How to: make your own movie
HOMEMADE epics are so much easier to create with modern gadgets. Video cameras are now pocket-sized, feature-packed and some arrive as a feature inside your phone. Without proper editing, however, those videos can bore your audience. Below are three software packages to make your YouTube masterpieces pop.
THIS software package is free on any new Mac and offers a reasonably advanced range of editing options. Users can drag and drop photos and videos from other parts of the computer into iMovie, before creating a timeline of shots, cutting them down to size and even separating them into different scenes. Best of all, iMovie has a range of slick themes that include opening titles, closing credits and scene transitions to make home movies or short films look more impressive.
WINDOWS LIVE MOVIE MAKER
MICROSOFT’S movie-editing program recently received a revamp, making it available for use on Windows 7 machines. The new Movie Maker, now with Live in the title, can be downloaded online (explore.live.com) and works in conjunction with Live Photo Gallery to make slick videos from photos as well as moving images. The new editor comes with themes that deliver transitions, effects and on-screen titles, and audio-editing options are also included to add music or lower background noise.
PICASA MOVIE MAKER
THE most basic of the three packages, Google’s free photo-editing software has only recently added filmmaking features. After downloading and installing the software from picasa.google.com, users can highlight photos and videos to edit, select the Movie icon and arrange each piece into a pleasing puzzle. Different transitions, slides, cropping and caption options are available in Picasa and, as you might expect, users can upload the final cut to YouTube with one button. JENNIFER DUDLEY-NICHOLSON