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Over the years, whenever it comes to home movies my Mum has always mentioned about how back in her day, the camera quality was jittery thanks to the good old 8mm camera that was so popular during much of the 20th century, at least until the VHS camcorder came along. We're spoiled these days with our fancy HD camcorders that are even incredibly affordable compared to once upon a time. Still, there's a certain nostalgic magic to seeing a video on an vintage system. It harkens back to memories of seeing your older relatives on them, and of course the greats like Chaplin and Laurel and Hardy. Returning to the present, the 8mm Vintage Camera app does a fantastic job of capturing this magic at an excellent price.
It's a simple app to get to grips with. Upon first loading, there's a quick explanation of what each button does. It's intuitive with easily accessible buttons everywhere, nothing is hidden away here. You can record your video using five different film types from various eras - the 1920s, 1970s, Sakura, XPro and Siena. The best of the bunch is certainly 1920s, especially for budding film makers such as myself, desperate to re-enact a slapstick comedy with my cousins. The other filters are all quite entertaining though and the 1970s one in particular should appeal to people who lived through the decade.
Besides recording using these filters, you can then swap lenses on the fly to create light leaking effects and flickering, amongst other things. Finally, there's a Jitter button that can displace frames as and when you press it, creating a very appropriate effect.
In a more up to date manner, there's also the ability to focus on a subject and adjust exposure, as well as the ability to share on YouTube via the app. It's a really fun app to mess around with so it's fortunate that 8mm Vintage Camera is inexpensive.
If you fancy taking video footage with a difference, 8mm Vintage Camera is a lot of fun and well worth a look. It'll inspire you to go to different areas in your neighborhood just to see what effects you can create.