CNET Editors' review
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!
With a beautiful, streamlined design, iMovie puts the focus on your video and lets you tell stories like never before. Browse your video library, share favorite moments, and create beautiful HD movies and Hollywood-style trailers. And with iCloud, you can enjoy them in iMovie Theater on all your devices.
What's new in this version:
- Allows iMovie to be installed on computers with some older video cards
- Addresses reliability issues when updating projects and events from previous versions of iMovie
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Version: Apple iMovie 10.0.1
It was free
• 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
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.