Video Editing for
the rest of us
If you're like me and would rather spend time creating and shooting movies rather
than learning how to use a sophisticated editing application, then iMovie is the
way to go. iMovie is free (bundled with OS X) and is an easy to use video
editing software from Apple. It is much simpler to master and use than FinalCut Pro,
Apple's professional video editing. With iMovie, you can import digital video, add
sound, edit, cut, add transitions and change your video, and export back out to DV,
videotape or DVD.
But as good as iMovie is, there is room for improvements.
What is Slick Transitions & Effects?
Slick Transitions and Effects are add-on collection(s) of transitions and
effects you "drag & drop" between video clips, much like the ones already
in iMovie, to change the look or add pizzaz to your video. Each volume is loaded
with transitions and effects you ought to have.
- iMovie 2.01 to 3.3
- Mac OS 9.0.x or later,
Mac OS X10.1 to 10.6
- QuickTime 5
- 9 MB disk space
Pricing: $29.95 each
volume, $49.95 for both.
Save some bucks
Slick Transitions & Effects, Volumes 1 thru 6 of the plug-ins can be purchased
individually or in bundles, and can be downloaded from the software company's website.
It is a better option to purchase the combined packages, as you save yourself some
bucks. A CD version is also available.
Very easy to install, simply drag the Slick Transitions folder to your iMovie
plug-ins folder and launch iMovie, Voila!
Let's talk about the effects...
Slick Transitions & Effects Vol. I
Slick Transitions & Effects vol. 1 comes with over 40 transitions, most of
which are nice, useful and give your final videos a professional look. Some of the
transitions however are in my opinion kitschy (amateurish). For example, transitions
like "Barn Doors" or "Double Sweep" are of limited use to me
because it would make the video or movie look amateur. However, iMovie is an amateur
movie maker application. Even the transitions I don't care for may, at some point,
be useful for a specific client's video project.
The 16 Effects in Vol. 1 are impressive. I had fun with the Black & White, Sepia,
and X-Ray Effects. For instance on a music video, if you "split" your clip
in very short segments and use one of these effects, you get a neat "strobe
like" result changing from color to B&W and back to color etc. I've also
used the same technique with interesting results on the X-Ray, video noise, polarize,
and solarize effects.
My favorites Transitions Vol. 1
for a quick burst transition for fast pace videos
- Page Peel
can be used for a story telling narrated piece and transition between chapters
gives you a nice smooth transitions between scenes
- Rolling Fog
for a mysterious looking transition
- Zoom In and
Zoom Over bring the clip from back to front and vice versa. I use it to bring
"long shots" into "close ups".
My favorites Effects Vol. 1
Posterize , Solarize, B&W, Sepia, Video Noise, X-Ray: all produce great effects
to modify your movie's look and feel. I use them for short sequences along with "still
frames" to go back and forth at a rapid pace from color to B&W or B&W
to X-Ray, etc..
Slick Transitions & Effects Vol. II
Slick Transitions & Effects vol. 2 comes with fifty (50) transitions, and
five new effects. I like the transitions in Vol. 2 a little better than Vol. I, but
the effects in Vol. 2 I found lacking (although they could be useful if you shoot
and edit weddings). I will most likely never use the Heart, Oval, or Star transition.
I use LetterBox to give my film a "widescreen 70mm look." I enjoyed trying
out the 50 new transitions.
My favorites Transitions Vol. 2 for smooth Transitions
- Vapor - Billo for
a "cloud of smoke" look transition
- Vapor - Fog for a
"mysterious" look transition
- Wash - Emacil for
a "grunge" look transition
- Wash - Erode for
a "grunge" look transition
- Wash - Sieve for
a "drama" look transition (looks like a fingerprint)
- Wash ˇWildfire for
a "hot" look transition
My favorites Effects Vol. 2.
- Filmstrip for your
vacation still pictures
- Letterbox for that
"big time" 70mm film look
You can preview all the transitions and effects for all volumes before you buy right
on the web: http://www.geethree.com/. This is an excellent way
to get an idea of what you are getting before you pull your credit card out.
Slick Volumes 1 & 2 come with a lot of very nice effects and transitions, and
so easy to use! There are some transitions in both volumes that, from my first impression,
I will most likely never use. They work fine, but you have to be careful about adding
"fluff" to movies just for the sake of adding effects. Then again, you
just never know. Maybe, some day, the checkerboard or barn door transitions may
be appropriate for my subject matter. The bottom line is that there are so many
effects and transitions included with these volumes, they truly increase the number
of creative tools you have at your disposal. Some of the effects don't have as many
adjustments as I would like, but all in all, they will really "charge up"
your iMovie projects and provide you a lot more control than you have with the default
iMovie plug-ins. I highly recommend the Slick Transitions & Effects, Volumes
1 and 2, for any iMovie user.
- Lots of high quality
- Simple to use in
an all-in-one package
- Greatly enhances
- $49.00 price tag
may seem high for an add-on to an Apple "freebie" program
- Limited adjustments
on some effects
out of 5 Mice