I enjoy taking photos and videos on my BlackBerry devices. Mostly of silly family antics or my cats running around. While BlackBerry 10 has a baked in photo editor, complete with filters, the video player doesn't give you the ability to add filters. I know for some, you'll see no need for filters but it's always nice to have options. That's when VideoFX for BlackBerry 10 comes in.
VideoFX lets you create videos with filters, as well as shoot videos in many different resolutions, from a low 120x160 right up to full HD 1080x1920. What's great about VideoFX that the filters work realtime. You can switch between filters while your shooting your video. Even more awesome is the fact you use VideoFX recorded videos with Story Maker. The front camera can also be used to record.
In order to use the filters and effects in your video you have to record via the VideoFX app. You can view the last recorded video via the app, otherwise they are saved in the camera folder of the device. At the moment there is no option to change where to save your videos.
There are several filters available to you when you record your video. You can overlay different solid colors - red, green, blue and yellow. But my favorite feature is the ability to enhance certainly colors in the video. The video is essentially black and white but if you select a color, say red, then anything red seen through the view finder will show up as red. You can check out the photos below for some samples or the video above. You can also change the intensity of this too. I like to use this feature a lot.
Apart from filters there are some vintage effects that can be added too.
- Black Noise
- Black Effect
Pretty straight forward names and cool to add too.
There are a few niggles but nothing that can't be straightened with an update. At the time of writing this review, I'm using version v1.5. At the moment, it only works with BlackBerry 10 OS v10.0.10.85 and above. I have also found that sometimes when I minimize the app into an Active Frame and open it up again, the viewfinder isn't working. Everything else works but you can't see anything. I end up having to switch camera and switch it back again to get it running again. Also, when using the solid filters, there is some bleeding that occurs. The developer is aware of this issue and is waiting on a fix. Other than that it's absolutely an app I recommend if you want to add some jazz to your videos.
- Awesome color filters, including the one color selection
- Nice variety of effects
- Can use videos in Story Maker
- Can use both front and back cameras
- Doesn't always like to be minimized, need to use switch camera workaround
- Can't save to microSD (at the moment)
The bottom line
If you love video filters and effects, I highly recommend checking this out. It will cost you $1.99/£1.50 and in my humble opinion, is very much worth it. You'll have oddles of fun too.