Smartphones are quickly becoming the preferred way to film on the go. Devices like the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch can capture video at 720p, and even have editing software for those who want to play with the video and cut it down into something more usable.
Even cooler is that several Apps have been released that allow users to add cool effects or filters to their videos. There are a few we like out there. Let's take a look at some of our favorites.
1) Cartoonatic - Free
This one can add different filters, including the popular pencil-sketch filter that was made popular by A-Ha's Take on Me video. There are several other effects, but that one's bound to be the most popular. The App can be used for free, with an in-app purchase available for those who want an ad-free experience and an additional group of effects.
2) Silent Film Director - 99 cents
This is what it sounds like. It lets you turn anything you capture into a silent film. It even adds the fun piano music and lets you throw in those cards with the dialogue. Not bad for a buck. Fun for playing around with friends and uploading onto YouTube.
#) Ubercam - 99 cents
This one will let you put together one an awesomely cheesy music video with those kaleidoscope-type effects and more. It has some interesting video effects, but the nice part is that if you don't have an iPhone that shoots video, such as an iPhone 3G, you can use it for photos.
4) Slowmo - 99 cents
Okay, so this one isn't actually a filter. It's an effect. Still, it's a very cool effect. You can record something and slow it down, great for if you want to film one of those Bruckheimer moments with the dramatic slow motion.
Using Your iPhone; RIP, Flip
We are using our smartphones more and more for everyday things: checking email, writing email, browsing, reading the news, watching the news, social networking, photos, transactions and even video. We are quickly coming to a world where our smartphone is our lifeline. That carries a lot of good and a lot of bad.
Still, it's becoming more convenient to just carry around one piece of hardware and let it do all the work. As battery life and performance improves in these gadgets, we will see it more and more. Smartphones are definitely taking over as one-stop devices.