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Movie Making via Smartphone....So Much Easier

I still remember when I decided I was going to film and edit digital movies.  It was right after my first child was born in the fall of 2004.  I purchased a "digital" video camera (tape based) specifically for the occasion.  All I needed was some fancy Firewire cable and some "super user-friendly" Movie Maker software and I would be directing numerous classic movies detailing Chloe's every move.

So, what actually happened?  I made one movie....after a long, frustrating struggle with nearly all of the elements involved in the process (camera, wires, computer, software, DVD's, etc).  Things did get a little better when I upgraded to a Mac and the iMovie format and things became even easier as digital video recording spread to hand-held devices.  However, making movies on the computer still involved a good deal of time sitting in my home office hunched over a computer screen.

This Has to Be Easier.....Right?


The other day I decided to give Splice on my iPhone 5 a try for making a movie.  I bought the $1.99 app a while ago for my daughter.  She wanted it to make movies on her iTouch.  All I can say is "wow!"  I was able to make two three minute videos of both Chloe and Nate's gymnastics highlights for the previous year in minutes.  I was able to include photos, video, transitions, text, and audio all while using my iPhone.  It was so easy.



Chloe's Gymnastic Movie via Splice





Now, I have to be honest about a few things.  I am not saying Splice (or Apple's mobile app version of iMovie) are going to be used anytime soon to make full length movies.  However, to just throw something together quickly while watching my kids at swimming lessons nothing beats these app based movie makers.  No headaches and very user friendly.  Obviously, there are more options and "special effects" via a full computer version of editing software.  It is also nice to have precise editing/time marks on a computer.  Making a movie on a smartphone via app requires users to use their fingers for making cuts/time marks.  The final movies also have a few rough transitions, but did come out pretty good.  Most armature movie makes will be satisfied with app based movie makers.

Nate's Gymnastics Highlights and Tribute to Randy Orton via Splice 





While these may not be Oscar winners or technical masterpieces they were very easy to make and were on YouTube within minutes to share with friends and family all over the world.  I find it amazing how digital movie making has become so user-friendly in the recent years.  Does anyone else enjoy making movies via their tablet or smartphone?  I would love to hear what app(s) you enjoy using.

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