Telly for iOS review: Social video continues to grow up

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CNET Editors' Rating

4 stars Excellent
  • Overall: 8.1
  • Installation and Setup: 9.0
  • Features and Support: 8.0
  • Interface: 7.0
  • Performance: 9.0

Average User Rating

5 stars 1 user review
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The Good With Telly you can shoot video, add effects and theme music, and then share with Twitter, Facebook, and the Telly community. You can also view videos posted by your friends and the people and celebrities you follow on Twitter.

The Bad The video effects are pretty basic, with not a lot of variation.

The Bottom Line If you like social-video apps like Vine, but want a little more shooting time and control over the content, you should download Telly.

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Telly is a video app that gives you a way to shoot and share video with effects and watch popular videos posted to Facebook, Twitter, and Telly's own network.

Instead of a YouTube client or other video player, Telly shows you a feed of videos taken from your friends' posts on Facebook and Twitter, and those of other Telly users. If you follow celebrities, sports figures, or television networks on Twitter, you'll also get whatever videos they post as part of your feed. Basically, depending on your friends and who you follow, you'll have a place where you can view all the most popular video content on the Web. To quickly browse videos, you can turn your iOS device sideways to autoplay each video in your feed, and swipe if you want to go on to the next video. The interface is laid out well for both the Web video app functions of watching and sharing what you see.

Telly isn't just a video viewer, however. You also can shoot video with no limit on length, and you can add simple effects and music to give your movie a unique look and feel. Before you start recording, you can choose an effect, turn on the flash in low-light situations, switch to your front-facing camera, or add a simple vignette to outline the action. There's also a pause button while recording so you can shoot several scenes in one video.

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Where to Buy

Telly (iOS)

Part Number: id524552885

Free

Quick Specifications See All

  • Category Video and screencasting
  • Compatibility iOS
About The Author

Jason Parker has been at CNET for more than 13 years. He is the Senior Editor in charge iOS software and has become an expert reviewer of the software that runs on each new Apple device. He now spends most of his time covering Apple iOS releases and third-party apps.