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What Is Viddy? Review of the Viddy App for iPhone

Viddy Is Like Instagram for Video Sharing

About.com Rating 5 Star Rating


Screenshot of Viddy app

It seems like every iPhone user is all jazzed lately up about this new app called Viddy. If you’re an iPhone user who likes to discover new apps, you may be interested in knowing more. And if it’s gotten so much attention, it must be good right?

Read on to decide for yourself if it’s worth downloading.

Viddy: The New Instagram for Video?

Viddy describes itself as “a simple way for anyone to capture, produce and share beautiful videos with the world.”

Simply put, Viddy is a video app. But even though it’s all about capturing great video, the really special aspect is that Viddy is built like its own social network--sort of like Instagram. In fact, if you’re already an avid Instagram user, you should notice quite a few similarities between the two apps in terms Viddy’s user interface. And guess what? You can even apply vintage filters over your videos—just like what Instagram does with its photo filter feature.

So in a lot of ways, yes, Viddy is kind of like Instagram for video. As of May 2012, the Viddy app had attracted 26 million users in just a short amount of time. Quite a few high profile individuals and celebs have even jumped onboard with Viddy, including Mark Zuckerberg, Shakira, Jay-Z , Bill Cosby, Snoop Dogg and Will Smith.

How It Works

Once you’ve installed the app, you should get your Viddy account set up. You can use the menu on the bottom of the screen to navigate through the app tabs. The last tab on the far right brings you to your profile. You can sign up for a Viddy account through email, Twitter or Facebook.

The video capture process is simple and intuitive, and the app allows you to take video right through the Viddy app, which is done by pressing the middle camera tab on the menu. Once a video has been recorded, Viddy will ask you if you want to use the video or retake the video. After pressing the green checkmark, you can apply effects, sound and vintage filters. You can then name your video and add a description before sharing it on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr or YouTube.

You can also upload pre-existing videos from your iPhone to be shared on Viddy.

Viddy's Social Networking Features

Just like Instagram, you have a video feed that displays all the videos posted by the Viddy users you follow. You can like, comment, view the tags and share the videos across other social networks too.

To find new users to follow, you can navigate to the fire icon on the bottom menu and check out which videos are popular, trending and new. To view a user’s profile, just tap on their profile photo. You can then choose to follow that user if you want their videos to show up in your stream.

The activity tab displays comments, follows, likes and other actions taken by the people you follow and the people who follow you.

Guide Review of Viddy

After installing the app (which can be downloaded for free from iTunes) and take the time to quickly browse through the tab, I was almost immediately of Instagram, which is basically identical to Viddy in photo format. Since I already like Instagram, it was nice to see the similarities.

Recording my first video was easy, however the app didn’t seem to adjust the video and ended up sideways, but they may have had to more to do with the fact that I was holding my iPod Touch flat. Applying effects was very easy and fun to do, and processing the video only took a few seconds, which was also nice.

Sharing options are always a little awkward at first with any new app, and the video was automatically posted to my Twitter feed because I had Twitter configured to Viddy. It took me a while to figure out that the default social network settings are set to automatically share your videos, so I needed to tap the share settings to display a red dot rather than a green dot to turn off sharing.

In comparison to Keek, which is another mobile video sharing app I previously reviewed, I like Viddy better because of its similarities to Instagram and its effects. Keek actually shares more similarities to YouTube. I guess the major advantage Keek has over Viddy is that Keek allows a video time limit of up to 36 seconds whereas Viddy has a time limit of 15 seconds.

I’d love to see Viddy come to other devices like Android and even iPad, which I know they have plans of doing in the future. I can definitely see why so many people picked up this app so fast. It’s fun and easy to use, and when you’re friends are also using it and you’ve got some major celebrities to follow, it can be hard to stay off of it.

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