Nut­shell cam­era

Chris­tian likes in­stant re­sults, so mak­ing a movie from just three pho­tos is a win­ner

Mac Format - - RATED | IOS APPS -

Yes, the Cam­era app is good and iMovie a cinch. Vine? Yeah that’s even eas­ier. But when it comes to send­ing a quick video mes­sage with a bit of a hu­mourous ef­fect, Nut­shell is just the ticket. In a ‘nut­shell’ the app cen­tres around snap­ping just three pic­tures, while the app con­stantly records video in the back­ground. Es­sen­tially, they get stitched to­gether to al­low for one seam­less tran­si­tion be­tween pho­tos. The end re­sult is a steady cap­ture and you can then adorn your mini movie with fun float­ing graph­ics (cap­tions and an­i­ma­tions).

The app in­tel­li­gently zooms in and out as you tran­si­tion be­tween each photo, all to in an at­tempt to pro­vide spa­tial con­text of what you’re cap­tur­ing. The cap­tions are lo­ca­tion-aware too, so that they seem to hover around the fo­cal point you at­tached them too. It’s very much like how you see those ‘mag­netic’ an­no­ta­tions in to­day’s doc­u­men­tary pro­grammes. Quite of­ten apps that pro­duce th­ese kinds of cre­ative ef­fects are a bit hit and miss, only lend­ing them­selves to a par­tic­u­lar kind of video cap­ture, but here you get away with al­most any source ma­te­rial. I’ve found that snap­ping the three pho­tos in quick suc­ces­sion and with mov­ing the iPhone around still re­sults in a good video that can be spruced up with just a few taps.

Nut­shell brings life to stan­dard pho­tos, and the re­sults can be shared in all the usual places. It’s fun and free too!

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