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Apple iMovie for Mac

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iMovie 11 is the latest incarnation of Apple's popular video authoring tool. With it, you can import video clips from external devices or from anywhere else, arrange them on a timeline, shuffle them around, and preview the results; when you're happy you can create a final video file suitable for burning to DVD or uploading to share with others.

iMovie 11 has a clean interface. You drag files (video, audio, image) to a project area, and from the file area you drag what you want onto the timeline in the bottom pane, arranging the files in the order you want. You can then preview the resulting video in real time and apply effects. You can also manage audio clips and sound effects the same way. There's a bunch of generic themes you can apply, as well as some neat features new to iMovie 11, such a face finder and the ability to quickly create move trailers. Once it's all done, export your file for iOS or Internet usage.

iMovie 11 works well and competes with packages selling for hundreds of dollars. Sure, those expensive packages have a few more features, but most people will never use them. For the vast majority, iMovie 11 is a great app that's easy to learn and use. You'll be creating blockbuster movies in minutes!

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't upgrade."

    November 27, 2013  |   By myboyatc

    Version: Apple iMovie 10.0.1

    Pros

    It was free

    Cons

    • Missing tools
    • Downgraded capabilities
    • Downgraded customization abilities
    • Downgraded looks
    • More complicated
    • Less linear than the original
    • More cluttered
    • Less intuitive
    • Less user friendly
    • Nearly impossible to more clips
    • Nearly impossible to made sound changes
    • Nearly impossible to customize fonts and titles

    Summary

    I know this isn't FCP. Not by a long shot. But 10.0.1 sucks. There's no way to put it nicely. I've never used an Apple product that I've hated so much as this. At least with the old iMovie I knew the limitations existed. With this new iteration of iMovie, things that were possible in the old version are gone! Want to move a clip? fat chance without first having to select the whole clip. No simple drag and drop. This is a total piece of crap, and if I could downgrade I would. I would sooner pay Apple to destroy this software than use it after this experience. I turned the semi-professional tool into a thing of child's play that no one should have to suffer through. The ONLY positive thing about the upgrade was that it was free. I hope Apple sees this and realizes they have failed us. PLEASE. PLEASE. PLEASE, if you value your sanity, DO NOT UPGRADE.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A real headache"

    February 27, 2013  |   By apcreative

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.8

    Pros

    The program is fairly simple and has a lot of good features for beginners

    Cons

    The Apple forums are riddled with complaints about changes that don't save. I've had to recreate a project five times because the autosave function works only sporadically. Many of the type style and text changes revert to earlier versions after restarting the computer. Timing shifts, as well. Basically, you can't count on anything to stick. Also, your ability to customize design and type treatments is very limited in this program.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Don't waste your time!"

    March 25, 2012  |   By grandmothersapron

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.4

    Pros

    Well, I am looking, but have not found any!

    Cons

    Too difficult to edit, select, organize image/video clips. Controls are non-intuitive. File format limitations, especially if the files are on digital storage other than a camera. Limited and messy audio editing tools and functions. Tutorials and support are completely insufficient, suggesting Apple developers did not consider this application worth discussion.

    Summary

    I wouldn't pay a penny for this software. The selection tool alone is cause to declare this application a complete waste of time and energy. Unless you get pleasure from frustration, don't bother.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "A real waste of time"

    September 4, 2011  |   By hdrasin

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.4

    Pros

    When it works, which is not often, it's easy and intuitive to use.

    Cons

    Changes the timing of transitions and photos-and will not reset No matter what you try you can't reset them to what you want. I have wasted many hours trying to get this program to do the simple things that it is supposed to.

    Summary

    Search the Internet, you will find many people with complaints that this program simply doesn't work as advertised. It can be a real time waster. If you must use it, back up your work frequently and when it crashes, be prepared to go back and start from that point all over again.

    Updated on Sep 4, 2011

    Actually, using backup copies doesn't help once the program is corrupted. The backup copies, that used to work fine, become unusable. Someone had suggested NEVER adding transitions until all of your photos are in place. Since my project is practically completed, it's not possible for me to do that and I assume I would need to start from scratch. Since the whole edited process is unusable at this point, I fear I will need to find a different program to use rather than wasting time here, again. Hopefully Apple will pay some attention to this and fix the bug that causes the program to be corrupted when there is an interaction between the use of transitions and inserted photos.

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  • 4.0 stars

    "A great starting movie maker"

    April 26, 2011  |   By JLovett15

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.2

    Pros

    Great for pros and new people

    Cons

    SOme cameras do not work with it.

    Summary

    A great video editing thing for everyone

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  • 5.0 stars

    "Simply: amazing!"

    April 9, 2011  |   By maluen

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.2

    Pros

    Very simple to use, really intuitive interface

    Cons

    Handling of the photos requires improvement

    Summary

    Highly recommended

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  • 3.0 stars

    "Like I've said before a few times, I don't use this prg"

    March 10, 2011  |   By lathangt

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.2

    Pros

    I don't use this program, I would need to upgrade my Apple

    Cons

    Haven't used this program, was downloaded in error. I would need to upgrade my Apple to use it, but you keep asking for a review - why?, I believe I've asked you to stop asking for a review!

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  • 4.0 stars

    "Simple to use"

    February 12, 2011  |   By samnaomi1

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.2

    Pros

    I am making a movie of old 8mm cine films which I had digitised. It is perfect for my purpose.

    Cons

    Titles could be a little easier to place.

    Summary

    Highly recommended. An excellent application, very simple to use.

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  • 1.0 stars

    "Cnet wasn't smart enough t"

    February 3, 2011  |   By bbqsmoke

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.2

    Pros

    Cnet didn't determine that I have the wrong version to uodate.

    Cons

    Cnet didn't determine that I have the wrong version to uodate.

    Summary

    Cnet didn't determine that I have the wrong version to uodate.

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  • 5.0 stars

    "It is amazing!!!!"

    January 21, 2011  |   By lambo730

    Version: Apple iMovie 9.0.2

    Pros

    The most fun I've ever had editing!

    Cons

    I cannot think any cons whatsoever.

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