Viddy is getting a lot of press as a potential video-centric answer to Instagram. In fact, I even wrote something about it myself recently. But Viddy isn’t the first app with video editing or mass sharing capabilities. To succeed long term, Viddy is going to have to put up with some tough competition. Take a look below to see how Viddy stacks up to other video recording apps in the App Store.
The video sharing and editing website that inspired this article caps users’ videos at 15-seconds, which is a bit of a shame, but its editing tricks are worth a closer look. Users can instantly change the colors and tone on their videos and add music, transitions and other effects with ease. Once their short film has been properly bedazzled, users can share their Viddy creations to Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and Tumblr.
Splice – Video Editor ($3.99)
Splice doesn’t have the social aspect or in-depth editing features of Viddy, but it’s been around long enough to iron-out other kinks that often befall fresh apps. Splice also boasts a few fun features of its own, like letting users combine still photos and videos into a single project. Users can then add title slides and music to their creations for a true filmmaking experience. Splice also features a “Ken Burns effect” that can be applied to photos and videos, which sounds intriguing as long as it doesn’t create an implied agreement where the user has to update their film every few years until the end of time.
If you’d like to make a video to share on a site like Viddy but don’t have the patience or time to edit your masterpiece together yourself, Animoto might be your best bet. You supply the photos, video clips and music and pick a video style and Animoto puts it all together in one simple package. Animoto boasts a large music library and users can also add text to their video. You can also edit the video before it’s completely produced in case you don’t like the app’s handiwork.
Magisto works similarly to Animoto but adds in effects and filters as necessary to make a flashier film. Users can either shoot their video within Magisto, or choose existing clips from their camera roll and let the app go to work adding filters, effects and transitions to really make the video pop. Like Animoto, users can also add a custom soundtrack of their choosing once the video has been compiled. Videos can then be shared over Facebook, Twitter, YouTube or via email.
SocialCam may be lost in the Viddy hype because Mark Zuckerberg didn’t just download the app, but it’s quite formidable in its own right. Like Viddy, SocialCam lets users edit a video giving it unique filters and effects. Users can then upload it to the SocialCam site where they have unlimited storage to upload videos of any length they want. Videos can be shared with the rest of the SocialCam userbase or kept private, viewable only to the uploader. All videos are stored in the cloud, so they can be watched via a smartphone, tablet or computer when you want to show them off for friends.