You know the kind of videos I’m talking about: the ones where you hold the camera while a kid opens gifts at a birthday party, or where you film a crowd of people making small talk at an event. Not only are these videos painful to watch in their entirety, they’re also too time-consuming to edit. Magisto just released an Android app that automatically skips to the good parts of your video and does the editing for you. To test it out, I made the worst video I could think of: a play-by-play of my morning commute to work.
What I didn’t know was that Magisto has a ten-minute limit on video clips — my hour-long train ride didn’t make the cut. Instead, I used a one-minute quick shot of me getting on the bus and filled in the rest with footage from a weekend trip to Coney Island.
Surprisingly, the app kept my phone screen up and running throughout the entire trip. Creating the video was a matter of selecting the clips, which were pulled from my Android’s memory card, before adding music from a list of tracks and waiting for the video to load.
The whole process took about 10 minutes. I got an email alert when it was done and watched it on my computer. A few minutes after that, the video appeared inside the app.
I saw that Magisto had pulled 53 seconds from about 4 minutes worth of footage. Without this app, my video would have been unwatchable – I wasn’t holding the camera steady and even if I had been, there wasn’t a lot of action.
The app picked up on key movements like the roller coaster heading down the track and my walk from the metro card swiper to the back of the bus, leaving out the rest. The best part came at the end, when a cascade of stills showed how wonderfully my dress matched the red and white tracks on the Cyclone.
I copied to the embed code to put the video on my blog. There was also an option to share it on YouTube, Twitter, Facebook, or in an email.
Magisto is available on Google Play, iTunes, and through YouTube Create, which are all listed on Magisto‘s site. A premium version of the app offers longer uploads, more video storage and unlimited downloads for iOS and Web users.