Given that it has already racked up around 20 million downloads, SocialCam is definitely doing something right! And that something is how easy it makes the sharing of short videos. Simply film your video on the go, add a filter or two to it – all within the app – then be amazed with the lack of time it takes to render the thing.
This is because all of the technical stuff is done in the background of the app, meaning you have more time to upload your content to Facebook and the like all through the app. If that wasn't all, the length of video isn't a problem, neither is storage – you can send everything to the cloud!
If you are going to call your app Movie Studio then you better be able to back it up with some professional grade features. It's lucky then that Movie Studio offers some of the best effects around – including the ability to edit 720p content, which suits the GALAXY Note II's fantastic HD video capturing ability.
Movies are created on a timeline, where you drop each video (or photo) file to edit, then simply trim a clip by touching its sides – the app is simplicity itself but has enough features to conjure up your inner Fellini.
No we don't like the hip use of a 'z' in the name of this app either but this doesn't stop us from loving Fotodanz. Now, this app essentially makes your photos dance – see what they did there (and no, the makers are Canadian not German)?
Yes, it's a glorified Gif maker but it is so simple to make 5 second animated photographs that this using this app will become very addictive.
All you need to do to make it work is shoot a little video, then circle the bit you want to animate and Fotodanz does the rest for you. Brilliant.
Videocam Illusion Pro
This is one app for those who want to do everything at once. Load up Videocam Illusion Pro on your Samsung GALAXY Note II and you will be able to edit video and add special effects to your footage on the go.
You can even do fancy things like change the effect while you are still recording – this won't make for the greatest videos but you can have a lot of fun using it. Given there are 24 filters to choose from, a whole host of frames to use and 17 effects to use, Videocam Illusion Pro is an app packed with great filmmaking features.
Video Editor – Samsung
The good news is that you don't have to travel very far to find a brilliant video-editing app for your GALAXY Note II. Samsung understands how much video means to its consumers and has created an app that's up there with most of the paid-for variants out there.
Available through Samsung Apps, Video Editor allows you to auto-generate an edited version of your videos or use the tools to create your own fantastic video. The app is great for those that are new to editing or those who just want a quick way to add their videos some much-needed polish.
Just like Videocam Illusion Pro, VideoFX allows you to layer special effects on to your GALAXY Note II shot footage in real time. There's myriad effects to choose from, but we have to admit that our favourite is the brilliant Cartoon filter, which adds a superb comic effect.
And you don't have to put the effects on to your footage in real-time, you can add them after if you have not quite made your mind up what effects to use on your movie as you shoot it. Great fun.
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