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Product Review: Yoostar puts 'Yoo' in movie scenes

Okay, so I might not be able to actually be in a zombie movie with Simon Pegg, but I can pretend to with my most recent product review -- the Yoostar Entertainment System.

The software and equipment lets users insert themselves into short movie clips -- such as Forrest Gump, The Godfather, Ferris Bueller's Day Off and Sean of the Dead -- with the original actor removed from the scene.

For $169.95, it includes a Web cam, portable green screen and stand, remote control and software that includes 14 movie scenes. Users can purchase and download additional scenes for $2.99 at Yoostar.com.

I used it to film this week's review video, so you can see how the quality is by watching it below. (You can also read the full print review here.) But with glitches and not many good scenes, the novelty wore off pretty quickly.


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WAW! This is so cool! My friends are going to LOVE this! My boyfriend is film major so we are totally going to have some fun with this on the weekend! Can you choose any movie or are there only the threads that are existing in the system? I hope there are some good classics in there :)


As far as I can see, you can't save the performance on your own hard drive, or make any kind of personal copy. Even though the website has a "private" setting,where you can post the performance, the terms and conditions state that they can are the "sole" property owners of any performance you record, and can use them any way they want if they choose without your permission. You, however have many restrictions as to how you may use and distribute the material you create using this device.

...and if someone takes your clip and uses it in an inappropriate way, you can't hold Yoostar responsible. It's all in the "fine print" under Terms and Conditions.

With privacy concerns on the internet these days, it doesn't seem a very wise choice to use "Yoostar." But maybe you're not concerned with privacy or having control over how your image and performance are distributed by strangers.

Fair enough.

I, however would like to be able to use the camera to film anything I want, not just to use the Yoostar scenes and backdrops. And I'd like to be able to film for more that three minutes at a time.

You have so little options as to control over what you use this equipment to do. At $165, I don't think it's worth it.

If I could find my receipt, I'd return it tomorrow.

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