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VideoSlam review: Fast-paced, no-frills compilation videos on your iPhone

J.R. Bookwalter | May 3, 2016
VideoSlam makes it easy to assemble quick compilation videos using photos, home movies, or both from a predetermined time.

There are ten themes available, most of which stamp the date, time, or location onto the video. Six are premium themes requiring a $1 in-app purchase to unlock, but most aren’t particularly impressive anyway. None of the themes add transitions, filters, or music, although another $1 in-app purchase, Slam Edit, enables the option to add an existing track from your iTunes library or mute the sound. (You can save a buck by unlocking everything for only $4.)

Slow your roll

One aspect where users do have a degree of control is the speed at which VideoSlam plays back the resulting video montage. By default, the app paces content between Fast and Super Fast, which you can slow down or speed up by moving the on-screen slider. I found even the slowest setting to be too fast, so users looking for compilations with a leisurely pace will want to look elsewhere.

videoslam reminders
VideoSlam can be set up to remind users to shoot new content at regular intervals to create more compilation videos

The bigger problem is there’s no control at all over how photos are composed in the final video. Even with the Slam Edit feature unlocked, users can’t reposition images within the frame, particularly disappointing for vertical shots that wind up with heads cut off. Likewise, you can’t pick and choose which segments of your videos will appear in the finished movie.

There’s also no way to manually select or rearrange content, short of creating a new album in iOS Photos with photos and videos in the desired order first. Assuming you’ve unlocked Slam Edit, it’s easy enough to remove content while in edit mode by tapping the trash icon to remove the current clip.

On the plus side, VideoSlam produces 1920x1080 24p HD videos of reasonable quality, although smaller export options also would be welcome. Otherwise, the free version is pretty limiting, so I recommend downloading only if you’re willing to invest $4 to unlock everything the app has to offer.

Bottom line

VideoSlam takes the K.I.S.S. (Keep It Simple, Stupid) approach a little too literally, but if you want effortless, quick compilation videos that can be made in under two minutes flat, it’s worth a look.

 

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