Apple Computer Inc. announced Friday that its video editing software is now available as a free download for PowerBook and Power Mac G4 users.
With the software product, 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 or transferred back to a camcorder for viewing; saved as a QuickTime file and emailed; streamed from a personal Web site built using HomePage or shared over the Internet in a public folder via iDisk, an Apple iTool that provides 20 megabytes of personal Internet-based storage on Apple Internet servers.
The free download is in response to public request, according to Apple CEO Steve Jobs. “Due to popular demand, we’re bringing this software to a wider range of Mac users, at no charge,” he said.