Your iMovie Trailers Won’t Be Presented by Real Studios and Other iLife ’11 Quirks

iMovie trailer, no Universal name
(Images courtesy of Engadget)

Are iMovie ’11-created movie trailers really so amazing that Hollywood studios fear that people will confuse them for the real thing? Apparently some of the studios think so, as Apple has blocked your ability to use their company names.

Engadget is reporting that despite iMovie ’11 featuring the familiar snow-capped mountain of the Paramount logo or the spinning Earth of the Universal Studios globe, you won’t actually be able to use those studio names to present your own trailers.

Oh sure, you can go ahead and type them in — go ahead, we’ll wait. The text will appear in the new project Outline view, but on screen all you’ll see is a series of hyphens where the word “Paramount” or “Universal” should appear. Engadget wasn’t able to confirm if this limitation exists with other studios as well, but we’re guessing it probably does.

iMovie '11 no Paramount name

This quirk comes on the heels of other discoveries, including the fact that the entire iLife ’11 package now requires both a Mac with an Intel processor as well as Snow Leopard 10.6.3 or later — the previous version, iLife ’09, was a mixed bag in that regard, but most of the programs and components would indeed run on a G4 or better PowerPC machine, as long as it met other requirements.

MacRumors also noted that the iLife ’11 programs are still composed of 32-bit code, which many assumed to be the case since Apple didn’t tout 64-bit code at their “Back to the Mac” event on Wednesday when the new suite was announced. That’s a shame, especially given how much Cupertino boasted about the 64-bit powers of Snow Leopard upon release — not to mention how many third-party developers have long since moved to 64-bit while Apple is still chugging along with 32-bit.

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