We've taken a few videos using our iPhone's video-capture app, but we never thought we could use our iPhone to actually create a fun movie. That is, until we tried Lumify. While you probably won't win an Academy Award, this fun video-editing app will have you making your own short movies in no time at all.
To begin, Lumify asks for access to any videos and pictures on your iPhone's camera roll. Never made a movie? Don't worry; the app has three different screenplays that walk you through the process of adding scenes, music, and even adding effects. For our first movie, we decided to tell a simple story using the directions provided. First, we were asked to film our current location. After that, for our second scene, we were asked to film what we were previously doing. Step three asked us to film a close-up for something visually striking. Two more scenes after that and we were ready to piece together our short film by dragging handles to re-order the scenes, and tapping each scene to adjust. There, we could adjust volume and playback speed, and even play a scene backwards for an added effect. The app comes with its own music library, but you can also choose from your own iPhone library. However, some songs are copy-protected, which prevents you from using them. Still, we found a song from our library and previewed our nearly done masterpiece to see if it needed a voice-over, a video filter, or environment effect (this feature is only available for iPhone 4S and newer). Our video was surprisingly seamless and not half bad. Once you're happy with your video, you can share it on Lumify, send it to friends via e-mail, or save it as 720p HD on your camera roll. We found the whole process incredibly intuitive.
You don't have to have filmmaking aspirations to enjoy what Lumify has to offer. It's a fun way to capture special moments in your life and share them with friends and family. We highly recommend it for all users.