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Vizmato review: Like Instagram, but with a focus on smartphone videos

J.R. Bookwalter | March 3, 2016
Vizmato is the next generation of the app formerly known as Game Your Video that makes it easy to shoot 720p or 1080p HD videos with more than 20 optional live effects, then quickly share them with the world.

If you don’t like being nickel and dimed, Vizmato also offers All Access Pass, a subscription service starting at $5 per month which adds unlimited HD recording and 5GB of cloud storage to the mix; three-month and six-month passes are available with 20GB and 100GB storage plans respectively, but once you stop paying for a subscription, videos stored in the cloud are purged after 15 days. (Nothing is wiped from your device, however.)

In addition to the pay-to-use model, live or post-edited movies can include music from your iTunes library, either as a complete replacement or mixed into an existing soundtrack; themes include custom music by default. Considering the visual pizazz on hand, it’s surprising the app offers nothing in the way of sound effects, which could help provide some much-needed ear candy.

Once a video is completed, Vizmato can save it to Camera Roll, share with other apps or services using the iOS 9 extension, or upload to Popular, an in-app social network where videos can be discovered by more than four million other customers. That last option requires a Google account, since videos are first uploaded to YouTube prior to being shared with fellow users.

Bottom line

Vizmato may not be a video editing powerhouse, but if you’re looking to spice up short videos before sharing online, it gets the job done nicely despite leaning too heavily on the “pay to play” concept with in-app purchases and subscription options.

 

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