Mastering Video Recording & Editing With QuickTime

For every one of your needs, there is a tool out there that can help you fulfill it. The capability of these tools evolve over time and price tags. For such tools, the functions of time and cost are inversely proportional (with all technology really). Finding tools to capture, edit and render videos for free without an annoying watermark or resolution limit was a distant dream 5 years ago, now you can do that from your Quicktime player and not lose a modicum of quality. Following is a guide on how to put your Quicktime X to best use. Read More

Kinomatic: Record, Edit, Render, And Upload Videos From Your iOS device [Paid]

Video editing apps are not exactly a genre in immense demand. Not to say it isn't popular, but it attracts a niche. Professionals are probably using high end tools such as Final Cut Pro X or Adobe Premiere Pro CC, while the enthusiast sector probably use something like Cinelab, iMovie, Movie Maker, etc. However, for enthusiasts on the go, their options are either free apps with very limited capability or expensive apps that get the job done. Now, with the release and immense success of Kinomatic for iOS, an app worth $3.99 in the app store, we have a tool that can record, edit, render and upload your videos directly from your iOS device. The app is currently half-off so buying now is a bargain. Read More

Gridplay: Record Split Screen Videos In Custom Layout & Combine Them [Paid]

Gridplay is a new way to record videos; it divides the camera view into a grid and you can record a different video in each cell, or groups of cells. The app costs $1.99 in the App Store and is worth the price you pay. The app lets you record 15 second videos for each set of cells you select and an in-app purchase of $0.99 lets you increase recording time to 15 minutes. You can add a soundtrack to each video segment, control the volume separately for each one, and trim the final video which can be shared on Facebook, Instagram, YouTube, Tumblr, or by email, and saved to your camera roll. Gridplay can connect with both the front and back facing camera and comes with different grid arrangements giving you many different split views to choose from. Read More

Smallx264 Uses HandBrake GUI To Transcode Videos In Batch

HandBrake needs no introduction when it comes to video transcoders  It is a versatile open source application that lets you transcode (or convert) videos among various different formats. The only shortcoming with HandBrake, however, is its inability to convert videos in batch, which means if you’ve got a ton of files that you need to process, you’re pretty much out of luck. Previously, we covered HB Batch Encoder Mk2, a Windows tool that uses HandBrake at its backend and lets you transcode videos in bulk. SmallX264 is a similar application built for the very same purpose and sports a decent interface. It can convert multiple videos in no time, and carries a ton of settings for advanced users. Read More

SmoothVideo Project Increases Frame Rate In Your Default Media Player For HD Playback

When Peter Jackson released the first Hobbit film, many cinema goers who watched it in 3D experienced repeated motion sickness caused by the film’s soap opera styled quality. This was because the entire thing was shot in 48 frames per second (fps), rather than the industry standard of 24 fps. But where the majority of people didn’t like the change, the rest of us found it a major step forward in big screen entertainment. And since then, I’ve been trying on my own to bring similar fluidity to the films that are in my own collection. SmoothVideo Project (SVP) is an open source Windows application that uses frame interpolation so that the normal 24 frames per second films look as clear and smooth as their 48 fps counterparts. Read More

Enable Zoom Capability In Stock iOS 7 Video Camera On iPhone 4s & Other Older Devices

Despite having been there for still image capture in iOS for quite a while, users had to wait till iOS 7 to finally get zooming ability in video capture mode on iPhone. Even now, older iDevices are still missing this handy little feature. If you own an iPhone 4 or 4s, there is no way of zooming in on a scene while capturing video without physically moving the device closer. Thankfully, iOS 7 users finally have the Cydia store at their disposal, and that’s the place where solutions to such problems are usually found. Video Zoom Mod is a really simple tweak that lets you zoom into a scene before you start recording, or while you are shooting the video! You can even control the enlargement factor to suit your needs - something that makes the tweak useful for owners of newer iOS devices as well. Read More

How To Send Video Messages To Your Offline Contacts In Skype

Voicemail lets you deflect calls when you’re busy in order to be able to access the recorded messages later. If you've ever thought of having that very same feature in Skype - the leading app for making voice and video calls over the internet, we have some great news for you. Skype has just added the feature and you can now send video messages to your Skype contacts even when they’re offline. On free accounts, a video message can be 3 minutes long, but with a premium account, users can send video messages of any length. The video messages can be sent from both desktop and mobile apps of the service, and can be recorded by front facing or regular back cameras on mobile devices. Read More

Discretely Shoot Videos & Photos On iOS Without Launching Any App

Although a bit controversial, methods to capture photos secretly have always been in high demand. In the past, movies depicted agents and spies using concealed cameras in things like shoes, walking sticks, pens and even coat buttons. Though these days, technology has taken a more practical turn. In the past, we have covered Cydia tweaks like SlyCam for iOS that lets you discretely shoot photos via the Notification Center. An even better option is QuickShoot - the amazing tweak that captures photos every time you double-tap the icon of the stock Camera app. Both these solutions are meant to let you get snap pictures only, and aren't capable of shooting videos. QuickShoot has recently received an update, which brings exactly this capability to the tweak. Not only does QuickShoot Pro capture videos, but you can also control basic camera settings right from your SpringBoard now. Read More

Install Popular Audio & Video Codecs On Windows 8

Whenever we install a fresh copy of Windows, limited codec support often ruin the initial media playback experience. The limited number of codecs out of the box has always been a major set back in Windows Media Player and apparently, the story hasn’t quite changed in Windows 8 either. Perhaps this is the reason most users avoid using Windows Media Player as their default application to play audio video files. Even if you download your favorite media player off the internet, the problem of missing codec can still occur one way or the other. If you have recently jumped on to the Windows 8 bandwagon and are looking for a way to install all the required codecs to play almost every audio and video format out there, give Windows 8 Codecs a shot. It’s an audio and video codec package for Windows 8 that installs most of the popular codec packs in one go, and the installed codecs work with Windows Media Player, Media Center, and third-party media players. Read More

How To Increase Video Recording Quality On Nexus 4

Camera quality has never really been the punch line for Google's Nexus series of Android flagships, and the new Nexus 4 does not fall far from the tree either. As the first Nexus phone to hold an 8MP camera, it has caused quite a few users to notice and complain about unwanted level of noise present in videos recorded at HD resolutions. However, a Nexus is the epitome of relentless Android customizations and XDA Recognized Developer enyceckk has just come up with a way to improve the Video quality by increasing the video bitrate from 12Mb/s to 20Mb/s. Based on the developer's claims and user feedback, the mod does improve video recording quality on the device. Read More

Givit For iPhone: Create Video Highlights With Visual Effects & Music Of Choice

Videos might have a lot of advantages over still images, but one thing you can’t do in a video is focus on just one point in time. There are a lot of things going on in most videos, and if there’s a particular portion of it that you want to highlight, you will have to point it out to others. This is where apps like Givit for iPhone can help you. You can call Givit a video editor, although it doesn’t come with too many fancy options. The whole purpose of the app is to let you choose a particular instant, or time period, in a video and apply some dramatic visual effects and music to it. The best thing about Givit is that you can use it to highlight videos while you are shooting them, in addition to editing existing videos. Read More

FixYa For iPhone: Get Video Tutorials To Fix Your Car, Gadgets & More

Whenever any of your electrical appliances break down completely, you are sure to take them out to a proper repair shop, but what about the relatively minor nuisances that aren’t worth a trip to the market, but still have to be fixed sooner or later? Maybe your MP3 player’s screws need some tightening or the blender’s blades have gone completely blunt. A lot of people like to fix these smaller problems with their gadgets on their own, and while some of you might be naturally gifted at repair work, there are people out there who can’t tell the difference between a car’s headlight and its carburetor (yours truly included). Thanks to the internet, fixing things without having a repairman’s hands is not too difficult these days, as you can find solutions to almost all repair problems online. Having said that, text instruction can be a bit tough to follow, specially if they are for a complicated task. That is why FixYa can be the perfect iOS app for people looking to become handy around the house (unless your iPhone itself needs to be fixed!). FixYa has been around for quite a long time on the web, and is popular for providing comprehensive user-generated video tutorials that can be used to fix everything from automobiles to gadgets, home appliances and even software. Read More

Streamweaver For iPhone: Team Up With Friends To Record Events From Every Angle

A video is supposed to capture the environment of any place more thoroughly than a photo ever can, but thanks to the panorama photography in iOS 6, still images are coming pretty close to videos in terms of covering maximum area in one shot. It is possible to shoot more detailed videos simply by changing your position and point-of-view while shooting, but you can’t be everywhere all at once. Or can you? With the new Streamweaver app, you can shoot a single scene from four different perspectives (with a little help from your iDevice-owning friends). Streamweaver adds a touch of social networking to the process of shooting videos from your iPhone. The app lets you invite up to 4 other Streamweaver users to join you in a shooting session, and when all of you have captured the same scene from different angles, the results will be merged automatically and presented to you as a single, split-screen video. Read More

Social Video Sharing & Discovery App Telly For Android Hits Play Store

Google Play Store contains numerous social video capturing, editing, sharing and exploration Android apps, such as Klip, Vimeo, Tout, VideoXplode and HighlightCam Social etc, but if you are looking for an app that combines all said features in a single package, rest assured, Telly won’t disappoint you much. The popular app has been available to web and iOS users for quite some time, and now, it’s time for Android users to jump on to the Telly bandwagon. On the face of it, Telly may seem yet another run-of-the-mill video discovery and sharing app, but it possesses several handy features that part it from others in the competition. First, it sports a Holo-esque UI that presents you with an unending stream of videos shared by worldwide users, and fetched from user-specified categories. For your own sharing tasks, the app lets you natively record clips, apply various effects to them in real-time, add custom background audio with preferred volume level, and upload them to the Telly network right from your Android. That’s not all; the app also supports several nifty socializing tools that allow you to share content across other renowned social networks, geo-tag your videos, like & comment on shared clips, search across the Telly network for required content, follow and befriend other Telly users, or be followed yourself. Read More

Recood Pro: Capture Short Videos With Real-Time, Instagram-Like Effects

iOS apps that offer filters and effects for videos are quite rare, but if an app lets its users apply those filters in real-time, before they even begin shooting a video, then that really is something noteworthy. Recood Pro does exactly that, and much more. Thanks to the app, you can shoot short video clips with a bunch of really cool effects, and then share them over YouTube, Facebook, Twitter or the app’s own social network. Recood allows its users to comment on videos, follow other people and mention their friends during interactions. The maximum length of videos shot using Recood is one minute, and hence, it is not meant to be used as a complete replacement app for the stock video camera in your iPhone. Recood is just an app that will make sure that you get something that is more detailed than a photo, but is still short enough to keep users interested. Read More

MoboPlayer: Free, Feature-Rich Android Media Player With Floating Window

Android users have the option to resort to some quality media playing apps in order to enjoy their favorite music and videos on their devices. Previously reviewed MX Video Player, Wondershare Player and Super Video, Floating & Popup are a few names that deserve a mention in discussion of some of the most feature-rich, free media players for Android. While all aforementioned names are relatively new to the scene, there are a few candidates that have been around for quite some time now, trying to attract masses with their own set of goodies. One such very fine app has been MoboPlayer that is not only graphically rich, but packs enough quality and a broad set of features to be given a shot. As the article progresses, you shall be able to unveil the amazingly impressive features that the app possesses; however, it is worth mentioning here that with the latest update, MoboPlayer has transcended beyond being just a simple media player, as the Samsung Galaxy S III style floating window capability has been thrown into the mix as well. This particular feature of the app allows you to enjoy your favorite videos atop your Android’s homescreen or any other app that you want to have opened on your device without interrupting video playback. Read More

Official Android App Of Social Video Sharing Service Klip Hits Play Store

Competing with some of the social networking giants, such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Google+, isn’t the easiest of the tasks. In fact, the latest update that the Android variant of Google’s very own social network has received makes it stand head and shoulders above the rest. That said, there are certain names that might be not as big as the aforementioned ones, but they certainly hold their own among the users, courtesy of the quality of service that you get from them. Take Klip – a simple, yet well-crafted social video sharing service that has its fans scattered all across the globe. Given the app’s beautifully laid out, thumbnail-laden interface, it won’t be entirely wrong to cite it as the Pinterest equivalent that is purely dedicated to catering for your shared video clips. Klip has its official iOS client available in the iTunes App Store, and the popularity of the mobile app can be determined from the fact that it has been named as Apple’s “App Of The Week” in no less than 15 countries! Wished you had an Android variant to play with? Your wish is now granted, as the official Klip Video Sharing Android app has just recently hit the Google Play Store. Read More

Encode Videos Or Extract Their Audio Using Mac Finder [Tip]

The Finder in Mac is generally just a file explorer with no hardcore features that would warrant calling it anything else, but it isn’t really as bare as it seems. As far as videos are concerned, the Finder can do much more. Specifically, you can use the Finder to encode and resize videos, as well as to extract their audio. The feature, built into Mac, requires no codecs to be installed, and works only on files that Mac supports. Hence, Flash files cannot utilize this encoding, but the common MP4s can be used without needing to think twice. Read More

Plug.dj: Internationally Available Tunrtable.fm-Like Social Network For Music & Videos [Web]

Popular social network Turntable.fm is one of the best ways to share songs online and socialize with music-lovers from across the globe. Unfortunately, it is only available for users in the United States. If you're based outside of the USand want to experience something similar, then Plug.dj is what you probably need. This social network cum web application lets you explore a wide variety of DJs and tracks, create playlists, join DJ waitlists, join online chatting rooms and choose dancing avatars that express your personality. The app is integrated with YouTube and SoundCloud, which means you have a heavy repository of songs at your disposal. Moreover, you can join or switch between any number of virtual rooms, where you can discover or share music, talk to people from different locales using real-time chat translations! Additionally, Plug.dj features a reward system wherein you can earn points by participating in different activities, like joining rooms, voting for different tracks and you can even get points when people add your tracks to their own collection. Read More

FiLMiC Pro: Shoot Professional-Grade Videos On Your iPhone

While the iPhone's high-quality camera is abundantly used to snap photos, it's not as frequently employed for videos. There are many other reasons for that, but one of the reasons is that a video shot through a phone’s camera can’t match the quality of a professionally-shot video. For instance, it is (almost inevitably) bound to be a bit shaky and blurred, owing to both hardware restrictions, as well as the lack of proper software support for the video camera in iOS devices. Thankfully, users have a lot of alternatives available for the stock Camera app in iPhone, iPad or iPod touch. There are many good video capturing apps available in the App Store, but probably none as comprehensive and thorough as FiLMiC Pro. The app lacks video editing options, but it more than makes up for that with the features present in shooting mode. Read More