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Using the Storyvine Mobile App

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Getting started: Sign in and pick your template

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Enter the email address you used on the Storyvine website for contacting us, or that you signed up with via the mobile app on the previous screen.
Select the VideoGuide from the list, or search for one you'd like to try.
Enter the necessary text to be used in the final video. This text will be used to make the actual video and get started with capturing!
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Taking a picture or filming video

If you ever need to see the coaching instructions again, click this icon.
If you need to flip to the back facing or front facing camera, select this icon.
Selecting this will start filming the video clip or take a picture, whatever the coaching instructions included.
Use a picture or video from your phone's camera roll by selecting this icon.
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Once you've selected your template, simply follow the on-screen coaching instructions to either take a picture or film a video clip. Each coaching instruction includes suggestions about how long you should film video, what a picture is being taken for, and what you should talk about in the video clip. Once you are done with an individual segment, you'll be automatically taken to the next one!

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Important Note: Storyvine's app provides a simple and easy partner to help guide you through capturing the best content possible. Gary as we call him is the on-screen dotted line that shows you where to place either yourself or someone else when filming. Gary can take many forms, although most of the time you will see him as a single person outline. Try to keep your head within the outline to get the best results for video capture. Gary can take other forms, such as an arrow where he will tell you to move the camera in the direction of the arrow to capture a panned view of video.

Important Note: Important Note: If you are filming yourself, make sure to use our friendly outline on-screen. This helps make sure the video is properly captured for the final copy!

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Verifying your Pictures or Filmed Video

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Once you've filmed a video segment or taken a picture, you review it and redo, if necessary. You can re-take a picture, re-film the video, and there's some quick and easy pointers on screen, so make sure to check out what you've captured before moving onto the next step.

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Re-capture that video segment or re-take your picture.
Playback a video you just captured for a segment, and see how it looks and sounds.
Confirm your segments' video or image, and move onto the next step of the capture process!

Uploading your Video to Storyvine

After you've completed all the capture steps for your video, you can select upload. Selecting upload will automatically send the right videos and information to Storyvine, and you'll receive an email in minutes with a link to your video!

Accessing the Storyvine Menu

At any time in the Storyvine app you need to start over with the video you have been capturing or need to go back to the home screen, you can swipe your finger from the right to the left and the menu is shown.

Frequently Asked Questions & Tips

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Capturing the Best Video and Pictures

When filming or taking a picture, you can take advantage of the devices Tap-to Focus feature. Tapping on a specific section of camera view focuses and automatically and can help when capturing content in low-light or bright scenarios.
 

If you are filming someone else, it's great to communicate openly about when to start, when you've stopped and even show them what was captured before moving onto the next step.

Always remember! If you make a mistake when you are being filmed you can always re-film the same clip until you get it right!
If you are filming yourself in a "selfie" mode, always remember that the camera is located at the top of the mobile device. Looking into the top of the device really creates a better eye contact for a selfie video or picture capture.
We have a saying at Storyvine, and that's be confident in what you are filming! You can always re-take videos if you feel they don't look good. Our job at Storyvine is to make you look great, so just remember when the final video comes in, it will always show you looking better than you thought you'd be.

Use Tripods & LED Lights to Improve Video Quality

Using simple products such as selfie sticks, and tripod mounts will help keep the camera stable. Using these battery-powered LED lights will help fill in shadows, and even light things up in dark situations.

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Choosing a Good Backround

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Try to use non-distracting backgrounds, without a lot of objects or clutter. Pay attention to see if anything is "growing out of the head" of your subject. Here, Dominic looks like he's wearing a hat in a parade.

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If possible, avoid filming in direct sunlight outside or in a low-light room, this causes your subject to either be washed out, too dark, or even hard to watch. 

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Using external lights can be quite useful for offices or rooms that perhaps may be a bit too dark for a mobile devices camera. But be careful! Placing the lights too close can wash out a persons face when being filmed! When possible, avoid placing lights behind the person being filmed, as this just create a sillhoutte effect.

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Getting the Best Audio for your Videos

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If you are filming yourself or having someone film you it's best to find a quiet environment with little to no background noise. You can usually obtain great audio without the need for any additional microphones in a closed room.

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If you are in a room with an echo, it can cause issues with filming. This can especially occur in rooms with no carpeted flooring. If you capture content in a closed room, it's great to have carpet or a rug as it helps capture some of the echo and background noise.

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Get Rid of Background Noise

If you are recording in noisy environments, like a crowded event, using these directional microphones will isolate the sound of the person talking and reduce distracting background noise.

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Uploading Videos

If you experience issues with uploading your video be sure to check that you are on a fast Wi-Fi or LTE connection. While most of the videos filmed with Storyvine are short, video is a large file to send across the internet, so using a private Wi-Fi or more than one or two bars of LTE will improve your results.

You can always check the status of the upload once you've completed capturing a Storyvine video, by swiping from the right to the left in the app and viewing upload queue.