Who gives the most instant gratification?
Magisto, Videolicious, or Animoto?
If you're ready for a step above vine and instagram but you're not ready for imovie then there are a slew of automated video editing apps out there. Apps like magisto, videolicious, and animoto will take your photos and videos and spit them back out to you enhanced with visual and audio effects that turn your homeroom videos into a much more professional looking piece of short film.
After a picturesque holiday weekend I wanted to refine my images. I wanted instant satisfaction, and cheap ... meaning free. I shot most of my shorts using the 8mm app (more on that here) and was looking to combine those together with a few still images as well.
I tried animoto, videolicious, and magisto. Each one has unique things to bring to the table ... and each one has its drawbacks.
Magisto gives you a slick product very quickly. What it takes away from you in control it gives back to you in quick, refined product complete with music and effects. The biggest downfall is the loss of control and the charge of 1-4 dollars to download your videos. It does let you view them online or post them to various social media sites for free, including youtube.
In short, the app Magisto:
Videolicious is a great app for creating videos on the go. It has a great narration feature that would be great to use in the classroom. The app gives you a fair amount of control but has limitations in length and how many images you can use without upgrading to a 5 dollars a month membership. I inquired about an educator discount membership but non exists at this time on an individual basis. I have another example of the app videolicious here.
In short, the app Videolicious:
Animoto started as an easy to use interface to make a stylish slideshow. The company has rolled with the times and have put their foot in the race of other easy to use, video editors. Like videolicious and magisto it combines videos and still images and sets it to a chosen theme. Looking a bit more like a glorified slide show and less like a professionally produced short film it is a bit more difficult to navigate and not as intuitive as the other two. The other major drawback that for the right price of free it only allows you 30 seconds. If you want to upgrade it will cost you $30 a year or $5 a month.
In short, the app Animoto:
Make a video of your own at Animoto.
Which one wins?
Depending on what you want your end result to look like and how long you want it to be, chances are one of these will work for you. Personally, I prefer Videolicious and Magisto over Animoto. Their programs were easier to use, and had slicker results. Animoto still has its foot in the slideshow door and Magisto in particular gives you a much more polished end result. I like Magisto's results the best. But, even though I fed it the most material it still only gave me 58 seconds of end result because IT chose what IT wanted to use. I like Videlicious for its instantaneous results and no charge downloads. I will continue to use Videolicious for everyday quick video montages and save Magisto for special occasions.
The classroom applications for these tools are endless. I've used Videolicious in the past to splice images and videos of a project together and then pass on to parents. It's a great, easy to use platform to demonstrate what you're doing in the classroom and to help promote your program.
I'm very happy with Videolicious and Magisto. They both give you instant gratification and are great to share with friends and family, they will ALL be impressed.
After playing with all these programs, I find personally that I still want more ... typical. I want longer videos with more control. I think it's time to bite the bullet and learn imovie.
What about you?
What apps do you like to edit video in? Have you tried any of these?