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Collabracam- Quick & Easy Community Video

02/14/12  |  Posted by Keri Svoboda  |  Posted in Digital Canvas - Apps & Accessories

Let's get talking about a breakthrough in collaborative film making: Collabracam. Collabracam is a camera-director's program that uses cameras from other Apple products to create a seamless video without the need to use an editing program. This app is not very well known yet, so it hasn't gotten the advertising it truly deserves. This is a quick example of what you can do with collabracam. Unfortunately, this video review done by Bjorfalkevik is very true. The application does not have centralized sound based on the focal camera. This could be both a good and bad thing. For people showing what people are doing over long distances, this is great. The sound is taken from the camera that the video relates to. But for a wholesome film that involves a single point of focus, this is trouble. A way around the sound issue is to make a sound track with a small microphone on an, also small, device such as an iPhone or a recorder. However, this means that the user will have to use a computer editing software, which is not the point of collabracam. However, despite this hurdle, CollabraCam utilizes the director's vision by including the option to pan, track, dolly, and tilt. Yes, it's true. Collabracam has live video editing software that you can use on the fly. Want to follow that airplane going down the horizon across your still camera? No problem! Use tilt! Emphasize how tall dark and handsome someone is? Use dolly, and so on, so forth. Your work couldn't be easier. If students do get to use film this semester in their digital classes, this is a wonderful program for video editing and capture. Just remember that you need at least 3 Apple products with cameras attached (and able to download the Collabracam app) to make a cohesive video. Video editing works best when there are 5 people with cameras recording a subject. This is, after all, called Collabracam. So, for ease of video usage, Collabracam gets a 5 out of 5. But when we begin to look at the options, like the ability to choose your sound origin, Collabracam's high rating quickly falls to a 3 out of 5. Creativity and usefulness are easily 5 out of 5. I recommend this app for a fun weekend of video collaboration or to collaboratively witness a special event with friends or family. Perhaps a performance art in the streets of Cleveland? Who knows? The subject is up to you! Collabracam in iTunes - $5.99

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