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App Review: StoryCatcher

Recently I was asked to try out a new app called StoryCatcher.  If you have not heard of this product before, it is actually very interesting and a tool I think many family historians will want to learn more about.  I know I was intrigued, and a bit skeptical, but by the time I finished my first production with it I was hooked.

StoryCatcher is an iPhone app that allows the user too quickly, and easily, create and share videos.  I know many of you may be shrugging your shoulders thinking so what and may want to flip to the next article right now, but bear with me.  By the end of the post I think you will be convinced as well.

Let’s face it, ways of sharing our family history are moving more and more into the digital age.  While books, charts, graphs, and so forth are interesting to the hardcore genealogists among us, to most of our family it is boring and dry.  Why not create 1-2 minute movies that you can share via email or social media?  Plus, we can capture the current family history as it happens allowing our descendants to be in the moment with us.

It is quick and easy to use. So much so my elementary age child made movies while on spring break.  There are prompts you can follow if you are not sure how to tell your story or interview the person on the video.  You can also upload still images to make a movie adding written words and music.  It takes the video editing out and lets you create a unique film in just minutes.

Still not sure? Why don’t you go and check out the website.  StoryCatcher is more than a home movie and more than just a slide show.  This app allows you to showcase small pieces of your family life in high quality videos without having to know any of the skills of a video editor!  The website has videos you can watch, a demo on how to use the app, and a blog that you can follow to get the latest tips on using it so you don’t have to jump right in and figure it out on your own.

StoryCatcher Pro is $2.99 in the iTunes store.  Well worth the price and a few minutes of your time.  Plus, perfect to give to those younger family historians in your life who could be your official camera man at functions!

About Shannon Combs Bennett

Shannon Combs-Bennett is a stay at home mom who writes both a blog and for print publication. Her passion is hunting down the facts behind her family’s stories. You can follow her on Facebook(www.facebook.com/TntFamilyHistory) and on Twitter (@tntfamhist.) Shannon is the author of IDG’s monthly column, The Society Pages.

One comment

  1. GREAT ARTICLE, Shannon! Thank you so much for the beautiful write up and sharing about our app!! I’ll be posting this blog on our “press” page coming up! If you’re so inclined to share some of the videos you or your kids have made, I’d love, love, love to see them! With Gratitude – April Bell, Co-developer of StoryCatcher for iPhone

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