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TiltShift Video Mobile App


Tiltshift photography and video usually requires expensive equipment, such as medium or large format analog cameras, and expensive DSLR lenses. The tiltshift effect allows you to create images with a very shallow depth of field, making the image in focus appear miniature. This is a great effect to apply to images that are taken from far away, and gives you a birds-eye-view perspective. With the TiltShift Video mobile app, you can achieve the same affect using the power processor in your iOS mobile device.

Getting Started:

First, you'll need to download the Tiltshift app from iTunes or the App Store on your mobile device - it costs $1.99. Tiltshift is a post-production app that lets you apply effects after you've shot a video. Because of this, the app loads preexisting videos and photos from your camera roll so that you can access them through the app. Your media will be organized by date for easy browsing. If you are prompted with a message saying "No Videos Found", you'll need to go into your main settings and turn on location services for the TiltShift app.

Applying the Effects:

Unfortunately, you can't shoot videos from the TiltShift app. If you want to edit a new video, you'll need to use your device camera to record one. Once you've successfully linked your camera roll to TiltShift, choose a photo or video to edit.

TiltShift has plenty of great options for post-production effects. It's a good idea to start out by adjusting the basic properties of your video or image, such as saturation, contrast, brightness, and vignetting - you'll find these under the paintbrush and palette icons. These options will let you make up for anything the original exposure lacks. Also, if you're going for that miniature-toy look, you can try raising the saturation to 100% for a bright, colorful image.

Now you're ready to apply the TiltShift effect. You'll find this effect under the raindrop icon, to the right of the paintbrush. A tiltshift effect will automatically be applied to your image, and you'll see controls for adjusting the blur and smoothing applied to the areas of your image you want to be out of focus. To change the tiltshift effect, click on the paintbrush icon next to the blur and smoothing controls. You'll be taken to a different screen that lets you choose the shape of the area in focus, from elliptical, circular, and parallel lines. Then, drag the icon to the part of the screen you want to be in focus. Check out the arrows surrounding your image. These will let you make precise adjustments to the focal range of your image, letting you keep your subject in focus.

If you're working with a video, you can adjust the tiltshift effect so that a moving subject stays in focus throughout the length of the video. To do this, go to the four-arrow icon in the bottom-right of the screen. This will let you scroll through the duration of the video, so that you can apply different tiltshift effects to whatever frame you wish. The app does a good job of smoothing changes - your different effects will smoothly transition into one another. You can also manipulate your video further by adjusting the speed, and adding titles and music.

Once you're happy with your photo or video, you'll need to export it. Click on the check mark in the upper right-hand corner, and choose your preferred video quality. If your video is longer than a few minutes, you may want to choose a lower quality to prevent long render times. The exporting process takes a bit of time because the application is creating a new version of your video that includes all of your TiltShift Video effects. Once its done rendering, you'll be able to access the video through your camera roll or the TiltShift app.


Since the app is integrated with your camera phone, your sharing options are limited to those of the camera device. With iOS mobile devices, these options include emailing videos and photos, sending them in an SMS message, or sending them to YouTube. If you'd like to share the video via other social media sites, simply load the video or photo to your computer via docking or email, and upload it from there.

All prices as of May 2012.

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