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ProShow Web App Update: Loop Videos

Have you downloaded the free ProShow Web app for iPad and iPhone yet? The app lets you mix photos, videos, text and music together into gorgeous, professional-quality video slideshows in a matter of minutes.

Today we’ve released an update that gives you the ability to loop your videos. Looping is perfect for displaying a video slideshow at a live event, trade show or anywhere else you may need to have a continuous video playing on your device. You can access the loop option on the show screen, there is a new loop button at the bottom. When looping is on, it lights up blue. When it is off, it’s gray.

Your videos can play directly from your ProShow Web account online or you download your videos to your iPad or iPhone’s camera roll to save and watch when you’re not connected to wifi.

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Best Apps and Accessories for Shooting Video with Your iPhone

By now you undoubtedly know that the iPhone features a very capable camera.  But did you know that it’s also a great video camera?

Right out of the box, the iPhone is a very solid option for those times when you need to shoot some quick clips for a slideshow. With just a few apps and some low-cost accessories you can easily improve your video production value and quickly turn your iPhone into a very powerful addition to your camera bag.

The Apps

For retro style video, I like 8mm Vintage Camera ($1.99). This is a great video companion to apps like Instagram, Hipstamatic, etc. With 8mm, you can recreate classic home movie film colors/graininess, add projector sound effects and even add frame jitters (my favorite). Effects can also be applied to any existing video in your Camera Roll.

For “real” video, the best app by far is FiLMiC Pro ($3.99).  This app was designed with the videographer in mind.  Some of the key features are the ability to lock focus, exposure and white balance points.  You can shoot up to 1080p video,  change the video framerate, overlay a Thirds Guide to aid with shot composition, monitor Audio levels and even include a slate marker to note date/scene information.

To turn your video clips and photos into a cool video slideshow, check out the ProShow Web slideshow app for both iPhone and iPad. It has a built-in video trimmer that allows you to edit your clips and mix your video and stills together for a really spectacular slideshow. It features tons of cool effects and easy ways to share your finished video.

The Hardware Accessories

To build  a more powerful recording rig, let’s start with the most basic accessory, a frame to hold everything.  I really like this Adorama L-bracket ($8.49).  It’s simple, lightweight and features two standard shoe mounts.

To add an iPhone 4s to this bracket, try this iPhone Cradle Mount from Opteka ($12.95).  It’s inexpensive, but solidly built and fits any standard tripod or camera mount.  (Sorry, no iPhone 5 mounts are available just yet)

A shoe-mountable dimmable LED light is another must-have.  Prices vary greatly, but quality usually does not.  Most of  what you’ll find online in this category pretty much all comes from the same factory, only rebranded (and re-priced) by retailers.  I bought this one on Amazon for $30 and it works just fine.

Last but not least, let’s fill that second shoe mount with a microphone.   This is the only expensive accessory needed,  but it’s an absolute must if you want to record high quality sound to go along with your video clips.   The RØDE VideoMic ($149) is my preferred choice.

Naturally, because we’re working with an iDevice, you’ll also need an audio adapter to record the stereo signal coming from the VideoMic.  These are a little more difficult to find, but KV Connection has one that will take care of your iVideo needs for about $30.  I like this cable because it also features a headphone jack -making monitoring audio in the field even easier.


Stream ProShow Slideshows from your iPad or iPhone to your TV

ProShow lets you create dynamic slideshows with your photos, videos and music to share across a number of devices like the iPad and iPhone. So, what’s the easiest way to get your slideshows from your iPad to your TV? Here are two quick ways to give your slideshows the big-screen treatment in just a few seconds.

  • If you have an Apple TV (2nd or 3rd generation), you can use Airplay to stream video content straight from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your TV. Just click the Airplay icon during playback and choose where you want to stream the video. For more information click here.
  • Don’t have an Apple TV? No problem! You can use the Apple Composite AV Cable or the Apple Digital AV Adapter to directly connect your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to your television for playback. Check product descriptions for device compatibility.

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Getting Started with the ProShow Web App for iPhone and iPad

Have you downloaded our new ProShow Web app for the iPhone and iPad? It’s free to use and creates beautiful photo + video slideshows in just a few clicks. Watch the video below to learn how to get started and how to use the features of the app.


ProShow Web App Released for iPhone and iPad

Exciting news! Today we’ve released our new ProShow Web app for the iPhone and iPad. The app lets you easily mix photos, videos, text and music together into professional-quality video slideshows. It integrates with popular photo sharing sites so you can create videos by importing photos from your camera roll, Instagram, Facebook, Flickr, 500px and SmugMug. The app is free to use for a 15-photo video. Unlimited, full-length videos start at $4.99/ month and plans can be purchased in-app.

Current ProShow Web subscribers can log in and use the app free. The app integrates with the Photodex’s ProShow Web online video creation service allowing new and current users to create slideshows from any browser or directly through the app itself. All content is created, shared and stored seamlessly in the cloud. Works with Free, Plus or Premium subscriptions.

Don’t have a ProShow Web account? It’s free to sign up and create an unlimited number of short videos online or in the app iteslf. Just download the app and create a free account.

If you’re a ProShow Producer user you can download any slideshow you create with ProShow Web into ProShow Producer to fine-tune and output on your desktop!


Make Canvas Prints from Your Instagram Photos

We all know that Instagram makes it easy to do some really cool things with photos. So why not decorate your home or office with some of your favorites.

With CanvasPop, you can create gallery wrapped canvas prints of your Instagram photos with just a few clicks. Canvas prints are available in two sizes: 12×12 or 20×20, and each photo is specially enhanced to make sure the lower-resolution images from your phone still look great when enlarged. Prices range from $40 to $114 and prints are generally shipped within 5-7 days.

And, don’t forget to follow us on Instagram for fun, behind-the-scenes photos at Photodex!


Play Slideshows on your TV with your iPad and AirPlay

So you’ve got all your awesome ProShow slideshows on your iPad ready to show off to friends and family.

But, how can you get these beauties from your iPad to play on your HDTV? If you have an Apple TV and the latest version of IOS on your iPad, iPhone or iPod, it’s a snap!

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