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Do you remember when iMovie was easy to use and had a bunch of exciting features? For only $9.99 you can regain control of your amateur auteurism as well as access video effects and editing tricks that iMovie -- and even Final Cut Pro X -- would be proud of.
VideoCanvas’ best trick is multiple layers. Layered video is normally a feature found in professional-level video packages, but VideoCanvas handles them perfectly. We added more than 20 separate layers to a test project, including images, text, and video, and VideoCanvas was able to handle them all on a modest Core i5 iMac without any noticeable slowdowns.
VideoCanvas offers more editing features than you can shake a lens at.
Transparency, picture-in-picture, and even green-screen effects can be applied to your clips using a simple drag-and-drop. VideoCanvas offers a wide range of filters that can be applied to entire frames or just selected areas. Custom text can be tweaked and applied over time too. Unlike iMovie, which offers no gradual implementation of effects, VideoCanvas allows you to set start and end points for individual effects.
As we worked with clips in VideoCanvas, its remarkable power became more and more apparent. It’s easy to learn -- easier than iMovie -- and offers so many possibilities beyond the effects and filters. Every attribute of an effect or clip can be manipulated, from its size and position to audio volume and scale in a few easy clicks. The ability to combine effects and transitions opens up a wide range of creative possibilities. Even if you’re not ready to abandon iMovie entirely, you can add effects in VideoCanvas and export individual clips for use in iMovie projects.
The bottom line. VideoCanvas is not as pretty or as automated as iMovie, but what it lacks in looks it more than makes up for in features and flexibility.
Mac OS X 10.5.6 or later
Multiformat support. Layered timeline editing. Multiple effects and filters.
Unattractive interface. More advanced effects require some learning.