Glimpses

A quick way to make still mo­tion videos – if you ac­tu­ally want to

Mac Format - - MAC APPS - Devel­oper Eter­nal Storms Soft­ware, eter­nal­storms.at OS X 10.10 or higher Very easy to use Ex­cel­lent sound­track editor

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.

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