Top 20 most wanted Special FX Apps

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With the arrival of the iPhone in 2007, the Visual Effects apps were about to come up.

Developers have been working fast and furiously to keep up with the frenzy of interest with apps that are moving visual effects apps to a new level.

In this post we’ll take a look at a number of apps available for iPhones, iPads and Android. The apps listed here enhance the experiences for both amateur and professional filmmakers.

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01. Action Movie FX

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> Developer: Bad Robot Interactive
> Price: Free / Additionally you can purchase additional scenes via in-app purchases, for the low price of $0.99
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
JJ Abrams has been involved in the creation of some of the most successful movies and TV shows of recent years, including directing the reboot of Star Trek, co-creating the television show Lost, and producing the just-released Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol.

His company, Bad Robot Productions, typically focuses on his motion picture properties — however, the company has now branched out into iOS apps with Action Movie FX.

The free app allows users to insert incredibly realistic special effects into videos shot within the app. Action Movie FX includes two free effects, Missile Attack! and Car Smash. Four more effects — Chopper Down and Tornado, Air Strike and Firefight — are available in two-packs via in-app purchase. Each set is $0.99, with more effects promised.

02. Action Movie Creator FX

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> Developer: Action Movie Creator
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad // Android
Create fantastic action movies with “Action Movie FX Creator”.
Choose from a variety of Hollywood effects.

03. Demon Cam

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> Developer: Video Copilot (Andrew Kramer team)
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Demon Cam™ allows you to record a personalized VIDEO of anyone and transform them into a shocking Demon! Send a fake video greeting and surprise your Friends with this powerful new video app!

04. iMut8r

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> Developer: Legacy Effects LLC
> Price: £0.69
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
The App Store’s favorite creature feature face morphing program now takes full advantage of the resolution of the iPhone Retina Display, making for amazing and even more realistic transformations than ever before. Create ghoulish, scary, eye-popping Mut8shuns that are High Resolution and pop out of the screen with HD clarity.

In this Legacy’s app there are 9 character sets to choose from, including Zombies, Vampires, Werewolves, Witches, Freakenthings, Demons, Ghouls, Creature From The Deep and The Creeping Flesh.

Switch between character sets and cross-morph your characters into amazing hybrid creations. Mix and match features to create new and impressive creations.

Use the unique “FADE” feature and enable a surprisingly realistic blend of the effects into your photos, resulting in subtle, disturbing, and often-hilarious finishing touches.

05. Movie FX Super

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> Developer: Miinu
> Price: £1.49
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Create a Car Explosion at Parking Garage? Attack your own house with missile attack? Alien Abduction in front of your house ? Spot a flying UFO ? Angry T-Rex stomped by ? Military Aircraft Crashes at your backyard ? Armageddon occurred in Your City ? You name it and We have it!

06. MovieApp Club – Hollywood Movie Fx Works

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> Developer: Rory Harden
> Price: £1.49
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
MovieApp is the Club of Movie FXs.

Make you to be the hollywood FX director in 1 minute.

Hold your phone then take video then fx. you can share your movie artwork with your friends.

07. FxGuru: Movie FX Director

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> Developer: Picadelic
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad // Android
Create Hollywood sci-fi and action movie special effects for Android and iPhone videos. Download this video editor app to quickly and easily add amazing science fiction video effects, explosions, UFOs and alien FX to videos on your phone.

08. Saber Movie FX

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> Developer: Outerspacious Software LLC
> Price: £2.99
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Saber Movie FX is the easiest way to produce saber action scenes with high quality full color sabers with sound effects.

Create awesome action scenes easily and quickly with our signature easy to use editing interface as seen in our other products.

This app is specifically designed for rotoscoping glowing colored sabers over individual frames of video. Rotoscoping is the process of overlaying graphic elements over video frames. This is a very time consuming process only intended for serious video producers.

Saber Movie FX also includes many sound effects to help you create great action scenes.

Before Saber Movie FX the only way to achieve this level of video enhancement is by spending hundreds or even thousands of dollars for special software and hardware systems.

Import videos from your photo album or use your device’s camera. 

Export finished movies to your photo album for sharing.

09. Cinefy

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> Developer: App Creation Network
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Cinefy is a revolutionary new special FX studio containing over 100 Hollywood caliber special fx! Cinefy’s easy and intuitive interface gets you editing like a pro in minutes. With just a touch, drop in your clips, add music, and apply over 100 incredible special effects and animations.

Impress your friends by casting them in your version of the most popular TV shows, movies & video games. Downloadable effects packs include titles, overlay effects and sounds as real as many of Hollywood’s biggest productions.

10. Extreme Special Fx

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> Developer: FeverApps
> Price: Free
> Works with: Android
Ever dream being an action movie star? Now you have a chance become one. All you need is your phone and this awesome app.Take shots and turn them into stunning movie clips with TechCat’s Extreme Special Fx studio in no time.
Extreme Special fx offers you different visual effects you can apply your videos. Missile Suprise, Flying Car, Air Destruction is now avaliable and we will add more effects soon. Download the app now and begin your director career!

11. Creatures FX

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> Developer: FeverApps
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad // Android
Creatures FX lets you create awesome action movies right from your Android device with seriously cool creatures.
We use state-of-the-art technology, and it’s hard to believe these creatures aren’t real!
Creatures FX is the only FX app to bring you T-REX, a fire breathing DRAGON, amazing ROBOTS, giant TROLLS, a menacing DEMON, a hilarious CHIMP, a pouncing TIGER, exhilarating STAMPEDES, ferocious BATTLES and more.

12. FIE Composer

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> Developer: Bradley Friedman
> Price: £8.99
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
A next generation storyboarding and previsualization tool for use by filmmakers and artists. Composer focuses on the essential forms of visual filmmaking: staging, pose, angle, sequence. It focuses on workflow and simplicity while maintaining the utmost in technical accuracy. It’s shot planning for real filmmakers.

Composer has been designed and implemented by an experienced hollywood Visual Effects and Previsualization Supervisor, who uses it on his own projects as well.

Composer’s presets and shortcuts are designed for proper filmmaking. Real film-backs such as Academy and Super35. Real lenses. Real digital cinema aspect ratios.

Composer’s built-in virtual camera system allows you to simply hold your iPad like a camera and frame up your shots by panning and tilting the iPad. (note: devices with gyroscopes perform much better in this mode. Though, older devices will use the accelerometer and compass to run the virtual camera with reduced accuracy.)

13. Storyboard Composer HD

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> Developer: Cinemek Inc.
> Price: $29.99
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Create compelling real time pre-visualizations and storyboards of your ideas on your iPad, iPhone or iPod touch with Storyboard Composer HD. Storyboard Composer HD is the world’s first mobile storyboarding app which allows you to storyboard where you need to when you need to. Simply take a photo, drop in characters, add camera or scene direction, then play the project back in real time.

This version of Storyboard Composer allows you to share your .CSC file with other users who own Storyboard Composer as well as Organize your scenes more efficiently.

14. Green Screen Movie FX Studio

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> Developer: Epocfield
> Price: £1.99
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Green Screen Movie FX Studio is an incredibly powerful special effects editor that allows you to create Hollywood style movies clips in exactly the way you want.

Unlike other FX applications, Movie FX Studio puts you in control of the Directors chair.

Simply shoot your main video and then add as many special effects as you want.

FX clips can be positioned flexibly with the ability to place them in any order either in front or behind the main video.

Select from 88 FX layers and choose their exact size, rotation and position in your film.

Create your very own FX layers by importing videos & photos from iTunes, record or camera roll and add chroma key to your video FX if you want.

Create a cloak of invisibility , make your friends fly or create a shrinking spells.

Includes a powerful chroma key editor giving the option of easily removing any colour background to act as a green screen on the main video.

Amazing tweening animation support that interpolates between multiple tweening points giving smoothly animated scale, rotation and position of the FX layers and main video. (In other words, make a huge T-Rex chase you or make an F16 fly through the sky and you choose its flight path).

15. Horrorgram

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> Developer: Lions Gate Films Inc.
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Create photos and videos filled with dread using realistic horror movie effects, graphics and custom filters. Inspired by Lionsgate’s films, Horrorgram features characters like LEATHERFACE from TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE and the masked killers from YOU’RE NEXT.

Instantly share your creations to the gallery and send them directly to friends. In the gallery, check out other photos and videos made by Horrorgram users and see if you can create the most terrifying scene in the world.
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16. Chroma Key

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> Developer: Scuba Bunny Studio
> Price: £1.49
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
chromakey is designed to run on your iPad or iPhone when using it as a prop during a photo or video shoot. It allows actors to interact with the screen realistically by being the green screen itself so you can replace the screen content later.

To make compositing in post-production easier, it provides solid colours with optional, high contrast, industry standard tracking markers, grid lines, and visual taps. It is meant for creating demo videos, or for movie-style special effect interfaces.

Please note that chromakey does not allow you to remove green screen from existing photos or videos, and separate photo or video editing software must be used.

17. Efexio

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> Developer: Efexio, Inc
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Tippett FX has formed a partnership with visual technology group Pixelux Entertainment to supply and license Hollywood-style original and creature animations for the Efexio special effects marketplace.

Efexio created an exclusive “Tippett Creature Shop” within the Efexio marketplace, featuring downloadable, quality animations of high-quality 3-D models to your own photos and videos. Drop aliens, robots, zombies and dinosaurs into your creations, tweak the lighting and apply grading to pull the whole lot together. As someone who ditched a scene in a short movie I made in college because I could’t work out how to add a laser blast to a video sequence (on actual tape), I can appreciate the awesomeness of this.

18. Efexio

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> Developer: Efexio, Inc
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Tippett FX has formed a partnership with visual technology group Pixelux Entertainment to supply and license Hollywood-style original and creature animations for the Efexio special effects marketplace.

Efexio created an exclusive “Tippett Creature Shop” within the Efexio marketplace, featuring downloadable, quality animations of high-quality 3-D models to your own photos and videos. Drop aliens, robots, zombies and dinosaurs into your creations, tweak the lighting and apply grading to pull the whole lot together. As someone who ditched a scene in a short movie I made in college because I could’t work out how to add a laser blast to a video sequence (on actual tape), I can appreciate the awesomeness of this.

19. VFX Studio

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> Developer: VicoSoft
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
VFX Studio is a powerful tool allowing professionals and amateurs to add a wide range of movie-like effects to their pics !

If you are a FX movie fan, share your amazing fake pics to impress your friends ! If you always wanted to hold a lightsaber in your hands, blast a hudge Kamehameha, fake your car was ruined or your friend’s house is on fire, or maybe a T-Rex waiting for you in the backyard, it’s now or never !

If you are a film director or a post-production supervisor, VFX Studio will be useful when scouting for a scene and quickly check feasibility of a particular effect before shooting.

20. Cinefex

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> Developer: Cinefex LLC
> Price: Free
> Works with: iPhone, iPod touch, iPad
Ever wonder how visual effects films are made? Well, wonder no more. Cinefex tells all.

For more than 30 years, Cinefex has been taking readers behind the scenes for an exclusive look at the visual magic behind many of the most popular and enduring movies of all time.

Current issues are formatted specifically for the iPad, with additional photos, interactive imagery and video not available in the print edition, plus search function and other nifty features. Cinefex 127, the first enhanced iPad edition is available as a free download.

Reproductions of all Cinefex back issues, with tablet features but no new content, will be introduced in the coming year.

The Cinefex App is designed for the new iPad’s breakthrough Retina display.

SUBSCRIPTION OPTION:
One-year (4 issue) subscription for $18.99, automatically renewed until canceled. Payment for all purchases will be charged to your iTunes account at the confirmation of your purchase.

SUBSCRIBERS’ AUTOMATIC-RENEWAL FEATURE: Your subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of the current period. Your iTunes account will automatically be charged $18.99 within 24-hours prior to the end of the current period. You can manage your subscriptions through your Account Settings after purchase. No cancellation of the current subscription is allowed during active subscription period.

Another Filmmakers Tools

> Match Lens
This calculator computes the equivalent lens focal length to produce the same field of view between two cameras with different aperture/sensor sizes. It will do a “Match Lens” calculation, and produce the closest equivalent angle of view lens, in millimeters, for both vertical and horizontal frames, between the original camera’s focal length and the current camera’s focal length.

MatchLens is slanted toward the professional movie industry, covering 16mm, 35mm and high definition video formats, but also covers an extensive list of professional DSLR’s and consumer point-and-shoot digital camera formats, which can be matched across all standards: motion picture film, video, and still photography.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/matchlens/id315223799?mt=8

> DSLR Slate
DSLR Slate is the perfect companion for the DSLR Filmmaker. As a Universal App, DSLR Slate runs natively on iPad, iPhone, and iPod Touch. Designed for all needs from student to hollywood, DSLR Slate will be just as useful as the traditional film slate, if not more. “Slating” shots has become standard practice on set and helps streamline shot logging and post production.

Along with a color chart and selectable running timecode, DSLR Slate has all the traditional items for input such as Scene, Take, Framerate, Director, etc. DLSR Slate also provides unique items aimed specifically for DSLR cameras such as ISO Speed, Aperture, Shutter Speed, White Balance, Lens, Filter, and more. While being invaluable on set, these items also prove useful when shooting tests in varying lighting conditions.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/dslr-slate/id374241045?mt=8

> Artemis Director’s Viewfinder
Artemis is a digital directors viewfinder for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Used by cinematographers and directors worldwide, Artemis works in much the same way as a traditional directors viewfinder but more accurately and with loads more features. Perfect for location scouting or making storyboards.
https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/artemis-directors-viewfinder/id324917457?mt=8