AMITIAE - Sunday 15 February 2015
Nutshell Camera: iPhone App for Making Amusing Videos from 3 Camera Shots
By Graham K. Rogers
I earlier reviewed a neat app called Darkroom that has a feature that allows users to save their editing changes as a personal filter, and now I find another new app that creates video from still images.
What is not to love about an app with a squirrel as icon and the name Nutshell Camera? As soon as I saw this free app, it was being downloaded. I lose nothing just having a look.
The description seemed good: snap three pictures, add captions, choose graphics and the app will turn it into a short video. This is not expected to be a major cinematic production of course, and the idea of sharing with family and friends, points more towards social networking than work of Art; but apps like this are successful and please people who do not bring major analytical tools to the table. Is it fun? is the most important question.
There is a brief video just after the opening screen and this gives an idea of what to do, and shows that the stages are quite simple.
The video may be played and as well as panning between shots, there is a limited use of the Ken Burns Effect adding to the output.
I saved the test video and it appeared in the photo album. This was a 10-second .MOV file and not the .GIF I had expected. There was also a Share button which linked only to Facebook or Google. I did not try these. Instead I accessed the video in the Photos Library and mailed a copy to myself. It was shown as being 966 KB and there is a small watermark bottom left of the screen.
This is certainly recommended.
Graham K. Rogers teaches at the Faculty of Engineering, Mahidol University in Thailand where he is also Assistant Dean. He wrote in the Bangkok Post, Database supplement on IT subjects. For the last seven years of Database he wrote a column on Apple and Macs. He is now continuing that in the Bangkok Post supplement, Life.
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