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Upgrading from iMovie 08?

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rrd3 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 18, 2013 7:21 PM

I'm considering upgrading iMovie from '08. Can I upgrade directly to '11, or do I need to get '09 first?


Also, what significant differences are there between 08, 09, and 11? Gaining new features is fine, but I'm mainly concerned about losing features, which sometimes happens with "upgrades".


And, will my existing Events and Projects be safe through all these upgrades?

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  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 7:58 PM (in response to rrd3)

    You can upgrade from iMovie 08 (Version 7.1.4) to iMovie 11 (9.0.8) There is no need to get iMovie 09.


    You will not lose any features, but you will gain features.


    All your projects and events should still work.


    From Wikipedia - New features in iMovie 09

    iMovie '09 (Version 8.0) was released January 2009 as part of the iLife '09 package. It introduced some new features and restored some features from previous versions of iMovie, including basic video effects (such as fast/slow motion and aged film) and image stabilization as well as travel map functions for marking locations where a video was shot. iMovie '09 also introduced simple implementations of more advanced features such as picture-in-picture and Chroma keying. It also improved editing with a precision cut editor and a clip trimmer, improved support for hard drive-based cameras such as the Flip Mino, added some new titles and transitions, and added full iDVD support (which was unavailable in iMovie '08). In addition, it introduced a Full-Screen Library Browser with which the user can find and examine all of his or her video in one place.


    iMovie 11 retains the new features of iMovie 09, and also adds these new features...

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Jan 18, 2013 11:41 PM (in response to AppleMan1958)


    Hoping I haven't got this wrong.

    Wouldn't rrd3 need to upgrade to Lion/ Mountain Lion to be able to get iMovie 11 (9.0.8).

    As it appears he has Snow Leopard he can only go as far as iMovie 11 (9.0.4).

    Can he download (9.0.4) still or can he only get this now from the iLife 11 disc plus download upgrade.

    My thoughts were that you can no longer upgrade to version 9.0.4 unless you already have a previous version  of iMovie 11 installed, i.e. from the install disc.

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 12:28 AM (in response to thesurreyfriends)

    The above should have read


    Can he download (9.0.4) still or can he only get this now from the iLife 11 disc plus download update ?

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 5:12 AM (in response to thesurreyfriends)

    thesurreyfriends is quite right. You need to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion to install the latest iMovie 11 from the Mac App Store. I assumed you were already there, but you did not mention which version of OSX you were on.

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Jan 19, 2013 8:10 AM (in response to rrd3)


    From the above:

    If you don't want to upgrade to Lion or Mountain Lion then to get iMovie 11 you will have to get iLife 11 on disc.

    Apple no longer sell this but it can be puchased from eBay.New ,sealed copies can be obtained for about £17 in the UK, not certain how much in the EU or USA ,but can't be much different.

    Once installed you can then update to version 9.0.4 from the Apple site ( the version from the install disc will be 9.0.0 or 9.0.1, can't remember).


    I do not know what the difference is between version  9.0.4  and 9.0.8; It won't be a great difference. The only difference that I have heard of is that the ripple transition in the latest version 9.0.8 does not work and some people have tried to get back to version 9.0.4 from having obtained version 9.0.8 , but without success.


    If there are any major differences then hopefully someone will post here.


    I am reluctant to upgrade to Mountain Lion from Snow Leopard (10.6.8) , at the moment ,as I believe that some of my older software may not run on it.

    Some older items that I have rely on Rosetta which I understand is a function of Snow Leopard to enable older non Intel applications to run, which were brought over from an old iMac running  Panther.(10.3.9). I must admit I don't know too much about it, and hope that I am not scare mongering.


    If you have got any old non intel  applications on your Mac running Snow Leopard that are essential to you  be carefull before you upgrade to Mountain Lion.If in doubt seek advice.


    If you do go for the  iLife 11 installation disc and you want to keep iMovie 08 on your Mac then rename it to something else before doing so .In your Applications it will probably be called just iMovie . You could simply rename it to iMovie 08.

  • AppleMan1958 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)
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    Feb 2, 2013 8:16 PM (in response to rrd3)

    iDVD and iWeb are included in the Retail version if iLife if you can still find it at Amazon or eBay. Apple no longer sells these in the App Store.

  • thesurreyfriends Level 2 Level 2 (260 points)
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    Feb 3, 2013 1:27 AM (in response to rrd3)


    I have noticed from another post of yours today that you have now upgraded to Mountain Lion in order to fix another issue you had.

    You asked  " Are iDVD and iWEB included in the newer versions (09 and/or 11)?"

    Firstly ,I do not think that ILife 09 will work with Mountain Lion .This is not from personal experience but I am sure I have read it on here somewhere. So check first.

    Secondly,again not from personal experience, but I seem to have read people having had problems getting Ilife 11 on to Mountain Lion.Some quote workarounds involving changing date back in time to overcome an expiry date, installing, then changing date back again.Also some say iPhoto has been affected.

    ILife 11 is not an issue with your previous Snow Leopard of course.

    I am not trying to put you off from getting iLife 11 (now that you have upgraded ) but just want to make you aware of some possible issues that may exist.

    You may want to investigate further before taking the plunge.

    Hopefully AppleMan will have some advice/ clarification on this and put right any misguidance that I may have given.


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