Apple iLife ’11 Review - iMovie cont., GarageBand Review


Offering some immediate wow factor is the new Trailers ability. This provides 15 pre-set templates into which you can plug your own videos and have iMovie spit out something vaguely resembling a movie trailer. There are a number of basic options to tweak, in addition to wide range of visual effects to add, but the tends to end up looking pretty similar.

We found ourselves much more appreciative of the new audio editing options, which let you tweak the sound accompanying your video footage without needing to venture into a separate editing program. Similarly simple to get to grips with is the range of video effects that can be applied. As with ‘real’ movies, moderation is key – sepia for the sake of it isn’t artistic, it’s just annoying – but the YouTube Generation will probably have a whale of a time.

GarageBand is still something of an anomaly, in that although the majority of Mac users are likely to want to edit photos of movies at some point, music editing and creation is a much less common activity. This version of GarageBand comes with even more free, starter lessons, making the only hard part of learning an instrument the requirement that you put in the requisite practice.

Some might argue that music lessons from the likes of Death Cab for Cutie’s Ben Gibbard are exactly what the indie music-loving, Starbucks-frequenting, hipper-than-though Mac crowed desires. Instruction from Sting might equally be construed as appealing directly to those picking up a guitar as a cheaper alternative to the mid-life crisis sports convertible. We’ll let other be the judges.

As has been detailed before, the pricing for the celeb-taught lessons might be a little steep for some, at £3.94 a go. You could easily find a book full of tutorials for less than that and the Internet as ever offers an almost limitless source of free options. However, even if you don’t care for the celebrity status of the tutors the production quality is miles better than what you’ll find on YouTube, which is definitely an advantage, making the bigger annoying how few of these videos are available – perhaps suggesting there isn’t as much market for them as Apple would no doubt like.

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