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21. Final Cut Pro 3.0
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22. iLife 1.1
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23. MacBurn (Mac)
24. Final Cut Pro 2.0 Upgrade
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25. M-AUDIO ArKaos VJ 3.0 Music Video
$129.99
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27. Adobe Premiere 6.5 Upgrade-Mac
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28. Adobe After Effects 5.5 Production
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21. Final Cut Pro 3.0
list price: $999.99
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Asin: B00005TRYQ
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 2436
Average Customer Review: 4.33 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Product Description

Final Cut Pro 3.0 is professional, nonlinear editing software that lets you work in a range of professional editing formats--from digital video to Standard Definition and High Definition--within the same application. Final Cut Pro 3.0 also allows you to work in different modes, such as editing, effects, and trimming modes. With its G4 real-time effects, you won't need PCI hardware to preview transitions and effects in real time. And now it's available for Apple's most advanced operating system, Mac OS X.

Final Cut Pro 3.0 features a new voice-over tool that works with the microphone built into your PowerBook G4, so you can capture audio directly to the timeline for quick scratch tracks and voice-over work right in the field. You also get a new set of color-correction tools--including primary and secondary color correctors, range checking, zebra-stripe overlays, and waveform and vectorscope monitors--as well as precise controls to ensure broadcast-legal video levels.

Final Cut Pro 3.0 includes the new Autosave Vault, which saves and time-stamps projects at intervals you specify--allowing you to easily return to previous stages of your project. Plus, Final Cut Pro 3.0 features productive editing tools in a mode-free interface that provides three-point editing, JKL keyboard navigation, match frame, extend and split edit functions, multiple and nested timeline project support, and timecode overlays. ... Read more

Reviews (6)

3-0 out of 5 stars If you aren't Copalla, you may be in over your head
Although this program has an astounding number of features, it also has an astoundingly high learning curve. Unless you are planning on shooting an actuall short or full length film, it is too much software. It is definitely not for the amature weekend videographer, and is best left for the pros. I use it only because my job requires it (courtroom tech support). Final Cut Express is somewhere between iMovie and FCP, and one fourth of the cost. Check out the reviews for that product. It is far less hassle and has almost as many features and capabilities.

4-0 out of 5 stars Good for people with unlimited budgets who like Macs
Widely recognized as one of the best professional video editing programs currently available, but at [$$$] for the software and several thousand for the Mac-only hardware required to run it to full potential it's not even an option for most computer users. Meanwhile, there is an increasingly dizzying array of powerful and affordable editing solutions available for Windows-based PCs, so unless you already have a Mac it would make sense to investigate those options before considering FCP. For example, check out the latest offerings from Ulead, Vegas Video, Pinnacle, Matrox, Avid and Canopus before concluding that FCP is the only game in town. Personally I use the Canopus DVStorm2 and have found it to be an amazing tool; I had a chance to play with FCP and didn't see a compelling reason to switch.

5-0 out of 5 stars Lost for words...
This software, in one word, is AMAZING.
I spent many hours using iMovie, and wanted to do more interesting things with my movies. I decided to buy Final Cut Pro 3, and I fell in love with it. I can layer tracks on top of tracks, slice tracks in to parts, create sophisticated transitions and effects, etc...

With a Mac, Final Cut Pro 3, and a DV camera, you can really make your own movie, literally... All this costs the consumer around three grand, this is a steal.

The possibilities are endless, let's say you want to transform a person's face, maybe blur it out, or highlight it, you can do this with FCP, and it is easy.

5-0 out of 5 stars Powerhouse in a package
For a grand you get an editing system that works, an effects compositor which is absolutley *great* for DV material and can also hold its own with After effects once you upgrade the hardware. Incredible growth tool. I've used it for three years and I'm *still* learning cool things about it.

This was the tool that inspired the very first Final Cut Pro KeyGuide™ -- now bundled with Tom Wolsky's Final Cut Pro 3 Editing Workshop, available here on Amazon. Get this, get that, and get a going career!

4-0 out of 5 stars Amazingly Well Done
I use this software in my school for a Video Production class. It is amazingly easy to use, yet creates amazingly complex and well made films. I wouldn't recommend trying to use it on an I-mac though. I would suggest using a G4 to properly use this software. There are a few minor faults in the editing area. For one thing it is almost impossible to input extra footage into an almost finished video. Nevertheless, it is a great program. The effects are amazing. If you don't have a digital camera to use with your computer you will need to get a VCR and a converter. If you have the cash to buy this software and have some fun with it I would definitely suggest getting it. ... Read more


22. iLife 1.1
list price: $49.00
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Asin: B0000A2I0D
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 3343
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Features

  • Create your own music mixes with iTunes 4 -- the powerful software for instant access to a world of music
  • iPhoto 2 turns your ordinary pictures into great works of art -- correct color, remove blemishes and add music to your homemade photo albums
  • iMovie 3 lets you add 8 powerful new video effects and 35 new titles -- pan and zoom with still photos for more impressive home movies
  • iDVD 3 makes it possible to create fantastic-looking DVDs at home, complete with stunning Hollywood-style DVD menus, plus 24 new themes and chapters
  • Apple SuperDrive required for iDVD

Reviews (3)

5-0 out of 5 stars Old version!
iLife '04 has replaced this product. Do not order iLife 1.1, order iLife '04.

5-0 out of 5 stars The most fun I've had with a computer in 2 years
Truly, what this makes easy is amazing. Photo albums and do-it-yourself coffee table books, movies, DVDs, music and more.

If you have any older i-___ apps, upgrade now to iLife. It fixes bugs and problems that formerly required work arounds...like now you can adjust the volume in movie tracks...it's elegant and so useful.

But the big advance in iLife is that it the formerly disparate media types now all work together. Laying music tracks into my home movies is a snap. The Ken Burns effect puts photos into movies with style and beauty. Then it all flows into iDVD.

We have friends who hire a computer maven to manage and edit their photos and camcorder video. I just gave them a photo book I made in iPhoto of the wife's 50th birthday party. It earned her thanks and praise. And her computer guru had never seen something so nice. It was easy and fun.

OK, it has some bugs and hangs occassionally...but crashes have never lost any of my data. Just force quit and restart the app and you're rolling again.

But it makes it easy and fun for us non-techies to make beautiful results.

2-0 out of 5 stars Not even Microsoft has stooped this low!
I am a film student trying to get some work done and what do I discover? Those lovely, FREE updates to iTunes, iPhoto and iMovie (included in this software) make it so that if you want to export from iMovie to iDVD, you have to upgrade iDVD. Now guess what the only way you can accomplish that is! By buying this software package. So, you get to spend your fifty bucks on one piece of software and the upgrades for the other 3 that are available for FREE from Apple. So basically, they screw you into buying iLife to complete the upgrade. Seriously, Microsoft isn't so underhanded!!! Shame on you, Apple!!! ... Read more


23. MacBurn (Mac)

our price: $29.99
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Asin: B000227RMA
Catlog: Software
Publisher: macXware
Sales Rank: 5920
Average Customer Review: 2.5 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (4)

5-0 out of 5 stars Of course it's not Toast, but...
it does everything it says it will do. The box I bought never mentioned it would burn or copy movie DVDs (I believe that is still illegal thanks to Hollywood), and clearly states that it would "Burn data DVDs, multi-session data VDs, audio CDs, erase CD-RW & create disc images."

I am happy with this software, and am happier to see a more affordable alternative to Toast...Toast may be a great program, but I never used more than half of its features. Just my opinion...

1-0 out of 5 stars *Claims* to burn DVDs
...says it burns DVDs on the outside of the box. But after you open the box and install the software you find it's only data DVDs.

If you want to burn video DVDs (e.g. for a DVD player), you need UDF. This program doesn't support it, and acts like there's no such thing by not documenting it.

Everything this thing does is already part of OS X (e.g. burn data DVDs, audio CDs, erase CD-RWs & create disc images). If you teach yourself how to use the features of OS X to do the same tasks, then you've saved $30.

Dragon Burn may be worth a try. It's only $15 more, and it isn't a $100 feature-overkilled piece of software like Toast. Plus they have a trial version.

This MacBurn software adds no value, I think. If you still like MacBurn, good for you.

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1-0 out of 5 stars Not Toast... not even a cracker...
This product isn't nearly as good as Toast, and barely better than the burning provided by the OS for free.

If you want to do more than what the OS provides, spend the extra $50 for Toast.

3-0 out of 5 stars MacBurn review
Name: MacBurn
Price: $29.99
website: www.macXware.com
phone: 402-554-1400
pros: It is easy to load, the price is right and it actually comes with a very basic instruction book. I had no trouble copying files and music for the Mac.
cons: For non-geeks some of the abbreviations are totally meaningless. I was not able to get a burn on the Mac/PC hybrid that a PC could read.
moose rating: 3
reviewers name: Anita Williams

MacBurn is a cost effective program for burning audio CDs, and data CDs and DVDs. It is easy to load, works great in OS X (10.2.6 but best in 10.3) and straight is forward to use with either selection or drag and drop features. System requirements include a CD or DVD burner compatible with OS X, 700 MB of free HD space for burning about 80 minutes of Audio to CD, and Disk Image (ISO and DMG) creation only for OS X 10.3 and greater.

The program does all that it is advertised to do which is burn data to DVDs, do multi-session data on a CD, burn audio CDs, erase a CD-RW and create disk images. Well, actually I have to take their word for the disk image part since I didn't actually do this part. Loading the program is very straight forward as is the instruction booklet. However when I had
questions as to what an ISO or DMG was I couldn't find an answer. Being a non-geek I'm not familiar with these terms. Naturally I went to the HELP menu to see if I could find a bit more information. It wasn't too much help. There was just a slight bit more information in the HELP menu than what was in the included instruction booklet and it did not define ISO or DMG.

The program operated just fine for copying data on the Mac format and I actually could do multiple sessions on one CD. That is a useful feature. One thing to note here is that the multiple session feature only works on the Mac format. It is not an option for PC or Mac/PC hybrid. Multiple sessions are not recommended for audio CDs either. It can be done but the instructions indicate that some strange things may happen and it is not recommended. I just took their word for that too. It is possible to mix an audio session with a data session on a CD which is another handy feature. For those using rewritable CDs and DVDs the program can erase data so the disk can be reused.

The program will locate the drive that can write the CD/DVD or if there are multiple drives you can make your choice in the box below the menu panel. Then choose either data or audio session. Below that is the format selection box and the title box. There are several choices here. I must say that I was not able to use the Mac/PC hybrid option and produce a CD that could be read on a PC. I could do it with the PC option, just not the hybrid option. The next box contains the files to be copied. They can be dragged and dropped into this area or selected with the "Add File" or "Add Folder" buttons. A nice feature is the bar on the bottom of the pane which tallies how much space will be used on the disk.

When the burn button is activated this box drops down for further instructions. The "Allow Additional Burns" box must be checked in order to do multiple sessions on one CD or DVD. However this feature will only work on a Mac format. Hit "Burn" and the program does it job. Again, it is a good, affordable program that is easy to use. ... Read more


24. Final Cut Pro 2.0 Upgrade

Asin: B00005J6QK
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 9161
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Amazon.com Review

Back in 1999, Apple introduced its desktop video production program that would soon change the way filmmakers thought about video. So much has been said about digital video and making home movies on your computer, it's easy to forget that just over two years ago the options were limited. Professional-quality systems were prohibitively expensive, while consumer software was often awkward, unstable, limited, or frankly, not very fun. Final Cut Pro put an end to that, at least for Macintosh users. Sure, version 1.0 had some unpleasant quirks common with initial versions of software. But its pleasing design, simplicity, and solid integration of tools assured users they were working with something special.

Final Cut Pro 2.0, the long-awaited upgrade, adds several key enhancements, while the same QuickTime-based architecture and concepts from 1.0 remain intact. Improvements in FCP 2.0 include the new Media Manager, which is great for copying clips into a new project and deleting unused portions of clips. FCP 2.0 offers better support for Adobe AfterEffects plug-ins, 24 fps (frames per second) editing for film compatibility, and OMF export to pro audio mixing tools like Pro Tools. Add a PCI-based RTMac effects card, and motion effects can be viewed without rendering via QuickTime.

Control of FireWire-based DV (digital video) cameras is a snap. Final Cut will look for devices at startup. From the application you can shuttle your footage to precise locations and capture video and/or audio to a selected hard drive, and log your clips with reel number, description, scene number, and notes. Final Cut Pro 2.0 uses standard source, record, timeline, and bin windows. These are referred to as the viewer, canvas, timeline/sequence, and browser. Simply import your digitized video clips into the browser. Double-click the clip and it pops into the viewer. From here, you can easily set in-and-out points, create filters, and add motion effects in the viewer, then drag the manipulated clip into the timeline.

Apple claims processing power of Final Cut Pro has increased by 30 percent or more. In our test-run of Final Cut Pro 2.0 on a 350 MHz G4, we did notice a performance boost over 1.0 in terms of speed. We chose to build a quick, rough documentary-style edit. Using footage of a street demonstration, we quickly laid out short segments directly from the browser to the timeline. In the timeline we trimmed each clip by dragging its edges (a little window pops up indicating the new clip length as it's trimmed), and made some minor-level adjustments in the audio.

Final Cut allows you to open multiple sequences in one project (as well as have multiple projects open at once), unlike other programs. This is a great feature for building and fine-tuning individual segments or scenes and merging them later. For our street demonstration video, we created four segments of thematically related footage, simply clicking on the tabs (Sequence 1, Sequence 2, etc.) in the timeline to move effortlessly back and forth between the sequences. These window tabs reduce desktop clutter and streamline accessibility to the features of the program. Clicking the Effects tab in the browser window brought up the list of over 75 effects and transitions. By dragging the Dissolve icon between clips we easily added smooth transitions to our segments.

We have, of course, only scratched the surface of what Final Cut Pro 2.0 is capable of. Anyone working seriously with video on a Macintosh should consider Final Cut Pro. For the price, it's the best application you can get. It rivals systems that cost 5 to 10 times as much, and has quite simply revolutionized the desktop video medium by giving consumers and industry professionals access to the same technology. --John Bosch ... Read more


25. M-AUDIO ArKaos VJ 3.0 Music Video Creator

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Asin: B00008VGRZ
Catlog: Software
Sales Rank: 5863
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Features

  • Animation syncs automatically to MIDI Time Clock or to audio via advanced beat-matching technology
  • Program shows in advance, jam live, or let ArKaos VJ generate the whole visual show
  • Import QuickTime movies, flash animations, live video & still images
  • Drag-and-drop images & special effects onto keys of virtual computer and/or MIDI keyboards
  • Double-click any assigned image or effect to customize parameters

26. Adobe Premiere 5.1 Upgrade for Macintosh

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Asin: B00004RREG
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 13033
Average Customer Review: 1 out of 5 stars
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Reviews (1)

1-0 out of 5 stars adobe premiere
This excrutiangly awfull program should be avoided at all costs. I have wasted dozens of hours just trying to get it to work. In fact, I have spent more time trying to fix technical problems than I have spent editing video projects. Once the free technical support period expires, you'll have to pay two dollars a minute to speak to one of Adobe's inept technical support representatives. ... Read more


27. Adobe Premiere 6.5 Upgrade-Mac
list price: $149.99
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Asin: B00006G9AT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 6241
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Amazon.com Review

The latest upgrade to Adobe Premiere adds useful improvements to this well regarded digital-video editing application, including real-time preview and a title designer. Premiere can take video input directly from digital and analog video cameras, store it on your hard drive, edit it, and output to a variety of video formats, including MPEG-1.

Premiere 6.5's editing screen consists of a number of free-floating windows that contain such tools as a video preview and the all-important timeline and storyboard. The basic operation of Premiere is to load in a series of video clips taken from a camera or a CD, or previously stored on your hard drive, and then drag and drop icons for them onto the timeline. You can then add a soundtrack, transitions, effects, and titles. When all is complete, export the finished video in a format suitable for use on a DVD, Video CD, or for the Internet.

Premiere 6.5 introduces several new features, the most useful of which is probably real-time preview. The ability to see the edits you've made to your video before you render the final version is a huge timesaver. While this feature has previously been available using special hardware, this is the first time it's been available from within the software. You need a fairly powerful Macintosh to take full advantage of the real-time preview. You'll also need a computer with two hard drives, one to hold Premiere and the other for your video files.

Being able to add well-designed titles can make the difference between an amateur and a professional production. Adobe's new Title Designer, included in Premiere 6.5, provides many of the tools users of Illustrator and Photoshop will recognize to add text, rules, and shapes as overlays to videos. Adobe has bundled 90 fonts with Premiere 6.5, selected to produce clear and attractive titles.

Adobe produces a series of effects plug-ins that can be used with Premiere (sold separately as After Effects). Five of these effects (channel blur, blend, lightning, ramp, and twirl) are now included standard with Premiere 6.5, adding to the appeal of this very attractive package. --Simon Williams, Amazon.co.uk ... Read more


28. Adobe After Effects 5.5 Production Bundle Upgrade from 5.0 Standard
list price: $999.99
our price: $999.99
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Asin: B00005UMC2
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 12725
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Amazon.com Product Description

Adobe After Effects 5.5 delivers a comprehensive set of tools to efficiently produce motion graphics and visual effects for film, video, multimedia, and the Web. This Production Bundle contains all the tools in the Standard version plus 16-bit color support, vector paint capabilities, network rendering, and additional keying, motion control, visual effects, 3-D channel, and audio tools. It also includes the Zaxwerks 3D Invigorator Classic, a plug-in designed to help easily produce broadcast and film-quality 3-D graphics. After Effects offers a high level of integration with Adobe Premiere, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe Illustrator to produce professional results. And now get native support for Mac OS X.

After Effects 5.5 features increased control over lighting properties, allowing users to cast colored shadows or simulate the effects of stained glass. Create spotlights that cast light in the shape of stars or logos. After Effects 5.5 also includes eight new effects, giving you more than 90 effects to use alone or in combination to produce looks that are tailored for any project. And now you can apply effects more efficiently and organize them however you like with the new effects palette. Just drag and drop effects from the palette and arrange them using customized folders or list them alphabetically.

After Effects 5.5 offers more import and output options. Create RealMedia streaming or Web download files that support RealVideo, RealAudio, and RealVideo with audio. Get support for work in 16-bit-per-channel formats such as Maya IFF, QuickTime, RPF, and SGI files. Import Macromedia Flash files and MPEG-1 files to use in your compositions. Cross-media delivery of high-quality digital content with After Effects has never been easier or more flexible.

Note: This is an upgrade to the Production Bundle for Standard version owners. ... Read more


29. Adobe After Effects 4.1 Production Bundle

Asin: B00003GPCL
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 8607
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

After Effects 4 was a tremendous leap from the aging previous edition, and version 4.1 again raises the bar. Building on improvements made in 4--a faster render engine, a streamlined interface, real-time RAM preview, and multiple masks per layer--4.1 boasts it's own strong additions.

Key features--such as saving RAM previews, composition, project-tree navigation windows, and even effects settings--make this version a solid package and a worthwhile upgrade.

If you've watched any major cable network, a recent feature film, or a corporate presentation, you've probably seen After Effects at work. Used for layering, compositing, and animating of elements like video footage, Photoshop files, and Illustrator files, After Effects is the heart of motion graphics for video and multimedia.

It can also be used for animation ("Bluue's Clues" is made using it) and special effects, and by mixing and matching the wide variety of effects and filters that are included, one can make an endless variety of backgrounds, visual effects, and animated textures.

The biggest drawback to After Effects is the time it takes to render footage. This can vary from just a few minutes to hours and hours--even days--depending on the output resolution and the amount of layering and effects being calculated. In light of this, After Effects 4.1 now has an unlimited-license network render module. You can now have all available computers rendering away on the same job, churning out frames. The performance of this feature is dependent on the speed of the network--but we wouldn't try this on anything less than fast Ethernet (100baseT).

After Effects remains a flexible and important tool for any animator or digital video artist, whether the method of delivery is video, film, the Web, or CD-ROM. --Mike Caputo ... Read more

Reviews (1)

4-0 out of 5 stars The Gold Standard For Desktop Video Manipulation
The amount of thought that has gone into After-Effects is astounding. It is, at once, both easily grasped and deeply potent--a difficult poise to achieve with any invention.

The user-model is thorough and obviously has been arrived at through meticulous research and user-testing amongst professionals engaged in real-world post-production situations. The feature set is balanced and the user-interface metaphors finely tailored to the art of multi-layered, concurrent, motion-image production. Be it expressive motion graphics for a corporate video, undetectable compositing for broadcast, or sublime title sequences for feature films, in caring hands there is little in the video arts that cannot be achieved with After-Effects.

Alas, there are some shortcomings, one is that the color-space model is limited to 8-bit color (rather than the 16-bit that feature film work often demands). Another is the really unfortunate lack of 3D space (which means that objects can not be translated, or "moved," along the Z-axis but instead must be scaled to simulate this important element of composition--a poor substitute). Finally, some sort of, even rudimentary, content-management system would be very welcome, especially in work where many files are involved. I would pay another $1000 extra for the addition of these three things (heck, I might pay that just for the addition of 3D space alone).

These few deficiencies aside, After-Effects really stands out there on its own, and anyone engaged in serious desktop video owes it to themselves to add it to their bag of tricks. ... Read more


30. MovieWorks 5.1
list price: $99.99
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Asin: B000053HM1
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Interactive Solutions, Inc.
Sales Rank: 7387
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

With its uncomplicated design and straightforward, step-by-steptutorials, MovieWorks allows anyone familiar with point-click-drag technology tocreate and edit videos, slide shows, animations, and Web movies. With fiveseparate and simple applications bundled together, this package offers a "lite"version of the more complex video, graphics, and animation tools currentlyavailable.

Installation is quick and smooth, and the program is small--only requiring 10 MBof disk space. The five applications--MovieWorks, Animator, Paint, Sound, andVideo--are all well integrated, with MovieWorks operating as the mainapplication. The package contains a six-tutorial manual, while the CD containsthe file elements used in the tutorials. As the box claims, it's easy tocomplete the tutorials in well under two hours, during which we were able tobuild a simple 25-second video, a brief animation, a slide show with transitions,and a short Web movie with titles.

One of the most impressive components of the bundle is the Animation program. Anyone who has used or attempted to use professional applications, such as Flashor AfterEffects, is aware of the steep learning curve associated with theseapplications. While MovieWorks doesn't attempt to be a poor man's AfterEffects,it does streamline and simplify the user interface so that practically anyonecan build their own simple 2-D (cutout) animations. For example, the path toollets you specify an object's motion around the scene and then scales the objectso perspective can be altered as the object gets closer or farther away. You canuse standard paint, line, sizing, and color tools to enhance (or degrade) anobject. These tools are available in the other MovieWorks applications aswell.

One of the reasons for MovieWork's success is its use of QuickTime, Apple'sdigital video and streaming media application now embraced by Mac and PC usersalike. Because QuickTime supports so many media file formats, including .mov,.avi, .jpeg, .mp3, and .pct, it allows for great flexibility and functionalityin the creation and delivery of content media. And, because QuickTime offers avariety of codecs-compression/decompression algorithms for a wide choice in Webstreaming options, you have the ability to optimize your content delivery basedupon the capabilities of your target audience. Simply render your creation,choose Export, then To Streaming, save as QuickTime Movie, and click on Optionsto choose between popular codecs, such as Sorensen Video, Cinepak, and more.

Whether you're looking to create basic multimedia content or using the bundle asa steppingstone to higher-end professional products, MovieWorks should prove tobe a wise and affordable purchase. --John Bosch ... Read more

Reviews (2)

3-0 out of 5 stars Don't use for editing video!!!
The video program is too compilcated. How you delete scenes is not easy; you have to hold the shift key and drag slider on the player to delete video. It goes too fast and you end up deleting video you do not want to delete. However, it is suprisingly easy to add music. All you have to do is drag and drop music file in project window, and decide where the music shows up in your project in the sequencer window. Use this product for the animator and sound editor. The animator is easy to use. And it is a blast to make 2-D cutout cartoons. The sound editor is cool because you can manipulate audio files to your pleasure. If you want video editing do not get this product. If you want a cheap way to create fun animation on a computer , This is exactly what you want!!!

5-0 out of 5 stars Unbelievable buy for the money!
I am a professional web designer and I have used many video and animation software products costing hundreds of dollars. I needed to find something for my mom who is very new at this type of stuff. I certainly couldn't expect her to learn any programs like Flash or Premier (or afford them), so after some digging, I came across MovieWorks.

This product is just as it advertises. My mom was able to put together some simple QuickTime movies after going through the tutorials. It was a breeze for her.

For the money, this is a great buy for a family or small business. Highly recommended. ... Read more


31. Adobe After Effects 6.0 Pro Upgrade (Mac) from Std
list price: $499.99
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Asin: B0000AJXWE
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 9146
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32. MovieWorks Deluxe 5.2
list price: $119.00
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Asin: B00005YVLP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: InteractiveSolution
Sales Rank: 8723
Average Customer Review: 5 out of 5 stars
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Amazon.com Review

MovieWorks Deluxe belies its name and isn't an actual movie editor, but the program does allow you to create everything from animated presentations to video albums and slide shows complete with audio. MovieWorks bills itself as a combination of five "lite" versions of a professional presentation tool and video, animation, sound, and image editors. That paints an accurate picture for this suite of multimedia tools--with the MovieWorks application as the foundation, the various editors are automatically opened when needed, and their creations imported into the overall presentation.

While the editing applications are indeed "lite," with only basic, yet still quite functional, tools available, it takes a bit of experience to get a handle on them. Fortunately, a tutorial manual ships with MovieWorks Deluxe that walks you through the process of creating movies, animation, slide shows, and even a VR movie. After some hands-on use, it becomes extremely easy to import video clips and images into a MovieWorks presentation right where you want them. For the most part, you simply drag and drop the media files you wish to insert, and they'll be appropriately incorporated into a scene.

Depending on the size of your presentation and the bells and whistles you opt to include, you can create an entire presentation in 15 minutes. After you create an individual scene (comprised of video clips, images, text, etc.), you can link it to other scenes in the overall presentation via the auto sequencing function. You can easily move back and forth between the scenes to edit them or add additional media objects.

Other useful features include the ability to add buttons for playing, stopping, or rewinding a presentation, as well as a dozen types of scene transitions and path-based animation. MovieWorks even includes a video-capture tool to record movie files to your system if you've got the necessary hardware.

After you've created your project, you can export it to a Web page or save it as a QuickTime or AVI video file. Because MovieWorks uses QuickTime compression technology, the project sizes end up being quite manageable--small enough to e-mail, in most cases. A free player for both Mac and Windows is available, allowing you to share your project with recipients who don't have MovieWorks. You can also burn your project to a Video CD (which can play in many home DVD players) or an auto load CD-ROM, although you'll need a separate application to handle the burn process.

With both Mac and Windows versions available, and an affordable retail price, MovieWorks Deluxe offers mainstream users a great deal on powerful presentation and basic editing tools. --J. Curtis ... Read more

Reviews (2)

5-0 out of 5 stars Software worth having
This software offers a consumer/prosumer user the advanced features of Premiere and Final Cut Pro with a great price. You can do things with this software that you can't do with iMovie 2.
It is a must have for anybody who wants to get more from their Mac.

5-0 out of 5 stars Good software for Basic users
If you are tired of iMovie and don't have the bottomless bit of money for Final Cut Pro, this is a good alternative. With a simple user interface, but an expansive feature list, it's a solid program, that is only enchanced by the incredible power of a mac. I would recommend this for any user regardless of their money or equipment situation. ... Read more


33. Terran Sorenson Video Codec 2.0

Asin: B00004T0WV
Catlog: Software
Publisher: MEDIA 100
Sales Rank: 13717
Average Customer Review: 4 out of 5 stars
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4-0 out of 5 stars Great Product
This is a wonderful product for video effects and video splicing ... Read more


34. Serious Magic Web Visual Communicator 2.0
list price: $132.96
our price: $179.99
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Asin: B000787G6Q
Catlog: Software
Manufacturer: Serious Magic
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Product Description

Visual Communicator 2 Web creates newscast-style video presentations that can be delivered via email or on the Web. ... Read more


35. Adobe Premiere 6.0 Upgrade

Asin: B0000589WY
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Adobe
Sales Rank: 7852
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Amazon.com Product Description

A powerful tool for professional, digital video editing, Adobe Premiere 6.0 for Macintosh comfortably closes the DV-to-Web gap. With new support for DV and cross-platform support for all of the leading Web video formats, Premiere aggressively integrates a variety of features and functions.

If you've worked with other Adobe applications, Premiere will look familiar, with the command menus at the top of the screen, windows to perform your assembling and editing, the toolbox, and the floating palettes. The Premiere toolbox contains tools for selecting, editing, and viewing your clips. The floating palettes contain additional features that help you monitor, modify, and enhance your work. You can hide and rearrange the palettes to organize your workspace, as needed. All of the clips that you import into your project--video, still image, sequence, and audio--are listed in the Project window. Every project has only one Project window; if you close this window, you close the project. The Project window is customizable, so that you can sort and view your clips by using the options that are more appropriate for your editing style.

Use the Monitor window to view individual clips, set In and Out points, set markers, add and remove clips from the Timeline, trim clips, and preview the Timeline. When you use the Single-Track Editing workspace, the Monitor window, by default, includes the Source view and the Program view. When you use the A/B Editing workspace, the Monitor window, by default, displays only the Program view and uses individual Clip windows, instead of the Source view. The Source view displays a single clip as it appears on your hard disk. Use the Source view to prepare a clip for inclusion in the Timeline. The Program view displays the current state of the Timeline--when you preview the Timeline, it plays in the Program view. ... Read more


36. GRIFFIN TECHNOLOGY GarageBand Guitar Cable 3101-GTR

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Asin: B0002VRP8C
Catlog: CE
Manufacturer: Griffin Technology
Sales Rank: 7230
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Features

  • Works with GarageBand software found in Apple iLife 2004 (sold separately)

37. Quicktime VR Authoring Studio 1.0
list price: $395.00
our price: $379.99
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Asin: B00002S7QP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Apple
Sales Rank: 8083
Average Customer Review: 3.67 out of 5 stars
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5-0 out of 5 stars Still the best VR tool!
There are quite a number of pano stitchers out there, but nothing approaches the ease of use, elegance, options and results of QTVR AS. Typical Apple: simple to use, clean interface, and a quality product. Stitching is excellent and saving options plentiful. Don't think that QTVR AS is only good for panos, though -- it makes wonderful objects and can also create full walkthroughs, also with grace and simplicity. A wonderfully finished product, despit being just version 1.0.1, but there really is nothing that needs to be changed, so why have another version? Well, one drawback -- it's not been upgraded to run under MacOS X, other than in Classic. Great pity!

1-0 out of 5 stars QuickTime VR Authoring Studio versus RealViz Stitcher
Is RealViz Stitcher worth (the money against) Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Studio's? The first tech support call you make to Apple will cost you ($). Yes, that is ($) if you want to ask anything other than an installation question. Also, the software "chokes" - Apple's tech support term - on any high resolution image. It is not useful for anyone wanting to make prints of panoramas. Apple told me when I called pre-sales that they offered 90 days tech support - normal in the industry. But I neglected to ask what does that 90 days cover. It only covers installation. Forget it if you have any other questions. QuickTime VR Authoring Studio also does not support the Nikon Editor version of .jpg. So if you have a Nikon digital camera, be prepared to convert everything to the archaic pict format for this software. Yes, it will accept a .tif or photoshop .jpg, but it's internal process converts to a pict and if you want any semblance of quality you will need to convert to pict first. Do yourself a favor and avoid this product.

5-0 out of 5 stars QTVR authoring studio still a best bet!
An update is sorely missing but of course the next one will be OS X compatible - till then MAcOS 8,X and 9.X QTVR creators would be wise to buy a copy of QTVR-AS. This is one tool that makes it possible to combine a variety of non-aligned images into a workable object or panorama. This heightened degree of control over diverse input is very necessary when one starts building QTVRs for art type projects. When VRWORX fails to build an object or things just cannot be lined up correctly - Authoring studio will do the job and do it well!! Any time apple wants some user input on how to improve this product they can be contact me! i love it! ... Read more


38. Sorenson Video 3
list price: $299.00
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Asin: B00005S8HP
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Victory Multimedia
Sales Rank: 12939
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39. SORENSON SQUEEZE F/QUICKTIME
list price: $299.00
our price: $264.95
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Asin: B000066CJT
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Victorymultimedia
Sales Rank: 11874
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40. PINNACLE SYSTEMSCommotion Pro 4.1 (Windows/Macintosh)
list price: $995.00
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Asin: B000063K8B
Catlog: Software
Publisher: Pinnacle Systems
Sales Rank: 12572
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Features

  • With Commotion Pro you can combine the leading paint effects with high-quality digital special effects
  • Work with real-time brushes, interactive Rub-Text, instant feedback
  • Use smart tools that are easy to use, and create effects like rotoscoping, retouching, and more
  • Image tracking tools fix your shaky shots
  • Easy-to-use filters for superior keying

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