With all the video reviews we have been doing lately hubbie has been pulling his hair out trying to find the best and quickest on the market. Luckily MAGIX came to the rescue asking us to review their Video Easy 3.
Hubbie was impressed from the outset as he could directly edit from the VOB file which our Sony handy cam outputs to, previously he had had to convert it to another format. Another great feature and a fantastic time saver, was the scene recognition facility, with a couple of clicks of the button and hey presto your 20 minute footage is now in separate easy to chop and change blocks.
Some utilities that bode well are the text over integration which has great previewing and adjustment qualities allowing you to play the text anywhere on the screen and it also allows you to animate the text, which finally makes text overlays a simple but powerful tool in presentation. I can see our vblogs finally looking more professional.
Hubby also loved the sound over options, one option allows you to put background music on your movie and the other allows you to voice over the movie as its played, no more recording a clip and trying to overlay it correctly! You can also remove sound on the video, for example if what the children are doing on the video is great BUT youngest decides to shout “the winner is a boobie” (as he did in one of our latest Orchard Toys games reviews!!!) in a clip, it is simple to correct the small problem! With three audio settings, it is so easy to control the volume of the original sound, background music and commentary.
Now you have your movie finished you have a number of ways to publish it, you can directly publish your movie to Facebook, Youtube or the MAGIX online album or save it on your computer, burn it to disc or save it to your mobile device. You can choose from four quality options when saving into a video format; Web quality (640 x 480), DVD quality (720 x 576), HD 1 quality (1280 x 720) and HD2 quality (1920 x 1080) and you can choose from three formats Windows media player for lower quality, mpeg 2 for the middle of the range quality and mpeg4 for the best quality (Of course all of these are dependent on the quality of the original footage!).
Hubbie is so impressed with this program I can see him eagerly beavering away making a gaming video next (my loveable geek!). With easy video editing, he has much more free time to get baking again – always a bonus!
The best place to buy this software is from their online shop. It has an RRP of £39.99 and I for one think it is a very worthwhile investment. Keep an eye on their facebook page as they do regularly run competitions there.
We have kindly been offered another software activation code for one lucky winner. If you would like to enter please fill in the rafflecopter below by the 5th of July.
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