VSCO launched new tools for its photo / video editing app Tuesday, with a new Kodachrome preset and options to edit videos with speed and reverse.
The Mac Observer has several resources on VSCO, such as an introduction to the app, a review of the VSCO X subscription, and a list of all the presets and how to use them.
Kodachrome Preset (KC25)
Released by Kodak in 1935, Kodachrome was a popular film for color photography, especially for images used in print media. Famous photos that used the film include “Afghan girlFrom Steve McCurry and in Photos of Edmund Hillary as he climbed Mount Everest. Its manufacture was discontinued in 2009, but VSCO created a mimicking preset to honor its heritage.
The designation used for the preset in VSCO is KC25, and as usual the company has some tips on how to get the most out of it. Under the sun, tap the preset, then try reducing the Character slider to add depth to the blue sky. For covered photos, increasing the character will decrease contrast, brighten shadows, and add warmth to the color. Finally, for portraits, you can experiment with the Warmth and Character sliders to affect the subject’s skin tone.
Speed and reverse for video editing
The second half of VSCO’s announcement is about video editing. New tools allow members to add effects to videos such as slow motion, time lapse, reverse and reverse loops. These effects can also be applied in real time when using the app’s built-in camera.
As a surprise, VSCO teased a new feature coming soon: add text to photos and videos.