Add Special Effects to iPhone Videos Easily with Action Movie FX

Jan 27, 2012 - 2 Comments

Action Movie FX

Action Movie FX is a really fun free iOS app that adds high quality special effects to videos, and it’s all done on the iPhone in a surprisingly easy package.

Created by Hollywood studio Bad Robot Productions (makers of movies like Cloverfield, Star Trek, Super 8, and the latest Mission Impossible), the app came out a little while ago but has been updated to include another free special effect, demolition ball, alongside a missile launcher and a car falling from the sky. These aren’t poor quality effects either, they’re impressively made as you can see in the videos posted below.

Other special effects, like tornadoes, helicopter crashes, air strikes, and gun fire, can be bought as in-app purchases for an extra $0.99 to add more fun into the mix.

Download and launch the app from the iOS App Store on your iPhone or iPad, give it a video, and you’re ready to go.

Just explore the app on your own and have a little fun with some of the free special effects. of course you can also buy the added special effects if that interests you.

The app is compatible with most iPhone models, even the older ones, and anything from iPhone 3GS onward, but realistically it’s best coupled with the iPhone 4, Phone 4S, iPod touch 4G, and iPad 2, because of the higher resolution cameras and faster processors.

Aside from having a somewhat modern device, you’ll also need iOS 4.3 or later but you should be on iOS 5.0.1 or later by now.

As most things technical, anything newer is going to perform better and have improved speed and performance compared to older hardware. That’s just the nature of technology.

If you want to see what some of the special effects look like before downloading the app, here are a few short sample videos from YouTube showing off the free special effects.

The “Missile Launcher” special effect with a video:

The “Car falling from sky” special effect on a video:

It’s a fun app if you want to introduce some wild special effects into otherwise mundane videos recorded on your iOS device.

So if you’re an aspiring action movie director, or just want to have a little fun with special effects, check it out!

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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Fun, iPad, iPhone

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  1. Peter says:

    Had a lot of fun with this one and iMovie over the holidays!

  2. ER Joker says:

    Well, it seems cool, but I believe that it shouldn’t CRASH EVERYTIME I TRY TO USE IT on my iPod touch 4 with iOS 5.0.2…

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