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First Impressions: iMovie ’08


I have been trying out the new iMovie ’08 that comes with the iLife ’08 package. This is a completely reworked version of iMovie and Apple makes this distinction by changing the dock icon from a clapper to a star.

You can check out my very first project in my previous post as I recorded something with Kate Alvarez on this oven fresh software version.

The philosophy behind the rewritten application states that anybody should be able to make a movie in less than 10 minutes. All you need is the feed from your digicam and no editing skills at all.

So what did I think? iMovie ’08 allows you to create video projects faster than the previous iMovie HD because all you need to do is cut and paste clips from a real time track and add transition effects. However, when it comes to more advanced editing tools such as extracting audio from video clips, pasting multimedia over tracks (let’s say I want to put a picture over a video without disrupting the sound), I would have to do this using the old version of iMovie. The new version also lacks transition features and themes! Despite my Mac fanboy admittance, I do find this move very disappointing.

Apple admits this huge flaw in the new version of iMovie to such an extent that they are making iMovie HD (2006) available for download for free — that is if you already have a copy of the new iLife ’08. It’s a bummer though to have to rely on two copies for separate purposes.

Don’t get me wrong – the new version of iMovie is good for beginner videographers like me or for those who need to whip out a presentation in ten minutes! But as you move up the design chain, you will quickly outgrow this piece of software and settle for iMovie HD or Final Cut Pro. I would like to believe that iMovie ’08 is what GarageBand was when Apple first introduced easy-as-pie podcasting. This new version makes it so much easier to churn out video podcasts.

Some resources to read:

10 Missing Features from iMovie ’08
Buy iLife ’08, Get iMovie HD for free!

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Oh, Fabio!

I was playing around with the new iMovie ’08 and created this short clip with Kate Alvarez as my guest. Kate is best known for her previous work with Summit’s Marie Claire and OK! Magazines. We share the same godchild. iMovie ’08 though nifty lacks some features in iMovie 06 HD. The most important feature they left out was the lack of an audio extract capability where you can paste images over the playhead without disrupting sound. Keep both versions of iMovie if I were you.

Anyway, Kate and I talk about male models on romance novel covers … and Fabio.

On another note, should a company’s tagline even mention a competitor? Megavideo: Beats YouTube just sounds … wrong.

End of the World: Movie Skeds Gone Wrong!!!

So has anyone been experiencing anomalies with ClickTheCity’s movie schedules? Twice already I missed out a movie at the Alabang Town Center because the online database was not in sync with the actual movie schedule. And not only was the time messed up, the actual movie list in one particular cinema was different too.

Now this could be an isolated case as it could only be affecting the Alabang Town Center, but as I’ve always relied on ClickTheCity for the daily movie schedules, it can be really … surprising to be toting a huge bag of popcorn and an extra large drink only to find that the movie isn’t on till the next hour — not that it’s CTC’s fault for this. The source of the problem could have come from Ayala’s side also. I hope they get it fixed soon, as a discombobulating movie schedule can really mess up one’s schedule and definitely ruin a date.

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Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles the CGI Movie: So looking forward to it!

update_tmnttrailer.jpgComing this March, TMNT: The CGI Movie seems to have most things done right. With a new continuity script (meaning no remakes from the original series) and the choice to go for CGI instead of foam mascot costumes, we’re expecting to see another “new menace and new internal conflicts” plot with manga-like kung fu.

When I was in gradeschool, I remember always wanting to get in front of Friday night television as they would show The Real Ghostbusters and Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles back to back. TMNT had so much appeal as pet turtles were the most common thing in the metro during that time. I had four of them and named each one after the famous painters ninjas.

Hopefully Kevin Monroe will be able to pull this one off adding just a bit more depth and eye candy to old skool action. Come to think of it, you can’t get any more “old skool kool” with the descriptives “teenage” “mutant” and “ninja” put together to form an entirely solid concept. I imagine if the ninja turtles idea was conceived in this decade, it would be booed as something downright dumb. That’s the generation time capsule phenomenon right there. In those days, an alien pet, mutant turtles and a robot sister were the epitome of entertainment in the 90’s.

Here’s a comparative poster of the old and the new. Note the 90’s references to the “surfer dude” slang, big teeth and mascot material costumes and compare that to sleek 21st century minimalist CGI art.


After the defeat of their old arch nemesis, The Shredder, the Turtles have grown apart as a family. Struggling to keep them together, their rat sensei, Master Splinter, becomes worried when strange things begin to brew in New York City. Tech-industrialist Max Winters is amassing an army of ancient monsters to apparently take over the world. [SOURCE]

Here is a link to the theatrical trailer and another trailer that shows off a bit more of the plot.

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Spiderman 3 Trailer


“The greatest battle of all is within himself.”

Cheezy, but it sure makes for a great story! The saga of the alien costume begins!

Watch it here.