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Video apps to help capture memories

A customer tries out the new Apple iPhone

A customer tries out the new Apple iPhone 5 at the Manhattan Fifth Avenue flagship store on the first morning it went on sale. (Sept. 21, 2012) Credit: Getty Images

We live in fleeting, technology-driven times. Fortunately, there are mobile apps designed and developed for recording and instantly sharing memories. What's even better is that there are many apps that add stupendous video effects and can share via Facebook and Twitter.

Klip Video Sharing

(iOS, Android, free)

You can create or import video clips from your smartphone or YouTube, or create a slideshow with photos. You can even choose from 20 filter effects like Fisheye. A lot of thought went into building aspects of Klip's community, and signing up instantly connects you with Facebook friends.

Vine -- Make a scene

(iOS, free)

The new video-sharing app Vine is all about constructing short, looped videos. After signing up for Vine's service through Twitter or email, you can explore various looping videos through Editor's Picks, Popular Now and a spread of 12 hashtags (such as #pets, #howto or #favthings) with colorful icons. You can interact with other Vine lovers through liking and commenting on videos that you stumble across. Although the app isn't available on Google Play, there are two unofficial Android options for viewing (but not uploading) videos in Vine Tube and Vine Flow.


(iOS, Android, free)

Setting up the mobile app through Facebook or Twitter is a snap, and you're immediately asked to follow users based on categories like Animals, Action and Celebs. The mobile app can use videos that you've already stored on your smartphone, or you can start fresh by creating a new one. Shooting Viddy's 15-second videos is super intuitive. You can pick the thumbnail, video filters and select from 20 audio tracks. Once you've settled on the effects, share on Facebook, YouTube, Twitter and/or Tumblr.

Burst -- Video Sharing

Made Easy

(iOS, Android, free)

Burst puts a twist on videos: it prompts you to create groups from your contacts list for private sharing. This is a great advancement over some other apps, and you can securely share video clips with the people who would be most interested in them. If you're a new parent recording your baby's first crawl, you can instantly share with family and friends. Also, the mobile app detects Facebook event RSVPs, which auto-titles the video moments.

Lapse It Pro -- Time Lapse Professional

(iOS, Android, $1.99)

Lapse it Pro, the brainchild of Interactive Universe, empowers you to capture moments in an atypical way. Within the mobile app, you can set the capture interval (milliseconds, seconds or minutes), image resolution, exposure, focus and white balance. Lapse It Pro features a handy method for triggering captures: by clapping. There is also a free lite version for iOS and Android as well.--,

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