Have you ever wanted or tried using your mobile devices to make movies? If so, you’d find this article very helpful.
Every year at the Africa Magic Viewers Choice Award, fantastic movies are celebrated for their rich storytelling and dynamic performances. But none of these movies, so far, has been created through apps on mobile devices.
If these apps are explored, creative producers and script writers who lack the adequate funding can make videos and edit their work to make professional quality movies using iOS devices (iPads and iPhones) and Android tablets.
One good thing about this easy-to-use technology is that the many aspiring film-makers can still use important English language arts skills like writing a narrative, planning a sequential story, and including key details when getting ready to make a movie. These apps can even enhance the work one does with film students and give them room to be creative storytellers.
Here are the apps:
1. iMotion HD (iOS: free, upgrade available)
You can create a time-lapse or stop-motion film using this video app. iMotion HD enables you make a movie by combining still photos. They can set this app to take photographs at timed intervals to show elapsed time (like a plant growing or a sunset) or for stop-motion film (using action figures or puppets). With the full version of the app, users can add music and get access to extra export features like uploading their movie straight to YouTube.
2. PicPlayPost (iOS: free)
PicPlayPost is a video and editing tool that allows users to combine videos and still images into a shared frame. With a tap of the screen, the videos will play simultaneously or sequentially, and the still images will be ‘placeholders’ in the frame. It’s a great tool for displaying a combination of pictures as an alternative to a traditional slideshow. Kids can manipulate the style of the frame and add music from their iTunes library to play in the background.
3. Magisto video editor and maker (Android: free)
Magisto lets users shoot video from inside the app, edit video saved to their device and create a movie with this footage. Once film-makers select the still images and videos that they want to include, they choose a theme and music. Then the app puts the pieces together. In order to save movies to an album, users will have to set up an account.
4. iMovie (iOS)
With iMovie, movie editors can edit video that they have taken with their iPhone or iPad. This app enables one to create feature films and trailers using the built-in themes and templates.
iMovie lets them add titles, transitions and music as they apply different film techniques like slow motion and panning over still photos. Whether the film-maker digs deep into all of the professional quality features in iMovie or simply scratches the surface, he or she will certainly create a fantastic final product.
5. Andromedia video editor (Android: free)
With this app, it becomes easy to edit video saved to a device with Andromedia video editor. This app enables you to organise clips, crop video and even apply the “Ken Burns” filming technique to still images and videos. Users can add transitions to each clip, edit audio, and record a narration using the microphone on the device. After rendering their video, Nigerian film-makers can share it on multiple platforms.
Credits: The Punch