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Last Updated: Friday, 3 August 2007, 07:36 GMT 08:36 UK
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By Kate Russell
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Kate Russell gives us her latest selection of the best sites on the World Wide Web.

Jumpcut

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If you do not own any video editing software Jumpcut is an online resource that allows you to perform simple edits, add titles, create photo slide shows and upload video to the Jumpcut site.

The site is owned by Yahoo so you will need to create a Yahoo account then register with Jumpcut.

Once registration is complete, select the upload option and browse the video or stills saved on your hard drive. Select the images you want to edit, then hit upload.

This then opens the web-based editor. The software automatically turns these files into a movie. On the right of the screen you will find the option to edit, clicking on this takes you to the online editor.

You can also upload several clips from different sources to cut together.

The site includes a step-by-step video guide to editing, and there are text guides for the more complicated features, like using effects such as fades and dissolves.

To get a feel for what is possible with Jumpcut, click on the explore tab on the left of the screen. Here you will be able to search examples of other users' movies and perhaps get a bit of inspiration.

There is also a public clips library, here you can grab and splice these clips into your own magnum opus.

Once your edit is complete it can be published on the public section of the Jumpcut site, or if you are feeling shy you can keep your work private and for your eyes only.

The site design is really clear and concise, and while it might take a while to get to grips with the arcane art of video editing, you will have a lot of fun experimenting.


Chasing The Frog

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Unusually named site, Chasing the Frog, is a great resource for quirky off-the-wall or little known facts about some of the biggest movies.

A visit to the homepage reveals the site is broken down into sections revealing different facts about Hollywood's greatest hits.

Clicking on the True Stories section examines films based on historical facts. There are articles and interviews discussing the movies which include mini bios of the actors involved.

Clicking on Reel Faces compares the movie's cast to their real life counterparts. Take Donnie Brasco for instance, the Hollywood hoods led by Johnny Depp are slightly more glamorous than the real world gangsters.

Head over to the Classics section to vote for your favourite mob and vampire movies or to check out the original trailers to Hollywood classics.

For further discussion and to swap obscure film facts take a trip over to the lively forum. And for a little bit of fun click on the unmasked section and check out the faces and voices behind a couple of the movies' scariest villains.

Movie news and latest box office returns round out the package. This is a fun little site that offers an interesting spin on movie websites.


Photobooth

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This is a weird little blog dedicated to the humble photo booth. While you may think there would be very little to say about these photographic relics, this blog surprises with its breadth of knowledge and humour.

The site is only concerned with so-called proper photo booths. You will not find any digital examples on here.

As this site is based in the US, the photo booth locator has an American bias, but this section of the site lists notable photo booths around the world.

Site visitors can contribute an exterior image of a photo booth as well as a copy of a picture they have taken inside the booth.

These are accompanied by a short bit of text describing the booths location and any information the contributors have managed to glean about its manufacture. All very silly but great fun.

The art section of the sites discusses artists who have used the photo booth as means of realising their creative vision, including articles on the likes of Andy Warhol.

The photo booth in the Movies tab leads to a nice part of the blog which lists where photo booths have played pivotal roles in feature films, and includes a quick summary of the movie and stills of the film in question, and yes, Superman 3 does get a look in.

Selecting Projects reveals a wealth of information about creative techniques that can be applied to snaps taken in photo booths, little tricks that make the images more interesting.

This is wonderfully pointless site, but the enthusiasm which has gone into its construction makes it a fun way to while away some spare time.




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