Shadow Puppet Review: The Dark Horse of iPhone Multimedia Editing
Yes, there are dozens of video and image editing applications available in the App Store, and Shadow Puppet is one of them. Although the name of the app sounds misleading, it’s actually a multimedia editing software, which is designed to let you blend and edit photos, videos, music and audio recordings to create short movie clips. Let’s take a look at what Shadow Puppet is capable of doing and know if it’s worth installing:
Features and capabilities
If we’re going to talk about Shadow Puppet’s complete features, then we can safely say that almost nothing can overshadow it. In terms of gathering pictures, here are its features:
- Of course, you can use the images you’ve stored on your devices, like in your Image Library.
- You’re able to get photos from your social media accounts, like Facebook for example.
- Other than stationary images, you can use GIFs to add to your video as well. The app has a feature that allows you to scour the web easily for it.
If you already have the images all-set and ready, you can easily add captions in it via the app’s easy-to-use text editor. Transitioning between photos aren’t also a problem, given that there are transition options in this editing software, like other editing software. Other than captions, you can use emoticons and animated elements, like magic wands. What sets it apart from other editing apps is it gives you the ability to narrate a story with each image: just press the record button and start narrating! You can also add music and other audio clips – straight from your music library or from a selection given by the app.
Simply put, the editing process in this app is pretty simple: select, create, animate and share. Personally, I had no trouble with it, given its straightforward and intuitive nature – even someone with no video editing experience can make a masterpiece by using it.
This app’s user interface deserves applause: everything you need is carefully labeled. Other than that, the app is pretty fast as well – with its polished design and commitment to functionality, you don’t have to deal with extremely long loading times. The controls are what you expect them to be: a magnifying icon for zooming in and out, a green-colored check mark and SAVE text, and an undo button. Other than that, all of the controls and tools in the editing screen are easy to locate.
There’s a catch
Like all other apps, there’s a negative aspect concerning it: the video clips you can utilize are only limited to ones that are EXACTLY 30 seconds or less. This means that you won’t be able to create a full-length feature about your video excursions in the island of Barbados – you can only include a multitude of pics and a 30 second video clip. However, this still works as a great tool to post short videos on social networking sites like Twitter, Facebook, Vine and Instagram.
You can customize your workout routine in POPSUGAR Active, especially if you already have a clear idea of the workouts you wish to perform. However, if you’re still completely new to the whole workout thing, there are already a number of created routines for you to select and utilize, so don’t fret since the app has you covered. You can also search for specific types of exercises, like when you’re aiming to focus on a specific area of your body. There are routines that will enable you to burn belly fat and arm fat. The location is also customizable: you can find workouts specifically made for both in a home or gym environment.
The app can also remind you about when to perform your exercise routine. It can set off an alarm every 6:30 in the morning for your early ab-fat burning routine, or late at night for a one-shot workout like if you’re trying a particular routine for the first time. This will definitely help in allowing you to reach your fitness goals – if not, allow you to set the tone for a healthier lifestyle.
The bad side
If you look at it as a whole, the app is a perfect exercise partner. However, like all software, it has its imperfections. First, it makes users more concerned about their appearance rather than their overall fitness and health. The second and final is its tendency to crash, which is absolutely horrendous if you’re looking to work out for extended periods. If you’re creating a routine, be sure to save it when you’re making progress – you wouldn’t want the app to suddenly crash: you’d lose the routine you customized!
- Fast, easy-to-use and intuitive
- Has a voice recording option
- Numerous features and designing options
- 30-second video clip limit
- The features are nothing special, but are still useful
This is an inexpensive way to share your content and keep in touch.
Although the 30-second video clip limit is something that should be improved on, Shadow Puppet is worth the $1.99 you'll spend on it. It's a fast and easy way to create and share videos, and it can be used in classes as well, since this type of multimedia is the perfect instructional material nowadays. If you need tutorials, this app has a large support site in the Apple iTunes store, presenting you a video showing you the steps in creating a Shadow Puppet masterpiece!