Adobe announced yesterday their mobile storytelling app, Adobe Voice, is now available for the iPhone. This app first appeared in 2014 helping people tell their stories using audio, images, text and animation for final output as a video on the iPad. However, Adobe Voice, is not a video app. It’s not a replacement for Apple iMovie or Microsoft MovieMaker. The final video is simply a container for your digital project’s elements. You might think of it as trimmed down version of PowerPoint or Keynote but it’s not that either. Where you would use text to move your presentation along, with Adobe Voice you use, as its name implies, your voice. Adobe Voice is an intuitive mobile multimedia design tool for telling a compelling short story. Here’s a quick overview.
First, unlike PowerPoint and Keynote, Voice has a very limited tool set. It lets you work with text for titles and reference information, but you should be using your voice for narration and other audio assets like music and sound effects for actually telling your story. It’s very important that you script and storyboard your project first. This really helps with collecting your media assets. Yet, with that being said, Adobe Voice is also based on the premise of being fun to use. So you can work on the fly and see what works. The app comes with built-in audio assets that are royalty free, but you can search within the app for more royalty free audio files or use audio already on your iPhone. Just keep in mind that if you are using copyrighted material you can’t sell that project or publish it without giving proper attribution to the artists who created the work.
When working with images, Adobe Voice helps by offering Themes, Icons and Photos. This allows you to jump right in because the visual layout and its assets are pre-designed. And like the audio file assets, you can search within the app for more royalty free images or use the images in your Camera Roll. You can arrange and order your images on cards and select the type of animated transitions to bring the text, audio and images of your digital story together.
Finally, once your happy with your project’s design, it’s time to share it. You can host the project with Adobe, share it on your social media networks, post it on YouTube or embed it on a website or blog. Remember the purpose of Adobe Voice is storytelling. Also keep in mind that this app is for telling stories that are short, no longer than 5 minutes in length. For example, you could use Adobe Voice for videos on crowdsourcing platforms like Kickstarter. Or, they can be used in education by both teachers and students for class projects. And since these Voice projects are video files, they can be brought into programs like Premiere or iMovie.
So start telling your stories with your unique voice right now. Adobe Voice is a free app and is available for download here.