The road less traveled is often less traveled for very good reasons. Not everyone is going to want to do this, but I’ve had the urge more than a few times, tried it a few less times, and the end result, though what I wanted, wasn’t worth all the effort.
I’m talking about tossing in a bunch of movie clips to create a single movie. Fast. Very fast. Yes, you can do it in iMovie and that app is free. But not so fast. I’ve been playing with a Mac app called Splice which merges a bunch of movie files into a single file. There cannot be a faster, easier way to do that.
Splice does not have bells and whistles but it’s not devoid of useful features, either. For example, video clips can be arranged with a simple drag and drop. Clips can be adjust for time using a time range slider bar. Choose a whole clip or just a section.
Is this a simple, elegant interface, or what?
Each clip can be displayed so you can see in and out points. If movie clips are not the same size, Splice automatically aligns smaller clips in the center.
Thanks to QuickTime and other built-in tools in OS X, Splice can export videos in a variety of sizes to match the device you need to display the video.
What Splice does not have is what’s already in iMovie. You won’t find a list of transitions or effects or title options. Splice just pulls together video clips and it does it fast. Very fast.
Not everyone needs Splice, but if time is money and you want video clips joined together in a rough production, this will save you time. And money.