Apple offers iMovie HD 6 for free to iLife ‘08 owners

Apple has released iMovie HD 6, which was previously distributed with iLife ’06, as a free download for those who have purchased and installed iLife ’08.

The minimum requirements for iMovie HD 6 are:
• A Macintosh computer with a PowerPC G4, G5, or Intel Core processor
• 256 MB of RAM; 512 MB recommended
• High definition video requires a 1 GHz G4 processor or faster and 512 MB of RAM
• Mac OS X 10.3.9 or Mac OS X 10.4.3 or later; Mac OS X 10.4.4 recommended
• Mac OS X 10.4.4 (or later) required for themes, real-time video effects, and audio effects
• iLife ’08

More info and download link (154.6 MB) here.

[Thanks to MacDailyNews Readers “Michael” and “neo” for the heads up.]

MacDailyNews Note: Yesterday we reported that Apple’s new iMovie application lacks support for G4 Macs, so this helps G4 Mac owners who’d like the rest of iLife ’08 (iPhoto, iDVD, GarageBand, iWeb).


  1. That is totally uncool of Apple to not support G4 Macs with the new iMovie… this makes me less excited about buying the iLife/iWork ’08 suites this year since most of my machines are G4 equipped.

  2. iMovie 08 it’s probably Apple’s biggest flop in the latest 7 years. It’s a feature cut period. iMovie 08 has a nice potential and skimming is great. Beyond that, and probably the new interface, everything fails. We cannot change transitions parameters, text is less flexible than in 06, ken burn effects is awkwardly linked to the crop tool and not easily accessible, it’s not possible to manage sound fade effects, it’s impossible to use video effects and so on and so on. I’m wondering what MDN would say if Micro$oft would pull out such a flop. The other apps seem to be ok and, concerning to iWork, the history it’s completely different. iWork 08 it’s an outstanding upgrade.

  3. Scratch the “Macs have longer useful lives than PCs do” drivel. My 3 year old Dell work laptop runs Vista Aero and Office 2007 just fine. And even if it couldn’t, it wouldn’t refuse to install… I just wouldn’t get desktop effects.
    Meanwhile, open your wallet wide cause your leader has determined for you that its time to buy a new computer by refusing to install software on it! But here’s a link to the old app you already had, how gratuitous!!! Carry on, sheep.

  4. @Mark

    Going from PPC to Intel was a Major hardware switchover, one the rest of the PC industry has not gone through in recent history especially windows machines. The G4 is old and very different hardware. The fact that it won’t run on a G4 is not as crazy or ridiculous as you are implying, with a little logic applied, it is fair enough to recognize why it is not supported.

    Your Vista comparison it not valid in my book. Maybe your messed up logic is the true cause of your nausea?

    MW: “Makes”. Your argument makes no sense!

  5. you know.. seriously people, it never fails to amaze me at what a childish lot you can all be. Apple does a better job than ANYONE in the tech industry at supporting legacy and obsolete hardware. They go to great lengths to ensure that you Mac will remain useful for years and years.

    There comes a time, however, when the technology simply has to grow beyond the limits of older platforms. I imagine the software engineers at Apple probably pull their hair out constantly at the things they would like to implement in various softwares and the OS, but cannot due to the need to support said legacy gear.

    Freakin’ grow up, suck it up, and try actually supporting your beloved Apple by occasionally buying a new machine.

    Sheesh.. sometimes I just hate people…

  6. @ Realist,

    I was posting above when you dropped your usual nonsense turd on us.

    You do realize that you are comparing an OS to 1 peice of software that sells in a suite of other applications for $79? Right? I mean you aren’t really THAT stupid are you? You DO know that Apple’s curent OS has been successfully installed on machines as far back as the G3 iMac.. right?

    Man, to the back of the short-bus with you, you irrelevant little troll

  7. I would love to be able to use the new iMovie with my 1Ghz TiPB, but since it’s already choking on H.264, how in the heck is it going to work with AVCHD? If you use iMovie HD, you know that a G4 is not going to cut the mustard with newer higher pixel count, newer compression codecs. Complainers are those people who must not use iMovie, cause they’d know not to expect the old G4 to keep up with the new hardware requirements.

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