Cameo Is Vine, But All Grown Up With Muscles, A Flashy Wardrobe And A Hip Music Collection [Daily Freebie]

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I remember a few tech bloggers going nuts over Vine when it hit the street back in January. I wasn’t convinced; it seemed too limiting, felt too gimmicky. Vine turned out to be a more creative tool than I’d imagined — at least for others. But the concept never really hooked me enough to want to use it.

Cameo, on the other hand, had my juices flowing almost immediately. Like Vine, Cameo shoots short, six-second HD (720p) clips that can be uploaded to Cameo’s website or shared via social media and email. Unlike Vine, multiple six second shots can be combined into a two-minute (maxiumum) clip, with light editing tools, effects and music added to the mix. And Cameo even lets you collaborate with friends.

Editing is really limited to trimming and reordering the clips before they’re combined, but that in itself is a huge plus over being forced to keep or reshoot an entire clip. The effects are pretty cool; there are fourteen now, and Cameo’s developer, Fast Society, says they want to add a new theme each week. Easily adding a soundtrack is also a huge deal. You can pick a song featured in the app, or add one from your iPhone’s music library.

Then there’s what’s almost certainly the coolest feature, the collaboration aspect: You can invite up to three friends to shot with you, and then sew their clips into the finished product.

Everything is uploaded and rendered on the Cameo servers, so processing speed isn’t affected by the age of your device’s processor (though the app itself is iOS 7 only, which means you’ll need at least an iPhone 4).

It’s slick, there don’t seem to be any hiccups (at least, not when I tried it on my home WiFi network). If Cameo doesn’t get you off your butt and making movies, well,  you just might be a movie-hating zombie.

About the author

Eli MilchmanWhen he was eight, Eli Milchman came home from frolicking in the Veld one day and was given an Atari 400. Since then, his fascination with technology has made him an intrepid early adopter of whatever charming new contraption crosses his path — which explains why he's Cult of Mac's test editor-at-large. He calls San Francisco home, where he works as a journalist and photographer. Eli has contributed to the pages of Wired.com and BIKE Magazine, among others. Hang with him on Twitter.

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