Feb 7, 2012
Iâ€™ll admit that the last time I did any sort of video editing it involved a television, two VHS players, a DVD player and a CD player. I have no idea how I got it to work, but it was fun and the results were amazing. Since then I have not done anything fancy with my videos or pictures, not due to lack of want, but lack of time, resources, and ability. When I heard of HighlightCam Social, I was excited to see what it could do.
HighlightCam Social allows users to select videos, pictures, music and visual effects to create movies on their phones. HighlightCam selects the best scenes from the video based on whatâ€™s desired be it people, action, voice or a balance of all three. The user can select music, colorize the video, rearrange the visual selections and set its length and quality. HighlighCam then composes a video based on user preferences.
HighlightCam really does seem to create videos based on the best scenes available. To test this I selected about five minutes of video which contained sections of silence, me making a fool of myself with random noises and my four-month old daughter laughing at me. I wanted a video montage of my daughterâ€™s laughs with none of my crazy antics or any ear piercing silence. To my amazement, HighlightCam did it. The video contains only clips of my daughter. Whatâ€™s more it only took me about five minutes to select all the video, pick visual effects, and set my options.
I have one minor and two major complaints about HighlightCam. One, it takes a very long time for the video to be created. A one minute video composition took 26 minutes to create. Not only did it take 26 minutes but the video had to be uploaded then downloaded to view which brings me to my minor complaint. Creating videos eats away at data plans. To save data I was on a wireless network, which could explain the 26 minutes.
Major complaint number two, credits. Credits cost on average $0.20 (new accounts come with 10 credits). The movies I made cost three credit each and the still picture montage cost one credit. In all a movie cost 30 minutes and $0.60 to create. Thankfully credits are refundable if the the results were undesirable (assuming the movie has not been saved to the gallery).
I am torn about HighlightCam. I am impressed with the results; I love the videos that were made. The app is easy to use, creates decent quality video and accurately selects the great clips but I am not sure itâ€™s worth the time it takes to create the movie or the continued use of the credit system. A free download and 10 free credits makes it worth trying, that’s for sure. I recommend users try it out to see if it fits their needs.