I Am In The Movie (DSiWare)

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I Am In The Movie Review

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Posted by Ron DelVillano

I am in disbelief

Have you ever wanted to be a film director? Have you ever wanted to capture life through the lens of a camera and use it to craft your own cinematic masterpiece? Do you have even a fleeting interest in special effects? If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, now’s the time to leave all of your hopes and dreams on the back-burner, because I am in the Movie, a DSiWare application that aims to turn your handheld gaming console into a device capable of churning out blockbusters, fails to deliver on almost every front.

Jumping right in, opening the software lands you at a menu from which you can record and edit video. While this is exactly what the app promises, curiously missing is any form of tutorial. It’s at this point that you’ll also notice that the software is unnecessarily complicated, resulting in a whole lot of frustrating trial and error just to get even the simplest effects to work. If you stick with this one long enough – and if you get some tips from the paltry help menu – you’ll eventually figure most of the features out, but you’ll also find that there’s not much to be seen.

When creating your movie, you’ll be able to record it under one of five channels, each of which features different special effects that you can apply to your video. This helps to better organize the effects and make it easier to pair those that complement each other, but it also means that you don’t have the full array available to you for each separate video that you record. This organization limits what you can do with the software, the first in a long string of problems plaguing the app. Of the effects, many are repeated, some serve no useful purpose, and others simply don’t work. If all you’re interested in is overlaying text on your images, changing the picture colour, or adding a simple audio visualizer over your video, then you’re in luck; anyone hoping to get more out of this one will find nothing but disappointment.

It’s no surprise that the DSi’s .03 megapixel cameras are less than impressive in terms of quality, but when you expect them to record video while manipulating the image, the results are often disastrous. A tremendous amount of light is required for the cameras to detect anything worth capturing, making it nearly impossible for those of us who don’t have access to a professionally lit studio to utilize half of this app’s effects. Adding insult to the injury of sub-par hardware to do the job is the fact that video can only be recoded in 5 or 10 second clips, depending on the image quality that you choose. It’s unclear if I am in the Movie was designed to rival short video service Vine based on this, but if it was, this one is clearly the loser of that match. The audio recording quality is just about as good as the video, sounding exceptionally tinny through the console’s built-in microphone and speakers.

As if all of that isn’t enough, there is also no option to save your videos to the system’s internal memory, delivering all footage directly onto your SD card. As such, none of it is actually viewable on the console, so you’ll have to import anything that you’ve recorded onto a computer in order to watch. Still images and screenshots captured during recording are viewable on the device, but video, the one thing that this app was created for, is not.

I am in the Movie may not be the most user-friendly software, and its effects are very limited, but the biggest issue with it is that it doesn’t fulfil the purpose for which it was designed. The point of this application is to be able to record and edit video footage, but due to both hardware and software limitations it’s impossible to do so effectively. Even if you do take the time to painstakingly record separate segments that result in anything longer than the 10-second allotment, you will need completely different software to combine them into one piece. The Rytmik series of apps allows you to compose entire songs, proving that DSiWare can be effectively used to create something substantial, but recording anything longer than 10 seconds in this app is literally impossible, defeating the purpose of its own existence.


To put it bluntly, I am in the Movie is almost entirely useless software. It’s not as completely broken as one might expect, but it fails to accomplish what it sets out to do. For an application designed for amateurs to edit video footage, it’s amazing to think how little effort was put into making it accessible to first time users. This doesn’t apply to everyone, but if you own a smartphone then you already have access to vastly superior video and image editing software, some of which probably comes standard on your device.

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User Comments (31)



epicdude12302 said:

And Dsiware goes out with a bang (not in a good way)! Too bad, but I never expected much from this because it's Dsiware.



bofis said:

Nothing about this makes sense...why are they releasing this on DSi Ware now and not even as a 3DS version that could utilize the 3D cameras to be SLIGHTLY interesting. Not too surprised by the review though.



Goginho said:

hmmmm.. I dunno :/ seems like a great piece of software that's worth getting. I mean, a 2? That's gotta be like- good or something, right? I'm still undecided on this one guys.

lol the clip looks like something from the early 2000s it has that sort of vibe to it, I feel.



Porky said:

In conclusion, "This doesn't apply to everyone, but 'it' you own a smartphone..."
Nice review. Any new dsiware nowadays is sure to be shovelware.



mystman12 said:

Welp, this is the first time I disagree with a NL review almost %100. Simply put, I think this review is awful. Did you even try messing with the chroma keying effects? Or the stamps? (For some reason called action objects in the manual) This is only $2 for goodness sake, and what you can do with it (especially considering it's on DSi) is very impressive. Sure, there are a few flaws and annoyances, but they are far outweighed by the fun you can have with this app. Look at this video I made. It has a few short clips I made ONLY USING this software. (Well, the first one was made by me putting a toy car in front of a computer screen, if you count that as not only using this software, and they were stitched together with Windows Movie Maker) Yes, I am so upset with this review I am putting MY FACE on the public internet... which is something I've never really done before. BEHOLD, WHAT I AM IN THE MOVIE CAN REALLY DO!!! CHEEZILY HILARIOUS STUFF!!!
(Normal link if the video isn't working: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SrINk_LyKTo )
All you need is some creativity and the apps shortcomings become far outweighed by the awesome stuff you can do with this. And like I said, it's only $2 for goodness sake! Well worth the price, and I'm glad I bought this before your review. I would have given this a 7 at the very least. Also, I cannot find any good special effects software for my iPod, at least not any for this good a price or that lets me do this much.

Well, I'm done ranting. Hope you enjoy the video!



mystman12 said:

@Goginho If this is the kind of thing you like, and you're not planning to use it on serious movie making or anything, you should definitely pick it up!



sinalefa said:

I guess Philip is on vacation. Two bad games (Young Justice the other one) and he didnt review any of them.



MamaLuigi said:

This seems like it would have been suited better to App Store. I just don't see DS or 3DS being home to gimmicky experiments.



SheldonRandoms said:

@mystman12 Those were swelltastic!

If Flipnote Hatena was still up and running, then I could had probably used this with Flipnote Studio somehow, just like Faceez!



mystman12 said:

Okay, sorry about my little rant, (What can I say? I was genuinely upset and just wanted to defend this app) but I've cooled down a bit, and I'd just like to make a few, more thought out comments.

For one, I just think this is a genuinely bad review. I mean, look at this from the review:

"If all you’re interested in is overlaying text on your images, changing the picture colour, or adding a simple audio visualizer over your video, then you’re in luck; anyone hoping to get more out of this one will find nothing but disappointment."

Um, nooooo, this app can do way, way more than that. You didn't mention that every effect is customizable, or that you can replace backgrounds, or that you can create custom objects like missiles or meteors and add them to the video. It just seems like you didn't spend enough time with this to figure out how to use everything. Those video clips I posted show some of the stuff you can do with this, and there are still plenty of features I didn't use. Sure, you won't be making any real movies with this thing, but you WILL be able to make some cool videos, whether it be purposely cheezy, stupid stuff like I posted, or putting yourself in a movie or a video game, or making a Reggie scanner. (Yes, I made that. It's not in the vid I posted, but I made an effect that came up with Reggie and it says "Your body is..." and then either "READY" or "NOT READY" ) It's just a lot of fun to mess around with, and works exceptionally well for being on DSiWare. In the end, I feel this review is very misleading, and that it's going to turn people who would enjoy this away from buying it. Again sorry for the rant, but hey, I never would have put that video up if I wasn't that angry!



StarDust4Ever said:

Ouch! I'm surprised they're actually still releasing this garbage on the service, even for 200 pts...



mr570 said:

@mystman12 awesome video! It does look like you could have some fun with friends with this thing. Sorta reminds me of that fisher price camera that could record black and white video on audio cassette tapes.

@DerpSandwich I loved the Gameboy Camera! That thing was epic. Too bad all my sticker pictures have faded away over the years.



DerpSandwich said:

@mr570 It was insanely fun! When the GBA came out I was waiting for a sequel, thinking it was inevitable! Then we start getting systems with built in cameras, and we get a couple apps, but nothing like Gameboy Camera. I don't even know how much I played that thing... The fact that Nintendo hasn't done something like that is baffling to me.

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