9 Replies Latest reply: May 11, 2008 1:32 PM by RLucas
magellan42 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
I will be purchasing a new Imac soon because I'm a big fan of all the software, especially Imovie. I've been using Imovie HD for a while and feel really comfortable with it. I have heard that Imovie 08 is very different. Has it changed for the better? What is different about it? Is it easy to pick up or is it a lot more complicated?

If I don't like it, is there a way I could use Imovie HD when I have Ilife 08? Does it work well with Leopard?

dell 8100, Windows XP
  • 1. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    Jan Pieter Melchior Level 2 Level 2 (420 points)
    I'm not completely objective since I started editing on FCP, and iMovie HD is similar to FCP (it actually is a stripped down version of FCP).

    When you have no editing experience, iMovie 08 is the way to go.
    I have played around with it and it has many improvements, speed for example.
    That same speed is in the learning curve, I sometimes forget the time it took achieve similar results in iMovie previous to this release. A very acceptable film is achieved in less time in iMovie 08. More important, iMovie 08 helps to make the audience happy. Meaning it makes you look good, instantly.

    The interface needs some work however, I wouldn't call it a seamless jump.
  • 2. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    riokim1231 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I am by no means an expert of any sort but i was able to create some pretty fun projects on the old imovie. and because I was having so much fun making small movies i decided to upgrade to a faster laptop and bought a macbook pro with ilife 08 pre installed..............it's been 2 months and I have yet to spit out a new project. I can't for the life of me figure this thing out.
    it's not intuitive at all. sorry if i offend anybody but that's my opinion.
    to be fair, i haven't spent a lot of time trying to figure it out but with imove 06, it was so easy, i didn't have to spend time figuring it out.
  • 3. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)
  • 4. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    Ziatron Level 4 Level 4 (3,265 points)
    I use both iMovie 06 and iMovie 08 (iMovie 06 about 90%, iMovie 08 about 10%).

    Many reviews of iMovie 08 recommend using both iMovie 08 and iMovie 06.

    I do find that iMovie 08 is "feature reduced" and not as DVD friendly compared to iMovie 06. iMovie 06 is "timeline based", iMovie 08 is "clip based". The lack of a true timeline in IM08 is hard to get used to for some.

    iMovie 08 is NOT an upgrade of iMovie 06. It is a completely new application. iMovie 08 is better for absolute beginners that don't want to burn a DVD. Most others will like iMovie 06 for its far greater editing power and ease of making DVDs. (Like creating Chapter Markers and Share to iDVD.)

    When iLife 08 is installed, all of the old applications are automatically deleted EXCEPT iMovie 06, because Apple WANTS you to have it.

    iMovie 08 is a wonderful program assuming that you're using it for what it was designed to do, assemble simple videos to share on the Internet.

    I find iMovie 06 to be easier and faster to use than iMovie 08 on longer jobs (more than 10 mins). iMovie 08 is faster for shorter jobs.

    iDVD 08 alone is worth the price of iLife 08. iMovie 06 and iDVD 08 is a terrific combination.

    The Web site below has a good comparison of iMovie 08 and iMovie 06.

    http://www.geethree.com/slick/imovie8.html
  • 5. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    Jan Pieter Melchior Level 2 Level 2 (420 points)
    Indeed, It's a challenge to captivate an audience.
  • 6. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    Jan Pieter Melchior Level 2 Level 2 (420 points)
    There is another aspect to filming,

    Drama adds more to a good story an editor needs to worry about.
    When ever some one would like to ask Me a question about the Art, please do so.
    A specialist will be available to answer your technical questions.
  • 7. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    magellan42 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)
    Thanks for the info....it sounds like imovie 06 is more for me. If I by a new mac with Ilife 08, where would I be able to get Imovie HD or 06? Is that something that I would have buy seperately?
  • 8. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    Karsten Schlüter Level 7 Level 7 (29,885 points)
    steve_bassi wrote:
    .. If I b(u)y a new mac with Ilife 08, where would I be able to get Imovie .. 06? ..


    as a free download at Apple..
    http://www.apple.com/support/downloads/imovieHD6.html
  • 9. Re: Thoughts on Imovie '08?
    RLucas Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I find iMovie '08 to be a major step backward. I think Apple realizes this as well since they offer iMovie '06 as a download. I've tried using iMovie '08 but find it confusing, non-intuitive and incompatible with my iMovie '06 files. I can't even get it to open an iMovie '08 file I created on another hard drive. I think it needs a major rework. Apple, are you listening?

    Ron Lucas