Perfect Pic: Written iPhone App Review
Have you ever taken a great video on your iPad and wished you also had photos of that action scene or event? Now you can with Perfect Pic exclusively for the iPad. Recently released from developer Perfect Plc LLC , Perfect Pic comes in a free version with restricted options and a paid, Pro version, with full options.
In a nutshell, what Perfect Pic allows you to do is to turn individually selected frames from your iPad videos into still photos. Simply load your video through the Perfect Pic video player and start playing it. Tap the screen to ‘freeze’ the video and then tap again to edit that individual clip. It’s that easy! There’s also multiple cool filters to add, if you desire, in the Pro version, and plenty of export options, once the full version is unlocked. Crop and a few other edit features are also available.
Where Perfect Pic really shines is in its power to set custom playback modes of videos, at 1 fps, 32 fps, or 64 fps. This allows you to really slow down the video playback and grab just the perfect image frame for use as a still photo. It’s easy to do so, using the little button feature at the bottom right hand corner of the screen. Perfect Pic isn’t jam packed with features, but it does a very good of sticking to its key premise and allowing you to get the best images from your videos.
The graphical design theme and overall design of is certainly on minimalist side. You’ll be presented with button to load up your videos or take more videos. From there, you can watch you videos and grab, then edit, the images you want. Finally, simply export them as you desire, once you have the Pro version. Developers of Perfect Pic have cutely labeled each playback speed with a related animal (rabbit for fast, turtle slow, etc). This and other simple, but smart minimalism decisions have contributed to keeping the interface of Perfect Pic neat and clean. There’s very little, if any, clutter to slow down the screen or the app itself. The overall layout, while definitely rather simple, is very functional and easy to learn.
Anyone who shoots even a few videos on occasion using the iPad’s screen should seriously consider trying out Perfect Pic. It may not work for all videos (definitely best for action ones), but I can see it as a very useful tool in a variety of video situations. Take, for instance, the recent monkey at Ikea incident in Canada. Loads of people whipped out their mobile devices and took photos, but very few people took video. If only more people had skipped the photo part and just taken videos, then later used the screen grab function of Perfect Pic to get their photos, we would have had much better media coverage of this. While much of the ‘best’ features of Perfect Pic are locked behind the in-app purchase wall for the pro version, it’s still worth checking this app out and seeing how it could improve your iPad video experience!
Perfect Pic iPhone app requires iOS 5.0 or later and is compatible with iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad. A small expedite fee was paid to speed up the publication of this review, as well as a video production fee.
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