9 moviemaking apps

Do you picture yourself as an iPhone filmmaker, an Android auteur? In awards season, we sit back and critique other people's films, and if those Golden Globes and Oscar nominees have inspired or irritated you -- or if you simply want to level up from shooting home videos -- take a shot at making your own movie. We've scouted nine affordable, time-saving, feature-rich apps to help you script, storyboard, shoot, and edit.


A good movie starts with a good script.... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: video , Windows software

8 apps for streaming foreign TV and movies

You prefer subtitles to big Hollywood titles, Japanese anime to American animation, and GĂ©rard Depardieu to Gerard Butler. If you hunger for more international programming but don't want to rely on pricey cable add-ons or out-of-the-way art-house theaters, then check out our software picks for streaming the best foreign cinema and TV.

1. Netflix (iOS/Android)

Video-streaming giant Netflix boasts an extensive catalog of foreign shows and movies. Netflix sections off its library by region, but with an... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , Android Software , iOS Software

Tags: video , Windows software

Transform and share your videos with PC Video Converter

PC Video Converter is an easy-to-use, fast, and reliable tool that makes movies compatible with any devices, old or new, quickly and efficiently. This week, you can get this highly rated and reliable converter for $14.97 -- half off the regular price of $29.95.

What sets this movie converter apart is its ability to trim, crop, and merge files with its built-in functions. With PC Video Converter you can quickly edit and keep your desired clips with... Read More »

Tags: Windows , video , Windows software , YouTube , movies , converter

Chrome extension turns YouTube into your own personal radio station

There is no shortage of Internet radio services. From freeware like Pandora and Rdio to premium services like Spotify and Google Music, you can listen to all the songs you want, when you want them. Streamus allows you to search for songs by tapping into the world's largest music database, YouTube.

Just download and install the extension and start listening to your favorite tune. You can search directly from the Omnibox (the address/search... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software

Tags: Windows , Google , video , Mac , Chrome , music , extension , Windows software , YouTube , streaming , radio

Loom lets you intelligently sync photos Dropbox-style across your devices

There are many photo storage services available out there competing for the right to hold our digital memories. Apps like Instagram and Flickr were designed to make sharing photos online easier but were not specifically designed for private storage. Cloud depositories like Dropbox or Google Drive work amazingly well with documents and spreadsheets but not with images or movies. Loom comes onto the scene with a fantastic app to tackle a specific... Read More »

Topics: Mac Software , iOS Software

Tags: iPhone , Windows , iOS , video , Mac , iPad , Windows software , photo , Cloud

Make videos compatible with any device with Wondershare

We're bringing a little something this week for the Home Movie Directors and Amateur Video Jockeys. With the ever-increasing diversity of devices out there, it's often hard to share various types of videos unless you want to go online. But if you're a a bit worried about Uncle Sam watching your home movies, Wondershare has got you covered with its Video Converter Ultimate. A DVD burner, converter, editor, and downloader, VCU is a hit with... Read More »

Tags: iPhone , Windows , iOS , video , iPad , Windows software , converter

Convert your audio collection to popular formats with Axara

Growing up the in the 1990s meant that I came of age in an era before iPads, Pandora, and streaming cloud music, when Zunes and Walkman MP3 players weren't just shiny paperweights and the only way to get exposed to new music was either via MTV, the radio--and if you were really desperate, VH1 or the Disney Channel. Fortunately I was quick to embrace the Internet age with its promise of bringing people together; that is a great thing, but... Read More »

Tags: video , music , iTunes , audio , converter

Make animated GIFs from videos with GifCam

When Yahoo acquired Tumblr for $1.1 billion ... was it because of the GIFs? In our media-saturated Internet landscape, the 5-second animated GIF may be the most essential entertainment currency. If a picture can paint a thousand words, the animated GIF can tell 10,000 stories in 10 frames or less. (Isn't Vine (for Android or iOS) mostly just video-based animated GIFs?)

Newbies who want to dip their toes in the GIF-creation waters no longer need... Read More »

Tags: video , Windows software , screen capture

Plan, shoot, and cut your own video shorts with Directr

Many developers are wisely taking advantage of the powerful cameras in today's smartphones and trying to replicate the success of photo sharing apps with video apps. Apps like Viddy, Klip, and Socialcam compete to let users make clips and add quick effects before publishing and sharing. But no developers have really taken that a step further to include the all-important creation component.

Directr and its creators want to distance themselves as... Read More »

Topics: iOS Software

Tags: iOS , video

VideoGhost allows you to watch online videos in the background

Have you ever wanted to watch the latest movie trailers and music videos or stream shows in the background while you work? Now you can with a little homegrown program called VideoGhost from Greedy Glutton Software.

How does it work? VideoGhost can be installed on your computer or run as a standalone product. After launching, you will see that it is a third-party browser with a controllable opacity setting and options to stay fixed on your desktop. The process is... Read More »

Tags: Windows , video , browser , Windows software , YouTube , productivity