Correct me if I’m wrong but generally, don’t we use our cellphones in lieu of our photo cameras these days? Well, I do. And as for me, I’ll admit that the majority of photos I snap end up in my phone’s photo gallery to be (maybe) browsed at a later date on public transit or while zoning out at work — and hardly used much more than that. What happens to all those shots that you take?
Amit Man, CEO and Founder of the Takes iPhone app wants you to do more with those otherwise neglected cellphone snaps. In our modern Snapchat, Vine, Viddy, Cinemagram (et. al.) day-in-age, Man has taken the capabilities of digital cellphone pictures to new heights (at least those taken on an iPhone, at least for now.)
With his new Takes app, select up to fifteen of your shots and the application will splice them into a short video. Yes, I repeat: Takes will turn your still images into video! Don’t believe me? Check out examples via the Takes website. Unfortunately, we’re unable to embed any examples at this time.
So here’s how it works: Takes begin filming as soon as you open the camera function on your phone. With each snap, it captures and saves a few seconds before and a few seconds after. After, when you’ve chosen up to and no more than fifteen photos, the app uses the said captured video footage to create a montage-like streaming video. It’s pretty unbelievable, especially when you create your first one.
Using the Takes Music Engine, the app will also insert a pre-loaded song from their library to your video, based on matching it’s beats-per-minute and song length with the camera cuts in your ‘Take.’ From there, all your social networking links, including the Takes own social network, are a click away — you know what to do.
Takes also offers various video filters to further customize your short film — a nice touch to your personal media a la Instagram but for videos. Longer-length videos can make for a nice update down the road, though there’s no information available yet for what the app has in it’s pipeline.
For now, it’s available as a free download for iPhone via the Apple App Store. We’re hoping to see this eventually roll out for Android. Next time you’re feeling creative with your smartphone snapper, look no further than Takes. If you’re an iPhone user, there’s no excuse not to try this one out. And when you do, please share your thoughts in the comments section below.