Angeline Tan: One woman, One Bike, 4,000 miles Across America

As part of a new series, we are turning over our blog to Angeline Tan. An avid muvee user, we’ve decided to support her trek across America. Follow our blog for more from Angie and we are currently compiling her photo and video memories to share them with you all!

I’m a minimalist, favoring space and few possessions over clutter and material items.

Things frustrate me. By things, I mean material possessions. Items in the house, in our bags, cars and storage areas. Clutter zaps my energy, simply looking at them. Everytime I take over a new space, however temporary, be it a couch at Starbucks, a table in the library, a seat in the train, a friend’s car, a coworking space – I’d first clear the area of obvious litter and clean up the spot before settling in for the next few minutes or hours.

Naturally, I hate shopping. When I have to buy essential items or household appliances, I’d drag my feet to the store and fight to disperse a depressing cloud of dread as I visualize a home cluttered with more items – however essential they may be for daily use.

From June to July this year, over the course of 39 days, I rode 4,000 miles across America.

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I wore the same set of cycling apparel, washed them every night when I showered, dried them when I slept and re-wore them each morning.

 

I carried all the gear I needed with me for 39 days – toiletries, slippers, repair kits, extra inner tubes, rain jacket, arm and leg warmers, sun block, apples, energy bars, packets of gummy bears.

Those were the only items I needed to live on each day, and they were sufficient.

I’d ride over 100 miles each day, stopping to eat whenever I’m hungry. Life was simple, and truly satisfying.

More importantly, it made me realize that I could with even lesser stuff than I already have so little of.

We don’t need much in life to survive. More possessions don’t equate to more joy. More possessions mean distractions from the truly necessary. More possessions mean more time wasted in caring and protecting them from wear, tear and damage. Lesser possessions mean more time spent on truly important things. Building relationships with people, for instance. Spending time with people that matters. Being present in the moment and taking in each experience, instead of worrying about this and that item.

We don’t need more stuff. What we need are experiences.

I got out there and crossed an entire country on my bicycle. I witnessed the most gorgeous sights, beheld breathtaking natural wonders, soaked in the beauty of nature, encountered incredible folks in small towns and big American cities, chatted with strangers about life, their hopes and dreams, savored some of the best food America has to offer – and captured all of these on film.

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These, to me, are far more valuable than being a proud owner of material things. I feel extremely privileged for the opportunity to ride, am changed by the experience and humbled by the tenacious spirit that many of the folks I met displayed.

Adventures and experiences are not meant to be stashed away in sheer memory – they are meant to be shared because in sharing them, you and I are collectively connected by a common appreciation for the wondrous moments that life has to offer.

So get out there and explore life, capture precious moments and share them with those you love.

Angeline Tan

Writer, photographer, endurance cyclist, triathlete, food lover

San Francisco

www.angieacrossamerica.com

 

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muvee Joins Top YouTube Stars in Seattle

This past weekend we had the pleasure of attending Chris Pirillo‘s 2nd annual VloggerFair. The power of YouTube vloggers was ever present with hundreds of teenagers waiting hours in line just to meet famous vloggers including ShayCarl, Tyler Oakley and Charles Trippy. Their over-the-top personalities really demonstrated how these people have gained such a successful following on YouTube and other social media channels. Do you vlog? If so, we’d love to hear how you think muvee Reveal could help you edit your videos. Leave a comment for a chance to win a copy of muvee Reveal 11!

muvee at VloggerFair Seattle 2014

Why vlog:

If you want to become an internet personality, stop waiting for your big break and create it yourself. Start a vlog. All you need for a successful vlog is a video camera, a video editing program, and some time and opinions to share. Many vloggers have gotten their start on YouTube and have built impressive followings of devoted fans. So, grab your camera and start shooting a vlog of your own. Your unique style and personality will shine through each video you make using your movie maker. Your life is more interesting than you know; show it off!

 

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3 Must-Use Features for Creating the Best Vacation Slideshows with muvee

Those summer vacation memories are priceless and you don’t want to forget the fun you had together. You also have a few friends and family members who would love to see your photos from the trip. muvee has made creating a video slideshow so easy, you’ll never look back. No more printing photobooks or storing images on a disk drive. And these 3 features will make your trip really shine!

1. Zoom in on the action! 

Pan in on vacation photos or zoom in on that perfect smile with magicSpot.

We automatically zoom in on faces but you can manually control that pan and zoom if your focus is elsewhere! Zoom in on the man jumping in the in Rome’s Trevi Fountain in the background.

Pan from the tip of the pyramid to the base! You choose the best part of the photo!

Watch our tutorial on magicSpot magic! 

2. Use Intertitles and Captions to Tell the Story

muvee Reveal offers Intertitles – blank title slides you can place in between your vacation photos and videos – to help define chapters within your movie-story.

Place an Intertitle before the highlights of each day of your 10 day trip, or highlight each city you visited on your European adventure.

Intertitles come with cool text animations with their own entry and exit sequences.

Using Captions, emphasize those moments even better. Includes support for two-line Headlines and Subtext!

Watch how we used Captions and Intertitles for our video of San Francisco here:

3. Highlight the Can’t-Be-Missed Moments!

Show off the perfect moment or even exclude that embarrassing scene with our magicMoments feature.

With our intuitive “thumbs up” and “thumbs down” buttons you can easily remove segments of your vacation videos and highlight others.

With hours of footage, we know you don’t want to include it all. We made it easy to edit! “Thumbs up” the clip of you getting off the plane in Spain and “thumbs down” the clip of you going through customs on the way home!

Learn more about magicMoments in this video tutorial: 

If you haven’t already be sure to download a free trial of muvee Reveal 11!

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15 Ways to Cut Wedding Costs

If you’ve been to as many weddings as we have, you know how expensive they can be. From food to photographers to venue, those costs add up quick. We’ve put together some tips to help you brides and grooms to be save a few bucks.

Here are 15 ways you can cut costs while making your unique wedding vision happen just the way you want.

Cut wedding videography prices.

muvee Reveal offers you a simple and quick way to create a wedding video or slideshow without an expensive videographer.

Use an all inclusive wedding venue.

Book a multipurpose venue rather than a big empty room, so you don’t have to hire outside caterers, or rent tables and chairs. Just be sure to watch out for upgrades to “premium” chairs or place settings.

Avoid most popular wedding dates.

Avoid a Saturday in June and pick an off-peak day, like Friday night or Sunday afternoon, in an off-peak month, like September.

Make your own unique wedding invitations.

Make your own invitations. Do-it-yourself kits are easy to find at craft stores, or you can design your stationery online and have it printed for much less than traditional methods.

Limit +1’s.

Keep the guest list down by putting some limitations on “+1.” Limit guests to significant others and avoid the random dates of distant cousins.

Small bridal party.

Keep the bridal party small and you can avoid large rehearsal dinner costs and lots of “thank you” gifts.

Consider a wedding dress rental.

Save your money for the dress and rent or borrow accessories from friends, family, or even online.

No need for both wedding cake and dessert.

Don’t do double duty on dessert and skip straight to the cake. Most people will have eaten plenty, and will be looking forward to watching your cake shenanigans anyway.

Unique wedding centerpiece ideas.

Create your own centerpieces using things like paper flowers instead of real ones, “upcycled” bottles, or even photographs of yourself. Your wedding favors can also contribute to the look of your centerpieces if you use candles or budvases.

Provide wedding cocktails.

Have a cocktail hour instead of a fully hosted bar. A cocktail hour keeps a sophisticated tone while keeping limits on the bar tab.

Your own wedding music mix.

You can hire a DJ to play all of your favorite music, but spending a few hours to make a wedding playlist for your iPod could save you a lot of money, without fearing an accidental Chicken Dance.

Hire college musicians.

If you want live music for the ceremony, consider hiring college music students for your string or jazz quartet. They will give you a great performance at a great deal.

Cash wedding registry.

Instead of just spending money, set up a cash registry in lieu of a traditional registry. Cash registries can be cute, personalized, and can get you what you need most without your having to return a toaster.

Arrive early.

If you can get ready at the venue, skip the fancy transportation and get a ride there a little early when no one will see you arriving.

Candid wedding photography.

Encourage guests to take lots of photographs so you can hire a professional photographer for fewer hours. You’ll get beautiful candid shots from many more perspectives than one photographer could get alone.

 

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The Best 4th of July Video Yet

What says the 4th of July better than barbeques, fun, and of course fireworks? Capture your holiday fun in all of its patriotic glory with these explosive tips. This year watching your 4th of July themed video slideshow might be more fun than the actual holiday itself.

Capture Stunning Fireworks Photos

Do you want to take your best fireworks photos this year? It can be done, although it will require a bit of pre-planning. Try this:

  • Choose Your Location Carefully- Breathtaking firework shots require careful planning when selecting a location. Scout out potential sites in advance and show up early. Although most fireworks viewers will be seated in big open spaces, you’ll want to choose a location with gorgeous background elements like trees, lakes, etc.
  • Use a Tripod- Long exposure times are needed to capture fireworks. Use a tripod to keep your shots steady.

Don’t Stop with Photos- Fireworks Video Tips

While photos of sparkling and shimmering fireworks are certainly delightful, videos play an important role in capturing the red, white, and blue festivities too. Don’t limit yourself to still shots, grab plenty of video clips as well. This will give you more material to use when it comes time to edit your video. Here are a couple of quick tips:

  • Keep it Steady- Just like photos, video shots of fireworks need a steady hand or better yet, a tripod. This will keep your video looking smooth so people can enjoy the fireworks, not feel like they are in the midst of an earthquake.
  • Grab Some Shots of Your Crowd- Fireworks are stunning, but a big part of the fun are the people you watch them with. Turn your video camera away from the sky for a bit and capture the open mouthed stare of a child or the hidden smile of a teen.

Bokeh from Danny Cooke on Vimeo.

Happy 4th of July!

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Free muvee Reveal 11 for Mommy Bloggers

Are you a mommy blogger? We want you to give muvee Reveal 11 a try and help us spread the word about how easy it is to create custom videos with our video editing software. Make adorable videos of birthday parties and show off your kiddos with stunning photo slideshows. Get in touch with us and try muvee for free; we’re certain you’ll love it!

Why try muvee Reveal 11? Here are a few of the reasons mommies like you love our software:

  • Videos in Minutes- One mommy blogger that tried our software created her first video in just 10 minutes (check out her great video at the bottom of this post). Being a mom is a lot of work, but if you can find 10 minutes to spare, you can create videos of your children, even on your first try.
  • Share in Seconds- Show off your cute kids to family, friends, and blogging buddies around the world with easy uploading to Facebook and YouTube.
  • Music that Won’t Get Flagged- Have you ever experienced the dreaded copyright flagging and removal on Facebook and YouTube? We’ve teamed up with Rumblefish to offer a huge library of music for licensing on your various projects. You can be sure that your movies won’t be flagged or removed.
  • Styles for Every Style- Every mom is different and every video you create can be too. With muvee Reveal 11 you’ll find a variety of unique styles to suit every personality and mood. You can even customize photos with stickers, frames, and embellishments using muvee’s Graffiti feature.
  • So Easy Even a Kid Can Use it- Get your kids in on the video editing fun too. This blogger found that muvee Reveal 11 was fun for the whole family. Even her kids could make their own videos with very little adult help.

Contact Us to Give muvee Reveal a Try

If you’re a blogger and want to try muvee Reveal for yourself (for free), we’d love to hear from you. Email Lindsay for more details.

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Are You Sick of Having Your Music Videos Removed from YouTube?

A video slideshow without music is like a day at the beach without the sun. Music adds life, excitement, and interest to your videos. If you plan on uploading your video content to Facebook, YouTube, and other sites, music presents a complicated problem however; many uploaded songs from your personal collection will lead to your video being flagged, removed, and potentially blocked from the site. What’s a video creator to do?

In muvee Reveal we’ve teamed up with Rumblefish (the same company that licenses music to YouTube and Vimeo) to ensure that your creations won’t be flagged for removal due to music infringement. Awesome pictures, fun video clips and the perfect soundtrack to tie it all together. With muvee Music you can search, download and license music from an eclectic roster of curated, independent artists and award-winning composers. Awesome music and a video that won’t be flagged for copyright infringement: muvee Music is a video making dream come true.

How Does muvee Music Work?

If you ever made music videos for YouTube or Facebook, you’ve likely experienced the inevitable flagging and removal for copyright infringement. It’s one of the most frustrating things about posting videos online. To solve the problem we’ve teamed up with Rumblefish so you can easily find and license music content that won’t be removed. You’ll find great music in a variety of genres and styles perfect for everything from wedding videos to business projects and more. It’s easy to search and easy to use to find the right song for your project.

Amazing Music Videos, Slideshows, and More

How will you use muvee Music? Choose a funky tune to add some zip to an employee training video or turn up the fun on your next vacation photo slideshow. muvee Music is our very own music store where you can search, download and license from a HUGE library of songs and use them for your business, wedding or personal muvee projects. Enjoy!

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Home Video Fun with muvee Reveal

Watching home videos is a great way to relive laughs, share memories, and forge an everlasting bond with family and friends. But, not all home videos are created equally. With video editing software you can tweak your videos into fascinating clips your family will want to watch again and again. Don’t let treasured memories slip away; preserve and share with muvee Reveal.

How can you use muvee Reveal for great home videos? Here are some ideas to try with your family.

Create Movies Together

It is great when family lives close by, but more often than not, our loved ones live across the country or around the globe. muvee Reveal’s collaborative editing feature brings the family together allowing multiple users to create videos as one. Add photos, tweak memories, and save changes on one shared file with family members around the world. You’ve never felt closer than when you work on preserving family memories together.

Share via Social Media, Email, DVD, and More

Home movies are best when they are enjoyed together and muvee Reveal makes it easy to share. Post your latest creations to Facebook to share with family and friends around the world or create a DVD and mail it out. With many options for sharing your videos, you’ll be able to keep everyone in the loop.

Have Some Family Fun

Don’t forget to have some fun with your family. Use Graffiti to mark up your family photos for a video slideshow that’s sure to delight. Add frames, funny moustaches, caption bubbles, and more. Family videos have never been so much fun.

Great home movies are just a few clicks away. Upload your favorite photos and video clips and share your favorite family memories today!

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Wedding Videos Ready When You Are

Wedding season is upon us and of course that means wedding videos. Don’t pay and then wait for a videographer to make time for your memories! Drag and drop, style, then share as soon as you want to. With muvee Reveal it’s easier than ever to create your own custom videos. If you’re planning a wedding this year (or know someone who is), skip the videographer and do it yourself. You’ll save money, stay in control, and ensure that your wedding video is as perfect as your special day.

A Wedding that Reflects Your Unique Union

Your love is one of a kind and so is your wedding. Why not your wedding video? With all of the personal details that go into designing a wedding, your wedding video software should let you reflect your personal style as well. You don’t have to worry about timelines or color filters because muvee Reveal offers styles, themes, and effects specifically tailored to making unique wedding memories. Wild, crazy party or candlelit romantic dinner, muvee Reveal has styles to fit every occasion. With our style personalization feature you can tweak each of our unique styles, adjusting things like energy level, pace and color effects until your wedding video is perfect, just like your special day. You can even customize your movie with your wedding song.

Get Your Guests Involved

With muvee Reveal you can get your guest’s in on the wedding video making action by asking them to submit photos of your day to your muvee Cloud account. From any camera or device, with any size, format, or aspect ratio (e.g. widescreen or standard), muvee Reveal can use any source to help you create a dynamic wedding video from any perspective.

Our collaborative editing feature can bring even more fun to the mix. Get your bridesmaids, groomsmen, and even the mother of the bride involved in the wedding video process. Whether your wedding party lives down the street or across the globe, you can work on editing your wedding video together.

Say Thanks with Video

Give your guests a fun opportunity to remember your “I dos” with a wedding video all their own. Create unique thank you videos to share with those that came or put together a wedding slideshow to share with family and friends that were unable to attend. Burned on a DVD, in an email-friendly file, or as an eye-popping HD experience, muvee Reveal provides several sharing options to show off your wedding video in a click. Share it online through YouTube, with Facebook friends, or just with those you invite to muvee Cloud.

How will you use muvee Reveal to create wedding video perfection?

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A Video Tribute for Mom- Video Editing Tips for Mother’s Day

What if you could combine the special sentiments of a Mother’s Day poem with the fun of a video? You can with our Videogram style. This fun style lets you showcase your inner poet and your inner videographer at the same time. Not a poet? Use a classic poem written by a literary great or perhaps the words of Mom’s favorite song. With Videogram the possibilities are limitless and the end result is sure to be great.

Ideas for a Special Mother’s Day Videogram

If you plan on creating a Videogram for your mom this year, here are quick and easy ideas that are sure to impress. Remember, Mother’s Day is just a few days away. If you want to create a video for mom this year, now’s the time to get started. Luckily, with muvee Reveal 11 and the Videogram style, you can put together a thoughtful video in less time than you might think.

A Look Through the Years

Combine a touching poem with photos of you and mom together through the years. Don’t forget those cute, chubby cheeked baby photos. Mom will love seeing her little one grow up again and this touching tribute will show Mom how much you care.

The Best Mother

Is your Mom one of the best? Show her with a great video. Include photos of your favorite mom with touching and heartfelt words. You could even get your siblings in on the fun by having them contribute favorite quotes, thoughts or photos.

Happy Mother’s Day Grandma

Grandma would love a Mother’s Day video too. Why not create a Videogram with photos of her little grandkids with a touching verse about love? Mother’s Day is for Grandma too.

Make this Mother’s Day the best one yet with a touching Videogram. Don’t have this style yet? Pick it up now from our StyleLabs and use muvee Reveal video editing software to create a stunning video just for your mom.

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