App allows journalists to upload edited videos to social media

By NICKY DIAZ

Through some research, I found yet another app this week that could prove to be useful for journalists. While I was covering Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s visit to UM last week, I took a few pictures and short videos of his speech and wanted to share them through social media like Twitter and Facebook.

Before I posted them, I realized my amateur videos needed to be spruced up. But I didn’t have my laptop with me. I searched for smart phone apps that would let me edit short video clips and I found Viddy.

Viddy, which is a free app for iPhones, iPads and Androids, lets users apply effects and add music to video clips. After you edit the video, you can upload it to YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter or Facebook, as well as email or SMS them.

What makes Viddy stand out among several other smart phone applications is its many production effects. Users can change the speed and color of their videos. They can also add music through downloadable sets of background music – the company makes sure to update these downloads to stay fresh and original.

From the information I found, it seems like Viddy is planning on adding celebrity packs that would allow users to include music from some of their favorite musicians, like rock band Incubus. The company also plans on adding a feature that would lengthen the maximum time of videos, which seems to be 15 seconds at the moment.

Although it is still a work in progress, it doesn’t hurt to download the app considering it is free. For a journalist who is live Tweeting or blogging, it will definitely come in handy. It allows your followers to get a glimpse of what you’re up to as a reporter, giving them an inside look at what the press sees.

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