Twitter’s Vine iPhone-video app was all the buzz about a week ago, with privacy and porn issues making headlines. Around the same time, Adobe’s iPhone video-editing app, VideoBite, made its way into Apple’s App Store. (Neither app is currently available on other mobile OS platforms.)
The free VideoBite app makes it easy to capture a new video or import an existing one from your iPhone’s camera roll, then edit and share it. As the recorded clip plays, you can click a “heart” icon to select a segment; click it again to stop the selection; click it another time to select another segment; and so on. You basically pick the best parts of your video, and the app creates a new version of the video using only your favorite parts.
You can preview videos before sharing them. You can also easily mix various video clips together and rearrange the order using an “Arrange” feature. Finally, you can share finished video to Facebook or save it to your Camera Roll—but not to YouTube, Twitter or any other social-media accounts.
The VideoBite interface is well designed. It only took me a few seconds to understand exactly what I could do and how to do it. I can’t say that for some other video- or image-editing apps. VideoBite lets you easily apply edits after you capture a video. With Vine you have to edit as you record.
VideoBite isn’t nearly as full featured as, say, Apple’s own iMovie app ($5). But it’s free. It’s easy to use. And it should make your Facebook videos a lot more interesting.
James A. Martin is a seasoned tech journalist and blogger based in San Francisco and winner of the 2014 ASBPE National Gold award for his CIO.com blog. He writes CIO.com's Living the Tech Life blog and is also a content marketing consultant.