“In seven months, iMovie has become the most popular video editing software in the world,” said Steve Jobs, Apple’s CEO. “Due to popular demand, we’re bringing this amazing Apple software to a wider range of Mac users, at no charge.”
With iMovie, users can import video from a digital video camcorder directly into their FireWire®-enabled iMac DV, iMac DV Special Edition, Power Mac G4 or PowerBook, rearrange clips and add special effects like cross-dissolves and scrolling titles. Completed iMovies can be stored on the computer, as well as:
- transferred back to a camcorder for viewing on a standard TV or VHS videotape;
- saved as a QuickTime™ file and emailed to family members or friends;
- streamed from a personal web site built using HomePage, one of Apple’s four iTools available at www.apple.com; or
- shared over the Internet in a public folder via iDisk, another of Apple’s iTools that provides 20 megabytes of personal Internet-based storage on Apple’s Internet Servers.
Availability and System Requirements
iMovie is immediately available in North America as a free download from Apple’s web site,
. A CD version is also available for US$19.99 by calling 1-800-293-6617. 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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