Audio/Video

Vibiddi

☀☀☀ Aspiring videographers can learn a lot from Vibbidi. Upload and watch video in several categories, including narrative and travel. Select scenes in the videos to find well-done filming. A drawback: there is no differentiation between a personal profile and the category pages; it’s easy to get lost. The upload function is messy and requires pulling clips one at a time from the camera roll. It might be a good tool for budding journalists, but not much else.  — Chris McCrory

Rev Voice Recorder

☀☀☀ Rev is a straightforward voice recorder. What’s interesting is what comes after. At a rate of $1 a minute, you can pay for a person to transcribe your interview, regardless of the length, in less than 24 hours. I tested the transcription of a five-minute interview (with some background noise), and got an accurate transcript back by the time I woke up the next morning. For longer interviews, this becomes pricey, but if you are busy and have multiple interviews to transcribe, the cost is worth it.  — Chris McCrory

VoiceBase

☀☀☀ VoiceBase makes interviewing easier. Through ASR technologies, the app records and converts audio into text to be shared. (A transcription by hand costs $3.)  Numerous languages are recognized. I could not upload audio files from mobile, however, only from a desk/laptop. The first 10 hours of audio is free, then charges per minute apply.  An in-depth tutorial helps: the app can be tricky to navigate. Transcription can help reporters looking for note-taking help for interviews, but they should check text for accuracy as it can be wrong. Alternatives for apps of similar nature are available. — Emily Taylor

VoCo

☀ Adobe’s Photoshop voice feature, “VoCo,” can alter recorded speech and rearrange words in sentences without it sounding like anything was changed. This tool can even create audio based on the frequencies of your voice and can come up with words you never said. This is a gift to Fake News mongers and trouble for journalists. Audio verification tools using Electric Network Frequency (ENF) analysis can help by identifying manipulated audio using background noise.  Yet VoCo still will be controversial in the manner of Adobe Photoshop,  getting mentions when journalists abuse such tools and lose their jobs. — Scotty Bara

Watchup

☀☀ Watchup collects news clips and creates newscasts driven by your interests. The free “Daily News Video Stream” can be tailored by topic, by channel or by liking a particular story.  The 15 topics range from Crime to Religion. Story clips are provided by most major news organizations.  Unfortunately, the initial customization was not enough for me (compared to apps such as Flipboard). If you want to string together news stories, you could just skip this app and head straight to YouTube. — Kelsey Hess

SoundCite JS

☀☀☀☀☀ SoundCite JS is almost too good to be true. This free KnightLab tool makes it easy to embed an audio clip into text. Enter the web address of the clip, create time markers, supply a keyword for the hyperlink and immediately receive the html code you need to embed sound in your story. While this may sound daunting, SoundCite JS sets it up so a reporter can copy and paste the html into the raw code of the site, and no coding skills are necessary. Major newsrooms that have used the tool include The New York Times.  — Kelsey Hess

Graava

☀☀☀☀ When the free “auto video editor” app Graava created a well-cut video from some random clips I had shot, I was impressed. To use it, all you need is raw video on your phone. You can select video length, pick the important clips, and the app’s sensors and artificial intelligence create a video. Video journalists: try it on a montage, at least to see if Graava’s choices are better than yours.  Note: for broadcast use, you would still have to export the auto-edited video into another program to add interviews and complete the package. Also, for non-watermarked videos and other features, it costs $5 annually. — Chris McCrory

Flic

☀☀☀☀ Flic helps you get rid of unwanted photos. Grant the free app access to your smart phone’s photos and begin swiping away. Swiping left moves a photo into a folder where you can mass delete pictures.  Want to keep a picture? No problem. Just swipe it to the right. Flic tells you how many megabytes of storage are now free. Journalists who have been out snapping pictures all day but only need to keep a few, or who need to make space for a video, will like this app. Techcrunch praised its interface by saying it is as easy to use as Tinder. — Hailey Koebrick

Vizmato

☀☀ Vizmato attempts to offer an artistic helping hand. Designed to produce quality videos, this app was neat in theory but messy in practice. If you don’t sign up, you can’t publish content. If you get an account but don’t pay, you can only publish 30 second watermarked videos. Unlimited recording costs $1.99. Good editing tools require separate purchases.  Journalists would be annoyed to need last-minute footage within these limitations (and a layout that’s confusing). If a user cannot publish a finished video without having to pay, why try the product? — Olivia Davila

Adobe Spark Video

☀☀☀☀☀ Adobe makes high-quality animated videos easy to create with Spark Video.  Following step-by-step instructions, storytellers and teachers upload photos, record their voices and choose music. Created two years ago, this free app continues to be updated. Adobe provides helpful examples of how the app is used. Perfect for journalists crafting concise story packages for social media and daily newscasts. I personally will use this app to sharpen my storytelling skills. — Emily Taylor