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iLife '11: The Best New Tricks in iPhoto, iMovie and GarageBand

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At last, there's a new version of iLife. It's got all new, enhanced versions of the major apps. They're pretty fancy looking, and they've got a whole bag of new tricks, like automagic movie trailers.

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iMovie

The goal is for "mere mortals" to be able to do advanced video editing. And it comes pretty close to that, with a bevy of new tricks that make it the most enhanced new iLife app. You can edit audio more in depth, in a way that that makes it closer to Final Cut in terms of how precise you can get with clip editing. Using detailed audio waveforms overlayed on top of clips, which have built-in adjustment controls, you can adjust things like audio volume and very easily and precisely on each clip. You can also add voiceovers.

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Using what Apple calls "one-step effects" you can instantly create special effects. Like, hah, instant replay, or flash and hold (a reverse Ken Burns effect). Or you can create an entire trailer automatically, with the new movie trailers feature, which is pretty amazing. You define info, like the "actors" in the clip and outline the trailer using a storyboard, then iMovie applies one of a dozen or so templates to create a legit, high-quality trailer, complete with dynamic cutting effects and even a studio logo.

iPhoto

iPhoto has mostly aesthetic enhancements, versus brand new editing tricks. The interface is more iOS and web influenced on the interface. New full screen modes all over the app give you a more in-depth experience. You can create new, enhanced slideshows, like one that incorporates location, zooming over where photos were taken, and a schmancy 3D snow slideshow. You can easily email photos from the app itself, using a very iPad-like interface.

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GarageBand

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You can make your band sound less sucky using two features: Groove Matching, which makes your crappy, out-of-sync band sound better more in rhythm, and Flex-Time, which lets you fixing timing in songs in a detailed way.

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You can also track your performance with the new built-in guitar and piano lessons over time, using "How Do I Play?"

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DISCUSSION

beenyweenies
beenyweenies

A few cool features, but most notable is the removal of iDVD from the iLife suite.

Apparently, Apple's desire to push us all into digital downloads (via the itunes store of course) is more important than the very real need people have to make DVDs for family, friends and archival purposes. They've done the same thing with Final Cut Suite, which to this day doesn't support Blu Ray authoring even though it's aimed at media professionals. Idiots.