Skip to main content

Magisto - Automated Video Editing from Raw Footage

I came across Magisto's new 'Magical video editing in a Click' site via Mashable's article,
Automated Video Editing Site Makes Movie Magic Out of Raw Footage.

If the above two link titles don't give you a clue about what this new start up site does then I'll elaborate. The purpose of the site is to take a bunch of raw camera footage (i.e. unedited, direct from your camera footage) and, using the sites built in subject recognition algorithms, produce a finished, professionally edited, short video with an audio music track that you can share with your family, friends and other people in your online social networks.

The site is not targeted at the the video professional and is definitely not designed for long format video. Rather it's for the average person filming short grabs of live video such as clips of the family, places traveled to, family pets etc. who wouldn't normally take the time to edit that kind of footage together. Thus often posting lengthy unedited clips to social sites like Facebook and Youtube.

For me it was an interesting proposition. Even though I do know how to edit video with a semi professional film makers eye I do capture a lot of footage with my mobile phone and camera, mostly of our pet dog, Oscar, and cat, Casper, that I usually can't be bothered editing. Thus it sits on my hard drive unseen or, I post the occasional unedited clip to Facebook.

So this morning I went on my usual walk to the park with Oscar and filmed some clips. I tried to film at Oscar's level (though this can be a little tricky with such a small dog) as much as possible but beyond that I kept my clips as spontaneous as possible. Below is the resulting clip, which Magisto allows you to upload directly to Youtube.



The two opening shots are earlier videos that were on my camera whilst all the footage of Oscar wearing his walking harness I filmed for this test.

To create the video, I uploaded 12 clips of footage, direct from my camera, each between 20-40 seconds long. Magisto has a limit of 16 clips or 600mb. My footage was all HD footage and totaled roughly 486MB all up.

Next I entered a title - 'Oscar'.

Finally I chose a music track. There are plenty of contemporary tracks, classic tunes and older hits to choose from, which I liked.

Once you've chosen your music, you just sit back and wait for your clips to finish uploading then wait for an email saying your video is ready (the time this takes varies depending on your clip length).

From there it's a simple case of clicking on the links for Facebook, Youtube, twitter or email to share your video.

Overall I thought the site does it's job rather well. It's a little hit and miss and quite ruthless with how much it leaves out - my raw footage totaled about 6 minutes in length and was reduced to just over a minute - but the end result is still very satisfactory.

If you can't be bothered editing and you film a lot of random family moments or experiences then this just might be the tool that turns your footage into something far more watchable for your family and friends.

Comments

Related Posts with Thumbnails

Buy Gifts and Apparel featuring art by TET

Popular posts from this blog

Eric W. Schwartz: Cartoonist, Animator and Amiga Die Hard

American Cartoonist, Eric W. Schwartz, (whose unofficial Amiga Icon, Amy the Squirrel, is pictured on the July 92 edition of CU Amiga cover on the right) is my only real animation hero. Sure there are the big names like Disney, Chuck Jones, Tex Avery and even Preston Blair whose influences can all be seen in my own cartoons but Eric did what none of the others could. He showed that really great 2D computer animation was within my reach with little more than an Amiga Computer, a copy of Deluxe Paint and Moviesetter.

This was at a time when computer based animation was in its infancy (outside of computer game animation) and Flash was something that lights did.

There were many great Amiga artists but Eric was really the only one consistently making very funny, traditional style animations. His humor and drawing style is heavily influenced by classic Warner Brothers and Disney cartoons but he managed to build on this, creating something that was recognizably Eric's own style.

I've…

Review: CrazyTalk Animator 3 vs Moho Studio Pro 12

Reallusion's CrazyTalk Animator 3 or Smith Micro's Moho Studio Pro 12. Which of these 2D animation applications is right for you?

Regular readers of this blog will know I'm a strong supporter, and fairly proficient user of CrazyTalk Animator since version 1. It's a great piece of software for producing 2D animations from purchased content quickly and, with version 3, is easier than ever to create animations from your own art.

Lesser known is that I first purchased Moho Studio Pro 12 (then known as Anime Studio Pro 9) back in October of 2012 and have been upgrading it to the latest version ever since because I believed in it as an application for creating great 2D animation to TV quality standard. As such, it's a much more complex application than CTA3 that I only got around to learning properly late last year. I'm still in the process of blogging my progress.

Despite this I feel I've learned enough of Moho to compare it to CTA3 to help you determine which …

Review: Reallusion's CrazyTalk Animator 3 - Taking a Step Back to Move Forward

CrazyTalk Animator 3's bold claim is 'The One-for-all 2D Animation'. Does it deliver? Could it be your 'go to' 2D animation tool of choice? Before I explore those questions I feel a bit of backstory is necessary.

I've been using Reallusion's CrazyTalk Animator since its original incarnation that promised quick and easy, 2D animation creation. An idea that was relative depending on what kind of animation you wanted to do. Since my focus has largely been on original character animation my experience with CTA is relative to that.

If you wanted to create animated characters from your original artwork, quick and easy didn't really describe the time and effort involved. There was a lot of preparation and considerable time spent rigging its G1 characters.

Quickly Create a CrazyTalk Animator G3 Character From Original Art

Creating a character rig from original art can seem like a daunting task in CrazyTalk Animator 3. Especially if, all you really want to do is put together a quick animation with characters you may never even use again.

Here's how to rig a CrazyTalk Animator 3, G3 human character, with the fewest components, whilst still being compatible with G3 character motions, and having a face capable of lip syncing and character expressions.

You should be able to do this in under an hour - assuming you have your artwork ready to go.

Voice All Your Own Animated Characters with Voice Changer

Voice Changer by AVSoft is real time voice manipulation software that can be used for a wide range of purposes including (according to their website); Voice-over and voice dubbing for audio/video clips, presentations, narrations, voice messages, voice mails, E-greeting cards, broadcasting, etc.; mimic the voice of any person, create animal sounds, change/replace/remove voices in songs, videos,etc.

I bought it for the specific purpose of changing my own voice, to extend my vocal range, for voicing characters in my own animations.
I was fortunate enough to get this software at a significant discount that made it difficult to refuse, given that I'd never tried it, or even heard of it before. I'm not sure if I would have bought it at the full price given that much of what it can do (for my needs) can also be done with the freeware audio program, Audacity.
Voice Changer is relatively easy to install and set up. Once installed simply change you default microphone to the installed AV…

Learning Moho Pro 12 (Anime Studio Pro) - Part 1, Introduction

This week Smith Micro released the latest version of it's animation software, Moho Pro 12, which is actually the latest, completely revised and updated version of Anime Studio Pro 11 with a new name, kind of. As I understand it Anime Studio used to be called Moho in the beginning and this is a return to the original name.

I firmly believe in this software as a professional animation tool, as evidenced by the fact I've kept upgrading every time they release a new version, despite never having the time to even scratch the surface learning how to use it properly.

Animate Your Artwork with CrazyTalk 8 (Pipeline)

If you're the kind of artist who likes to create characters, specifically focusing on faces, and you would like to see your creations come alive through animation, Reallusion's CrazyTalk 8 application provides an easy to learn solution.

What is CrazyTalk 8?
CrazyTalk 8 (not to be confused with Reallusion's CrazyTalk Animator 3) is designed specifically to create 'talking head' style animation.

Impressively it can be used to animate both 2D and 3D based characters. The 2D heads it creates are actually semi 3D 'relief map' style heads that have some ability to move up, down, and side to side. The full 3D heads it creates are properly formed heads but they still have a limited turning range (you can't turn them more than about 45 degrees in any direction).

For the purpose of this tutorial I'll be focussing on my 2D painting of a cow, that I created back in 2003, with no intention of ever animating it, or turning it into a 2D animated scene.

I'll b…