“I am participating in the Verizon Wireless Ambassador program and have been provided with a wireless device and three months of service in exchange for my honest opinions about the product.”
I’ll be honest, I haven’t spent a ton of time messing with my BlackBerry Z10′s camera/video capabilities. So I took it to the Mashable Social Media Day 2013 event in Atlanta and made a quick video with no effort using BlackBerry Story Maker.
I’ve heard folks rant and rave about how easy it is to make videos with the Story Maker app for BlackBerry. Initially, I figured it was just a add-on gimmick, and even though I HATE editing videos, I already have a routine of uploading footage to computer’s editing software to add final touches. So I never really played with it long enough to develop a real opinion.
It just so happened that I had my BlackBerry Z10 with me when I attended the Mashable Social Media Day event in Atlanta yesterday. So I decided to shoot some footage to get a real sense of creating a movie with Story Maker.
Step 1: Capture Footage
During the evening, I shot video footage of all of the companies, some of the crowd, and of course, the food trucks. Overall, it was about 3 minutes worth of footage all shot using the default BlackBerry camera.
Step 2: Complile footage
After I was satisfied with all the footage, I opened the Story Maker app, tapped “Create New Story” and selected all the videos I wanted to add. I decided to add video, but you can also create a slideshow with images as well.
Step 3: Adding Music
You can pull in music from your phone’s media library to serve as background for your video. The video I shot didn’t contain any pertinent audio, so adding music to my video made sense. I found a dope song without hardly any vocals “Flight of the BlackByrd” that seemed to fit perfectly.
Step 4: Titles and Credits
Next up was to add a title, dates, and ending credits. There only so many characters you can add to these fields, that way, you’re not trying too hard to create a story – The whole point is to make it simple as possible.
Step 5: Story Tweaks
At this point, my video was ready but I did have the option of tweaking my video by changing the filters, adding or removing media, changing titles, or changing the order and lenght of individual clips. In other words, you can add some style and personality to your story, all while keeping it straight-forward and simple.
Step 6: Save and Share
Offically saving the story converts it for viewing in the videos app…in HD video quality I might add. Story Maker provides a ton of sharing options, including YouTube, to let the world view my “pro video skills”.
Here is the finished product that was, created, saved and shared before I event left the event:
Story Maker did all the heavy-lifting of creating transitions, positioning text, and applying effects…all the stuff that usually gets on my nerves in “post” production.
Overall, I shoot a ton of random videos of my kids, that are too cute NOT to share, but are so short that I don’t feel like editing them using my regular method. So most of them just sit there on my phone collecting dust. The BlackBerry Story Maker app does give me another option for quickly and effortlessly creating some pretty nice videos.