Posted 06/19/2013 at 9:55 AM
Posted 4 years ago
Thanks to apps such as Vine and SnapChat, short, social video clip sharing has become the latest craze to take over the smartphone generation and its popularity has not been lost on Microsoft Research, which has updated its BLINK camera app to provide users with the ability to create short animations of their own.
BLINK for Windows Phone 8 is a cool app that allows you to capture bursts of images before and after the shutter and lets you to pick the best picture from the dozen or so results. The latest update to the app brings BLINK up to version 2.0 and the video animation feature is a welcome addition.
“With BLINK for Windows Phone 8, you’ll never miss the best shot or the action. BLINK captures a burst of images before you even press the shutter, and continues to capture pictures after you’ve taken your shot. Save and share the shot you like best. And better yet, save a short animated BLINK and share it to Facebook, Twitter, or BLINK.so.cl,” said the updated Windows Phone Apps + Games store description.
Aptly named “Blinks,” short video clips can be created simply by using the app as you normally would. After taking a photo, BLINK will show you the usual shot selection screen; however, the new option of red brackets to select which pictures will be used in the animation are now available. Once your selection is made, you can choose “Share Range” or “Share Still” to share your camera work with social media friends. It all works really well, but is let down slightly by the fact you cannot view your clips before sending them out.
Blinks is the standout feature of the BLINK app, but version 2.0 also has several other features in its line-up, including a web gallery, built-in camera settings such as scene mode and white balance, and the option of editing old projects.
BLINK is free to download now for Windows Phone 8 devices and is well worth checking out.