I recently had one of those ever-rarer experiences of seeing an app in the app store and having to try it immediately. In this case it was an awesome new photo/video app called Vhoto. When I first realized there was an app that lets you “take pictures” from videos I thought to myself, “Wow, that’s brilliant.”
In a way, Vhoto acts similar to the burst mode found on many DSLR cameras. Burst mode is a way to capture many pictures in a short amount of time (like 5 pics per second), usually by holding down the shutter button. When you’re done you’ve got a range of photos that are all pretty similar from which you can pick the very best moment to save. Shooting in burst mode is perfect for high-speed action like sports games. In it’s own way, Vhoto turns your phone’s video camera mode into a type of burst mode because it allows you to extract that perfect shot from within a video, edit it and share it.
If you asked me why Vhoto was worth your time (in the midst of a crowded app store category), it’d be a toss-up between capturing more authentic and spontaneous moments and taking more video.
Vhoto captures more authentic and spontaneous moments.
The spontaneity happens because people don’t have to pose for a photo when using Vhoto and as a result you’re more likely to catch them in their element being themselves. To make sure this was the case I did an experiment. I told a person I was taking a photo of them but took a video instead, using Vhoto. As a result I was able to uncover a “real” smile that that person normally wouldn’t make (on purpose) while mugging for the camera.
Awhile back I realized I wasn’t taking enough video of my life. But I could see Vhoto helping with that. I think there are many times when I choose to take a photo over a video because I want to get the moment “just right.” If I’m only going to see or experience something only once, I want to remember it in the best possible light, so I choose to take a photo since it’s quicker and easier. With Vhoto I can easily kill two birds with one stone.
Beyond the obvious, Vhoto has some cool “under the hood” features. For one it can learn ...