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FoneGuide: Videography Apps on Sony Xperia S

FoneGuide: Videography Apps on Sony Xperia S
Your smartphone is the ultimate media consumption device that’s always in your pocket. But it can do so much more than just keeping you up to date and entertained around the clock. A modern phone is also a very powerful content creation device.

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For this guide, we’ve picked the Sony Xperia S as it boasts an impressive 12 Mpix camera with a backlit Exmor R sensor that considerably improves low-light photography. With continuous autofocus and image stabilisation features, the Xperia S is also able to record up to 1080p resolution videos, which in turn makes this smartphone the perfectly suitable for the second edition of App FoneGuide.
Last but not least, you’ll also need lots of space to edit the videos, and luckily the Xperia S is covered here as well with its 32 GB of built-in memory. It’s now turn to create video masterpieces on the move…

VidTrim

Status: Free + £1.78 Pro version Developer: Goseet

Vidtrim is a simple and straightforward tool for cutting and trimming down videos right on your smartphone. The app is handy when you need to quickly shorten your recorded videos to preserve space or pick the best bits before posting them to social networks.
 
VidTrim

Sadly Vidtrim only allows making one cut per session so you will have to re-open the file to make a different cut. VidTrim doesn’t pack any extra features besides trimming, but, due to its simplicity, the app should perform relatively well even on older smartphones. The paid version will remove ads and allow you to transcode videos to different file sizes.

AndroVid

Status: Basic free version + £1.49 Pro version Developer: zeoxy

Besides the usual options of splitting and trimming videos, AndroVid excels from the crowd of video editors with advanced features such as screen grabbing, or being able to save the audio track as a separate MP3 file. Should you decide to invest in the Pro version of the app, you’ll be able to add different visual effects and convert videos to popular file formats including AVI, FLV, MP and MOV.
 
AndroVid

Lapse It

Status: Basic free version + £1.22 Developer: Interactive Universe

Available for iOS as well as Android, Lapse It is a camera application like no other. If you’ve ever seen scenes involving rapidly blooming flowers or fast moving cloudscapes, then you should have a pretty good idea of what makes time lapse photography so interesting.
 
Lapse It

This very capable app makes it incredibly easy to record your own time lapse and stop motion videos using your smartphone’s camera, and, for best results, a tripod. Simply open Lapse It, set how often you want the camera to take a shot, and then hit the capture button to let the app handle the rest. You can even add video and sound effects - as well as perform basic trimming - right from the app. The videos can be exported in either MP4 or MOV file format, but the free version of Lapse It is limited to capturing and rendering videos up to 480p resolution. The paid version lifts that restriction, letting you capture content in glorious full HD, so if you find yourself itching to try a hand at this photography technique, then Lapse It is clearly the way to go.
 
Sony Xperia S
 
As the technology continues to evolve, many complicated and resource intensive tasks, such as video editing, will become increasingly common on mobile devices, thus further diminishing the line between a computer and a phone. What these 3 apps readily demonstrate is that video editing on a mobile phone needn’t be a frustrating experience. These are simple and fun to use apps that leave you to worry only about the creative aspect of your work.

 
 


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