Layout is a New App from Instagram for Combining Photos

Layout from Instagram

Instagram has launched a new app, called Layout, which lets you combine multiple photos into a single, square image.

That’s something we have all done since nearly the beginning of Instagram. However, we have done that without the help of Instagram and, instead, used apps like Diptic and other collage-making apps to export images to our phones’ camera rolls and then upload to Instagram.

While Layout is still a separate app that you must install, it does include a share to Instagram feature within to make it a quicker process.

Layout also has a facial recognition features that will allow you to choose photos with only faces of people from your camera roll. Additionally, a Photo Booth feature lets you capture photos that instantly fill your layout.

For now, Layout is only available for iOS devices with support for Android promised in the coming months. You can get Layout for free here on the iTunes App Store.

CTRL+Console Turns Your iPad into a Video Editing Control Surface

CTRL+Console with MacBook

A couple days ago, I randomly got a download code for the CTRL+Console app and a couple modules because I went to the Supermeet at NAB this year. I don’t even remember seeing it there but I thought I would check it out because the demo video looked pretty slick.

I have been using it as a control surface for editing in Adobe Premiere Pro for a day or two now.

It is a very well designed app that allows your iPad to connect via Bluetooth to your Mac or Windows machine and serve as a control surface, complete with a jog wheel. [Read more…]

Polar Pro Proview GoPro/Smartphone Mount Hands-On

Polar Pro Proview Smartphone GoPro Case-3

The Polar Pro Proview mount is so slick and convenient that I can’t believe no one has cooked up this product until now.

As you are probably aware, GoPro has a handy app that lets you control your GoPro HERO camera and preview the live image on your smartphone. It’s available for iOS, Android and Windows devices for free from the respective app stores. [Read more…]