The best video apps for your smartphone


It’s all well and good being able to record great footage, but what about editing it to look slick and enjoyable? Magisto is an editing tool that gives the user the ability to create professional looking vids, in a short space of time. The app offers a great choice of music, cool graphics and effects. Best of all, it’s quick and easy to create your own footage.

FX Guru

Movie FX Director is one of our favourite apps for Android. With FX Guru you can create your own blockbuster movies using state-of-the-art special effects, which will let you create alien invasions, a T-Rex attack and even a giant robot that destroys its surroundings. There are over 24 cinematic filters that allow you to shoot your own footage and incorporate the aforementioned effects, so you really do have a lot of scope to experiment and discover what works best. FX Guru is fun and easy to use, and the results are simply outstanding.


Similar to FX Guru for Android, Cinefy brings special effects magic to iOS. There are over 100 effects to choose from, which all look fantastic and are easy enough to use. The intuitive software allows you to edit like a pro in minutes; just drop in your clips, add music and pick the effect you want. Hey presto, your movie is packed with great special effects!



#MoCo360 kicks off!

Heloukee: EdTech and Digital Culture

#MoCo360 is an umbrella term/collective (Mobile Collaboration all around you, geddit?) designed to aggregate mobile film co-creations and collaborations across the globe. Involving the usual suspects from the #ELVSS international mobile filmmaking collaborations, along with the welcome additions of Anthony Nevin and Dave Cowlard, #MoCo360 is the social aggregator for various mobile filmmaking projects and collaborations involving staff and students from NZ/FR/DE/CO/UK, including ELVSS (the BIG one), 24 Frames 24 Hours, Shoot Me Now, Shoot Your Egg, and #marmw.

We wanted to find a way to sustain our global collaborations and mini-projects, especially when diverse student numbers and shifting semester dates work against us, while still retaining a sense of community across space and time. Hopefully #MoCo360 will give us a bit more flexibility; by connecting under the #MoCo360 banner we can still work together – hopefully all year round in an #iCollab sense –…

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Engine Rebuild Stop Motion

Foot Down Throttle It

11 Months, 3000 pictures and a lot of coffee. We came across this absolute piece of gold. Chris Herridge documented his path to rebuilding his old engine which suffered a ‘catastrophic failure’. He simply took the pictures to remember which steps were made in the process. But with all of this documentation he had the idea to create an animation with some fitting music. A great watch, and here are the results…

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