I don’t use iMovie. I look at it and have no idea what to do, but it continues to innovate way beyond even stuff that Final Cut Pro is doing. It is a consumer editing software and much like consumer cameras have cool features we want in our pro cameras the same seems to be with iMovie 11.
The best of these is a built in rolling shutter fix. You know why you do those whip pans and the lines are all skewed? It’s horrible. Well after a very simple quick test with some extreme footage I have to say I am pretty damn impressed. It worked fast and made the skew way less pronounced. Yes, still visible as my example is pretty extreme but that is the point. I have a short demo video showing how it is done and the effect it has on the footage. Downside is does not work within FCP of course and the bit rate of the original pro res clip is substantially dropped, but not enough to ruin clip, it stills is pretty damn good and best of all it works FAST! I have only done this short test with skewed footage, not handheld jello vision yet.
Big thanks to Nino Leitner who pointed this out to me. Another cool feature is it can recognise and catalogue faces in your clips. Woudn’t that make logging nice and easy? Let’s hope some of these features will make their way to FCP 8. It’s possible. Aperture 3 has many features from iphoto…
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