Filter Out iMovie Malaise

Filter Out iMovie Malaise


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iMovie uses a plug-in architecture, which allows you to create your own effect plug-ins - or more likely, to use plug-ins created by software developers. Here are some of our favorites.


Stone Design's Videator ($49, This plug-in lets you apply a Polka Dot filter effect, among many others. Besides movies, Videator works on live video feeds, handy for the VJs out there.


GeeThree's Slick plug-ins ($29.95 and up, Now in its 10th volume, the Slick family of iMovie plug-ins covers everything from chroma-keying and compositing to lighting effects, 3D transitions, and the time-honored Page Curl.


ShearLight's Effect Shop ($35, You can add keyframing, for better control of effects over time, and compositing tricks like chroma- and color-keying, for that weatherman-in-front-of-the-map effect.


Videator lets you save strings of configured effects - otherwise, we'd never be able to re-create this exact mess, er, effect.




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For Mac users there is no easier application for creating a home movie than Apple’s own iMovie. This program is included free with new Mac computers or available for purchase as part of the iLife bundle. How to make a home movie using iMovie.

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