How to create a video using Story Maker on BlackBerry 10

Story Maker
By Bla1ze on 1 Feb 2013 04:17 pm EST

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

Getting Started With Story Maker

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.

Adding Content

Getting Started with Story Maker on BlackBerry 10

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.

Adding content to Story Maker
Adding content to Story Maker

Adding Music

Adding Music To Story Maker Content

Adding Music To Story Maker

Adding Music To Your Story Maker Content

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.

Adding Title Pages And Credits

Adding Title Pages In Story Maker

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.

Adding Filters And Styling

Adding Filters And Styling

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.

Tweaking Your Final Export Options

Tweaking Your Added Content

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.

Tweaking Final Export Options

Exporting Your Final Video

Exporting Your Final Video

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.

The Results

Reader comments

How to create a video using Story Maker on BlackBerry 10


This will really be useful to me because im planning to start VLOGGING...look ma, no laptop! :)

and it's another, first!

p.s. BB Z10 please ship to Manila already.

Wow, so would something basic like that take to put together Bla1ze? I am thinking maybe with the upload about 5 to 10 minutes, longer if you don't have an idea or plan?

Gonna be a nice feature!

Also the ROM is sweet! Took me 3 or so hours and we were too tired to see all of it

Looks slick but is there no way to choose a different colour background for the titles and credits? All the Story Maker videos I have seen have the same blue. This is going to start looking very tired very quickly if there is no option to edit the colour.

seanpriest beat me to it re: text and backgrounds, very cool app idea but I will need more info on capabilities via app and QNX. White text over black is pretty basic, text over a color background is a good next step...a pro's editor's first thought though is more control; can I have "my background(s)" (with logo and other info prebuilt in photoshop) already saved on my device and apply text to my imported graphic in Story Maker?

I'll add another question to the chorus, what file format(s) audio/video will it import/export? JayCut was SD (standard def), will SM import/export HD since the phone shoots HD? If the phone is capable one would think the app should be, just say'n... Also, what codecs will it read/use/import/export? JC was flash-based online. I'm wondering...

As a 25-year broadcast pro, video editor and higher education digital journalism teacher, I actually used JC online - pretty slick concept. In a phone app or playbook? Killer (with some caveats TBD!)

Here's my scenario: will SM import video via the mini HDMI port on phone of playbook? I'd love to shoot video on my Canon HF S21 in 1080/60i and import the AVCHD .mts file into my playbook, then edit and export a simple timeline back out! I could ftp via wireless... Talk about a cool tool for journalists...

Ditto who said it's a must-have for the playbook! I'll be interested to see it in action.

Now this is gonna be a fun thing to play with when I get my Q10. :D

I'll add additional edits from my computer if I'm not satisfied. :)