Showing posts with label magisto. Show all posts
Showing posts with label magisto. Show all posts

Monday, February 9, 2015

Magisto - Create Videos on Your iPad, Android Device, Chromebook, or Windows PC

Magisto is a mobile video creation app that I've written about a few times in the past when it was only available for iOS, Android, and Chromebooks. Last week Magisto launched a free Windows desktop app to round-out their offerings. Like the mobile apps, the Magisto Windows app helps you mix together pictures, music, and raw video clips to create short videos. Videos created on the mobile apps will be available through the Windows desktop app too (provided you sign into and sync your online account).

Applications for Education
Magisto is not a replacement for full-fledged video editing tools like WeVideo or iMovie. What Magisto excels at is providing an easy way to quickly create a video of highlights of a school event. Magisto might also be used to develop a short book trailer in video in which students share the highlights of a favorite book. Check out Book Trailers for Readers to learn more about the book trailer concept.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Wideo, WeVideo, and Magisto - Three Good Tools for Creating Videos Online

This morning I received an email from a reader who was looking for a video creation tool that offers project themes like those that you can find in iMovie. Here are three nice online video creation tools that I frequently recommend to teachers. All three of these tools have themes and or templates that you can apply to your videos.

Magisto is a video creation tool that allows you to quickly drag videos and images from your desktop and or Google Drive account to your Magisto account. From the videos you upload, Magisto will select the best portions to remix and blend with images. After you've uploaded the media that you want mixed, select a theme and music for your video. Magisto creates your video after you've completed the steps of uploading media, selecting a theme, and choosing music. The final video is emailed to you. In addition to the web-based service Magisto offers a Chrome app, an Android app, and an iPad app.

Wideo is a neat video creation service that allows anyone to create animated videos and Common Craft-style videos online through a simple drag-and-drop process. A couple of months ago Wideo started offering templates to help users start their video projects. Wideo templates provide a basic framework for a video's theme. A couple of the templates that might be of interest to teachers are the slideshow template and the curriculum template.

WeVideo is an online video creation tool that I have written about extensively over the last few years. WeVideo offers templates that new users can follow to create their first videos. Advanced WeVideo users can skip the templates, use the full editor, and apply themes to their videos by choosing them from the themes menu in the editor. In the video editor you can upload your own media clips or use stock media clips to produce your video. WeVideo's Google Drive app allows you to save all of your video projects in your Google Drive account. WeVideo also offers an Android app and an iPhone app that students can use to capture images and video footage to add to their projects.

Thursday, December 19, 2013

Magisto for Chrome - Magical Video Editing

Magisto is a video editing service whose mobile apps I've featured in the past. This morning I tried tried their free Chrome App. The Magisto Chrome App makes it easy to stitch together video clips and pictures to create short videos.

The Magisto Chrome App allows you to quickly drag videos and images from your desktop to your Magisto account. From the videos you upload, Magisto will select the best portions to remix and blend with images. After you've uploaded the media that you want mixed, select a theme and music for your video. Magisto creates your video after you've completed the steps of uploading media, selecting a theme, and choosing music. The final video is emailed to you.

On the Magisto website you can create albums of your videos. Your albums can be made public or private. If you want to create a group album, you can invite other Magisto users to contribute to an album. From an album you can download videos and grab embed codes for your videos.

Applications for Education
The Magisto Chrome App is a good option for teachers who would like a simple video creation tool that offers a little bit more than Animoto in terms of sharing and length of videos that their students can create.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Three Good and Free Options for Mobile Video Editing

One of the elements that is common to almost every video recorded on a mobile device is "throw away" footage at the beginning and end of every video. "Throw away" footage is the five seconds of giggling, shaky shots of the ground, and other nonsense that is captured at the beginning and end of a video. Your students can save time in the final editing of a video if they clip the "throw away" footage before they upload it to their desktop video editor of choice (iMovie, Movie Maker, Kdenlive). Here are three free tools that students can use to trim videos on their mobile devices.

Magisto is a free video editing app available for Android and iOS. The app allows you to add music tracks and some simple effects to your raw video footage. If you have a series of clips you can string them together in one video. To create your video you can use footage that you have captured with your device’s native app or you can use Magisto to capture new footage. In addition to editing the length of clips and stringing them together, Magisto allows you to draw on frames in your video clips and add borders to your frames.

Using the YouTube Capture app for iOS you can quickly record videos and upload them to YouTube with just a couple of taps on your screen. The first time that you open the app you will be prompted to sign into your Google account and choose your sharing settings. After that you’re ready to start recording and sharing videos. YouTube Capture includes a few options for quickly editing and enhancing your videos. Within YouTube Capture you can trim the length of your video, stabilize the images in your video, add a soundtrack to your video, and touch-up the colors in your video.

WeVideo for Android puts many of the same features of WeVideo's web-based video editing platform on your Android tablet or phone. Through the app you can capture pictures, sounds, and videos. You can use the app to trim raw video clips. The app also allows you to put together short audio slideshows.

Of course, if your students have purchased or your school has purchased apps like iMovie for iPad then you can just record directly into the app and trim all of your video clips there. iMovie costs $4.99 which is why I've left it off this list. 

Friday, September 14, 2012

Try Magisto for Simple Video Editing

Last month I reviewed Magisto on Android 4 Schools. Magisto for Android makes it easy to quickly trim raw video clips, combine them into longer productions, and overlay them with sound tracks. Yesterday, I discovered through the Official Google Docs/Drive Blog that the web version of Magisto now integrates with Google Drive.

The web version of Magisto is just as easy to use as the mobile version (available for Android and iOS). To use Magisto on the web just upload your raw video clips, trim the to length, combine clips together (optional), add a soundtrack, and you're done. If you're a Google Drive user who has videos stored in your account, you can upload those videos directly into Magisto.

Applications for Education
Magisto isn't going to replace WeVideo or iMovie as my favorite video editor. That said, if you need a tool for quickly creating a video montage, Magisto might be it.

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

Magisto Makes Your Videos Better

Have you ever recorded a video of a little league baseball game, field trip, or  a pep rally and ended up with a lot of shaky, noisy, unusable footage? If so, Magisto wants to help you make that footage usable. Magisto is a new service (only available by invitation right now) for easily adding transitions and sound overlays to your raw footage. You can see an example of a Magisto video below.


Top of the world - after from magisto on Vimeo.