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Make a video for your friends

27/11

friends video

Of course you love your friends, but maybe you don’t always tell them that. Sure, you can use the new Facebook-feature that lets you make an instant slideshow of all of your Facebook-moments together. I’m sure you’ve seen them online already. A nice gesture, but all of those videos look exactly the same. If you want to really surprise your friends, make them a really personal video to tell them how much you appreciate your friendship. Here’s some pointers. Read more…

Make a Poster or Meme Video!

25/11

First they were just meme-makers, but software and apps that let you add texts to pictures have taken a big flight. There are some great apps out there, like Hope, which transforms pictures and text in the well known Obama-Hope poster style, or Motivational Poster which does exactly what you’d expect from the name. Imgur Memegen of course is one of the best known, we love the Keep Calm generator too and recently Super! added a new way of poster making to mobile devices by being a poster maker and social messenger at the same time.

But why are we talking about this? Together is a video app, not a poster maker. No, that is correct, but I bet you never thought about mixing all of those great posters you’ve made together and making a video out of it, now did you? Well, we did, and we’ve tried it out ourselves. Below you can see an example of a video with posters and memes from different apps, but you can just as easy put your best posters from just one app together, add some music and show others your wild ideas. Use personal pictures with text to share with friends or combine the motivational words from Motivational Poster to remind yourself and others of what really matters in the world.

Every app works a bit different so you’ll have to see what the best way to save the memes to Together is. Most apps will let you save or export the poster as a separate picture but some of them will need you to take a screenshot. Find whatever works for you, import the pictures in Together and add some music. Try it out for yourself and make your posters and memes into a video to share!

How we have implemented Intel INDE in the Together for Android

21/11


By using standard libraries, programmers can avoid inefficient labor of re-creating the wheel, reduce time-to-market and improve the functionality of their applications. Luckily enough, we can exemplify this by the case of our own. In this post, we would like to describe the process of implementation of the Intel INDE library (Integrated Native Developer Experience) to enable video handling in our Together Video Camera Android app. We will share the samples of code we used to meet our application-specific needs, and our hands-on experience, both before and after the introduction of INDE.
Read more…

Make a fall-themed video

16/11

fall video
The fall is a season of change and perfect to capture on screen. You might’ve never thought of it, but you can easily use your mobile device to show the changes of nature. Here’s some ideas to help you on your way!

- Stormy weather? Make a video of the wind rustling the leaves of the trees. Especially when trees start to lose some of their leaves, this is a beautiful sight to capture.

- Want to show how the leaves are falling? Make a 5 to 10-second video of one of the trees in your garden every day for a month, then put them all together in chronological order in Together and speed the videos up. This way you’ll have a beautiful video that resembles a time-lapse film of your tree losing its leaves.

- Give your fall-video a tranquil atmosphere by using slow ambient or classical music. Even when you’ve captured the wild sides of fall (rain, storm), adding such music will give your movie a great vibe.

- Zoom in on special things that capture your eye; a leaf in a puddle, a cat seeking shelter for the rain, a small branch almost falling down and so on. The best nature movies show details; don’t be afraid to stay with a small detail for a while.

- Going for a walk in the woods? Take pictures or videos of all the different kinds of mushrooms, trees and berries you see. Put them Together and use text overlay to explain which species they are.

- Interested in making lots of videos and pictures in bad weather? There are all sorts of sleeves available in the market to protect your mobile phone or tablet from the rain. Most of them are also helpful underwater, perfect for the next summer when you go snorkling or diving!

Below you can find a small fall compilation video I did earlier, filmed in Amsterdam and Groningen, the Netherlands. The music used is “Sunset Dreaming” from the Together music collection. Some of the clips were sped up 2 or 3 times to show the movement of leaves. Enjoy!

 

Together’s new features week: soundtracks

07/11

audio recording
To round up the features week here on the Together blog, let’s talk some more about soundtracks. There is so much you can do with sound, we’d love to help you out and get you started!

Of course by now you know Together’s soundtracks library. There is a ton of original music to use (even more in the premium subscription) and these sounds will definitely give your movie the extra edge you’re looking for. But there is much more. Want to use your own music? There’s an option to import any music from iTunes. But the coolest feature by far is called “original sound”. What’s that all about? Easy. You can use both the original sound of the video and the newly added music, and let them play both at the same time. Remember the voiceover-blog, where we showed you how you can adjust the voiceover and the original video sound to match? This works in the same way and lets you use all the sound you want. Why not try it out or yourself?
This concludes out new features week, but keep checking in for new blogs to help you make the best videos possible. And, we’ll be adding some videos to show you the mentioned features from this week, to give you some more inspiration on how to do your own!

 

Together’s new features week: Cloud storage

06/11

cloud
Okay, so this is actually not a new feature. Together has always been about cloud storage and cloud editing, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worthy of a blogpost.  ”The Cloud” is a fairly new thing on the internet – by now everyone’s heard of it and most people use cloud storage one way or another, maybe even without really knowing. So what’s “The Cloud” actually about?

Basically, the Cloud is the internet, but used in a different form. It is a network of servers, with each server having a different function. Servers will use their power to run applications or deliver a service, and that’s basically the new aspect. Think about software, for instance. Before, you had to buy software physically and install it on your computer. Then came downloading; no need to buy a disc any more, but you still needed to download and install. Now there is an increasing amount of companies that “rent out” software; it’s all stored on servers, in “the cloud”, and you can use it if you pay a monthly fee.

But cloud storage is more than just software, it’s also data. Using external servers to store your data will help you preserve the GB’s on your personal devices. It will also help you to access your materials with more ease. Before, you had to get back to your personal computer to access those files, or send an email to yourself to be able to see them on another computer. Now, by storing your documents in the cloud, you will be able to access them everywhere, on any device.

When you use Together, you have the option to store your videos in the Cloud or on your personal device or both. The Cloud storage is immensely important when it comes to video, as moving image will take up a lot of GB’s and you don’t want your mobile device clogged up with all of your movies. Together makes this easy and stores your videos in the Cloud, also making sure you will be able to access them from anywhere. A premium subscription gets you even more Cloud storage to use; a whopping 128 GB will give you all the storage you need to edit and share your videos.

So now you know about the basics of the Cloud, and why it’s so important to us – and you! Stay tuned for more blogs to help you make the most of your videos!

 

 

Together’s new features week: Playback speed

05/11

slapstick
It’s day three of features week and you might’ve noticed this one already under video effects: playback speed.

When tapping this feature, Togetherwill first need to “warm up a video particle accelerator”. That’s just fancy words for the cool feature that you’re about to use, which will allow you to speed up the playback speed of your movie by up to 16 times. Speeding up can make even the most boring movies seem fun, so it’s a great feature to try out. Do play around with it a little bit and see what happens when you apply it to different sorts of clips.

Here are the best moments to use this feature:
1. speeding up a boring part of your movie that you cannot skip
2. showing something that usually takes a long time in a shorter period, for instance the sun setting or something getting built
3. enhancing a slapstick-moment, for instance someone who falls down or does something really silly; think of those silent movies from the ’20s
4. showing something that’s repetitive, for instance when someone is walking back from something and you’ve seen them walking to that place already. Or when something happens even more often, speeding it up will then probably make this funny

After speeding up your clips, you movie will edit and store almost as fast in the cloud – but more on that tomorrow.

 

Together’s new features week: Voiceover

04/11

voiceover
Day two of the new features week is all about Voiceover. You can get to this great new application the same way as to text overlay; just choose “edit” and go to voiceover on the bottom of the screen, under “add video effects”.

Using voiceover is easy. You just press the red recording button and while recording, you will also see the clip being played on your screen. This way, you can time your voice-over exactly with the video. Not happy while recording? Just press the red button again, get back to the editing screen and try again. If you are happy with the voiceover, make sure you let the clip run all the way to the end (even when you’ve finished your commentary sooner than that). After that, your voiceover will be stored and you’ll get a screen to adjust the sound level if needed. This is a really cool feature as you’ll be able to match the sound levels of the original sound of the video and your own recorded voice. If you’re not happy, this screen will also let you remove your voiceover – just watch and listen to the clip and decide whether you want to keep it or delete it. After all of this, press “done” top right and your voiceover is finished.

Some advice to get the best results: when recording a voiceover, make sure there is no background noise in the room you’re recording in. Also, speak slow and clear, don’t press your face too close to your mobile device (you’ll hear your breathing on the audio track if you do that) and pause every now and then.

Have you done a great voiceover? Do let us know! We’d love to see and hear some of your work with Together.

Together’s new features week: Text Overlay

03/11

text overlay
As you might’ve already noticed, Together has gotten a ton of new features in the latest update. To celebrate, we’re highlighting one new feature every day this week. Today: Text Overlay, or how to add titles and text.

In movies, “show, don’t tell” is always the adagium. But sometimes you do need some words on your screen to explain yourself. You might want to show someone’s name when interviewing them, explain in which city you are or even provide some subtitles for a couple of foreign words. You can do all of this now with the new Together update. In your movie, choose “edit”, tap on the clip you want to add the text to and choose “text overlay”.

Enter in the words you want to add: you’ll see a box in the top left corner of the video preview. Choose a font, a size and a color and of course the length. For how long would you like the words to show on the screen? Generally, avoid showing any text for less than 3 seconds, as people would not have enough time to read it properly. However, the best way to verify this is to preview your video. Are you happy with the color and the font as well? Different videos need different fonts, do think about the type of video you are making and choose wisely. I would not advise “fun” fonts for business films. It might seem a viable idea sometimes, but in most cases people would take your movie less seriously with such fonts. Thankfully, there is a lot of fonts to choose from in Together and I’m sure the right one for your video is just there.

There is also the option to choose opacity. Do you want your text to appear directly onto the video, or do you want it to show up in a small text box? Choose how much of the background should remain visible and after that comes the final step: alignment. You can put the text anywhere; from top right through middle to bottom left: all options are there. Again, do try it out and preview your video to see if it has a proper alignment. Don’t just watch the still image and decide; some shots might conflict with your alignment, for example, words may go straight through a person’s face… Make sure that your text is positioned correctly all the way through!

Another word of advice: don’t put in too much text. However tempting it might be to put lots of commentary text and puns in your video, it does not always make your video better. If you want to add a lot of text, why not record a commentary track? More on that in tomorrow’s blog post!

Halloween is here – make your own scary movie with Together

25/10

halloween

It’s that time of year again, Halloween is just around the corner. If you’re looking for a fun thing to do this weekend, why not make a short scary movie to share with your friends on Halloween? Not sure how to? Follow these handy steps and become a proper horror specialist!

1. Pick a story
Story and screenplay are the starting point for any movie, short or long, professional or amateur. So think about it. What is the story you want to tell? In this case it doesn’t have to be long or elaborate, you don’t need a 30 page script, but you do need a begin, middle and end.
For instance; a young woman is at home alone. (begin) The doorbell rings and she goes to open it, but there is no-one there. When she walks back to the living room, there is a giant carved pumpkin on the couch with a note that says “Trick or Treat”. (middle) The lights flicker and go out and we hear an evil laugh, followed by a scream (end).
As you can see from this example, the end of  story is mysterious and does not reveal everything, but it is a proper end for a short scary movie. In this genre, ending with something scary is always a good idea, especially if you want to scare your friends when sharing your movie!

2. Actors, location and props
Story decided on, time to get everything you need to film. Get some actors (if needed), decide on a filming location and find the right props – scary decorations, knifes and a lot of ketchup might be the things on your list. And of course, get your mobile device ready, battery fully loaded, so you can use the Together app to film.

3. Start filming: techniques
Time to get filming. But how will you get your movie to be as scary as it can be? Here’s some techniques to get you started.
-darkness can be tough to capture in film. If you want to film in a dark environment, think of one or two natural lightsources to use. If you’re making a documentary-style scary movie, use the lightsource of your phone (think “Blair Witch Project”) or let your main character walk around with a torch.
-scary lighting can help make your movie even scarier. Use a torch or another lightsource and move it from one side to another as if on a ship. Try using filters for different colors (colored paper can do the trick if it’s see-through); green and red are the best colors to use here.
-handheld style filming is a classic in the horror genre too. Instead of steady shots, shake around a bit more; a shaking image will reveal less (which is scary in itself) and adds to a feel of panic and realism.
-point of view filming is also a great way to make the viewer share the scary action. Show everything through the eyes of your main character and move the camera as you would move your body/head/eyes.

4. editing techniques
Filming done, on to editing. Choose the best takes and trim them; which can be easily done with Together. When you’ve got all of the useful takes left, put them in the right order and watch the film. Together makes this easy as it can “make” and show your movie in minutes. When watching this rough material in order, you will easily see if the pacing of your movie feels right. In the horror genre, using long, slow takes to build up tension and then switching them up with a fast paced editing for the scary surprises usually works really good.
When you’re happy with the video work, add some extra scary sounds and of course music. Music is key in this genre and can be used to enhance any video. If you have no idea what to use, Together has some great soundtracks built in – I recommend “the strategy” or “espionage” for exciting scenes.

5. share and scare
Finished? Share your movie and scare your friends. Made a Halloween video with Together? Do let us know as we’d love to be scared too! Happy Halloween!

 

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