This is a guest post written by Patrick Van Dyke, an HTC customer and a member of HTC elevate.
About a month ago HTC gave me an HTC One max to play around with. Well I have to say, I am in love with it! It has a gorgeous giant screen, explosive stereo speakers, and an ingenuous camera set up, but that’s not what this post is going to be about. Today I want to show you what I have been able to make using only the phone and its stock camera and gallery app.
I was already somewhat used to some of the gallery features using the HTC One with Sense 5, but the updated gallery in HTC Sense 5.5 brings some wonderful enhancements. For starters, navigating your gallery has become even easier by being able to swipe through your content instead of having to hunt through the menu when switching between events and folders. The My HTC Shares feature even has its own section that lets you keep track of your shared content and available remaining storage. My favorite enhancements are the ability to add your own soundtrack, which also lets you extend the Video Highlight play time, and the new themes that do an exceptional job at splicing your photos and videos together as if it knew the story you were trying to tell. These new additions bring you a lot of creative power when making video highlights.
So what are Video Highlights?
Video Highlights are short videos that are automatically created as you shoot. This feature can be summed up with two words—Innovative Simplicity. Seriously all you have to do is use the camera, like you normally would with any smartphone, and the gallery app does all the hard work for you. There isn’t even a long wait time while it renders a video for you. As soon as you have shot some photos, videos, or Zoes (I’ll get to that in a minute) just go over to the gallery’s Events tab and in those events, you will find fully editable and easily shareable video highlights of the moments you just captured. They are even grouped together by location or date to make it easier for you. Here’s a great post with more info on how to create and share video highlights on the HTC One with Sense 5.
What’s better than a swiftly created, full-feature video highlight made for you without having to even think about doing it? Well, being able to make edits of course.
There are several shooting modes with the HTC stock camera app in Sense 5.5, from slow motion video to continuous shots and Zoe (short for Zoe trope) which are 3 second photo clips, think Harry Potter-like moving photographs that is basically what it makes for you. Now you probably don’t want every single shot to be in the video.
Don’t worry, HTC has included many ways to personalize your Highlights. You can simply tap to include or remove shots and video clips and the highlight is instantly updated, or you can get very creative. HTC included options to help you easily edit pictures and videos before they go in the highlight to make sure you have the exact look you want, and there are options to change the feel of the highlight video with various video filters and the ability to add your own music. To say the least I have been having a good time using this feature.
I’m sure you might be a bit interested on what I have made so far. Well good because I would love to share that too. The following is a highlight I made while out on a hike along the coast.
Have you created a video highlight with your One, One max, or One mini? Leave a link to your HTC Share in the comments below.
About the author: Patrick Van Dyke was born and raised in southern California, has lived all over the west coast, and recently moved to Norway to be with the love of his life. He’s been a fan of HTC devices ever since he got the T-Mobile MDA. In his free time, you will find him out perfecting his mobile photography skills while exploring his new home or working on his robot (a recent hobby). His motto: without curiosity life would be quite dull. You can keep up with Patrick on Twitter, @ApexPredation, and his personal blog, Things and Such.