As I’m sure you’ve noticed by now, the team here at IFB has become more and more interested in the power of video blogging. Video is an extraordinary tool with which bloggers can convey their ideas and opinions directly to their audience in a personal (and personable) way. As I’m sure you’ve also noticed, the iPhone app store has recently been flooded with whole loads of video-related apps to help make videos easier to shoot, edit, and distribute. Here are five of the best video apps we’ve found.
Viddy is neat and shiny, but it also has a few issues. The first is a practical one: even iPhone video is a lot of information to handle and is thus slow to process. viddy takes time to render videos and the videos take time to upload; it is not as fast and instantaneous as Instagram, although that is its goal. (I should also insert here that I’ve been using viddy on an iPhone 4; the iPhone 4s is much more powerful so this may not be an issue at all for many new viddy users).
The other issue is a touch more frustrating: the viddy stream is already a veritable minefield of ads for movies, games, and other things you don’t want or need; there are advertisements everywhere in this app, so beware. The last issue is that the default music track that viddy applies to your videos is an unspeakably bad cool-jazz number that you’ll only be able to change if you first edit your video in iMovie, so be cognizant of that and the profound effects that bad elevator muzak can have on a cool video.
Have you gotten sick of going onto Facebook and watching a video uploaded by a friend only to find that the thing is a nonsensical mess of camera shake and missed focus signifying nothing? Videolicious aims to fix this. The strength of the Videolicious app is it’s ability to quickly edit disparate video clips and pull them together into what essentially amounts to a very short film. You pick five separate clips, Videolicious edits them together, you pick a song (similarly bad to the viddy song, so hopefully this will get cleared up soon), and then you upload directly to Facebook or YouTube. It’s fast, easy, and you get good results.
The main problem with Videolicious is that there is no dedicated social network to upload videos too. While this makes things easier in that you don’t need to devote more time to a whole new network, it would be nice to have all the Videolicious videos together in one place. The second main issue is that, like viddy, Videolicious has a hellaciously unfun amount of advertorial garbage to wade through. I’m talking ads within ads here; it’s pretty horrifying really (e.g. “Martha Stewart Video,” “Self Magazine Video,” “Lucky Magazine Video,” etc.).