Apple Clips Video Editing App Gets Animated Overlays With Disney, Pixar Characters

Apple Clips Video Editing App Gets Animated Overlays With Disney, Pixar Characters


  • The version 1.1 update is already available on the App Store
  • The app was launched back in March
  • The update brings some usability improvements as well

In March this year, Apple launched its Clips app that essentially allows users to create videos easily by combining video clips, photos, and music. While the app has not performed exceptionally well on app charts, the Cupertino-based company has now added some Disneyand Pixar magic to make the app more appealing.

With its latest update, version 1.1, Clips has received dozens of new customizable text banners, overlays, and posters that include characters from both Disney and Pixar. This means that users will be able to add animated overlays with Mickey, Minnie, and other characters from movies Toy Story and Inside Out to their videos with the new update.

“Users can now add classic Disney and Pixar characters to their videos. Clips 1.1 features animated overlays of Mickey Mouse, Minnie Mouse, Donald Duck and Daisy Duck,” the company said in its release. Apart from these animated overlays, Disney-designed posters can also be added to the videos as “playful title cards” with the update, Apple says.

Apart from these, with the new update, Clips has now received 10 new Apple-designed overlays and 12 posters with customisable animated text. “From glistening water to slow motion billowing smoke and 3D pop-up art, the new poster designs bring more versatility to iOS video creation,” the company said in the release.

Further, a new button for editing “Live Titles” has been added to the app to make it easier to change captions and titles. The Cupertino-based company has also mentioned some usability improvements in the release but didn’t mention the specific details regarding the same.

Though Apple’s Clips app has not been able to perform well until now, let’s hope Woody will be able to save the day and bring more users to this video editing tool.


Disney Said to Have Dropped Twitter Pursuit Partly Over Image

Disney Said to Have Dropped Twitter Pursuit Partly Over Image


  • Walt Disney was earlier said to be in the line to bid for Twitter
  • Salesforce and Google earlier backed out from the bidding
  • Twitter is reported to be seeking about $30 billion for its sale

Walt Disney Co. decided not to pursue a bid for Twitter Inc. partly out of concern that bullying and other uncivil forms of communication on the social media site might soil the company’s wholesome family image, according to people familiar with management’s thinking.

The producer of family fare like “Finding Dory” had gone so far as to hire two investment banks, JPMorgan Chase & Co. and Guggenheim Partners LLC, to help evaluate a bid for Twitter. Disney management also listened to a presentation about the business from Twitterexecutives, according to the people, who asked not to be identified because the discussions were private.

(Also see:  Twitter Seeks New Path After Potential Bidders Said to Back Off)

There were other reasons for Disney not to pursue Twitter. The social media pioneer, creator of the 140-character tweet, is losing money and yet sports a market value of almost $12 billion (roughly Rs. 80,067 crores). That would a big deal even for Disney, which has a market value 12 times that. Some of Disney’s largest investors called the company over the past few weeks to express their displeasure with a Twitter purchase for those reasons, people close to the companies Inc. also decided against a Twitter bid, as did Alphabet Inc.’s Google.

Another Milestone
Twitter could have been another milestone in the career of Disney Chief Executive Officer Bob Iger. The 65-year-old can point to the success of other acquisitions made under his tenure such as Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm. In a public chat at Boston College earlier this month Iger talked about how critical it is for Disney’s brands to establish a direct connection to consumers via mobile devices.

Iger recruited Twitter co-founder and CEO Jack Dorsey to the Disney board three years ago. Dorsey has said he respects Iger and considers him a mentor. Iger was invited to speak to Twitter’s senior staff about leadership at the beginning of the year.

Dorsey has been resistant to selling the company, however, hoping instead for more time to prove that a new live-video streaming strategy can help increase user growth, people familiar with the matter have said. Twitter’s board decided to retain bankers to explore the option after receiving interest from a prospective bidder that has since backed out.

Twitter has for years faced criticism for its hands-off approach to abuse and harassment on its service. Because people don’t have to use their real names, racist, sexist and anti-Semitic internet “trolls” have thrived on the platform. The company has pledged to become more serious about the issue in the last year, working on solutions such as letting people block keywords. Still, attacks this year have led to temporary departures of high-profile users including Leslie Jones, an actress in the movie “Ghostbusters,” as well as a New York Times journalist.

Twitter has only recently started exploring technological solutions to harassment on its service. Disney’s discomfort with abuse on the site indicates that it’s a larger problem for Twitter’s business prospects than its executives imagined.

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Tags: Walt Disney, Twitter, Jack Dorsey, Social

Disney research makes use of RFID tags for low-price interactive video games

Disney research and Carnegie Mellon college have evolved a way to apply RFID tags to make interactivevideo games and controllers so reasonably-priced, they may bebasically disposable.” Their deviceknown asfast” can feel if you‘re transferring or touching items attached with cheap, battery-less RFID tags in near real time. RFID readers generally take in to 2 seconds to examine tags on bags or otheritems, however speedy can understand actions in as low as 2 hundred milliseconds.

The group made a gaggle of interactive toys to illustrate the system‘s abilities, including a tic-tac-toe board that shows the sport on a computer display and plays sound results. they also made a physicalaudio manage board you may use to mix song and a toy spaceship whose movements are lively ondisplay.

given that you can slap a cheap RFID tag on pretty tons whatever, the machine may even be used to create interactive storybooks. As Disney studies scientist Alanson sample said, “by making it easy to feature RFID-based totally sensing to gadgets, speedy permits the design of recent, custom interactivegadgets with a very speedy improvement cycle.” The team demonstrated all the toys we’ve got notedabove (and greater) in the video beneath.

Disney Magic Kingdoms Arrives on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone

Disney Magic Kingdoms Arrives on Android, iOS, and Windows Phone

Announced at the 2015 D23 Expo, Disney Magic Kingdoms – a collaboration between mobile game publisher Gameloft and Disney Interactive – is now available on Android, iOS, and Windows Phonedevices.

(Also see: Disney’s Zootopia Is a Children’s Movie on the Surface That Has Lessons for Every Adult)

“Disney Magic Kingdoms will allow players to build the theme park of their dreams by recreating and placing iconic attractions in a fun animated landscape,” the company stated back in August. “With influence from the Disneyland Resort in California, Walt Disney World Resort in Florida, Disneyland Paris and more, the game reimagines Disney Parks for mobile, letting fans experience an authentic and magical experience anytime, anywhere.”

Walt Disney has afforded Gameloft its huge roster of famous characters for the game in a bid to attract children of all ages and likes. Apart from the standard Mickey Mouse and Cinderella, players can also get access to Buzz Lightyear from Toy Story, Mike Wazowski from the Monsters franchise, and others. You will face foes such as Sleeping Beauty’s Maleficent, Tangled’s Mother Gothel and Toy Story’s Emperor Zurg in your quest “to rid the kingdom of evil”, Disney said.

“Disney Magic Kingdoms is a triumph in both beautiful visuals and authentically inspired design that showcases everything beloved about the Disney Parks.” Gonzague de Vallois, senior VP of publishing at Gameloft, said in a statement. “We are delighted to provide Disney fans a new way to explore the Parks and interact with Disney characters and villains in a game which ties together 90 exceptional years of Disney in an adventure that takes us back to where it all began.”

(Also see: Father Bans Gaming After Teenage Son Spends $5,300 Playing FIFA)

As with all Gameloft games, there are microtransactions in Disney Magic Kingdoms. You can buy gems to speed up your in-game progress with the help of in-app purchases, ranging from Rs. 10 to Rs. 6,200 per item.

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Tags: D23 Expo, Disney, Disney Magic Kingdoms, Gameloft, Walt Disney, microtransactions