“Lightt” is a video-making iPhone app with some impressive features. Make your own stop-motion movie, like Wallace and Gromit or for you baby boomers, Gumby. Have a video play in reverse so that water pouring out of a pitcher appears to pour back in. Shake the phone to undo the effect you just created. All this is impressive, and it’s free. But we found it a little difficult to figure out.
And now for a brief whacko journey to whacko-land. It has to be brief, because it’s on the “Vine,” and only lasts six seconds.
Vine is the video arm of Twitter. You can send a video of just about anything but it can only be six seconds long. (It loops.) Can you p
– If you find the daily load of email as overwhelming as we do, try this trick: Instead of deleting messages you don’t want, one by one, check the box that selects them all. Then go down the list and uncheck the ones you want to look at. Dump the rest.
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AirCastLive lets you take a video or photo that shows up immediately on your friend’s TV. The catch: Both of you must be using either a Roku player or the Google TV set-top box. These devices are useful for watching Netflix, Hulu, or Amazon movies anaircastlived TV shows, so you may want one anyway. Roku streaming boxes are $50. This fall, Roku is coming out with its own TV set. It will connect to standard cable boxes, but won’t require a Roku player.
Free video editing programs typically let you make only short videos, but “MixBit” lets you put together as many as 256 short ones for a whole hour of play. It’s for Android and iPhones only, but that pretty much covers the field. Besides making your own video mixes, you can throw in videos made by other MixBit users. The clips that go into your mix and match video can be as long as 16 seconds each. You can trim longer videos to make them usable as clips and then put an hour’s worth together.
Pbh2.com has “video before it’s viral.” We watched an “unbelievable fungus” that glows and reacts violently with waving tentacles. (Soon to be a major motion picture no doubt.) We also watched “Fluffy puppy can’t climb a step.” Use Google.com to find these and others since the site doesn’t have its own search box. Search on “Chemistry GIFs” to see the site’s animations of chemistry experiments exploding, crackling, spreading and doing other things you don’t want in your house.
Lynda.com is our favorite site for training videos and has hundreds of courses on everything from using Amazon.com to conquering Photoshop. But “Mindsy” is a new site with courses on a wider range of topics, such as using Gmail to become more productive, how to make a video game, and – in case it’s just all too much for you — meditation.
Our Danish niece loves her Google Chromecast, a $35 gizmo that can beam movies from your smartphone to your TV and opens the way to video services like Netflix. Unfortunately, the whole world has already written about it, so here’s something new from Apple TV.