How to Get Started with Viddy

/ Source: TechNewsDaily

Viddy has climbed to the top of the fastest-growing Facebook apps chart this week, more than doubling its users from 4 million to 8.7 million. That could be thanks to Monday's investment from production companies that Jay-Z and Will Smith head.   But it could also be the "Instagram effect" — Viddy offers iPhone owners hip video effects, has its own social community and allows one-button sharing to Facebook. Sound familiar? Viddy is a lot like  Instagram  and appears to be poised for the same meteoric rise in popularity.   All Viddy videos must be 15 seconds or less in length, which makes super-cool videos on-the-go possible. Viddy offers video packs that pair a visual effect with a short soundtrack. Artists including Snoop Dogg, Incubus and Linkin Park are available. Best of all, many of these packs are free.   Getting started is easy. Here's how:

  1. Download Viddy from iTunes — it's free.
  2. Choose whether or not to link Viddy to  your Facebook  account. If you do, you can specify what activity will be shared such as videos you watch and "like."
  3. Browse videos to get an idea of what Viddy members are posting — you'll see a lot of wannabe singers, tricks on anything with wheels and pets. Check out "Featured" to see the site owners' top picks, including "Clones Can Shuffle?" (Extended version.)
  4. Ready to produce your own? Tap the lens icon at the bottom of your screen. You can choose a video from your library or start shooting. You'll see the timer countdown from 15. Tap the checkmark to begin editing. Choose a filter: vintage, black and white or crystal; each comes with its own soundtrack. Tap "More" to go to the Viddy Marketplace where you'll find many more free packs and a few for up to $2.
  5. Once you're satisfied with your video, tap "Next" for labeling, privacy and sharing options. You can use hashtags (#) to categorize your video, tag people you're following on Viddy or add location information. Viddy automatically serves up a list of nearby places.
  6. Now choose your privacy options. What's most impressive is that you can select the lock icon to make a video visible to only yourself — an option unavailable in  Instagram . This is especially helpful for beginners who may not be ready to share their results with the community.
  7. Finally, you can post directly to Facebook,  Twitter   and YouTube, along with the Viddy stream.