Smarter Shots: Apps and gadgets to improve your smartphone video

Last week, we ran through some apps that help you take better photos. On today’s WGN Morning News, we’re talking video.

We’ll be running through some apps and gadgets that can spice up your smartphone video. I will post the video segment here after it airs, for now, here is a quick list of everything we’ll be talking about!

Ultrakam (iOS Only) - The 2K video app for iPhone

Horizon (iOS Only) – No matter how you are holding your phone, this app makes sure that you are recording horizontal video. No more vertical video!

JumpCam (iOS and Android) – This app is all about making videos with friends and family. Upload a video and let people connected to you add on to it, then the app will stitch it all together into one big movie.

8mm Vintage Camera (iOS Only) - This app makes your videos look like they were shot on old school film. (Possible Android alternative – Vintage 8mm Video Camera)

Magisto (iOS and Android) - This app does the editing for you, creating short montages of your videos to music. It’s free, but you’ll have to pay if you want to save the videos to your camera roll or computer.

Socialcam (iOS and Android) – If you’re looking for something outside of the standard Instagram and Vine for sharing video, Socialcam might be worth a try. You can shoot videos of any length, apply different filters and share them on your social media accounts.

Montaj (iOS Only) - Similar to Magisto, this app is all about creating edited moments. This one gives you more control, though, breaking your videos down into smaller clips and letting you decide how to edit them together. You can also shake the app and let it make a montage for you.

Steadicam Smoothie (Various Stores) - Similar to the professional Steadicam, but for your smartphone, this gadget can help give you smoother moving shots. It takes some getting used to and costs $140-150.

 

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