Samsung Galaxy S II Photo editor and Video maker apps review
The picture editor is quite finger-friendly. You can't make precise Photoshop-style actions with it, of course, but it has options like selection circle size, copying the selection to this or another image, or inverting it.
This Photo editor app is mostly suited for cropping out stuff, adjusting contrast, brightness and saturation, or applying various effects to the photo or selection. You can do warping, or impose a number of "laughing mirror" effects, like lens blur, or ghosting. And, if you are not satisfied with the result, the two undo/redo arrows on the right are always at your disposal.
The video editing app on the Samsung Galaxy S II is more versatile, and it packs some serious power, combined with the fast chipset and large, vivid display on the phone. You can choose a theme for your project from the get-go, with different framing and background music for each of the six available - Conference, Home video, Movie, Party, Stage and Travel. Or, you can just start from a blank canvass.
The Video maker app automatically lists all videos on the handset that it can edit, and these are anything 720p and below. No 1080p video editing for us here, the app is the same one released for the Galaxy S. There is a time strip at the bottom, where you can drag the video clips you want to edit, and then you can start inserting pictures before or after them, apply various transitions like Fade in-between, effects like Sharpen or Emboss, or split and trim the resulting project to your liking.
You can also add background music, and adjust the volume for it separately from the sound in the video. When it's time for taking your pet project out in the wild, the whole thing can be exported in up to 720p in .MP4 format, and gets saved in the dedicated Video maker folder in the memory.
Overall, Picture editor and Video maker are nifty additions to the already excellent Samsung Galaxy S II. You can't do wonders with them, but for quick on-the-fly editing they are always with you on the phone, so it's great that Samsung decided to integrate them directly in the TouchWiz 4.0 UI, as found on the Samsung Galaxy S II. Have a look at the media editing apps in action in the video below:
1. protozeloz (Posts: 5188; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
Sammy seems to be pushing itself on promotions this year
2. rtimi26 (Posts: 41; Member since: 16 Mar 2009)
How does this compare to the iphone movie maker app
3. releaseit!!! (unregistered)
samsung please release this in india...plleeeeeeaaaaassssseeeeee
4. andro (unregistered)
This is a feature which comes free with the phones software yet Apple somehow gets away with charging its idrones 4.99 to use this type of feature.
8. protozeloz (Posts: 5188; Member since: 16 Sep 2010)
like this one?
5. sniperace (Posts: 95; Member since: 20 Aug 2009)
The 21st is susppose to be the end of the world. I don't mind dying, but not without my Galaxy SII. Hurry up and release it for sprint so i can at least die happy!!!...LOL
6. jthiagesan (Posts: 104; Member since: 20 Apr 2011)
release it first then you can test the apps!!!!
9. C3PO (unregistered)
I have the Samsung Galaxy S2 and love this phone. The Video Maker software is good but not brilliant. This video demonstrates its flaws in that transitions are not smooth -- in fact quite jerky and any cuts start with the next shot on a freeze frame for half a second when it should start instantly with the clip moving.
Would love Samsung to spend some more time optimising this software ... imovie runs great on iphones with much lesser hardware. Hoping Video Maker can catch up properly.