VideoFilters has attributes that will make both pros & amateurs alike very happy.
- Amateurs are going to LOVE the 100 real-time filters you use while you’re shooting, the ability to import videos you’ve already taken with other cameras & being able to snap still photos while you’re shooting a video.
- Pros will like the fact that with VideoFilters they can adjust the frames per second (FPS), shoot with STEREO Audio & do some actual editing (contrast, saturation, gamma & brightness).
What I loved is how easy VideoFilters was to figure out. It literally took me all of 10 minutes to be ready to write this review.
I was a little disappointed at 1st by the fact that the filters are not quite as dramatic as say the filters in Camera+, but that disappointment was soon replaced with awe at just how many features the developers were able to fit into 1 app without making it feel cluttered or confusing.
There is no tutorial, but it isn’t needed anyway.
I also realized that, although I’d like to see some more dramatic filters in the future, the filters that exist are actually quite good. You can see a complete listing of all 100 filters in the app description in the App Store.
What really made me realize how impressive the filters are is rapidly switching between filters & no filter by tapping the on/off button in the very corner on the bottom left.
To choose a filter, you just tap the line along the bottom (which it says). You can browse the filters divided into 14 categories as little photos or tiled for easier viewing (photo above).
And, you won’t see a stock photo as you’re looking through the filters. You’ll see whatever your device’s camera is pointed at, or if you’ve imported a video, you’ll see whatever image the video is paused on. That means, you’ll see how the filter is reacting with your environment & your actual video.
I really liked that 1 of the groupings of filters is made to address common issues people have with their videos or environments like:
- Clarity to crisp up fuzzy photos
- Fluorescent for videos shot under this type of light
- Cloudy & Shade for shooting while it’s, well, you can figure this 1 out
- Flash to add light to dark photos
- & several more
Another nifty feature I discovered how to access by accident. I had skipped the instructions for this in the app description (oops).
If you do a long tap on the screen & then slide up/down, you get to the pop-up menu (photo above) to adjust the saturation, contrast, gamma & brightness. Then, you slide left/right to increase/decrease the amount. It works just like Snapseed, so you should have no difficulty doing it.
Minor editing of those features really changes the filters, too.
I am definitely in the amateur photographer category, so I really appreciate some of the features like the smooth zoom buttons, the grid overlay & being able to take a photo while I’m shooting a video.
- The smooth zoom buttons (the +/- above & below the zoom bar) slowly & steadily zooms in or out. I can never do that without jerking around like I’m having a seizure, so this is highly appreciated.
- Grid overlay (read why this is a useful tool here) is turned on & off in the settings menu (the gear in the upper, left corner).
- All you have to do to take an HD-quality photo while shooting a video is tap the camera button to the right of the record button. This only shows while you’re shooting (duh). When you’re not, it’s the render button to finish & save your video.
For the pros out there, the settings menu is where you’ll probably head to 1st. That’s where you can adjust the FPS, aspect ratio, sound quality & other things I don’t understand much (although I’m happy to see there is a stabilize button there).
You can adjust the speed of the video right from the shooting screen.
With the speed settings button in the upper, right corner, you can do slow motion & fast motion videos. I haven’t tried this yet, but it looks easy & sounds like it could be fun to play with.
I did import a video from my Camera Roll with the + button that is right next to the record button. VideoFilters didn’t make me search through all my photos for the videos either. It quickly found all my videos & only showed me those to choose from. Importing & working with the video worked like a charm, too!
The other features I couldn’t cram into this review but that should be mentioned include:
- You can take videos in either portrait or landscape mode!
- Layer filters by adding additional filters after a video is done.
- Use the front or back camera!
- Manually set the exposure, focus & white balance with a triple-tap.
- Pause while shooting video & then start right back up again.
I wanted to mention again that all this video goodness is universal. That means that you can enjoy VideoFilters using your iPhone, iPad & iPod Touch! The price is just $3.99.
So, go check it out!
That’s it for me today. Until later, …