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post #2 of 32
I have had no problems with iMovie 3 in over 5 hours use of it.
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I haven't really had "problems" as you put it. It's just been freaking sloooow as heck. Now, whether this is a "problem" or just the fact that it consumes more resources than iMovie 2 is unclear to me. But I'm pretty dissapointed, because iMovie 3 has so many excellent features, and it is basically unusable on my PowerMac G4 (400MHz, AGP, 512MB RAM)

I already tried that terminal trick, and there was no change in the performance of iMovie 3. I sure hope it's not just my computer, and that Apple will just be able to include a speed fix in a future update.

Here's to hoping!
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post #4 of 32
I've noticed a bit of sluggishness (600MHz, iBook, 640MB RAM). But I also haven't used it much, so I cannot say in "real use" how good or bad it is. I also find is somewhat difficult to believe that anyone has had much "real use" time with it given it was only available late yesterday afternoon.

I've read of problems loading old iM2 projects. Mine all appeared to load fine.

We'll see. I there are really major issues, Apple is know to fix problems fairly quickly. The argument of whether it was rushed out the door or not is a different matter. I'll reserve judgement until I see the same issues.
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iLife discussion here goes in Digital Hub. Moving there now.
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iMovie3 breaks the Formac studio and perviously made projects from the Formac studio. all projects from the studio have a very load buzzing noise. There are also other problems read the apple discussions link above.
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post #7 of 32
I read that if you extract the audio from a Formac movie in iMovie, it fixes the audio problem.

I think I read that at the MacNN forums.

[ 02-01-2003: Message edited by: BuonRotto ]</p>
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Cant beleive that iM3 would have such major problems
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it just quitted after 1/2 hr of work,
damn!
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post #10 of 32
IM3 wont open my quicktime clips that worked in IM2. if you dont have QT Pro to convert it to DV, it's useless.

btw, whenever i try to open IM3 from my dock (not from applications folder), it opens up iPhoto instead... strange...
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post #11 of 32
Try droping the files on iMovie3, it might work. I saw a post that mpegs could be imported by droping but not via the menu.

Someone else said it, but this is not iMovie3 but iMovie-Coca 0.3.
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post #12 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by Addison:
<strong>Try droping the files on iMovie3, it might work. I saw a post that mpegs could be imported by droping but not via the menu.

Someone else said it, but this is not iMovie3 but iMovie-Coca 0.3.</strong><hr></blockquote>

i had tried that... still didnt work.
encoding to dv takes forever and the picture doesnt look as good afterwards. i want imovie2 back...
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post #13 of 32
I cant believe my almost perfect iMovie 2 has been replaced by this sluggish, buggy junk.

After years in developement I expect a decent upgrade first time, without waiting months for updates.

I'm sure these problems will be fixed in time, but I'd rather not be an unwilling beta tester when iMovie 2 was serving me so well.

How do I get 2 back?

[ 02-07-2003: Message edited by: womblingfree ]</p>
post #14 of 32
I've only used it on an iBook, but damn it's slow! Can't import or preview anything at full frame rate.

Feels like a beta for chrissakes!
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post #15 of 32
No it doesn't. It works fine for me, and most.
post #16 of 32
imovie 3 has been a pleasure to use for me. Ive had only a slight problem with the new sound level options, but I believe that it was my fault anyhow.
I am working on a QS867 gigram X.2.3 with 1 hour of film in over 120 clips, and 100+ photos from iphoto.
This software is awesome
post #17 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by womblingfree:
<strong>I cant believe my almost perfect iMovie 2 has been replaced by this sluggish, buggy junk.</strong><hr></blockquote>

[quote]Originally posted by Guy:

I've only used it on an iBook, but damn it's slow! Can't import or preview anything at full frame rate.

Feels like a beta for chrissakes! <hr></blockquote>

What kind of systems are you guys running, model, speed and memory.
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[quote]What kind of systems are you guys running, model, speed and memory. <hr></blockquote>

17inch iMac, 800mhz, 256mb.
post #19 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by womblingfree:
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17inch iMac, 800mhz, 256mb.</strong><hr></blockquote>

I'll add an extra 512mb RAM next month, hopefully that'll speed things up. Still annoying as iMovie 2 worked fine with my current set-up.
post #20 of 32
I really don't like the first impressions on iM3 either. After installing it I opened a project I had been working with in iM2 of some 12 gigs in size. The sound was completely off, meaning it had been moved by about two seconds forward and some of the sounds just didn't play. After trying out few of the new effects (which would be absolutely, no doubt great if they worked) iMovie 3 crashed on me. So after using it for 30 minutes it managed to crash on me.. I guess I'll wait for the update.

BTW, compared to iMovie2, iMovie3 was very sluggish on my G4/733 (Slowsilver) too.

Crashy, Buggy, Slow. Sheit
post #21 of 32
I just reinstalled iMovie2 and it works like a dream just as I remembered, (so it wasn't my memory playing tricks on me after all).

Gimme a ring when Apple produce an UPgrade rather than a downgrade.
post #22 of 32
Strange..I found it faster. iMovie 2 was real buggy when it came to the sound and effects menus paticularly with third party stuff. iMovie 3 does take a second longer to start playing in my experience, but other than that I love chapters, direct access to itunes and iphoto..maybe I've been lucky

oh yeah...iMac 800 15" 512
post #23 of 32
iMovie 3 has just turned my dual 450 into a performa. christ its slow. even playing a clip I get around 2fps if I'm lucky. my system is clean with no hacks or system add ons.
I tried it on my ibook 800 14 incher and it was even worse. what the hell is going on?

this is why my faith in apple is slowly vapourising. First it was X and the geeks claimed "Oh, but wait its new, apple will continually improve it - just wait till its finally finished".

still waiting.

now its the iapps. This doesn't bode well for future development of safari etc. aren't iapps by implication mant for non pros? so lets not have any cr*p about adding ram or how well it runs on anyone's dual gigger.

God, sometimes I wish apple would just get their heads out of this self induced coma that they're stuck in.
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post #24 of 32
Might be a graphics card thing? It runs well by all counts on my 700 MHz LCD iMac, 512 MB RAM.

PS: don't extrapolate a problem with some aspect of iMovie to the whole of Apple.

[ 02-08-2003: Message edited by: BuonRotto ]</p>
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[quote]Originally posted by BuonRotto:
<strong>Might be a graphics card thing? It runs well by all counts on my 700 MHz LCD iMac, 512 MB RAM.

PS: don't extrapolate a problem with some aspect of iMovie to the whole of Apple.

[ 02-08-2003: Message edited by: BuonRotto ]</strong><hr></blockquote>

Its not just iMovie. iCal eats at my processors. what the hell can it be doing? Jagwire ran like a dream yet every update since has successively slowed down my mac and made it less responsive. iPhoto 2 launches when i click on iMovie 3 in the dock and takes forever to actually run. My old albums which took a little time to load in iPhoto 1 now take much longer (painfully so) to load and display in iPhoto 2. projects that I had worked comfortably in iMovie 3 now are useless as I can't even see the previews when I hit play. I get the first frame, then a pause then a frame from around 3 seconds in then a pause then it jumps and shows me a frame from 12 seconds in.
if apple can't even optimise their own software how the hell can any other developer be expected to.
why should a home user be expected to buy more ram? Its not as if a home user isn't the market for the iapps. and I bet its a great feeling for those with imacs who were getting along great with the previous versions to find that they need a new graphics card to run the newer versions.
doesn't anyone at apple test these iapps on anything less than a dual gigger?
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post #26 of 32
I am running a 550 G4 Tibook with 512 mb and iM3 is barely usable in terms of speed. It is very Windows98 in terms of stability. Very cool program, but iM3 seems terribly beta to me.
post #27 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by spooky:
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I bet its a great feeling for those with imacs who were getting along great with the previous versions to find that they need a new graphics card to run the newer versions.
</strong><hr></blockquote>

Spooky, what are you on about ? Do you mean older iMacs ? I have an iMac 800 (512mb) and have no problem with any of these apps running slowly. I have plenty of other probs with iMovie which need sorted, and quickly, but apart from the playhead taking a couple of seconds to respond I haven't seen the crippling slowdown you seem to be implying. I trust Apple to put these things right with an early fix. I'm not sure why they gave iMovie such a radical overhaul, basically rewriting it from ground up, when it was such a killer anyway. 10.2.3 is certainly no slower on my machine than the original 10.2 (Jag - u-ar ).
However, I do think you have a decent general point about some of these apps ( Keynote and iMovie in particular ) escaping before they were ready. I think we can safely put that down to pressure from SJ who wanted a blistering Macworld to divert attention away from the processor situation. Just hope the Powerbooks don't prove to be a disappointment.
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post #28 of 32
I know its not our hardware being the reason this is happening. I am on my new 15inch powerbook 1ghz and it just isn't usable. I t crashes every 5 minutes, audio and video playback is horrendous. And it crashes every 5 minutes. I'm thankful that where I work I use Final Cut Pro or else I'd be screwed.
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post #29 of 32
Maybe it is an ingeneous ploy to get people to move to FCP.

I have both, I used to use iMovie for quick simple edit projects, now I have abandoned it because iMovie3 is slower than FCP.

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post #30 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by Mr. Macintosh:
<strong>I have had no problems with iMovie 3 in over 5 hours use of it.</strong><hr></blockquote>

On my imac 800 15" w/512 ram. i-movie plays back fine ( did notice some audio delay in fullscreen not seen in V2of imovie)but have found other things to worry about when the project was imported into iDVD3 - strange Bad edits and lost audio tracks...Sure half the problem is me tryin' to do it the old way but sounds like from these post some of it could be the way the new software is working...

The Slowdown for most of you is because the program is NOW rendering your project to a Quicktime file for iDVD/QT everytime you save it as your working in imovie to save you time later so they think! ...but boy does this tax your system...I think thats why some of you are getting such poor playback... well I had this New ilife a few days and have had more problems with this than the whole year I have been playin' with this imac. And yes now my mac does seem slower... <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[oyvey]" />
post #31 of 32
I am on a 17" iMac with 768 megs of ram. This pre-render stuff sucks, it lags everything down. Before I would get my movie how I wanted it then export for idvd later when I knew I was going to be away from my mac, I would usually do it before i went to bed or something. Now it takes much longer just to edit clips and the constant crashes are annoying. My last project was 45 minutes long no transitions or anything, just imported from camera and cut some stuff out then i export it to quicktime with the full quality/dv option and after about 20 minutes the sound is out of sync. This new iMovie feels like some 3rd party windows program. <img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[oyvey]" />
post #32 of 32
[quote]Originally posted by Buggy:
<strong>Maybe it is an ingeneous ploy to get people to move to FCP.

I have both, I used to use iMovie for quick simple edit projects, now I have abandoned it because iMovie3 is slower than FCP.

<img src="graemlins/oyvey.gif" border="0" alt="[oyvey]" /> </strong><hr></blockquote>

i have been saying the same thing since IM3 came out... that they wont fix the bugs anytime soon, not until they feel they have sold enough copies of FCE to us non-pro users.

and the ploy IS working... i plan on getting FCE myself, barring any unforeseen cash shortages of course.
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