Unleash your inner Spielberg


I’m sure all of us have, at one point or anoth­er, dreamed of releas­ing that movie direc­tor deep inside, and mak­ing our own movie, com­plete with music and spe­cial effects.

Well, if your dream is to make one that hear­kens back to the gold­en days of silent cin­e­ma, then I’ve got an inex­pen­sive app for you.

Silent Film Direc­tor, released today, can help you make movies in a style rem­i­nensent of the clas­sic Hol­ly­wood sil­ver screen.

It’s a very slick app that lets you shoot, edit and share movies on your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad (in Uni­ver­sal mode).

There’re two ver­sions avail­able, the stan­dard ver­sion and the pro ver­sion (an in-app .99 upgrade).

With the stan­dard ver­sion you can:

  • Cre­ate Silent Films with a vari­ety of video effects includ­ing B&W, 20’s, 60’s home movie, sepia, sepia vin­tage, 70’s home video.
  • Cus­tomize video speed and qual­i­ty
  • Add sound­tracks to video
  • Record video or upload from shar­ing fold­ers
  • Share video with pop­u­lar Social Net­works and enter devel­op­er-spon­sored con­tests

With the pro upgrade you get the abil­i­ty to trim video, add sep­a­rate title cards, trans­ac­tions, mix video with pic­tures.

How it works
Silent Film Direc­tor has basi­cal­ly stream­lined the work­flow of mak­ing a movie to:

Get­ting Clips
Clips are the sec­tions of video need­ed to make your movie. You can either shoot your video or import it via FTP or iTunes File Trans­fer.

Trim­ing / Edit­ing clips, adding title cards & tran­si­tions (Pro Ver­sion)
Using the in-app pur­chase, you can trim your clips (essen­tial for tight­en­ing your shot and pac­ing) and insert fade and cir­cle-wipe tran­si­tions, as well as cre­ate and insert title cards and still pho­tos.

Arrange your clips and tran­si­tions
In a very cool time­line lay­out, you build your movie, insert­ing ele­ments as need­ed (title cards, tran­si­tions, pho­tos and clips).

Cue the audi­ence
Once you’re hap­py with your cre­ation, you ren­der it down to a final movie, and then you can share it on YouTube, Face­book, or through email. As I did with this one.

One con­cern I had ini­tial­ly when play­ing back a movie I’d sent through email, is that the iPhone image ori­en­ta­tion is ver­ti­cal, not hor­i­zon­tal as most movie cam­eras are.

So when I played back the movie, my play­er, VLC, didn’t com­pen­sate for this ori­en­ta­tion and the movie was played back side­ways. That prob­lem van­ished when I uploaded the same movie to Flickr — obvi­ous­ly Flickr’s soft­ware was smart enough and com­pen­sat­ed auto­mat­i­cal­ly.

Accord­ing to Mac­phun, the devel­op­er, Silent Film Direc­tor is a very sig­nif­i­cant and enhanced update to a pre­vi­ous app called Vin­tage Video Mak­er and as such, will be a free update for own­ers of Vin­tage Video Mak­er.

…we have quite a lot ded­i­cat­ed fans, who use Vin­tage Video Mak­er quite often, and we didn’t want to make them pay for anoth­er app.”

As well, Mac­Phun is host­ing a Silent Film Direc­tor con­test at YouTube — just sub­mit your cre­ation through a spe­cial but­ton in the shar­ing screen in the app.

Silent Film Direc­tor is cur­rent­ly 60% off, priced at .99 in the Apple Store, and the Pro upgrade is a .99 in app pur­chase.

And if you’re into mak­ing vin­tage movies with your kids — it’s a heck of a lot of fun!

Update: The devel­op­er has also made some addi­tion­al resources avail­able at Silent Film Direc­tor (the appli­ca­tion web­site).
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