While wannabe pop stars often dream of starring in their own music videos, many others prefer to write, shoot and edit the mini movie instead.
If you fall in the latter camp, a new app called vjay lets you mix your music and videos on your tablet, add special effects and transition sequences, then export your creation, share it over social media or wirelessly stream it to a television via Apple TV.
Mind you, vjay isn’t just to create music videos – you could edit your home movies, a short film, documentary or anything else, for that matter – as this intuitive but powerful tool can be used with any videos or music stored on your iPad.
Similar to Algoriddim’s popular djay app, you can mash-up videos and music into one creation. On the screen, you’ll see two windows for each of your sources, and one larger window on top that shows the real-time mix. You can add special effects to your videos (fisheye, strobe, twirl and others), and alter the speed of these effects, as well as add professional-looking editing tools to mix your two video feeds together, such as cube, grid, blend, push, and so on. You can cut off or splice unwanted portions of your video, reverse the footage (play backwards), loop your video or have it roll in slow motion.
Add music from your library and even play around with the levels (lows, mids and highs) for each audio track. Similar to DJ software, you can also match beats per minute (BPM) between your two sources, cross-fade between them (by dragging the virtual knob left and right) or even use your fingertips to “scratch” one or both of the videos. There didn’t seem to be an option to center the cross-fader, however, which would have been handy — but you can more or less guess where the middle would be.
When you’ve practiced your mix – perhaps with the bundled videos included with the app, including skateboarding footage, nightclubs, snowboarding, soccer and more – you can tap the red record button to fuse your videos and music in real time. When you’re done, share your flick with friends in your favorite social-network, stream to an Apple TV device or save it to the iPad.
Vjay also includes iTunes integration to preview and purchase artist music videos right from within the app. Or use the iPad’s camera to quickly record video and combine it with your favorite song from your music library. You can also import other videos you might own when your iPad is connected to your computer — simply drag and drop video into iTunes, with supported formats including
H.264, MPEG-4, .mp4, .m4v and .mov files.
While $10 isn’t cheap for an app, vjay is a powerful, easy-to-use tool for budding video editors and music mixers alike.