 2008
    No longer available for download... from Apple's website.

    There will always be other websites hosting that sort of thing for a long time to come, I'm sure.
  8. MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    SO, it is still there (like dansgil) has pointed out, but it just isn't so easy to find anymore, as now everything points to iLife '09.
  9. bearda macrumors 6502

    Dec 2, 2005
    Germantown, MD
    I through iMovie 6 HD was available because the '08 flat-out would not run on many machines otherwise support by iLife (like G4s).
  10. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Sep 27, 2004
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
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    I figured that this was coming. Apple did add many of the features that the new iMovie was missing back. I still prefer FCP though.
  11. danvan21 macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2008
  12. jayducharme macrumors 68040


    Jun 22, 2006
    The thick of it
    I'm glad I grabbed iMovie 6 when I did. I was shocked at how bad iMovie 8 is. And the new version looks like a marginal improvement at best. I guess I'm too used to editing through a timeline, and without it I get really frustrated. I mean, video is a linear medium. It just doesn't make any visual sense to me to have to edit in rows.
  13. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Actually, they released it more than 24 hours after they announced immediate availability of iLife '08. They may very well have been prepared to do it, but they didn't do it until feedback started pouring in.
  14. SimonMW macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
    I don't think it is a case of iMovie 08 being rubbish. It is a case of people who really should buy a more professional app wanting something for free and complaining when Apple make it so that it is easier to use for the people that the application is actually aimed at, ie soccer mum and dads who wouldn't know an in point from an out point.
  15. angemon89 macrumors 68000


    Feb 5, 2008
    The place where Apple designs stuff
    Thank god it's still available! I was going to download it this Friday when I got my Mac Mini that I purchased from the MR Marketplace. You scared me there for a second, Eric.
  16. batchtaster macrumors 65816

    Mar 3, 2008
    iMovie 08 + iMovie HD 6 was a transition arrangement due to the complete ground-up rewrite; Apple said as much when they released it, along with a warning that iMovie HD 6 would not be maintained.

    I'd say it's a good sign that Apple are confident that iMovie 09 is good enough to replace both versions. And frankly, the sheer unparalleled boredom of the complaining people did about iMovie 08 - you'd hardly think Apple were unaware of it or would not do something about it. If only to shut people up.

    I do hope people actually do try iMovie 09 before they insist on reinstalling iMovie HD 6...

    BTW, for the record, iLife 08 came out on August 7, 2007. iMovie HD 6 came out August 9, 2007. Even Apple doesn't put out an update like that, that quick (it was updated from 6.0.3 to 6.0.4 to incorporate support for the other iLife 08 apps).
  17. themanfromvlad macrumors 6502


    Mar 11, 2006
    Respectfully, I think you're dead wrong here. iMovie is nowhere near a professional video editing app. It was a perfect app for those so-called "soccer mums and dads" you mentioned. I use Final Cut several times a week, but when I need to bang something out for YouTube and add a few cheesy effects, I use iMovie06. It's perfect for that. If you think people should have to spend hundreds of dollars on Final Cut Express to accomplish those basic tasks, you're out to lunch. And for the record people PAY for iLife, it costs $80. It isn't free.
  18. clmason macrumors regular

    Apr 15, 2008
  19. zathras macrumors member


    Nov 6, 2005
    North AL
    Thanks for the link - grabbed so I can have a backup!
  20. Snowy_River macrumors 68030


    Jul 17, 2002
    Corvallis, OR
    Apparently, I'm in a minority, but I welcomed the change to the new iMovie. While the temporary loss of certain effects was irritating, I found it much less irritating than the continual crashing and losing of work that I was constantly experiencing with the old iMovie. I can't tell you how many times I had to recreate hours of work because iMovie crashed and when I relaunched it either didn't remember where I had been (i.e. clips were just missing), or various effects and clips were completely corrupted and had to be deleted and reimported. One of the most annoying was the creeping corruption that would move to the next clip/effect as soon as I deleted the corrupted clip/effect. In those cases I had to scrap the entire project and start from scratch.

    To date, I've had no crashing or corruption problems with iMovie 08, and I'm looking forward to the revamped iMovie 09, which should arrive today.

    To be fair, I acknowledge that the new interface has taken some getting use to, but compared to the old problems, that's nothing. It's just learning curve.
  21. SimonMW macrumors 6502

    Jan 15, 2008
  22. simX macrumors 6502a


    May 28, 2002
    Bay Area, CA
    *sigh* No, actually, that is *not* the case.

    Fact: iLife '08 was released on August 7th, 2007:

    Fact: iMovie 6 HD download was *also* released August 7th, 2007:
  23. kingtj macrumors 68020

    Oct 23, 2003
    Brunswick, MD

    I agree that iMovie '08 wasn't "good" ... but my big complaint was the removal of the abiility to use 3rd. party plug-ins that really added to its potential. (The f/x from GeeThree gave iMovie everything from professional titling to MANY more transitions and dissolves to the ability to work with blue screen backdrops.)

    The editing through a timeline, though? I preferred that too, but I'm starting to realize that it depends on one's approach. If you think of it like music creation, for example? Some people like working with "loops" - building a song out of a library of samples, plus possibly recording some of their own and layering them in. Others record parts in linearly, from microphones or instruments attached to the computer. New versions of iMovie remind me more of the "loop/sample based music creation" concept, except translated to video. They expect you to record all these little segments of video and keep them in a library, to drag and drop in piecemeal, assembling your movie from them.

    I don't think there's a "right and wrong" way to do this stuff. But the linear timeline-based editing is going to feel more appropriate for the person who records a lot of continuous footage to import and clean up/cut afterwards.

  24. peeeter macrumors newbie

    Jun 27, 2005
    DV video quality

    If they have fixed DV video quality issue in iM09 then I see no reason why to to use iM06. Can anyone who received his copy to check the DV quality?

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