How to: make your own movie

Herald Sun - Switched On - - Gadgets -

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.

AP­PLE iMOVIE

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

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