There are so many reasons I love being a mom. Before my son was born I never imagined motherhood as being as wonderful as it is. Like everything, it has it moments, but the other 99.9% of the time it is the best blessing I could ask for. My little man is growing up so fast. He is almost 1 year old! Man, the time flies! I am really happy that I have documented his first year with tons of videos and photos. With the help of Magisto, a FREE mobile app, I am able to make unique videos to mash up his first year. “I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Magisto. I received a promotional code for premium features to facilitate my review and a promotional item as a thank you for participating.”
Magisto is a free app for your Android or iPhone. You can even use it on the web!!! Magisto is a video editor like no other. It automatically selects the most compelling moments from your videos and weaves them together to convey a story. You can even customize it with styles and music!
It is really simple to use although it can take a little time. I was able to quickly download the app and get to work. I chose 10 videos that show some really fun and special moments of my son growing up…times that remind me why I love being a mom. After watching a few short demos I picked the style of video I wanted. I was given the chance to pick a song from their selections but I chose to go with one I had in my phone’s music library. Then I chose how long I wanted it to be. (I went for 1 min and 10 seconds…a nice to the point movie.) It took approximately 55 minutes for the app to prepare my video. That seems like a long time but maybe it is because I chose 10 videos???
Here is was Magisto drummed up for me based on all of my selections.
I share pictures and movies a lot! Both on RMRVs and my personal blog. Until now I have always used YouTube or PicMonkey to create my video or photo compilations. I like that with Magisto I can just select what I want to use and they do all the work. No more fiddling with the editing to get it just right. I like that they had a lot of different styles to chose from so you can find just the right thing for your project. Once the movie is made it can be downloaded! Depending on the video quality it could cost between $.99-$2.99.
There were a few problems that I encountered though. On both my phone and on the web the app didn’t seem to recognize all my photos. A lot of my photos actually. I wanted to make a little video of his monthly pictures and a video or two but none of pictures were recognized on my computer. Boo! I also wish that I didn’t have to choose a style….what if I just want to focus on the pictures and videos? This app isn’t for just a short video with a few pictures. They recommend you have at least 45 seconds of material.
Recently Magisto teamed up with Joan Osborne, a multi-platinum selling recording artist and seven-time Grammy nominee. They celebrated Mother’s Day by bringing user-generated video production technology and musical artistry. Have you heard Joan’s new song “Born To See You Through”? It is a song that celebrates her role as a mother. Users could upload their videos and get people to “Like” it on Facebook for a chance to win a Samsung Galaxy Note Tablet, Joan’s new CD & handwritten lyrics to “Born To See You Through”, or a 1-year Magisto Pro ugrade! On May 12th, they held a benefit concert hosted by Osborne with special guests Ollabelle and Elizabeth Mitchell! This concert benefited two charities: Somaly Mam Foundation and Save the Children. You just never know what Magisto will be doing next! By being a user you could participate in events like these!