What do you do with all the photos you take on your mobile phone? You could post them to Facebook or Instagram, or share them via email, instant message and other ways, but single photos or even a collection of photos is a bit dull and lifeless. Flipagram for the iPhone and iPad enables you to turn them into great slide shows that can be shared with family and friends.
The idea is that you create stories by selecting photos, adding titles, choosing music to accompany them, and applying fun filters for special effects. The whole lot is turned into a movie which can then be shared.
When connected to your Facebook account, it can suggest a Flipagram and automatically create it for you. For example, it discovered that a Facebook friend had a birthday tomorrow and created a Flipagram that was ready to post online and share.
Mostly though, you will want to create a Flipagram from scratch and the first step is to select the photos to use. These can be from the iPhone/iPad’s Camera Roll or other album, or from Facebook or Instagram. Select Facebook and it shows your Facebook albums for example. There are tabs to show your photos organised by albums, people, places or time. You just tap photos to select them and then move on to the next step.
The photos are shown as thumbnails and they can be dragged around to change the order in which they will appear in the slide show. Text can be added to any of the photos if you want to add captions. The Flipagram has a title that can be displayed at the start.
Music can be added and you can select any track stored on the iPhone or iPad. You can’t add tracks stored on iTunes Match though and they must be downloaded. There is an option to find music and you can browse a selection of music on iTunes. If you want to use a whole track, it must be purchased, but you can use the 30 second preview sample for free.
The length of time each photo is shown for can be adjusted and it can be up to three seconds each. There are helpful Instagram and Vine buttons that adjust the slideshow length to fit the maximum video length those services support. Filters can then be applied. The names mean nothing, but they add effects like black and white, sepia, ageing effects and so on. They are a little unexciting and could be better, but most of the time it is best with no filters anyway because you want people to see your photos as they are.
When you have finished editing, the slide show can be produced. The result is an mp4 movie, 640 x 640 pixels at 30 frames/second that is saved to the device. A wide range of sharing options are available, including WhatsApp, email, Pinterest, Vine, Facebook and Twitter.
If you are short of inspiration for your Flipagram, there is a browse tab that shows off the best Flipagrams. There are some really good ones and lots of ideas. It is hard to find fault with this free app and it is excellent. Try it and see.
- Written by Janine Jones
- Published: 22 July 2014