Most smartphone users shoot more photos than videos but recently, the trend has started to shift. With Vine and Instagram Video getting released, video sharing has gained considerable popularity. Both these services, however, are a bit limited. Of course, you get filters and loads of other features with Instagram, but if you want to share longer videos, the service isn’t of much use. This is why many social networks specializing in video sharing such as Keek have popped up. Ferris might not seem too different from other video sharing services, but this app has more to offer than meets the eye. Ferris is not merely a social network; it intelligently arranges all your videos into a timeline, which can be previewed before you actually begin streaming one. The app also has a map that lets users view public videos from different parts of the world.
Ferris is a social network, so you need to create an account with the service before getting down to business. The app has a follow system of its own, so it is better if you start by finding your friends who are already on Ferris, though there is also the possibility of just following other interesting accounts. The main feed of Ferris displays posts from the team behind the app, people you are following, and videos that are currently popular on the network.
Ferris doesn’t show individual videos on its main page; instead, it bundles multiple videos together based on their location, time of posting and tags. To preview a video collection, simply swipe horizontally across the screen. To personalize the feed, hit the middle of the top bar and choose the ‘Explore’ option. Through Explore, users can search for videos, browse through different categories and view the Ferris map that displays all the videos shared from a location of your interest.
To view a complete video, just tap the preview once. Ferris videos can’t be any longer than two minutes (which is significantly longer than Vine or even Instagram’s limits), and must have a tag associated with them. If you want, you can leave a comment on any post, or add it to your favorites. The name of the video’s owner is displayed at the top of the screen, letting you make your way to their profile and start following them.
Ferris comes with a pretty good way of shooting and sharing videos. The app doesn’t force its users to post videos to their network immediately after shooting them; you can choose to keep the video in the gallery for as long as you want, trim it and then share. The Ferris camera is pretty simple, and doesn’t come with any options that aren’t there in the stock Camera app. Once you are done shooting, a location can be added to the post thanks to its Foursquare integration.
Ferris is a free app, and the only improvement we can recommend is the addition of some extra editing options, and perhaps a few visual filters. Even in its current state though, the app is quite decent, and can come in handy if you want to show off a lot of videos from a single event. Ferris is optimized for iPhone/iPod touch, and can be downloaded from the following link.