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muvee AutoProducer 5

Three new features added to version 5

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Step 2 involves selecting a muvee style. Version 5 includes 25 different styles, ranging from cinema and fifties TV, to classic sepia, smoky, romantic, personal, and over the top music video style. You can preview the styles one at a time by double clicking the style. It will preview in the preview window.

Select a style


You can also get more styles by clicking the Get more styles button next to the Select Style window. It will take you to the muvee website where you can directly download more styles for $14.95 to $19.95. Once you select a style, you can add a title/credit and then make a muvee, which is Step 3.

When you make a muvee, muvee autoProducer 5 analyzes all the media that you've added to the muvee. It then makes cuts based on the style that you chose in Step 2 and creates the muvee. Once the muvee is created, you can then tweak the muvee before you save the muvee, the final step in the process. tweak muvee is a new tool in version 5 that enables you to automatically replace a clip in your muvee with something similar or different, or manually replace a portion of the clip with something similar or different.

tweak muvee let's you replace portions of the clip.

The automatic feature enables you to quickly change out portions of your muvee relatively easily, without having to wade through minutes of video. You don't have to tweak the muvee, but after you do, the final step is to save the muvee. When you save the muvee, the software will ask what TV standard you wish to save it to (NTSC or PAL), and what format you'd like to save it to.

muvee autoProducer 5 enables you to save to PC format, which includes computer playback, email, web streaming, DivX, MOV, and AVI; TV format, which includes DV camera, DVD, VCD, and SVCD; and mobile devices which include a mobile phone or Pocket PC. All of the quality settings of these formats can be adjusted depending on your choice of output medium, or if you have space requirements, by clicking the Change Settings button. Here you can make custom settings if you wish. The Save muvee window will detail the current settings, based on what you choose, as well as the projected output size and the location you chose to save the muvee to. Click save and the software does the rest. That is all there is to it.

muvee autoProducer jumped from a 4.5 release to 5.0 but only added just a few new features. The application is still one of the easiest "video editing" tools on the market, and is the most unique in the final output that it produces. muvee will have you think that "video editing is dead," but in reality, muvee autoProducer 5 takes a unique and different approach to assembling video clips. The only issue I have with autoProducer 5 is the video analysis, which is just like rendering a completed video project. I like to think that autoProducer 5 is best suited for video clips of short duration. Thanks to its output capabilities, you can customize clips in autoProducer 5 that no other video editing tool can do and then bring them into a video editing application as part of a bigger project. The upgrade from 4.x is $29.95 and the full version is currently $74.95. You can download a trial version to check out the new features to version 5.0 to determine if the upgrade is worth the $29. For more information, or to download a trial version, visit www.muvee.com

John Virata is senior editor of Digital Media Online. You can email him at jvirata@digitalmedianet.com

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