Rainbow  for  iMovie  - version 1.0.1 © 2003 Gecko Tribe, LLC
Rainbow for iMovie is like a thresholding tool on steriods. Instead of just setting all dark pixels to black and all light pixels to white, Rainbow lets you set alternating bands of brightness levels to black or white, with sharp or gray edges between the bands. You can also color the bands with the colors of the rainbow. By adjusting the settings, you may achieve a wide variety of styles.

Options
Effects menu items:
Rainbow adds seven items to the effects menu: black and white, and six color options. The letters in the names of the color options refer to blue, magenta, red, yellow, green and cyan. All six options use the same colors in the same order, but begin at a different point in the rainbow. Select the one that results in the colors you want to have in your movie.

Controls:

  • Band width controls the width of each band of color. For more bands of color, select a narrower band width.
  • Edge sharpness controls how gradually the color changes between bands. The change can be completely gradual, or instantaneous.
  • Brightness ramp controls how much the brightness level of the original image affects the brightness of the resulting image. At the "full" end, the brightness of each pixel of the output is completely controlled by the brightness of the input pixel. At the "flat" end, all colors are very bright and are not affected by the brightness of the input pixels.
Installation

MacOS 9

  1. If iMovie is running, quit the program.
  2. Find the iMovie folder on your hard drive.
  3. If there is a folder named "Resources" in the iMovie folder, open it. Otherwise, there should be another folder named "iMovie" there--open it, and then open the "Resources" folder inside it.
  4. Inside that folder, open the "Plug-ins" folder.
  5. Inside that folder, open the "Effects" folder.
  6. Copy "RainbowMLC.MacOS9" into the "Effects" folder.
  7. Restart iMovie.
iMovie 2.1 or lower for MacOS X
  1. If iMovie is running, quit the program.
  2. Open the "Applications" folder on your hard drive.
  3. Inside that folder, open the "iMovie for MacOS X" folder.
  4. If there is a folder named "Resources" there, open it. Otherwise, there should be a folder named "iMovie" there--open it, and then open the "Resources" folder inside it.
  5. Inside that folder, open the "Plugins" folder.
  6. Copy "RainbowMLC.MacOSX" to the "Plugins" folder.
  7. Restart iMovie.
iMovie 2.1.1 or higher for MacOS X
  1. If iMovie is running, quit the program.
  2. Open the "Users" folder on your hard drive.
  3. Inside that folder, open the folder with your username.
  4. Inside your user folder, open the "Library" folder.
  5. If there is an "iMovie" folder there, open it. Otherwise, create a new folder named "iMovie". (Be sure to only capitalize the "M").
  6. If there is an "Plug-ins" folder there, open it. Otherwise, create a new folder named "Plug-ins". (Be sure to only capitalize the "P" and to include a hyphen).
  7. Copy "RainbowMLC.MacOSX" to the "Plug-ins" folder.
  8. Restart iMovie.
Rainbow should now appear in the list in the Effects panel.

  Requirements

  • iMovie 2.0.1 or higher
  • MacOS 9 or MacOS X
Price and Ordering
For current pricing and to order Rainbow for iMovie, please visit the iMovie section of our Film Website. Rainbow for iMovie is available for download when paying by credit card. When paying by PayPal.com, check, or money order, Rainbow for iMovie will be emailed to you upon receipt of payment.

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Usage tips
The following tips will help you to get the best quality images from Rainbow:

Smoothing details

To smooth out little details, blur your images using iMovie's built-in soft focus effect before applying Rainbow. Be sure to click "Commit" after applying soft focus. Otherwise, the blurring will be discarded by iMovie before Rainbow is applied.

If you are shooting video which you intend only to use with Rainbow applied, you could even shoot it out of focus on purpose.

Original video image

Effect applied to original image

Blurred image

Effect applied to blurred image
Notice how much cleaner the shirt is, and how solid lines appear in places where the lines above are broken or filled in with black.

Avoid fine details

Use subjects with as little fine detail as possible. Note that it is sometimes desirable to have highly detailed backgrounds, but if your main subject has too much detail, it may be difficult to tell what it is. It helps to avoid shooting from too far away from your subject.

Original image

Image with effect applied
Notice that while the background looks fine, it is difficult to see the subject.

Use close-ups

Close up shots tend to work very well with Rainbow. Note that the examples shown below were all blurred before Rainbow was applied.

Original image

Image with effect applied

Original image

Image with effect applied

Even a shot like this that starts out looking a little funny can yield interesting results! And just wait till you see your full motion video with Rainbow applied! Image with effect applied

© 2003 Gecko Tribe, LLC