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Saturday, October 13, 2007

Edge Detect effect in iMovie!

iMovie '06 was great for one thing and that is the amazing number of plug-ins available for it. I like the new iMovie because of how quick it is to use, but I think that is because I always have Final Cut Pro ready when I want something more advanced. For a lot of people though, iMovie '06 is still the editing application of choice. I think the fact that Apple made it available for download is meaningful. It is basically a stop gap until iMovie '08 gets all the functionality of iMovie '06. I am posting a great plug-in for iMovie '06 for that reason and because I think that as soon as iMovie '08 gets the possibility of having plug-ins, most of the plug-ins I am talking about will be updated to be compatible. Here is a look at the Edge Detect plug-in:

What this plug-in does is it detects the strong change in colors, the edges, and let you transform your video into a two colors "pencil drawing". The effect looks great and reminds me a lot of the hundreds of similar effects found in Photoshop. You can download this free plug-in here on MacUpdate.

Once installed, the plug-in can be found in iMovie Video FX tab, under "cf/x (universal)".

The interface:


Blogger Vitamin Z said...

I downloaded it but can't figure out how to install it. Help!

October 12, 2007 at 8:58 PM  
Blogger Frederic Tremblay said...

Once it is done downloading, it should load a disk image. There is a file called "edge detect (pencil) installer". You can run that like any other installer. It should work if you have iMovie '06 installed.


October 12, 2007 at 9:01 PM  
Blogger Vitamin Z said...

Yeah, I just double click on the disc image once it finished downloading, but then when I went to my FX tab in iMovie O6 HD I couldn't find it.

October 12, 2007 at 9:49 PM  
Blogger Richard said...

Why use a plugin when the function is already there? (In Video FX, under Quartz Composer, select Edges.)

October 13, 2007 at 3:08 AM  
Blogger K√©vin said...

That's great. thanks a lot

October 13, 2007 at 3:37 AM  

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