Let's face it: Apple's U.S. customers are used to having the home field advantage. We're the first ones to get Cupertino's latest products and services, with one curious exception that seems to have vanished this year.
Vine and Instagram make it easy for would-be filmmakers to create brief epics of the imagination using just an iPhone, with no traditional editing required. But those looking to expand their horizons will find far more creative options with a modestly priced app from the creators of FocusTwist. Presumably a play on the word “vignette” as much as it is a nod to Twitter’s micro-moviemaking service, Vinyet delivers 23 real-time cinematic filters along with a host of pro-end features, like stop motion, time-lapse, animated GIF export, and more control over captured segments.
While those of us with a sense of film history bemoan the current generation's obsession with remaking everything in sight, a far more disturbing trend has taken hold for films made well before we were born.
First announced back in early October, Infuse 2 has finally hit the App Store with a fresh new iOS 7 look and feel and a host of welcome new features including the ability to stream from other devices.
There may be plenty of Mac apps for converting DVDs into iTunes-friendly files, but few are capable of adding the metadata required to make them look their best -- a task the new iFlicks 2 appears to do in style.
There are plenty of cloud storage services available, but how many of them offer truly unlimited storage and bandwidth? Stream Nation is one of the few, and its latest version 2.0 update is now better geared toward hosting all of your movies and TV shows.
Newly exclusive to iOS 7, iMovie 2.0 is a big leap forward for mobile video editing. Apple nixes the movie theater motif of earlier versions in favor of a more streamlined UI here, making it easier than ever to create slick projects complete with slow motion, titles, and transitions. And unlike earlier versions that sometimes behaved sluggishly, iMovie 2.0 offers 64-bit support for the iPhone 5s and upcoming iPad models, accomplishing every task with breakneck speed. The app even eliminates older pain points with audio: Fade ins and outs are now adjustable, and audio from video clips can now be detached or inserted on its own.
Planning on sitting down with your family and watching Disney and Pixar classics like The Lion King and Mater's Tall Tales? You might have a hard time finding them if you bought them through the iTunes Store (or even through Amazon's Instant Video Service). Unfortunately, this currently even affects customers who've already bought the films through the service.
Many people consider the electric glow of a smartphone or tablet screen during a movie an intolerable annoyance, but Apple seems to be actively encouraging it with the upcoming release of The Little Mermaid: Second Screen Live. As reported by /Film (via MacRumors), viewers of the upcoming feature will be able to interact with the film through an iPad app that lets them sing along with the show, play games, and somehow interact with the characters.