Developer: Fast Society
Price: FREE
Version Reviewed: 1.0.0
App Reviewed on: iPad 2

iPhone Integration Rating: ★★★½☆
User Interface Rating: ★★★★½
Re-use / Replay Value Rating: ★★★★☆

Overall Rating: ★★★★☆

There’s a big video app war going on between Vine and Instragram. One allows users to create interesting videos by allowing them to start and stop anytime just as long as the total length does not exceed 6 seconds, and the other moves beyond pictures of one’s lunch and allows for 18 second videos. But these two aren’t the only unique video apps out there, as Fast Society recently put their new stylus video app, Cameo, on the App Store – optimized for iPhone 5, but compatible with the iPad as well.

photo 5Cameo borrows a couple of ideas from other well-known video apps while also bringing a unique flavor. While it does offer 6 second video bits while also using film filter styles, the whole point of Cameo is to create 2 minute videos blending a plethora of 6 second bits in together. On top of that, it allows users to put in a text title to their “movie” and even add a soundtrack – either from preset songs or any music on the iOS device. Additionally, the editing of video in this app is pretty seamless; in case one catches a moment or two they don’t want.

The overall design of the interface in Cameo is very clean and feels very modern. All of the lettering is done in a contrasting white to the black surface; bold enough for even those without the greatest eyesight to see. All of the buttons are also nicely sized, giving anyone from any age the ability to use this app. Those who are shy and steer away from the big names due to their sociability will be happy to know Cameo also allows them to share with friends as well as through social media.

photo 3photo 1However, on an iPad especially, Cameo does have its faults. Some may find recording video or photos on an iPad cumbersome, even though the it holds an advantage in terms of screen size. There are also some issues with response time within the app, which is especially problematic when it doesn’t give the best instructions on how to use it. Furthermore all video must be recorded in the horizontal position, which may annoy some users.

Cameo isn’t a perfect video app, but neither are the other options. Each have their faults, and each bring something special to the table. Cameo does a great job at taking some already great features from the more well known video apps and embellishing them, allowing users to tell a more complete story through video. The possibilities, despite a couple of flaws, seem pretty wide open with an expansive array of new options not seen in other video apps. Open the doors to creativity without having to be a professional in Cameo.


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