Jul 222011
 

When I first heard of Flickbooks I immediately saw the potential for a great novelty gift for family and friends.

Flickbooks is an app for the iPhone that allows you convert a 6-15 second video into a 50 page Flickbook, delivered to your door.

How it works

The process is very straightforward and the app well designed, making it all very easy.

Using the Flickbooks app you can either shoot a video directly within the app or choose an existing video clip from your iPhone. As the Flickbook needs a video clip of between 6 and 15 seconds , the app then presents an editing screen that allows you to choose the segments you prefer.

Editing is simply a case of dragging start and end markers until you have a section of suitable length video. There is a handy indicator at the side of the video editing screen that shows the duration of the segment you are editing. Choose the start and end points, ensuring the indicator sits between 6 and 15 seconds and you are ready to move to the next stage.

Video edit screen

The app now uploads your edited video clip to the server (you will need WiFi or a good 3G connection here) and presents you with the Flickbook cover for you to customise. Here you get to choose the text that adorns the front of the Flickbook as well as text colour and the colour of the Flickbook cover.

Cover edit screen

That’s just about it, it really is that simple. You can, at this point, either save the Flickbook to edit later or order a copy. Flickbooks are just €9.90 plus postage (typically €3 plus €1 per extra copy).

As a novelty gift idea I think that’s quite reasonable. Yes, you can view the video on your computer at any time but there’s something about having a tangible, physical thing to hold, it’s all so tactile and, in my opinion, a great keepsake for years to come.

I have created a Flickbook and shall update this post when it arrives in the post. I’m really looking forward to seeing how it comes out and showing the boys (I think they will love it).

I am @craigt44 on Twitter.

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