I love trying out new apps on my iPhone. I’m a bit better then I used to be. I was an “app-o-holic” until I needed to do an update on my phone. My phone had too many apps and in order to do the update I had to literally remove just about everything. Slowly I’m adding back on the apps that I use frequently. Other apps I uploaded on my phone, played around with and then never touched it again. Those apps I’m not uploading again.
I love apps that have to do with photography and video. A huge chunk of the apps on my phone were related to photography and videos. I would use my phone more then I’d use my camera to take pictures or video. After all, my kids are getting older. There are only so many precious moments left with them before they are grown and on their own. Sigh…
I’ve been “test driving” a new app called Pincam. It’s currently a FREE app that allows you to make highlight reels from your videos. When I say I’m giving it a “test drive”, I simply mean I’m still trying to “perfect” it. It took a little bit to figure out but now I think I’m getting the hang of it.
I know that Pinterest is a popular website. Please note that Pincam has nothing to do with Pinterest.
Did you ever take a video and have a moment from that video that you’d like to share with family and friends? For example, your child’s first steps. You might not want to share their stumbles and falls, but you do want to share their first few steps. With Pincam you can “pin” spots on your video, that when combined will create a highlight reel. Another good example might be your son’s football game. Instead of sharing the entire play with family and friends you can ”pin” the moment he catches the ball and “pin” the moment he gets to the end zone. When you watch the Pincam highlight reel you’ll only see those two moments.
Another fun feature is that the app comes with 20 different effects so you can jazz up your video. Some of the effects include snow, bubbles and a effect that makes the image look like a drawing.
Here is a brief video that I did of my cat. Please keep in mind that I’m still learning to master the app and playing around with the different effects. This is just to give you an idea. I used four different effects in this video. You don’t have to use any if you don’t want to.
I know that my video won’t win any awards , but hopefully you get an idea of what I mean about a highlight reel as well as a glimpse into some of the cool special effects. The drawing one is pretty cool.
If you are reading this via e-mail you can find the video here, http://bit.ly/V9fW3m.
I’m sure once I can master the app I’ll be able to create some awesome video highlight reels.
You can edit your videos directly from the app. When you are finished you can either save it to your phone, e-mail the video to family and friends or upload it directly to Facebook so that you can share it instantly.
There are better example of video highlight reels created with Pincam on their Facebook page. They also welcome user submitted videos too.
The application is currently free and available on iTunes (click here) or you can visit the app store directly from your phone (search for Pincam).
So far I think the app is fun to use. It does take a little bit to figure out, but once you know what you are doing it’s fun. If you are like me and had a hard time finding the effects they are located in a small box. Here is a brief “map” that I made with screen shots.
The only downside to the app that I see so far is that you can only take brief videos. I wish it had the ability to take much longer videos.
The only other thing that might be an issue is pinning the perfect moment. Those special “moments” happen in the blink of an eye and if you are not fast you might not “pin” the moment in time. For the highlight reel the app does capture a few seconds before and after you “pin” a spot on the video, but sometimes that might not be enough. I’m sure the more I play around with it the better I’ll get at it and faster I’ll become at “pinning”.
As I mentioned this is a new app that is currently FREE. I’m not sure how long it will stay that way so if you are interested you might want to upload it to your smartphone before they start charging for it.
I’ll give Pincam two thumbs up. It has it’s quirks but so far I am enjoying it.