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Old editor learns new trick

In Video on 14 Jun 2013 at 8:36 am


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If you have an iPhone or Android device, you probably download a bunch of apps and actually use a small percentage of them. Games, photo filters, social media things … let’s face it, they come and they go. Very occasionally, I stumble on one that seems like it may make my job easier and enliven my storytelling.

Here’s one to try out. It’s called Videolicious.

The app was mentioned as part of the fallout at the Chicago Sun-Times. Supposedly, management is hoping Videolicious helps reporters “replace” those photographers that were let go. I wouldn’t count on that, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t useful.

I tried my hand at making a short video with the app and it really couldn’t have been easier. (WordPress doesn’t support videos on this format yet, so you have to go here to see it.) Rather than repeat Andrew Beaujon’s entire Poynter post, you can read it for yourself. Essentially, you download the app, select the photos or video, record a little voiceover, save and share.

This is no replacement for high-quality work. (To see the difference between my video and the best work from the Half Moon Bay Review, check out this video of local pianist/artist Mauro Ffortissimo, produced by photographer Charles Russo and former intern Saman Khan.) But it does allow you to shoot a stand-up, a little B roll, add music and edit quickly. If you shell out for the $5 a month business edition, you can even do longer productions.

This may turn out to be one of those apps you forget you have. But you won’t know till you try it.


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