Slick Transitions and Effects are for users who are looking to add some vigor to
the very basic, simplistic set of effects that comes with iMovie, and cannot afford
Final Cut Pro. This is the fourth set of four total volumes offered by GeeThree specifically
- Movie 3, iMovie 2.0.3
- Mac OS X, OS 9
- Quicktime 5 or later
- 10MB available disk
Use & Features
Volume 4 - compared to the previous three volumes - provides a limited quantity of
effects. Nevertheless, these effects provide powerful features designed for the more
demanding and advanced iMovie user. That is not to say a novice user cannot easily
manipulate these features. Controls and options are straightforward and easy to understand.
The actual demand for such features, however, may be lost on those just beginning
to use iMovie.
Here's what is included:
- Superimpose logos
or any matte onto moving video.
- Blue screen technolgy
comes to iMovie. This plug-in lets you
merge two video sources using a color key, brightness or cutout.
- Picture in Picture
- Two video sources
with one in a positionable and sizeable internal
- Split Screen
- Two video sources
split and combined or one or both squeezed.
- A stand-alone application
that creates high quality pans from high
resolution photos. A must for documentaries or any film using many
stills. Retains hi-resolution of imported photos!
One of the primary
features of this volume includes capability to superimpose video images such as a
picture-in-picture and "blue-screen" effect. For those who don't understand
blue screen, it is used by your local news when the weatherman stands in front of
a map and points to cloud patterns. In reality, he is standing in front of a green
or blue colored screen. The screen color is "keyed" to be replaced by a
second video image, in this case a computerized map image. The resulting effect provides
the image of a man in front of a weather map. Imagine using this to show your home
movies with kids being eaten by large lizards, or family members in front of an on-rushing
locomotive, or simply you and your spouse walking along a beach (which you never
visited) - the possibilities are frighteningly endless.
Additionally, volume 4 adds capability for split screen images and a feature called
"Matte-tastic", which adds a fancy border or logos superimposed onto your
One other effect is called "SlickMotion". Anyone who has watched a Ken
Burns documentary on PBS has seen this effect. This uses still pictures, but allows
iMovie to pan & zoom across the photo - with full control over the effect from
start point to end point. Although simplistic sounding, it really brings a still
image to life. This feature really eases the transition from moving video to still
photos, by keeping the photo moving on screen - rather than a stark change between
motion to static images.
GeeThree offers a full description and QT examples of all the titles, transitions,
and effects offered in Volume 4 at www.GeeThree.com.
Should the online information or trouble-shooting instructions included with the
software not resolve any problems, the GeeThree customer support is exemplary and
responsive to inquiries.
Software can be downloaded directly from the web after purchasing the serial code,
or CDs can be purchased at a slightly higher cost. Buy all four volumes together
for full-feature effects at a more reasonable cost (~$34 per volume).
Slick Volume 4 brings some powerful, high-end superimposing features to the iMovie
user. The stand-alone price of $49.00 seems high at first, but when compared to purchasing
a high-end video software suite, the value is obvious. Better yet, GeeThree offers
various bundles of their other iMovie plug-in volumes which greatly reduces the individual
cost and significantly boosts the capabilities of iMovie. This Hollywood Edition
of the Slick volumes proves to be a high-end effects package for iMovie with features
found only in the high-dollar, professional video software suites. This is a must
add-on for the serious iMovie afficionados, well worth the price.
- High quality Hollywood-style
- Simple to use
- Turns iMovie into
a professional editing package
- Fewer effects than
the other volumes
out of 5 Mice