Making Home Movies is a Breeze With Magisto

Now that I have a family, I want to make some great home movies for my kids so that they can watch them over and over as they get older. Nowadays, with the handiness of having an iPhone, I am constantly taking pictures and capturing videos of them. This is not a bad thing, but I find that when I want to sit down and actually make a movie of a special event, I feel overloaded with the amount of media that I have. This is where an app like Magisto can come into play and make life easier. The concept behind the app is pretty neat and I bet it could probably help a few of you out there.

Magisto, in a nutshell, does the work for you when it comes to creating those home videos. As much as I love iMovie on my Mac, it takes time and patience, two things which I don’t always have. Magisto makes the creating of the home movie process fun and very easy to do. Let me show you what I am talking about after the jump.

Getting Started

The first thing you need to do when you start with the app is to either sign up for a free account or log in using your Facebook account. Then you are going to want to connect your social networks, as I’m sure you are going to want to share your project when you are done. Magisto includes the main social networks to connect to in Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

Adding your social networks to Magisto

Adding your social networks to Magisto

Making Your Movie

After you have set everything up, you are now ready to start gathering your media so that you can create your movie. You can do this in one of two ways: either through selecting your videos through the Camera Roll on your iPhone or by shooting your own videos straight from within the app itself.

Selecting videos (left) Capture videos (right)

Selecting videos (left) Capture videos (right)

Once you have selected or shot the videos that you want, you are now ready to pick the music you are going to use in the background. You can either choose between the collection that Magisto provides or you can select something off of your iPhone. When you have your favorite song queued up and ready to go, you can now enter a title for the movie and then let Magisto work its magic.

Selecting your music

Selecting your music

What exactly is this magic that I am talking about? Well, what Magisto does is that it takes all of the videos that you have selected, compresses and analyzes them for you. Once that is done, they automatically create a video for you using all of the clips and your music, but they trim out what they think is unnecessary for the video and present you with a collage of your videos in a single movie so that you can easily get an overview of the event that you were documenting in the first place.

Magisto doing its magic

Magisto doing its magic

Watching and Sharing

Once Magisto does its magic and creates your video, now you are ready to watch and share it. The app is able to recognize faces and lets you tag them based upon your Facebook friends. I wish there was an option to tag people without having to use Facebook because there will be times when you video someone that is not necessarily on it. You can then share your video on Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube as well as email a link to the video for others to view.

The finished product

The finished product

Is It Magic?

Well, I’m not sure if it is magic, but it is definitely cool to see what this app can do with your videos. I like that you can select videos that you want and then let it do the work for you to create a good looking movie. But, at the same time, this app is not for everyone because you’re not able to control specifically how the video looks. You are not able to adjust the length or what exactly is shown. There are no editing features whatsoever and that is what makes this app great for some and bad for others. It really all depends on what you want in a video making application and how much control you want in the creation process.

Overall, I really like the app and it is convenient to use and works very well. The one feature that I wish we could see would be the ability to add pictures to your video as well. Magisto can also be used on the web, where you can create and watch your videos there. It is free to use so go and download it from the App Store and start making some great home movies that can be watched over and over for a very long time.


Summary

Take videos that you select and edit them into one video.

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