Sometimes one picture is not enough to tell a story. I recently discovered PicPlayPost, an app that allows you to create and post multimedia collages. These can then be embedded in your own website or posted to popular social media sites, such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. It is available for both the Android and iOS platforms. It is free to use, but posts with a small watermark, which can be removed with an in-app purchase of (£1.49) UK.
Example: A MultiMedia collage from the 2010 Greek General Election.
It is incredibly easy to use. There are 48 preset grids and you simply choose images and video from your camera roll. You can also pick a music track from your music collection, but be very careful with copyright issues!
You can either save the video as a finished piece or upload it to a social media site of your choice. It can also be streamed from the PicPlayPost server. To avoid their page layout and requests to download the app, simply right click on the video and embed the direct link (as above). If you use the hashtag #picplaypost in your work, it may even be featured via the app. Most of the examples they shown are from selfy, gym types, which detracts from how useful this platform could be for journalistic use. Don’t let that put you off!
Media organisations such as CNN are using the platform to illustrate stories on their website and on Instagram. It is very easy to use, free and looks very professional. Whats not to like, give it a go!. Download here Android and iOS. Here is another example of my work.