Private Video is an app for Windows Phone 7 which brings some much-needed area-specific privacy options to the Mango version of the metro platform. Most people aren’t big fans of the all-in-one password lock on WP7 which prevents anyone from accessing the phone through the lock screen. But not everyone requires the complete lockdown of their phone all the time. For instance, you might just want your Messaging hub to be password-protected while your friend plays Angry Birds on the phone. With Mango, these selective protection apps are finally making their way to the Marketplace (like the Content Shield app we covered a few days ago). Private Video is another example of this functionality. Using this free app, you can shoot videos that you want to store privately, under password protection.
There aren’t too many options in Private Video, but still, it does get the task done. The first thing you need to do to get started is set a new password. Don’t go looking for options to set it, just tap in a 6-character combination of your choice using the dialer displayed at the welcome screen of the app. You will be asked to re-enter the password after you have set it the first time. The app, when launched for the first time, gives a detailed introduction to all its features, after you’ve set the password, of course .
Make sure you set a a password that you know you won’t forget, as there is no way to recover the saved videos from Private Video if you forget the password.
When the app is secured with a password now, you can begin shooting videos with it. Private Video allows you to keep videos saved in any album you choose to create within the app. It would have been cool if there were an option to import videos to Private Video, but sadly, that’s not the case. You can only secure videos that have been shot using the app. There is an export button in the app, but for now, it does not work. This functionality is set to be introduced in a future update. There is no limit as to the number of folders you can create in the app, or the videos that each folder can contain. Each video or folder can be deleted separately.
Private Video is an app which desperately needs an update to make it a little more flexible, but even as it is right now, it still probably warrants a download.