muvee Reveal - the ridiculously easy to use movie maker Review

By Abhinav Lal | Updated Jun 10 2010
muvee Reveal - the ridiculously easy to use movie maker Review
  • PROS
  • Simple interface
  • Great import/export/share options
  • CONS
  • A tad too expensive
  • No real value add over other free video editing software

Verdict

muvee Reveal is a great amateur movie maker that offers a variety of personalization options and powerful features, and is perfect for those who regularly share home videos with family and friends, upload to YouTube or Facebook, make music videos, or simply splice together music, images, and video.

BUY muvee Reveal - the ridiculously easy to use movie maker

muvee Reveal - the ridiculously easy to use movie maker detailed review

muvee Reveal (Version 8) is certainly one of the best amateur audio-visual (AV) creators out there, and though it calls itself a video-editor, it doesn’t really let you edit videos comprehensively, rather, it lets you create your own movies using audio, images, and other videos. It’s truly easy to use with a simple interface that lets you do complicated things without a second thought. Powerful, it has a high-degree of functionality and features a wide range of personalization options, as well as good import/export compatibility. Sharing your muvee videos is also ridiculously easy, with direct options for Facebook, YouTube, and Shwup.

To get a good idea of what exactly muvee Reveal offers us, and how it works, let us take a run through the interface: 


The main interface
The main interface (click to enlarge)

Add media from a variety of sources, in formats such as D-AVI, AVI, WMV, MPEG1, H.264, MPEG4, MPEG2, XVID, DivX (codec required on system), Quicktime (MOV), apart from HD formats such as WMV-HD, MOV-HD, AVCHD, HDV, and mobile formats such as MP4, 3GPP. It also supports such devices as the Flip, Flip Mino HD, Creative Vado, iPhone, iPod Nano, and DVD camcorders directly. Images of the following formats are supported: JPG, PNG, GIF, TIFF, BMP.

 

Add / Arrange Media

 

Add Media in timeline

 

Arrange Media in timeline

 

Read on to know more about muvee Reveal, and what you can do after you add and arrange your media...
 

 

Now that you have added your media, and arranged it either by dragging/dropping or the using the options (on the previous page), you can either edit the images or videos directly (see options below, including magicMoment and magicSpot), or proceed to choose a muvee Reveal video Style. Remember, you can always come back and make any changes you’d like, quickly and easily.

 

 

Edit image in the timeline

 

Edit video in the timeline

 

magicSpot, to make your movie highlight an area in your image

 

magicMoments, to make your movie highlight certain moments in your video

muvee Reveal comes with 10 preset styles, which range from “Ultra Plain – Concentrate on your photos and videos – nothing else”, to “Pump it up! – Pick a fast song. Put your aerobics instructor to shame.” These Styles have certain preset characteristics, and are basically meant for transitions between photographs as well as videos, apart from colour effects, animations, and other added features. All the preset Styles can be edited in Style Settings, allowing you to customize your video further. If you can’t find what you are looking for there, you can download paid Style Packs from the muvee Reveal website, or free Single Styles. You can also use the automatic beat detection feature, and have your movie sync to your favourite music's beat.

Select, edit, muvee Style (click to enlarge)

Once you have selected your video Style, you can choose to Add Music (also refer to the Settings and Voice Over sections of the Personalise menu for more sound, mixing, and voice-over features, including Music Trimming, cross fading, and more). Formats supported are all the major ones: MP3, WMA, WAV, and AAC (QT required).

Read on to know more about muvee Reveal, and how you can finally personalize and export your muvee movie..
 

 

You are now officially ready to preview your muvee, by simply pressing play. Depending on the size, duration and quality of the videos and images you’ve added, and if your computer has a minimum of 2GB RAM and at least 256MB of dedicated video RAM, the process of rendering is pretty snappy. No long waits here. After having checked out what your muvee video looks like, go ahead, make whatever changes you want, add more media, arrange it, change the music, choose another style, customize the style, anything. Next, proceed to Personalize, for the final fine tuning of your video, where you can also add Credits, Logos, Titles, record a Voice-Over, mix your music, choose your various video and image options.

Personalize settings (click to enlarge)

 

Duration

 

Title

 

Credits

 

Logo

 

Settings

 

Voice Over


Take another preview, and if you like what you see, and want to make no more changes, go ahead, export that video by clicking on Save muvee. And, you could also always save the Project for future use, by clicking on the File tab. Export/sharing options are numerous, and you can choose from a variety of formats, qualities, audio types, and resolutions, to get a video most suited to your requirements in every way. Output formats include: WMV, MPEG-1 (incl. VCD), MPEG-2 (incl. DVD/SVCD), MPEG-4, 3GP, AVI, MOV, H.264, and special format presets for shwup, FaceBook, YouTube, iPhone, iPod, and the PSP. As you can also see, you can burn your video onto a DVD or VCD directly. Full 720p and 1080p HD video output is also supported. Note that muvee Reveal supports Nvidia CUDA hardware acceleration, which promises 8x faster movie creating and exporting.
 

Export options

 

Save Step 1

 

Advanced Save

Verdict:

Taking just 38.6MB disk space on your system, it’s hard to believe that muvee Reveal (Version 8) can offer so many options and customizations, and be so speedily capable in importing, editing, and exporting your media. The price tag of $79.95 is quite high though, and free software such as Windows Movie Maker, Avid FreeDV, Wax, Zwei-Stein, Jahshaka, HyperEngine-AV, and many others, apart from free online video editing software like Jumpcut, and VideoSpin (AniMoto doesn’t count, as it’s “Free” aspect is truly limited), give muvee Reveal a lot of competition. But if you have the money, and are looking for a truly easy to use, speedy, and rather customizable software right on your desktop, the muvee Reveal is a good option.

Our Rating: 3.5/5

 

Tech specs:

Supported Video

WMV, MOV, H.264, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, DV-AVI, MP4, AVCHD, AVCHD Lite, HDV

Supported Pictures

JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, TIF

Supported Music

MP3, WMA, AAC, WAV

Output video

WMV, WMV-HD, MOV, MOV-HD, H.264, MPEG1, MPEG2, MPEG4, AVI, DV-AVI, 3GPP, MP4, AVCHD

Supported languages

English, French, Italian, German, Spanish, Chinese (Simplified, Traditional), Japanese, Korean, Dutch, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Swedish

System requirements

 

Processor

Intel Pentium 4, AMD Athlon 64 (or equivalent),  2GHz or higher

Memory

1GB RAM (Using High Definition video: 2GB RAM)

Video Memory

128MB (Using High Definition video: 256MB & above)

Video Drivers

Must support Open GL 1.4

Operating System

Microsoft Windows 7, Microsoft Windows Vista, Microsoft XP (Service Pack 2)

Other Requirements

Apple Quicktime is required for supporting MOV and iPhone/iPod formats

Price

$79.95 or approx Rs. 3,700

logo
Abhinav Lal

https://plus.google.com/u/0/118371002657670425415/posts

Advertisements
Advertisements

muvee Reveal - the ridiculously easy to use movie maker

muvee Reveal - the ridiculously easy to use movie maker

Digit caters to the largest community of tech buyers, users and enthusiasts in India. The all new Digit in continues the legacy of Thinkdigit.com as one of the largest portals in India committed to technology users and buyers. Digit is also one of the most trusted names when it comes to technology reviews and buying advice and is home to the Digit Test Lab, India's most proficient center for testing and reviewing technology products.

We are about leadership-the 9.9 kind! Building a leading media company out of India.And,grooming new leaders for this promising industry.