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Ask any mobile expert and they'll tell you that camera apps
are blazing hot right now. If your organization isn't already using Instagram,
Vine, or another video/photosharing tool, now is the time to start
experimenting. These apps can give your volunteers, donors, and constituents an
intimate, behind-the-scenes look at the important work that you do.
Vine has arrived on Windows Phone,
which is excellent news as many of the Nokia Windows Phones are equipped with
high-end cameras. The Twitter-owned app lets you record six-second video clips
and share them with your friends on various social media networks including
Vine's own internal network. TechSoup's Ale Bezdikian tested out Vine during
TechSoup's Digital Storytelling Contest
The other big news in digital storytelling apps is that Instagram
now supports videos in addition to photos. The only downside to the feature
is that you must use Instagram's in-app camera to record video; you can't use preexisting
clips from your phone's camera roll.
Price: FreePros: Great storyboarding tools; Can import clips from
camera roll (rather than internal app camera)Cons: Videos can only be five seconds
At first glance, Montaj might seem like a cheap Vine rip-off
as you only get five seconds instead of six to tell your story. But
don't write Montaj off; the app packs some powerful storytelling tools. As the
name implies, you can create montages with different video clips or still
images. Using the app's storyboard, you can add music and filter effects and
place the clips in your desired order. The app will also suggest arrangements
for you based on its internal algorithm. If Vine doesn't provide enough editing options for you, give Montaj a spin.
Price: FreePros: Simple solution for a common problem; clean user interfaceCons: Not everybody has an iPhone; must use the in-app camera
Have you ever gone through the trouble of tracking down
photos from a fundraiser or event? With so many people carrying smartphones
these days, it can be difficult to compile everybody's photos. When everybody
at your event uses Adobe's
GroupPix app, it saves your photos to a shared album. You can even add
comments to the photos during the event and tag your favorite photos for
sorting purposes later.
Price: FreePros: Easy-to-use editing tools; recording video is quicker
than using built-in cameraCons: Limited number of soundtracks to choose from; don't go crazy with the effects
Don't forget about YouTube! The pioneering video social
network is still an excellent medium to bring awareness to your cause. Make
your videos viral-worthy with YouTube Capture,
an app that makes video editing intuitive. Besides the editing features, the YouTube
Capture app is much faster recording video is than your phone's standard camera
app. There might be temptation to go
overboard with some of the video effects, however, which could make your video
look a bit cheesy. The generic soundtracks, for example, should be skipped.
Images courtesy of the respective app developers
Ginny Mies is a Content Curator at TechSoup Global.