Is this the death of Seene?

Whenever I’m giving a workshop on fun mobile photography apps, Seene is always at the top of my list, but today I learned that Seene has quietly been acquired by Snapchat. The deal actually makes a lot of since for both parties… Snapchat’s bizarre filters could get even weirder with Seene’s 3D mapping technology and Seene never really managed to get a critical mass of users to keep itself sustainable.

These news articles keep referring to Seene as a “selfie app”, but it’s face scanning mode is a relatively new addition to the app. It’s cool, but not all that useful. Plus it never really worked with my glasses on… The real great use for Seene was for having a unusual way to capture landscapes, architecture, or even food. Adding a slight element of depth to an otherwise static photo really made the image pop.

Aside from the 3D tech, the app was also built around a community aspect. Sort of like an Instagram for 3D images. Within the app, images could be viewed by moving your phone around to get a feel for the depth of the image. Though the community never really took off, it was a very close knit and supportive group of users at it’s core. Though my images went up in my Seene timeline, most of the time I would just export them as a 15 second looping video that I’d share on IG, Twitter or wherever.

For me, Seene was a great tool for creating unique images and I have a feeling that Snapchat is not going to maintain it for long. My hunch is they’ll shutter the app within the next three months and just use their face scanning tech within the existing Snapchat app. So my suggestion is to download Seene right now (for iOS or Android) and give it a try. Hopefully if the app does get shuttered, the 3D image capturing tech will continue to work.


My Apple Store talk on experimental iPhone photography

Free Workshop This Sunday

I had a great time hanging out at the downtown Apple Store in San Francisco today, talking about experimental iPhone photography and apps. Thanks to everyone who came out. It’s kind of cool to think my weird little talk might be the last presentation they ever have in that store (the new shop is opening real soon).

As promised, I’m going to share the apps and my full slides from today’s talk for anyone to reference. If I missed anything, please let me know in the comments and I’ll update the list: … 


The Complete List of iOS Glitch Video Apps

When I first created the complete list of iOS Glitch Photo Apps a few years back, the app store was much less crowded. I loved working with photos, but I was constantly on the hunt for good glitch video apps for my iPhone. I’m stoked to finally say there are enough great glitch video apps for me to compile them in a list. I’ll continue updating this list of video apps as well as my separate list of glitch photo apps as best I can. Leave any suggestions or reviews in the comments below.

iOS Glitch Video Apps

Screenshot 2016-07-06 08.42.39Hyperspektiv– This new video app is from the team behind Glitch Wizard and The Glitch Mob. It works like a kaleidoscope, while allowing the user to distort and tweak the video in realtime. The filters vary quite a bit, but the Nuero Mancer effect has a gnarly digital glitch look, while “Betamax” captures that old school analog feel. This app only works in live video mode.

Screenshot 2016-07-06 08.43.37Databender– I can’t lie, Databender is still one of my favorite apps on this list. Primarily because it uses more traditional databending techniques to create it’s effect (rather than applying a filter). The results are dropped key-frames and a very cool datamosh effect (like watching a youtube video crash). Since the video is actually getting corrupted though, this app is very unpredictable. Sometimes you’ll get great results, but find that you can’t upload them to certain sites (like IG or Twitter). If that happens, try importing it to iMovie (or some other photo editing app) then re-exporting them, that should help stabilize the effect or maybe even bring out more unexpected results. This app works with videos or photos saved on your device.

glitcheGlitche– Glitche is a pretty powerful glitch app that works with photos or video. The basic interface is to pick your filter, like “glitch” or “”, and move your finger across the screen or tilt your phone to control the effect. This app allows you to shoot video or photos, but the effect is applied after shooting. This app works with videos or photos saved on your device.

Screenshot 2016-07-06 08.38.47Glitch Wizard– This has always been one of my go-to apps for glitching videos or photos. This app allows you to take existing videos, photos, or even gifs and glitch them out frame by frame using a ton of variable effects. You can then save the finished animation as a GIF or video. Because of the way it compresses your video into individual frames, the final result probably won’t run at the same speed you started off with. It’s cool though. This app works with videos or photos saved on your device.

Glitch videoGlitchVideo– Another great glitch video app. This one allows you to take existing videos or live footage and apply effects on top of them in real time. There are 5 effects to choose from (wave, motion, trip, destruction, & split) and each one is variable. One of the nice touches is that when you take your finger off of a slider, the developer eases the effect out, so it looks smooth. In the app’s settings there are even options for recording resolution, how quickly an effect “decays” and even “sync with sound” (which only works when capturing live video). This app works with live video or video already saved on your device.

moon shadowMoon Shadow– This trippy app applies layers of effects on top of your video. The way the layers are applied can switch up a bit, like some effects may only appear on certain colors or dark areas of the video, while others will warp your video in weird ways. There are also some effects that react to sounds as you are recording. This app works with live video or video already saved on your device.

glitch artGlitch Art VHS Photo– This app allows you to take videos off your phone and apply a set of filters to them. It’s a quick and dirty way to get a glitch effect. The app is little unstable and loaded with ads. I paid $1.99 for the “remove watermark” option, but it’s still there and “restoring purchases” does not seem to fix it for me. I also paid $3.99 for the “Buy Everything” option, which does still seem to work. It’s free, but if you buy anything, just be warned. This app works with videos or photos saved on your device.

Screenshot 2016-07-06 08.36.46Bent Camera– This is a live camera app, no importing currently, that allows you fragment and glitch out the world into colorful mosaics or images that appear to warp time. The looping and video effects are great for short glitch videos. Bonus points for using a circuit bending reference in the title. I don’t imagine myself using the mirroring effects too much, but there are some really RGB and pixel shifting effects in here.

I’ll be keeping this list updated as much as possible. If you have any glitch video apps (or photo apps) you think I missed on either of my lists, please leave them in the comments.


Skyline to the Seene

Christine and I spent a few days hiking from Saratoga to Santa Cruz via the “Skyline to the Sea” trail. I pulled my iPhone out a few times along the hike and took these images with the Seene app.

By the way, these things are pretty clunky as GIFs, but they look great in the Seene app where you can tilt your phone to see the 3D effect more smoothly (like this one for instance). If you have an iPhone or Android device, please follow me on Seene as @docpop. They have an embed process, but it doesn’t play nicely with WordPress blogs.