Apple today announced it will offer its consumer video editing application, iMovie, as a free download to G4 and PowerBook owners. IMovie comes preinstalled on iMac DV and iMac DV Special Edition models. The software allows users to capture video through a DV camcorder via the FireWire ports on the Macintosh. Movies are then stored as QuickTime files and can be placed back onto a DV camcorder for viewing on a television.
IMovie is not just a "lite" version of Final Cut Pro. Its interface is geared toward editing novices and includes simple controls and a limited set of transitions and effects. It offers drag and drop editing with a simplified timeline and allows for the import of tracks from an audio CD or an AIFF file.
IMovie is available now at http://www.apple.com/imovie. Links to iMovie freebies can be found at http://www.apple.com/imovie/freestuff. A CD version is also available for $19.99. System requirements include: a Power Mac G4 or PowerBook with built-in FireWire; Mac OS 9.0.4; QuickTime 4.1; 64 MB of RAM; and a 4- to 6-pin FireWire cable to connect a digital camcorder.
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