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muvee Pixie review

£19 inc VAT

Manufacturer: muvee

Our Rating: We rate this 4 out of 5

muvee Pixie is a cut-down version of the muvee Reveal video-editing software, designed to make it easy to edit movies on a netbook.

muvee Pixie is a cut-down version of the muvee Reveal video-editing software, designed to make it easy to edit movies on a netbook.

We love muvee Reveal - software that's claim to fame is its ability to automatically create professional-looking movie projects using prefab styles. muvee Pixie does the same thing, but is less expensive and somewhat limited - although not to the point that it can't be useful. And the £19 you must find for Pixie may be a better deal than Reveal's £79 asking price: depending on your level of need.

muvee Pixie requires that Windows Media Player be installed (European XP N users take note), and also installs the Microsoft Visual C++ 2005 redistributables if they aren't already on your PC. The only reason we mention this is that the program is touted as netbook-friendly, and some netbooks are light on the hard drive space.

Memory usage was about 75MB for muvee Pixie, plus what you need for each picture and video added to a project. On our Atom N270-based netbook, it seemed perky enough, and certainly more so than with larger authoring apps such as CyberLink's PowerProducer.

muvee Pixie is social network-friendly. It includes dedicated Facebook and YouTube upload functions, as well as uploading to muvee's own Shwup.com community. You may also save your creation to the hard drive in Windows Media format, and in MP4 format for the Apple iPhone family or Google Android devices.

We cynically expected muvee Pixie to be a dead end creatively, and in some aspects it is. With only four styles on board, and three free ones muvee offers online (there's more to come) there's not an huge variety of FX and transitions. However, the included styles are attractive and for the average user, the ability to tweak them by altering the title and credits, photo captions, background graphics and animation should easily be enough.

muvee Pixie does not allow you to load user styles as Reveal does, so you're limited to the included styles, plus the free online styles - and of course, the style packs muvee will sell you for £9 a pop, which can add up in a hurry.

Our only, exceedingly minor, complaint about Pixie is that it didn't want to remember the last window size and position: It always opens in full screen mode.

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1024MB Ram
Windows Vista/Win 7/XP SP2
Windows Movie Maker
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