Late last week, i4software updated its Video Camera app and transformed the title from its roots as a decent video recorder to a robust multi-camera video-editing suite. Besides its new and notable features, the app also received a new name and is now known as Vizzywig.
The latest update brings some welcome improvements. Performance and stability have been improved, and a new iPad version opens up the video recorder to a whole new group of iOS users. There's also native support for the iPhone 5. Another interesting addition is a new multi-camera feature that lets you share the recording experience in real-time with other Vizzywig users. It's a compelling add-on that could produce unique content in the hands of creative videographers.
Vizzywig is both a recorder and an editor, which means you can build, edit and export a video project without ever leaving the app. Vizzywig lets you record multiple clips in one session, so you can keep filming without having to break for an edit. While recording, a few helpful features let you snap a photo while recording and also switch between the front and rear camera.
The app makes it very easy to switch between recording and editing. You can record a few clips and then open the editing mode to tweak the footage you just recorded. Vizzywig has editing controls that allow you to trim and duplicate clips as needed. You can also move clips around and add new titles and transitions to the timeline. Vizzywig lets you add an opening title or ending credits as well. You can customize the look of these text elements with a wide choice of fonts and colors.
When you are done editing, you can hop back to recording mode or save the project. When you save, you have the option of saving the project so you can continue recording or saving it for later. You can also finish the project and export it to Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo and CNN iReport.
The workflow on Vizzywig is robust enough for most mobile videographers, while also being user-friendly enough for those with some video-recording experience. The UI is a bit overwhelming at first, but you get used to it after you've used the app for a short time.
Vizzywig is available for US$19.99 in the iOS App Store.