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MacPhun takes Silent Movie Director to a retro level with its new Vintagio app


MacPhun refreshed its Silent Film Director app for the iPhone and gave it a whole new look and a brand new name. Now called Vintagio, the video recording and editing app lets you make retro-looking videos in just a few minutes.

There are a lot of options in Vintagio to let you design your video, your way. You can record in low quality mode (192x144), which is appropriate for MMS, or go full bore with 720P video. Other options include the ability to slow the video down, speed it up or even play it backwards.

The app includes 7 filters that let you film an 80s disco video, a 60s hippy flick, a 1920s flapper movie and more. There are 11 original soundtracks in the app and these clips match the default filters perfectly. If you don't like the track selections, you can always import music from your iPhone's library. You can even add noise to the soundtracks to give them a vintage feel.

When you first open the app, you can choose to shoot your video in Express Mode, which is quick and easy, or Pro Mode, which is filled with options to let you get the perfect look. In Express Mode, you only need to select the filter effect, the recording quality, the soundtrack and the video speed (1.0x, 1.5x, and so on). Once you make these four quick choices, you are only a few minutes away from a completed video.

Vintagio's Pro Mode gives you control over your movie by letting you choose the details for your film. You can also load saved images or saved videos and add both titles and transitions. If you want some fresh content, you can record new videos or snap new photos for your movie. Pro Mode also includes the same filters and soundtracks that are available in the Express Mode.

When you are done arranging your composition, you can render it to your device. Rendering in both the Express and Pro Mode takes a few minutes. While you wait, the app show you a status bar and interesting trivia to keep you entertained. Once the video is done, you can share it on YouTube, Twitter, and Facebook. You can also save it to your camera roll.

With these new features and a dose of creativity, Vintagio will let you create a flick that would make Charlie Chaplin proud. You can download Vintagio now from the iOS App Store. It's available for US$1.99.

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