Software Review: Vidify for iPhone

Vidify for iPhone is wonderfully useful automatic video editor for iPhone. At the heart of Vidify is the ability to take several different short video clips and edit them into one professional looking video. Instead of editing the selected clips in your photo library into one continues movie, Vidify uses a proprietary algorithm to take the selected video clips and spread them randomly into one final video.

Vidify_logoThe App’s settings allow for some user input in how the video is put together. The user is able to choose the length of the video, how fast the editing process takes, the inclusion of fades & cross dissolves and the video resolution. The user has the ability to choose color filter effects which include B&W, Sepia, and Warming Filter.  The user can choose from the stock music library or from music residing on the iPhone.  Note that the stock music library is limited to 7 songs that are a 1:30 in length.  Once finished the final video can be emailed, sent to YouTube or shared on Facebook.

What I like about Vidify is I can attend an event and take a lot of short video clips of the event, say a birthday party. Then select the clips I want to include in the video, Vidify then creates one high quality video memory of the event.  The process of editing the video depends on the user settings and the length.  For example I use the high resolution and slowest editing process in the settings, which adds some time to the process.

I like that the user can include songs from my music library, but you always run the risk that if you post the video to YouTube that it could be taken down by the copyright holder of the song.  I attempted upload the finished video to Facebook, via the app’s Share feature, but was denied as the video was deemed to have copyright music.  With that said  the finished video is simply saved to the iPhone’s camera roll allowing the user the ability to further edit the final product in iMovie, which can then be shared to several different services.

The App has a few drawbacks, sometimes the random editing can be not to the user’s liking and my experience has been to “vidify” the group of selected clips several times to get a better finished product.  The sharing sources are limited as noted, I wished there were a share to Vimeo, Twitter and Google+ options.  Lastly, though I know the key to Vidify is its algorithm to produce the final product, I wished the user had the ability to place certain clips in certain spots.

The Vidify App is available in the App Store for $1.99, but as of this post the App is currently free, follow this direct link

Below are three videos I created with Vidify.

Software Review: Perian, a Swiss-Army Knife for Video

During the February 1st, 2010 Mac Geek Gab Podcast cool stuff found segment, John and Dave talked about Perian.  Perian is the self proclaimed Swiss-Army Knife for Quick Time.  As the site states:

“Perian is a free, open source QuickTime component that adds native support for many popular video formats.”

As a OS X user I get emails from family members with video, that most often will not play in Quick Time, until no. Previously I had been using the plugin, Flip4Mac, but a small number of video files still failed to play.  After installing Perian, many file formats became available via Quick Time. The best part about Perian is that it is free and is compatible with Quick Time and Quick Time X.

Software Review: Evom, a VisualHub Replacement?

One of my all time favorite OS X third party applications was Techspansion’s VisualHub.

It was able to covert a video file into many different file formats. However, the developer decided to call it quits back in 2008 and though the utility is still useable there has not been an update since that time.

Finally, after a few years a candidate to replace VisualHub has emerged.

The fine folks over at The Little App Factory have developed Evom. Best of all it is free! Evom is able to convert video files into several file formats including Apple TV, iPod, HTML5, YouTube, Flash, AVI and many more. Like many people, if you have lost the ability to make VisualHub work or are new to OS X, please give Evom a try.