Last year’s Premiere Elements 10 was already a formidable opponent to Apple’s cheaper iMovie, and Adobe wisely hasn’t messed too much with that winning formula for Premiere Elements 11. Unlike the newly revamped Photoshop Elements 11, most of the changes here are modest but welcome improvements for veterans and new users alike.
Few things in life are as magical as watching inanimate objects come to life--something about it brings out the kid in everyone. iStopMotion 3 for Mac is likely to rekindle that interest in a big way, particularly for those old enough to remember classics like the original King Kong in constant rotation on TV.
Apple may be turning its back on the DVD format, but developers are filling the gap with software for copying, converting, and creating discs. Unfortunately, this leads to buggy Mac apps of questionable quality. DVDFab is one such product, comprising 10 different apps, with access only to those you choose to pay for. The bizarre licensing scheme offers one- to four-year subscriptions or a non-expiring “lifetime” license for a few bucks more. (The “all-in-one lifetime” package is $299.)
Using QuickTime Player, you can record audio from a connected device, such as a microphone, but not from an application. Workarounds for app recording exist, but they are typically pricey and complex. Piezo is neither. It’s the kind of app that looks like it’s visiting from an iPhone, and it’s as easy to use as any iOS app.
iStopMotion for iPad is a brilliantly-done app for the iPad 2 and third-generation iPad, greeting new users with a clever Claymation welcome video that demonstrates what the app is capable of. Videos can be shot with front or rear cameras, or even remotely from another camera-equipped iOS device using a free companion app. And thanks to a recent update, the app now supports 1080p HD recording with the rear camera of a new iPad.
Upgrading a file from one version to another has always been a crucial aspect of any application update—until Final Cut Pro X came on the scene, that is. This latest version was so different that there was no way to import your old Final Cut Pro 7 projects into it. The fact that migrating from iMovie was well integrated merely rubbed salt into this wound.
When Apple released Final Cut Pro X back in June 2011, it caused a furor. This wasn’t the Final Cut Pro that veteran users had grown to love, that had revolutionized the industry, taking both the independents and the major studios by storm. This was something totally different, and given how many features had vanished, many thought it certainly didn’t deserve its “pro” moniker.
Designed to allow users to create hybrid images that sit somewhere between the realms of photo and video, Cinemagram is the latest in a long line of apps designed to leverage the iPhone’s powerful built-in camera. However, despite creating novel animated photos, the app ultimately feels more like a novelty than an essential app worth coming back to time and again.
Have you noticed that every other tweet or posting on Facebook seems to be a link to another video that someone would like you to watch? And what about all those YouTube channels you subscribe to? You can hardly keep track of it all. Thankfully, Frequency’s trying to make your life easier by gathering all these clips (and a lot more beyond those) in one location.
Stop-motion animation can be an incredibly fiddly and time-consuming process, as you must move the objects ever so slightly for each frame to creation the illusion that they're moving of their own accord. And that doesn't even include the step of adding your photos to an editing program to see the results. But Smoovie for iPad 2 makes the whole process much easier to learn and perhaps master.