Category Archives: Photo App

Insta360 New FlowState Stabilization and New Modes for Better User Experience

Action-oriented cameras, especially on smartphones, come with a physical lens and electronic image stabilization to enhance video stability. Stable videos present viewers with a significantly improved experience whether it is a short video on Facebook or Instagram. This trend has been picked up by Rylos 360 cameras which have made it one of the selling features. Insta360 has always had some of the best camera software for stabilization in the industry.

 

Among the favorite 360-degree cameras, Insta360 One, which is a standalone 4K 360 camera that comes with an inbuilt Android or iPhone hardware connector, has now adopted FlowState on-board stabilization. With FlowState, the Insta360 One has improved on the automatic stabilization level it had when it was launched. Moreover, it comes with additional formatting and editing tools befitting the 299 dollars price tag.

 

FlowState stabilization helps users to play with their videos such as creating smooth pans across a video for use in normal vertical and wide-angle formats as most people do not view much of 360 footage. This makes Insta360 devices function like action sports cameras. The Rylo app has updated some of the modes and has added the Pivot Points editing mode. This new mode enables users to choose an exciting section of their videos and the pan between where the app builds a 2D 1080p footage. More information about the Insta360 can be accessed on https://techcrunch.com/2018/03/20/insta360-one-gets-a-massive-upgrade-with-flowstate-stabilization/

 

One feature that works quite well is the updated SmartTrack feature that allows users to follow objects and people throughout the footage. Also, the ViewFinder helps you use the phone as a viewfinder by panning and zooming on the video. To generate dynamic camera angle adjustments, one can now add adjustment points in the phone application and also set person or object active tracking. The new stabilization has enabled Insta360 to create smoother video-developed hyper lapses that work better than countless still frames.

 

These efforts point to Insta360 efforts of not just fixing bugs but also in improving their products making the camera even better. For people who already have Insta360 One, they can get the new features by updating their apps.

Editing Power Brings New Opportunities

Cell phone cameras have become the new norm for most people and with good reason. They’re handy, small, and who wants to be carrying around an extra device when one will do? Photo editing apps are becoming more sophisticated with increased demand. Users want to be able to edit their photos while they’re still on their phones. Downloading and then editing just isn’t fast enough.

Lightricks, the maker of Facetune, has put out a new app called Enlight Photofox, an upgrade to the already existing app, Enlight. Enlight was a popular and powerful app in and of itself, but Photofox has added significant features that take photo editing to a new level.

The base version comes with a full set of editing tools but brings with it additional features inspired by Photoshop. Users now have the power to create layers for combining, blending, and merging photos in new ways. Adjusting image opacity, photo content, and altering individual layers can now be done through the app.

The layer feature alone brings editing features that can change the dynamics of how cell phone photos are used. Layers allow the transforming of shape, size, and perspective. They can be filled with colors or patterns, flipped horizontally or vertically, all from a small pocket-sized device. That’s a powerful app to prepare photos for sharing with family, friends, or on social media.

Not all the features on Photofox come free with the basic package. In-app purchases allow users to pick and choose which features they want. A paid monthly subscription gives access to all features for advanced users. It’s exciting to see the development of photography as technology advances.

Amazon Now Offering Snap Spectacles

Last autumn Snap, Inc., released a pair of sunglasses with a built-in camera that allowed users to take a 10 to 30 second video and upload it automatically to Snapchat. The trendy specs were only available at surprise vending machine setups at first. The vending machine kiosks went viral quickly, and people stood in long lines waiting to pay $129.99 for a pair of black, coral, or teal snap spectacles. Eventually the glasses were put up for sale online through a direct purchase website and temporary New York City storefront. Now buyers can purchase the specs through the Amazon website or app.

The benefit of using Snap Spectacles is they offer a unique perspective for videos. Everything is captured at eye-level, and the results can be viewed in landscape or portrait orientation on a smartphone using the Snapchat app. Some users have complained about the Snap Spectacle software being clumsy and difficult to use, but otherwise the glasses have received promising reviews. Users who enjoy using Snapchat with their phones on a regular basis should find the glasses a faster and easier way to capture snaps on the go.

Although the initial buzz translated into booming sales for the spectacles last year, sales have fallen sharply in the last quarter. Snap continues to call the spectacles an experiment, and reports that the glasses have not been a big money maker for the company yet. The Amazon version of Snap Spectacles are available in the same three colors as the original, and the price is still holding steady at $129.99. The spectacles can be purchased with Amazon’s next-day delivery option.

Instagram Now Offers Story Reply Options

Instagram has increased the wide range of features that it provides to users according to an article on The Verge. Instagram is well known for listening to what its users want and going above and beyond to listen to these desires whenever possible. Listening to the base of active users is a smart way to ensure that people continue to make use of the platform for a long time to come. It is possible that a demand for a specific feature could be so strong that it would translate into an opportunity that a new company would be able to work into a new business venture. However, this would only remain a possibility if a company were simply not listening to its active users at all. Instagram does not have that problem, they offers features that users want on a regular basis. Today, we have the ability to reply to stories using a video or a picture. If you have been on Instagram for some time, you have likely enjoyed a large amount of stories published by the people that you follow. However, there was no option for you to reply to these stories through making use of a video or photo that you would like to share.

This oversight was considered by many to be a huge omission since the basic reason that most people turn to Instagram would be to post a video or a picture with people around the world. However, this issue has now been put to rest thanks to the development team with the website. Now users have the ability to post either a video or a picture that they have recently captured in order to reply to a story. If you have always wanted to reply through video, now is the time to try it out.