Traditionally, putting together a video can be a time-consuming, difficult process, particularly if you’re new to the process. Adobe Voice aims to change all that with its slideshow-based approach to creating a movie using animated images, icons and your own voice.
Start by tapping Create a New Story. Give it a title then choose a structure (or keep it loose, entirely up to you). Then it’s simply a case of building the slides – or "pages" as Adobe Voice calls them in keeping with its story narrative – one at a time.
Skip the tutorial to immediately access the full gamut of features. First, pick an overall theme and your choice of background music to match your story. Once done, record the first line or two of your script. Listen back, then either re-record or move on to the next stage. Start by tapping Layout to choose one of five types of layout, basically giving you a choice of placing one or two elements on the page.
Elements consist of text, icons or images – Adobe Voice lets you search from thousands of freely available images online, or you can download photos from your own collections, either on your iPad or via supported online services (Adobe’s own Creative Cloud, Facebook and Dropbox are all supported in this initial release).
Once selected, Adobe will automatically choose background music and animate the page, allowing you to preview it before moving on to the next one. Once your story’s complete, you can then share it – either publicly for other Adobe Voice users to see, or privately so only those with an actual link to the slideshow (which can be shared via Facebook, Twitter and Messages as well as email).
The whole process is intuitive and simple to follow – and mercifully quick too. The hardest part of the process is choosing a topic and then working out what to say. The app description mentions the availability of in-app purchases – at time of writing, none were available, but so long as this core functionality remains free, Adobe Voice is a great proposition for someone wishing to create slideshow-based video stories.