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A snappy way to tell a tale

Text and photographs are passé. Short videos are the rage on social media.

india Updated: May 14, 2013 01:32 IST

There are so many sights and sounds around us that many of us would like to capture as memories, be it of your child driving his first bicycle or your best prank on a friend. A video, needless to add, is leagues ahead of a photograph — and even a photo, they say, is worth a thousand words. These could be a few-second clips, or loops of funny incidents that go on and on.

So how would you like to be able to make small videos and upload them online, share them with your friends and family, whether via email or on your social media networks.

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There are a couple of ways of doing this. The first one is the standard - use a camcorder, record the video, process it on your computer, and then send it out to the virtual world.

Then there is the alternative: snip off small videos right off your mobile phone, and share them in real time.

Let us look at some utilities that let you do this second alternative, and for free.