With current smartphone and mobile technology making videos easier to upload, a lot of app developers are jumping on to the video bandwagon – the most prominent one being top photo app and social network Instagram, which now allows uploading of short videos. The Japanese developers of SlideStory have another idea: make videos out of your pictures. Sure, a photo slideshow is not the most innovative thing, but social networks like Facebook, Twitter, Path are all evidences of humanity’s propensity to snap pictures. If an app can offer multiple pictures in one short video, it could work.
SlideStory is a new app for Apple’s iPhone where you can add a bunch of your photos, add some filters (we love filters), choose background music, and then – after a few seconds of churning – create a slideshow that you can share over your favorite social networks. The slideshow appears on Facebook as a 1280×720 HD video. The new app is developed by Japanese startup Nanameue, a company that came to life earlier this year. Nanameue has already had a little bit of success with InstaMusic, an app that lets you make custom artwork for whatever your music player is playing and post it to Instagram. The startup is now seeking capital funding, and its three co-founders – who work as the main team – are optimistic. The startup’s COO, Takahiro Ishihama, says the inspiration for the app came from Honda’s RoadMovies app, where you could do an “animated-moments-of-my-life” video. Feeling that the app could be a new trend, they pursued the idea and came up with SlideStory. But the team swapped out movies for photos, saying that Asians are more inclined to taking photos than videos.
There is a big downside to the app, though, in that there’s not much choice for background music in SlideStory as of yet, and they’re all very simple MIDI tunes. SlideStory will not let you attach your own music from your MP3 collection, as that raises piracy issues. But the developers say that SlideStory will update soon, and with the update will come more background music, and support for more social networks, with 500px, Path, and Dropbox integration in the plans. SlideStory is currently downloadable for free from the iOS App Store.
[via Tech In Asia]