TechCat Mobile debuted in the Google Play Store last year with their powerful video editing and sharing Android app, AndroMedia Video Editor. The team is back in action with a fun app called Ultimate Special FX that lets you add high quality special effects – like a fake air strike, missile strike or car crash - to your videos to make them look as if they were clips from a action movie. The app’s concept – and for the most part, the UI – seems to have been inspired from previously reviewed iOS app, Action Movie FX. The explosive movie clips created with the app can be stored to your device’s local storage, viewed within the app’s native video player, and shared with friends on the go.
Although I am a peace-loving person, I don’t mind enjoying the occasional dose of action that I can now get by destroying my neighbor’s Chevrolet using the app’s Surprise Missile effect. Using the app itself is no rocket science. By following just a couple of simple steps, you can end up with impressive results, obviously, aided largely by the app and its amazingly realistic effects. Here’s what you need to do:
- To begin with, tap the Start button on the app’s homescreen.
- Select one of the three available scenes (it seems more effects will be added soon), and tap Action! to launch the recording screen. Tap the red button at the bottom to begin recording.
- As per the app’s instructions, try to record a video clip of at least 5 seconds. While recording, keep your hands as steady as possible, with the cross hair in the viewfinder kept on the object that you wish to apply the effect on.
- Tapping the red button once again will stop the recording, and you’ll be taken to another screen from where you can specify the exact point in the video where you want the effect to appear by dragging the slider at the to select the preferred position within the clip. Once done, tap OK, wait for the app to go through the rendering process, and voila! You now have your very own Hollywood-grade action sequence.
As mentioned earlier, each video clip can be saved to your device’s storage, and accessed from within the app’s native video gallery, which can be launched by tapping the camera icon on the app’s homescreen.
Although the three supported scenes/effects are enough to keep users occupied for a considerable amount of time, we hope that further effects are added to the app soon, as has been promised. Feeling like giving James Cameron a run for his money? Grab the app from the link or QR code provided below.
Ultimate Special FX is free and requires Android v2.3.7 Gingerbread or higher to run.
Note: The app is no longer available on Google Play Store. You will have to sideload it by transferring the APK to your phone and launching it through any file manager of your choice after enabling sideloading from Settings > Applications (Up to Gingerbread/Honeycomb) or Settings > Security (ICS or later).