Audio/Video

Voddio

☀☀☀ Voddio is a video and audio editing app for the iPhone that allows a user to shoot video, record audio and edit it all in one platform. The app is visually dated, but fits the larger iPhone 6 screen size well. It functions as advertised; all the features worked for me. The editing bay is simple and easy to use without training. A user could likely learn how to use this app in under a minute. A pro version exists, but the incentive to upgrade isn’t clear. A journalist, if they can get over the bubbly outdated visual, could easily use this app effectively to shoot and edit footage in the field. — Garrison Murphy

Splice

☀☀☀ Splice is a video editor that quickly allows you to cut and edit your iPhone movies. You can add sound as provided by the app, as well as effect sounds and music from your own iTunes playlist. You can also trim, speed up, add effects, text, crop and make a lot of other modifications on this app. Splice would be an easy way to put together a video that doesn’t need a lot done to it on a phone, but I would prefer to use the app on a tablet if I were going to be making a lot of changes. A journalist would find this handy if Adobe Premiere was not easily accessible. —Jamee Lind

Clammr Radio

☀☀☀☀☀ Clammr Radio is another fantastic app for creating and taking in a lot of information in a short time. Press the comedy section to experience short joke clips in a continuous stream with the option to listen to a specific clip for a longer period of time if you so choose. I enjoyed listening to the “Growth and Success” sound-bites: an instant mind-booster with the multiple confidence quotes from successful entrepreneurs. You can also create your own recording and cut and add podcast components to it, thereby creating your own “clammr”. Your “clammr” can also include Soundcloud and other audio and can be shared. —Jamee Lind

Storyline

☀☀ Storyline helps to reorganize your Twitter feed. The app does this by pulling the tweets of the people you follow from the past 24 hours and clustering them together. You can organize the tweets with your own preferences such as most unread, most recent, or most influential. You can also retweet, like, and reply on the app. I can understand how this app would be useful to someone trying to better understand Twitter but I’m not sure I can see this being used on a daily basis by a journalist when TweetDeck or Google Trends is readily available. — Jamee Lind

Tout

☀☀☀☀☀  Tout is a mobile video publishing platform used by more than 200 leading media companies. Users can record video, upload existing video, and add text and voice-overs. Most videos are 15 seconds long, a good fit for social media platforms. The content can be published on Tout itself, users’ websites, and social media. Journalists can use it to create simple video and share it from the field, making news distribution incredibly convenient.  — Victoria Grijalva

Kinemaster

☀☀☀☀ Kinemaster is by far the best video editor I have used. You can easily make a slideshow or video reel and add unique transitions and effects. A professional would be happy to see so many additional features. Yet for beginners, it’s not to use. I know if I tried to make the same product using my PC it would take me four times as long. Thirty-day trial, then users pay by subscription. — Gregory Walsh

Cinema FV-5 Lite

☀☀☀☀☀ Open the app and a tutorial teaches you the basics of Cinema FV-5. Compared to the default video recorder on my phone, this app was amazing. An example: my phone requires that I search through settings to fix the lighting. Cinema FV-5 has a light option in the bottom option bar, making it much faster when you’re on the go. This app has an excellent selection of filters. All in all, it’s a photo app for professionals. — Gregory Walsh

PicPlayPost

☀☀☀ Simple. Clean. Not very intuitive but after tinkering you figure it out quickly. A good video collage app, but lacking editing features. Your videos can fade in or out, or play sequentially, but that’s it. You can control the volume of background music, but no fade-ins there. Because PicPlayPost was quick I could see journalists using it in the field, hopefully to show multiple angles of the same event at the same time.  — Gregory Walsh

Filmakr

☀☀ The only way a journalist could use Filmakr is by paying. Every video produced by the free version, which does little more than string individual clips, has a watermark distorting the footage. The app throws you into the interface without any explanation, forcing you to experiment to figure out even where your videos are stored. The free software that comes with your computer does everything this app can without costing a penny. —Chris McCrory

☀☀☀ Filmakr allows users to film and edit footage more manually than a stock camera app. The app is simple and can be learned in under a minute. After an account is made, the user is taken directly to the camera feature. One can adjust the video quality and the amount of flash the app uses. The editing bay is similar to iMovie and can be learned without instruction. The app could be useful for journalists who are frustrated with the stock camera on their phone and want more control in the shooting and editing process. — Garrison Murphy

Touchcast

☀☀☀ Touchcast helps you create, show and watch interactive videos. The layout is initially confusing and overwhelming but is learnable in less than five minutes. Users are presented with a multitude of different informational videos that they can scroll through, save, like or dislike. This app could be especially useful for newsrooms or large scale media production organizations because it allows a single user to create a video, or series of videos, under a single channel that can be accessed privately. I do not think this is a viable medium for mass media production. The platform seems to have corporations and businesses in mind. — Garrison Murphy