So far, I have not come across an additional camera app as helpful as Vhoto. Besides some secondary camera filter apps such as Apple’s very own iPhoto or the cheesy (but extremely awesome) picture overlay apps like Picture Pimp, Vhoto is all you need.
Say you go to an MLB baseball game with your five year old. The funny mascot comes up and begins to shadowbox with your kid. My immediate reaction would be to grab my iPhone and switch it to camera mode, but with Vhoto, you can do both at the same time.
Vhoto frees you up to just simply relying on capturing the moment with video. Now this “Do I take a video or take a picture” dilemma does not come up as frequently, which makes this app even nicer to have as an option.
Here is a quick example:
Last month, we took a family vacation to Washingto D.C. They boys, especially my six year old wanted to jump off anything that remotely looked like it could be, well, jumped off of.
So, I stopped him before he took to the air, set my iPhone to video mode (with slow motion, of course) and started rolling as he leapt off of the wall.[fusion_builder_container hundred_percent=”yes” overflow=”visible”][fusion_builder_row][fusion_builder_column type=”1_1″ background_position=”left top” background_color=”” border_size=”” border_color=”” border_style=”solid” spacing=”yes” background_image=”” background_repeat=”no-repeat” padding=”” margin_top=”0px” margin_bottom=”0px” class=”” id=”” animation_type=”” animation_speed=”0.3″ animation_direction=”left” hide_on_mobile=”no” center_content=”no” min_height=”none”][wpvideo sIzVNhOW]
I then opened my Vhoto app on my iPhone and hit the picture icon in the top left of the screen. This action opens up your phone’s camera roll and I was able to select the video clip that I wanted to extract photographs from. Once you select the video, just click the yellow “Find Photos” button at the bottom and it will process images automatically. After it finishes its rendering, just select which photos you want to save to your phone and Voila, not only do you have a cool video, but also some neat action stills.
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Here are two of the photos from the video that I selected to save. You can then edit and share them just like any picture you would have otherwise taken.
There are a few other options that Vhoto offers such as:
- Joining a community (like Instagram) to share photos, follow users and follow hashtags.
- Taking video or pictures directly on the app itself.
As with all apps, I find that there is one particular thing they do well and this one gets it spot on with being able to capture photos from videos. Frankly, it was something until about a month ago, when I downloaded this app that I did not think was possible.
Here are what some other news services are saying about Vhoto.
- Patrick Gillespie on Mashable says, “Vhoto removes the dilemma to pick between snapping a photo or shooting a video, since it curates the best photos immediately.”
- Jonathan Schieber of TechCrunch states, “Because the technology is based on video, there’s no need for users to frame and pose shots.”
- Chris Davies from SlashGear puts it best, “Vhoto iPhone app sucks incredible stills from your videos.”
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