We are a world of storytellers.
Those stories used to be housed in photo albums and stacks of VHS tapes. Now we store those images and clips on clouds and social media, to share with followers almost immediately after a big (or small) event.
Like some of you, I go to Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to share stories. And like some of you, I only want to share the highlights. But most of our followers have very short attention spans, so we need to keep the videos short and sweet.
To make these moments more palatable, I started using Flipagram.
Flipagram helps you create short stories, with videos and photos, set to music.
Create Your First Flip
Flipagram (on iOS, Android) is easy to use. After you install the app, click on the “plus” icon in the bottom right-hand corner to begin. You can pull in images and videos, or you can pull content directly from other social networking sites (i.e., Facebook, Instagram).
Your content will appear in “Add Moments.” When you find the content you want to share, Flipagram automatically launches it in an easy-to-use clip editor.
You can edit out the junk, and when you’re done, tap the clips to include in your story.
Don’t expect to make the next “Lord Of The Rings” trilogy with Flipagram. No one wants to see an hour of my kids dancing to Silent ≥’s “Watch Me [Whip/Nae Nae].”
Thankfully, Flipagram limits us to 30 seconds.
If you want to use a bunch of images, you’re in luck. Flipagram can encode up to 30FPS (frames per second). This means that you could theoretically include up to 900 photos for a 30-second video.
I’m sure some avant-garde movie director out there is thinking, “Challenge accepted.”
Adding Your Soundtrack
Flipagram includes access to a fairly robust music library. With a few quick searches, I found more than enough music. Flipagram has licensing agreements with most major music labels, so users have legal access to thousands of songs, from today’s top hits to your favorite throwback tunes.
If you can’t find the right music in Flipagram’s library, upload your own.
Share Your First Flip
Once your Flip is created, post it to your Flipagram profile. You can easily share your new creations right from Flipagram to many other social media sites, such as Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, YouTube and many more. Or you can send your Flips to friends and family via email and text messaging.
If you’re still not sure what to do with your first Flip, download the app or go to flipagram.com and click on “Explore” to watch some of the cool Flips other people are posting.
You’ll get to see stories from people all over the world, and maybe share a few of your own.
Dr. Adam C. Earnheardt is professor and chair of the department of communication at Youngstown State University in Youngstown, OH, USA. He researches and writes about communication and relationships, parenting and sports. He writes a weekly column for The Vindicator newspaper on social media and society.