Vimeo now has three interesting mobile video sharing apps.
Vimeo’s moves to acquire additional apps and add them to its service are not unlike what Facebook did when it bought Instagram. And, of course, Twitter did something very similar when acquiring Vine, according to a Recode report.
While Vine and Instagram Video have taken much of the spotlight, you may want to have a look at these apps. All are free and provide an alternative depending upon your business and marketing needs.
Cameo (pictured above) is a relatively new video-editing app available for iPhone users only. With the app, you can edit videos right from your mobile device. Adding in title cards, video overlays and other effects is fairly easy, too, according to its maker.
Cameo gained quite a reputation during its short time on the Apple App Store market. Apple developers tagged it as one of the “Best of 2013” video apps. When you’re done creating your edited video, you can save it to Cameo’s cloud server. This feature, the developer says, will save storage space on your phone or other device, as well as preserve battery life.
The company was just acquired by Vimeo on March 18. In a statement on the purchase, Vimeo CEO Kerry Trainor said:
“Vimeo is committed to empowering all creators, and the ubiquity of HD camera phones is driving the largest wave of video creation ever seen. What we love about Cameo is that it gives even novice video-makers the power to create beautiful, well-crafted videos.”
Echograph is truly unlike any other video sharing app available. Called “The Instagram of Animated GIFs,” it’s currently only available on iOS devices. The GIF-making app allows users to animate just a portion of a video while leaving the rest as a still shot.
According to its website, to make an Echograph, you shoot a short video using your mobile device. Then you trim the video down to include just a portion of the video you want to animate. The rest remains as a static image. You can use your finger to “paint” over a portion of the video, in order to choose the portion you wish to animate.
These videos can be shared on popular social network sites like Twitter and Facebook.
Vimeo purchased Echograph last February, according to a TechCrunch report. After the deal was completed, Echograph went from a paid app to free.
Vimeo Mobile App
This is the mobile version of Vimeo and lets you share and watch high-resolution streaming video from your mobile device. The app is available across all platforms, including iOS, Android, Windows 8 and Windows Phone.
Using it is like using any other video sharing service. Shoot and edit videos from your device and share them on the Vimeo network as well as on other social networks.
There are upload limitations to Vimeo’s basic account, including the number of videos you can shoot and save. Vimeo does offer paid plans, too, for heavier users of the service. The lowest paid plan starts at $9.95 per month, the company’s website says. Paid plans offer more HD uploads and customized video players, too.
I like that Cameo allows you to upload videos to a cloud server. Battery life isn’t one of iPhone’s strengths, in my opinion, so anything that doesn’t pull on it so much is a good thing.
I also like the sound of Echograph. Curious to see how it looks.
Yes. It seems that mobile is becoming more mainstream nowadays. With faster Internet and mobile access, people can now easily load videos so it is now an important marketing tool.
are they still working on getting vimeo to work on laptop/desktops? vimeo only works about 10% of the time there
Dave, I haven’t used Vimeo enough to notice it doesn’t work well on a desktop. The handful of times I’ve used it, it’s only glitched on me once or twice, no more than I’ve experienced with YouTube.