For those of you who have followed BlackBerry over the past few years, you already know that way back in July of 2011 RIM acquired a fancy little video editing company called JayCut. At the time, the Swedish company was offering their online video editing services to the masses but after having been acquired by RIM they went ahead and shut everything down.
That left folks wondering what exactly RIM has been doing with the company in the meantime. Here we are now, 2013. BlackBerry 10 has arrived and we're finally getting a glimpse of what the JayCut and BlackBerry relationship brings us.
It comes by way of a BlackBerry 10 app called Story Maker that allows anyone to create, edit and export their own video clips using content such as music, videos, and photos directly from their BlackBerry smartphone. If you're looking to learn how to use the app, jump below to check out our full walkthrough from start to finish.
Getting started with Story Maker is simple. Assuming you have some pictures, videos, and music already on your device just go ahead and click on the Story Maker icon. The screen will load up in landscape mode and display a rather unassuming window that simply says 'Create new story' as shown above.
Getting your content into Story Maker is simple as well as it automatically pulls in pictures and videos that already exist on your device. From there, just tap on each video or picture you want to have added into your final video. As you can see in the images, the items you select to have added to your final video are highlighted in a blue accent.
Aside from offering a few sample music pieces to add into your content, Story Maker on BlackBerry 10 will pull in any music you have on your device as well. That music can then be used in your videos. So, no matter what, you'll always be able to find just the right sound for your videos. Just pick something that fits and then move on.
Once you have chosen your content and music, you can then move on to the next step which is adding title pages. The title pages are where you can fill in such things as where it was filmed, when it was filmed and who filmed it. Just remember, the titles will be shown at the beginning and the credits will be shown at the end.
Now that you have content added, music chosen, and titles and end credits in place -- it's time to add some styling to your videos. You'll have several video filters or stylings to choose from that will add some nice effects to your end content and make it look great. Or if you wish, you can simply just leave it as is.
In this area, you'll also be able to tweak up your final output settings. What that entails is the organization of the photos and videos you've added. If you want something placed in a different order, just drag to reorder them around or touch and hold for more options such as editing the photos or videos in their respective editing programs.
Now that you have everything added and tweaked up, you're pretty much ready for your final export. Exporting the file is drop dead easy and should only take a few minutes depending upon how much content you have added. Once completed, you can preview your exported video from your device memory in the video viewer.