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February 15, 2013

iPad and iPhone Users Can Now Use Echograph Free of Charge

By David Gitonga, TMCnet Contributing Writer

If a picture is worth a thousand words, then that makes a video worth way more. Pictures, however, are limited. What if you wanted to expand the word count past a thousand without going verbose? What solution exists to help you do that? Clear-Media’s Echograph is an app that does exactly that by combining videos and still images to obtain a hybrid with only the must-have motion sections. The app, however, will cost you $2.99 per installation.

The good news is that iPhone (News - Alert) and iPad users now have something to smile about after Vimeo announced the acquisition of Echograph and its plans to release the app free on the iTunes App Store. Even though the terms of the deal still remain obscured, the Echograph team will now be under Vimeo’s (News - Alert) president, Dae Mellencamp’s jurisdiction with app creator Nick Alt dropping his former post as Clear-Media’s CEO to become Vimeo’s VP of mobile development across all platforms.

Echograph allows users to start with a video clip of unlimited length, and then cut it down into a clip of, at most, five seconds in length. In the next step, users pick a still frame from their shortened clip and then proceed to paint over regions they want to play. These three steps form the basics to creating a new imaging medium with the characteristics of a GIF, which includes simplicity in sharing and exporting.

In addition to this, Echograph creations are HTML5-compatible and viewable via browsers with support for HTML5 and are in formats compatible with other editing programs. The import feature allows you to add videos and photos to the app with ease.

The pact between Echograph and Vimeo is a perfect one since Echograph helps people create high quality video content easily, while Vimeo is one of the most innovative video platforms allowing users to share video content with ease.

With over 15 million registered users and access to 93 million people per month, the almost-a-decade-old Vimeo will now be in a better position to letting its school of creative people share still images that have the comprehensive details of a video clip.

Edited by Brooke Neuman
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