Monday, January 1, 2018

Tuesday, July 4, 2017

2017 UPDATE Day 13: Magisto vs Animoto. Death Match!

This post about Magisto vs Animoto was originally written in 2014. Sadly much of the info is still the same.

However there are a lot more apps that do a better job. VideoShow on Android is better than both for the overall video quality.

But did you know you can even make a video right in the Google Photos app that is already built in your phone?

It is pretty good since you don't have to do anything except click on what photos and videos you want to use. It picks the theme and music automatically. Plus you are free to rearrange clips, remove/add clips, etc.

So if you are looking for the absolute easiest way to make a video... Skip both Magisto AND Animoto. And go with Google Photos.

I will make a post about how easy it is to do soon. For now you can read the original post below.

Well sort of. It definitely is a competition. Not so much to the death.

But anyway.

I picked up How to Shoot Video That Doesn't Suck last night, and I wanted to try some "quick start" techniques on the most boring footage ever shot.

The original clip is 1:30 excruciatingly boring seconds of me driving up the street. I wasn't in my right mind when I recorded it. But I was determined to shoot a clip everyday for 90 days. No matter how terrible.

My evil genius plan was to make two clips using the main advice I was able to get from the book before I went to bed. And I was going to use the same exact clip in both Magisto and Animoto.

The advice was to "think in shots" and to use clips no longer than 10 sec long.

I will say Magisto is the winner for the overall feel and energy. Except for the fact that they left the first 20 sec of the original completely unaltered. But it's free and all you need to do is upload whatever files you want to use. That's it!

With Animoto you have to select each 10 sec individually, they are very strict about music usage, AND you have to upgrade to get anywhere near the effects you get for free with Magisto.

I upgraded with Animoto and they were basically like "You can't do that until you upgrade some more!"


The clip still sucks. But it now sucks less.

As I am trying to embed the Magisto clip, I was forced to watch it and I now see that it's 25 sec of me just sitting at the light. That's half of the video! Plus now I'm going to start taking off points for embed-ability.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

I Didn't Win but Dammit I'm a Winner!

This can be my official re-entry into blogging post. So I guess something good came out of this.

Back in March I started my 90 day video a day project. Which I then cut to 60 days. And barely made it to that!

Recently, I entered a video contest called the Pocket Film Festival. The idea was to shoot film only on your phone, tablet, or entry level point and shoot camera. I submitted two entries.

Shockingly (to myself, 'cause I'm like Scorsese in my head) I won nothing. Didn't even place.

You know how on tv there is a group of kids trying out for a play, cheerleading, or some other random activity requiring an enthusiastic hopeful to get their dreams dashed?

Well this was mine.

AND... these folks din't even send a tweet like " Hey we picked some winners. And you ain't one of them." I just happened to check their website to see the list of winners. One person won FOUR TIMES.

What the fuck?

So now there is only one thing left to do... Create MORE shitty videos in the hopes that I get better!

Hahaha most people would give up by now. Not my ass.

In other news, I entered some text to win contest while watching Mike and Molly. Shout out to MyLVTV.  The next week I got a text letting me know I had won a $25 gift card to Panda Express. No skill or talent required.

Silver lining? I think so.