for iMovie: Vol. 1 includes eZeMatte, eZeScreen and eZeClip. Quickly add images,
borders, frames, themes, logos, movies, blue-screen and picture-in-picture effects.
In a nutshell, eZeMatte allows users to add borders, frames, themes, logos or any
customized graphic; eZeScreen allows users to position a movie over an iMovie clip
and create blue screen and green screen effects; eZeClip allows users to add a movie
over an iMovie clip to create picture-in-picture or split screen effects.
Price: Individually priced, the plug-ins range from $29 to $39 each. Buy all three
as a package and the price is $69 (savings of $28).
- iMovie 2.1.1 or later
or iMovie 3.0.1 or later
- OS X 10.1.3 or later
- 20 MB Disk Space
- Quicktime 5.0 or
- Adobe Acrobat for
reading the manual
Before purchasing, you can download a demonstration version of each plug-in that
will only create the desired affect for the first 5 seconds of a clip. Between the
samples on the web site and the demo version, you can get a very good idea of what
these plug-ins have to offer.
Installation is a breeze. Installation with a 800 MHz iMac is lightning fast and
uncomplicated. The only downside was that you must download and install each plug-in
as an individual file, but the process is so fast it really doesn't require much
time. Downloading and clicking on the self-installing files is all it takes to make
the plug-ins available to iMovie.
With the release of digital camcorders, the world has had a craving for ways to "spice
up" their home videos. Apple suceeded in bringing to the Mac a way for the public
to edit digital video with iMovie a few years back. Now, eZédia has added
to the hundreds of visual effects that make viewers of iMovie home movies exclaim
eZédia Plug-ins for iMovie, Vol 1, is three products in one package: eZeClip,
eZeMatte, and eZeScreen.
To employ the effects simply highlight the desired effect name (eZeclip, eZeMatte,
eZeScreen), click "Configure" at the bottom of the screen, and arrange
the options to your preferred settings. When you are finished, click "Okay"
to confirm the settings, adjust the "Effect In" and "Effect Out"
slides, and click "Apply" to apply the effect to the movie clip.
eZeClip is a straightforward way to insert a movie clip into another movie
clip, also known as 'picture-in-picture'. It allows users to add a movie over a DV
clip to create picture-in-picture or split-screen effects. Re-size, position, loop,
add a border, and apply a drop shadow to the overlay movie. This was really easy
to use. Within a "minor" iMovie project, I first created a movie and exported
it as a Quicktime DV. Then, within my main iMovie project, I used eZeClip to insert
the DV movie anywhere within the boundaries of the movie's frame. Afterwards, I
click on play, and both movies play simultaneously, one within the other. Very nice!
eZeMatte is a method to overlay JPEG pictures, borders, artwork, etc., on
your selected clip. You can then adjust the image's size, position, and transparency
to create effects such as borders, frames, and watermarks. With eZeMatte, I can now
add a Christmas border over a movie of kids excitedly opening their Christmas presents,
or add a theatre curtain frame to accent a clip of a theatre play. Using images with
alpha channels, you can display movies through transparent areas. This plug-in also
includes 10 overlay themes (with more themes available on the eZedia web site).
eZeScreen effect allows you to create your own professional "blue-screen"
or "green-screen" effect. You use this effect by adding a movie over a
clip, then adjust the movie's size and position as well as the transparency and fade
levels of any selected color. You can now create your own amateur Star Wars
film or surprise your friends with your "Vacation in Hawaii" movie (without
ever leaving the house). I found the rendered output to be occasionally grainy, but
for an iMovie effect, this one is a lot of fun.
For each plug-in there is a 30 Day free initial support which starts after registration
of the product. Afterwards a service contract can be purchased at the following prices:
- 1 Time support -
- 3 Month support -
- 1 Year support -
Documentation is included
in PDF format, and is fairly straightfoward. You can also access support, updates,
forums, samples, and examples at eZedia's web site for iMovie Plug-ins. Especially nice are the
eZedia training movies that you can also access from
eZedia's web site (be sure you have the Quicktime 6 plug-in available for your web
All in all, eZédia Plug-ins for iMovie: Vol.1 is a great and easy-to-use set
of iMovie plug-ins for people who like ways to put a little more "life"
into their movie projects. Combinations of effects, like using eZeMatte to create
a border for a movie that will be inserted into another movie with eZeClip, create
even more professional looking videos. The creative possibilities are restrained
only by your imagination. I highly recommend these plug-ins for any iMovie user,
newbies and experts alike.
- Quick, easy download
- Free updates
- Free sample movies
and themes come with download
- Good PDF instructions
and online video instructions
- Simple to use with
full manual control
- Mac and iMovie friendly
- Cool, fun, and creative
tools for very professional results
- eZeScreen's blue
screen effect is not the sharpest and leaves rough edges
- Takes some practice
to arrange the clips for eZeScreen
- Customer service
lasts only 30 days after registration
1/2 out of 5 Mice