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Easy Video Creation with Muvee Reveal – Review

Hi all, I’ve had the pleasure of working with Muvee Reveal 11, a program to make help you make videos. I was fortunate enough to be one of the bloggers chosen for this review and I have to tell you, it made making videos so easy!

This program has everything, I put together a few collages using Gimp (a free photoshop like program) and polished up a few old pictures. I played with Muvee a while and decided to add some old video footage of the dogs.

I can’t help myself sometimes and I just MUST grab the nearest camera and take videos of my dogs… you may say that I am easily entertained, but I do think that they are the cutest dogs in the whole wide world! Lol Just like a proud Mother, huh? I am in the habit of saying that I wish my eyes had a built in camera in them to capture those moments that come and go so quickly.

muvee reveal program pictureLuckily most of us have several means for taking those precious videos and pictures close at hand with technology today. The problem has been getting those great pictures and videos together to form an entertaining video to share with others. Lets face it, with YouTube out there, we’ve all seen some very put together videos and we wouldn’t be entertained by just any video anymore.

I am picky when it comes to putting anything together to post online, and I have, in the past spent days and hours to put together my videos for my blog. The program Muvee Reveal 11 has made my work so much easier for me, and I can say that it is honestly worth the money, because of the ease of use and professional results you get in no time at all.

Muvee has so many features in it that I couldn’t possibly tell you about all of them… I am sure that I haven’t done anything but touch the surface of this programs capabilities. I know that I have yet to play with the voice-over feature and I only cut one old video down on it.

movee reveal picture of some settingsThe features that I have used to make my little movie, that I can recall off the top of my head:

Captions for on your video clips or pictures

Inserting Text before certain pictures

Choosing the Theme

Choosing the Music (either choose from what comes with the program or your own music)

Turning down the Music

Enhancing  the sound on your video clip

Editing one of the 4 little videos in the mix

Sorting my pictures and videos

Playing with the font for Captions, Title etc

Added Graffiti (tons to choose from)

Choosing where to upload my video (I chose youtube of course)

muvee reveal another settingAnd that is just to name a few of the options that I chose, I am currently waiting for my video to upload to youtube as I write this. ūüôā I could save this in HD Format, but that would take hours and with my internet sometimes acting up I decided to go with the lowest resolution so it will take only a few minutes to upload.

And Here it is! Check out my new video:

All I can say about this program is, the more I played with it yesterday the more creative I found I could be in making my video look truly professional and attractive. And the more I play with this the more I discovered about the program. If you get lost playing with Muvee Reveal, they not only have tutorials online, but they have a forum where you can easily search to find answers to your questions and if you don’t find an answer, then just ask your own question in the forum or with their Live Chat too!

I am excited that I have Muvee Reveal, as I have more review projects coming up soon that could use a video. Click here to get your own copy of Muvee Reveal and start making those pictures and or videos stand out from the crowd.


I received one or more of the products mentioned above for free using Tomoson.com. Regardless, I only recommend products or services I use personally and believe will be good for my readers.

David Gray Mutineers Album – Review

 

Hi folks, I was fortunate enough to receive David Gray’s Newest Album prior to it’s release on June 17th for a review. His new album is called Mutineers! Now, I don’t get to listen to much lately on the radio or music for that matter, since my husband is at home with his being disabled now too… so receiving this album was a treat for me and I love nothing more than great Country Music!

David Gray has a really wonderful voice and he really absorbs you into the tone of the songs he sings. His songs in this album are diverse as they seem to go from truly country sounding to more of a nice soft pop songs… this is fine with me as it reminds me of back when the radio stations had played a diverse mixture of styles.

Picture of David Gray and a picture of his new album cover for www.honestlymariah.com album review
My favorite song from this album? It’s hard to pick but if I had to pick one it would be, As The Crow Flies, the first song on my digital download. The lyrics in As The Crow Flies makes me think of how I tried recently to explain how complex we Women can be, one way and yet the polar opposite feelings at the same time. Don’t you just love how the lyrics of the songs you listen to can make you think of things that you’d just experienced or think of things long ago. Now don’t get me wrong, the song doesn’t seem to be about women in particular, it does mention a lot of opposites and this is why I thought of the recent discussion with a friend.

 

I love digital downloads as I can install them on my husbands iPod and pick my own personal play list and this album is my first entry into his iPod. I’ve listened to this Album again and again on my laptop (with my headset on) and found myself singing to several of the songs now. I love this album and am so glad to have something to sing along to while I run my part of the Multi-Family Garage Sale that several neighbors and I are holding this weekend… well maybe I will just listen to it and put it on speakers so others can hear it too. lol No sense keeping this new album to myself, right? If it’s good enough for me to give it two thumbs up for you, then it’s good enough for me to share it with the rest of the neighborhood and the garage-salers (hmmm, is there such a word?) this weekend. ūüôā

I think it’s time to let those of you hear for yourself one of the songs from his new album, that just started being sold yesterday. Here is a video for you, this one is called “Back In The World” it’s the first song on David’s new album, Mutineers, enjoy! By the way this is my other choice of a favorite from his Album.

To purchase your copy of the album here are a couple of places where you can get your own copy:

You can check out more sites with David Gray & follow him online here:

Official Website – http://www.davidgray.com/
Twitter – @DavidGray
YouTube – https://www.youtube.com/user/TheRealDavidGray

Disclaimer: Mariah Lockwood personally reviewed this product. I receiveda free download of the album to review from One2One Network for this review. I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return.. All opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by ToiletTree and me.

Win An Xbox One – Giveaway

And here we go folks, the Giveaway you’ve all been looking forward to… your chance to win an Xbox One!

Thank you to NY Saving Specials your hard work on this giveaway! And a thank you to all the Lovely Co-hosts for helping to make this wonderful giveaway possible!

I still wonder why, after all the Xbox editions Microsoft has brought to the market, why they decided to call this the Xbox One. *shrug* Who cares, though… as long as you like gaming systems then why not win and get yourself one for free? Right?

Of course hubby and I are behind the times we have the PlayStation 3, but before that we had the very first Xbox (and we just traded it in for credit towards our PlayStation 3 two Christmas’ ago lol), so we are not as behind the times as we once were. lol

Okay folks now it’s on with the show here… without further adieu here is the giveaway you’ve been waiting for!

 

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Win $25 iTunes Gift Card From My Emoticons

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Hi Folks, I have an exciting giveaway for a $25 iTunes Gift Card sponsored by My Emoticons.

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Here is what they say on their site:

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Sample of some of the Emoticons from My EmoticonsWhat is so very cool is that MyEmoticons offers a collection of emoticons that you can use for free in Facebook, Twitter, and Gmail to give your messages a more personal feel.

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I’ve checked out My Emoticons Website and they have a FREE Download for those cute smileys as well as roses, lips, hearts and more! Everything there looks so very cute, and fun… I even like the black and white ones that they show on the scrolling pictures. I see from one of the scrolling pictures that they have Emoticons for Holidays, Sports, Food, Music, Movies and More too! SWEET, how fun would it be to use these in chat with friends and family?

I also saw the FAQ section of their site, you should check it out, they have videos there with the products being installed and used in Facebook. The Emoticons look so very easy to install and use. Love Smiley Emoticon

You should also check out the links (in a blue bar) at the bottom of their page for more pictures and information. I really like the page “Emoticons” it shows you the categories and the cute emoticons that are under each category.

How fun is that? And what is ever better is that in exchange for introducing you to their site and their program, they have offered one lucky winner here a $25 iTunes Gift Card! Yay!

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Disclaimer: This is a sponsored post, sponsored by My Emoticons, in exchange for a link to them and the giveaway for you. Contained in my review is my true thoughts and feelings from viewing their site, I have not downloaded these free Emoticons at this time. I cannot guarantee the sponsors product and as always be safe please whenever you are downloading any programs online. As always, all opinions are mine and belong to me solely. My thoughts and opinions may differ from yours. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255 Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising. The photo’s used in this review were provided by My Emoticons website.