So if you’re a novice and you’re looking to get started in the video production arena, the first question is – where do I start? At least that’s where I am.
I have an idea of what I want to create, I have a camera (not High Definition, yet), and I have a computer. What I don’t have is video production software that is intuitive and really easy to learn and use…you know, something like drag and drop. Did you say drag and drop? Why yes I did, yes I did my friend.
I present to you, LoiloScope. Now some of you more advanced readers might be smirking, but for many, this is right up their alley. Video production editing software that will allow me to slap something together just to get started.
So what does it do? I thought you would never ask! Yes, I’m a little excited. So, at first the user sees a blank workspace, in fact, think of it as ‘outer-space’, it’s an infinite floor that you drag and drop your videos on top of as if they were photos – think of it as Piclens for those of you familiar with that. You can zoom out from your ‘cluster of videos’ and they appear smaller and smaller the further away you zoom, and vice versa if you zoom in. You’re a little slow aren’t you, ok here’s a screenshot.
That’s right, those colorful squares are the individual video clips that a user wants to use. That box with the black screen is sort of like your main video, it’s where you can drop your clips onto and bring everything into one cohesive video…more on that later! So it’s easy to see how this works, I think.
The video production software does seem to have a few effects you can use but even as a novice they don’t seem to be that impressive, there is other software you can use if you’re aiming for something a little more technical.
It feels like you’re a chef creating a stew, actually something a bit more attractive, a salad, yep, that’s it. A TROPICAL salad. You can throw stuff here and there, and in the end, voila, a bowl of wholesome goodness – except this salad has magnets. Huh?
The software allows the user to throw magnets on the floor and then throw the videos at the magnets to catch them and organize things a bit better. Still a little slow are we, another screenshot will do the trick!
Those orange, green, and blue bars are the ‘magnets’ and they can attract and hold the videos you toss at them, simply for organization folks; I like organization! Cool stuff man, cool stuff.
Each clip can be edited. There will be a time-line for each clip – if you look closely you can see the red bar on the main video section right under the black screen. If you can’t see the red bar that I’m talking about, don’t worry, essentially the time-line looks like the magnets. Each time-line has a left knob and a right knob, these can be dragged to the desired portion of video. Say you had a 10 min long clip but you only wanted 5 seconds of that clip, you drag the left and right knobs until the start and stop of the clip is now that 5 second portion you wanted.
After the user has edited the desired clips from all the videos, they can drop the various clips onto the main section directly underneath the black screen. It is there that these clips can be arranged in a time-line fashion so that the final video can play multiple clips at once to retrieve the desired result – I know I know, screenshot.
This is a close up of the black screen and main video area, this is where you place all you clips to create the final product. You can see the red time-line I was talking about here. Also, you can see the gray time-lines underneath the red one, those are the individual clip time-lines. As the user places the clip time-lines on top of each other the final video will play everything that overlaps at a specific point. In this case you can see the vertical thin line is touching two gray time-lines, this means that both will be playing. Look at the actual video screen, notice that the video shows the text on top, that’s because one of the clips (gray bars) was simply a text clip and it is overlapping another clip with a kid in it.
You will also notice that there are two gray bars not quite joined together, well the user can move a bar to join with another, allowing two different clips to create one clip, this will change the moved bar to a different color letting the user know that the clips have been aligned properly – all drag and drop my friend.
The final video can be uploaded to YouTube with a few clicks right from the userface.
LoiloScope is in beta right now, however you can freely download it from their site at LoiloScope and in the future the software will have to be purchased for about $59 to $88.
I think this software looks really promising for those looking to get started and I wouldn’t be surprised if others are already developing something like it (for all I know there is already stuff like this, if there is let me know!). I strongly suggest you go and have a peek at the demo video because it will explain things a lot better than I can with words. To me, this is going to be great video production editing software for everyday users looking to create some basic home videos. All I can say is, yes my brotha’, yes indeed.