A quick way to make still motion videos – if you actually want to
This application is easy to use, looks good and does what it promises to do. But it’s a bit idiosyncratic, not cheap, and Apple’s old QuickTime Pro app can achieve the same basic effect.
The app’s job is to create ‘still motion videos’, wherein a series of still photographs are played one after the other. The result can be fun, and it can be effective as a way of throwing you into an impressionistic whirl to summarise a holiday, say, or a way to create pacing, such as taking few photos on the road leading up to a landmark, and then lots of photos of it.
The app itself is competent. You can import photos from Finder, Photos/iPhoto/Aperture, Flickr and Instagram, then sort them by date, title or even by colour to set the chronology. Next, you can add one or more soundtracks, and there’s a simple yet flexible editor to let you trim and concatenate these tracks. Set the finished resolution (including 4K, which feels like a bit of a gimmick) and frame duration (optionally matching the duration with your soundtrack) and export.
A competent movie app for creating still motion videos, but it lacks advanced features to justify the cost.
We would like the option of previewing the speeds rather than having to wait for the export, and an advanced editor where we could manually adjust the frame rate at points along the timeline to draw the viewer’s attention to particular shots would help justify the slightly high price tag. Christopher Phin
This app does exactly what it promises, but could do with finer control.