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Creative pursuits are getting easier and easier to go after these days, especially ones involving technology. For a long time, expensive software with steep learning curves has been prohibitive for newcomers to the world of digital creativity. Animation has long been a field affected by such problems – software from companies like Autodesk and Adobe runs hundreds if not thousands of dollars. This is certainly not something the amateur animator is going to be excited to invest in.

Luckily, a number of developers over the past couple of years have put out some great software for amateur animators. These programs allow you to make simple animations, stop-motion videos, time lapses and much more. The apps I’ve included are all under the $50 benchmark, with many available for $10 or less. Stick with me after the jump to learn about the great variety of software available for the home animator.

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If you frequent the AppStorm sites, you know that we love apps. We love writing with them, designing with them, coding with them, and so much more. Our prime directive is to share our love of apps with you. In this occasion, however, we will support our love for apps and design by giving you a sweet roundup of some of the most amazing templates for your video projects.

If you are currently working on a summer-themed wedding video, or a simple intro for a business, this list should help you if you need a refreshing touch of summer on your projects. You can use these files with Final Cut, iMovie, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, or whatever you use to edit your videos.

Let’s not keep you waiting and let’s check out these fantastic files from VideoHive, AudioJungle, and GraphicRiver, marketplaces run by our parent company, Envato.

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I was very reluctant to adopt Final Cut X and Motion 5 due to a number of reasons, one of the biggest of which was my favorite plugins working with the new software. I am very happy to say after many months, plugins are now available and coming out strong.

Let’s go on a little video lover’s escapade into the world of digital video and check some cool plugins! I even threw in a plugin for those who have not switched over to FCP X.

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The Mac has long been the homestead for effective and easy video editing, graphic design, and video compressing for many professionals and novices alike. If you are at all interested in getting your creative juices flowing, video wise, you will absolutely love this roundup. Many people know the big video apps for Mac, while other smaller and still great apps out there remained a mystery. So as a professional video editor and cinematographer, it is my mission to let you in on over thirty of the best video apps around.

Many of these apps are free and others are paid. Bang for your buck is very important when choosing what to spend your hard earned money on, so rest assured that all of the apps listed are in fact worth every penny. Lets dive right in and get creative!

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As a Mac user, there are plenty of situations that require you to convert video between various formats. Maybe you want to convert that home movie your PC-using brother sent you to play on your iPad, or even convert your favorite YouTube videos for offline browsing on your PSP!

Back in 2009, we ran an article on video encoding options for Mac OS X. A lot has changed on the video-conversion scene since then, with new apps being released and most on that list being updated. Let’s take another look at the (new and old) options for video conversion and encoding.

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So you just unboxed that shiny new Mac, fired it up and heard the glorious chime. Now what? It can be a little bit overwhelming to start from scratch and build a library of useful applications but we’re to help!

Today we’ll take a look at 50 awesome apps that are perfect for new OS X users switching over from a PC. As I’m sure your new Mac has cleaned out your savings, I tried to focus on primarily free apps. There are a few thrown in that will cost you but the vast majority won’t set you back a single cent. I’ve seen a lot of users ask for more screenshots lately so we’ve piled them into this roundup!

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At some stage you’ve probably all needed to convert videos between various formats. Whether it’s to make that YouTube video play on your iPod, or to watch something a PC-using friend sent to you in an odd format. This task can often seem time consuming and problematic, but with the right tools is no issue.

Luckily, there is an abundance of applications out there for this very purpose. This roundup covers 7 different Mac apps for encoding video into whichever format you’re after. Some are free and some are not, but all do a great job.

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