Macworld Masterclass: Retro movie magic

Shoot and edit your movies to match the look of past eras with Silent Film Director

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  • Step 01 Step 1: Your first project
  • Step 02 Step 2: Project parameters
  • Step 03 Step 3: Type of clips
  • Step 04 Step 4: A video clip
  • Step 05 Step 5: A title card
  • Step 06 Step 6: Render and share
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Step 1: Your first project

After having upgraded to the Pro version, the front page of the app will be slightly different, with a large ‘Pro Mode’ button to its right. Tap on it. You first need to create a project to work in. Tap on the ‘+’ button in the top right of the interface, give your project a name and then tap Done.

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Next Prev Step 01

After having upgraded to the Pro version, the front page of the app will be slightly different, with a large ‘Pro Mode’ button to its right. Tap on it. You first need to create a project to work in. Tap on the ‘+’ button in the top right of the interface, give your project a name and then tap Done.

 

Step 2 of 6: Step 2: Project parameters

Select the type of effect you’d like to use, such as 1920s Movie, Sepia or 1970s Home Video, along with its resolution, soundtrack and video time scale (this speeds up or slows down your entire project by a set amount). The timeline will be empty, so you’ll need to tap Add to insert your first clip.

 

Step 3 of 6: Step 3: Type of clips

You can choose to add a video or photo from your library, or take a shot straight from within the app. You also have a choice of title cards (like those from the silent movie era) and a few transitions. Here we’ll start with a video we’ve already shot. Tap on Load Video, then Load Video from Library.

 

Step 4 of 6: Step 4: A video clip

Select a clip from your library. You’ll be offered a larger preview of it to make sure it’s the right one. Notice the band along the top: you can drag its edges inward to select just the portion you wish to use. Tap on Choose and it’ll be inserted into your project. Repeat the procedure for other clips.

 

Step 5 of 6: Step 5: A title card

To add a Title Card, tap on the ‘+’ button in your project (top right), then select the appropriate option from the next page. You have a choice of seven background images. Add words by tapping on Text, then select the font you’d like to use and the card’s duration (from one to 20 seconds).

 

Step 6 of 6: Step 6: Render and share

Once your movie’s done, tap on Back (top left of the interface) and select the Render button. It will take some time for the movie to be prepared. Once done, you can play it back to see how it looks like. When you’re happy with it, tap on Share to save it to YouTube or your camera roll, or email it.

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