ZapVM FAQ

ZapVM is a video message creation app that uses patent-pending technology to quickly and easily combine photos, touchscreen gestures, live pointers, voice and graphics in realtime to create and share compelling video messages with unprecedented clarity, specificity and even emotion. With ZapVM, users can deliver a message, give a short presentation or tell a story with the same clarity as though they were physically present with the listener or audience and simply swiping through their photo library and telling their story.

ZapVM is a free app with optional in-app purchases. The free version allows for the creation and sharing of 30-second Zap Videos, rendered in either low or medium quality, and each containing up to 10 photos. With the free version, users get up to 25 in-app projects.

Users of the free version can upgrade to Zap Plus via a App Store in-app purchase for $4.99. Zap Plus allows creation and sharing of Zap Videos up to three minutes long that can be rendered in low, medium or high quality using up to 18 images. In addition, Zap Plus users get an unrestricted number of in-app projects. Users may also purchase the ability to remove the getzap.com watermark from their Zap Videos. This in-app purchase is also $4.99 from the App Store.

Users can share or upload their rendered Zap Videos from the app via iMessage, email, Facebook, YouTube, Vimeo, AirDrop, and use the “open in app” feature to directly upload or share via Dropbox, Google Drive, WhatsApp, Viddy and many other messaging, social, editing, and storage apps installed on their device which ingest video files.

Users may also save the Zap Video file to their photo library or “camera roll.” Once in the photo library, users can directly share or upload the Zap Video using iMessage, email, iCloud, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo or AirDrop.

If the user employs direct sharing from their photo library or from the app itself (via email, text or direct upload to YouTube or Facebook, etc.), the user (and whatever app they choose) is in complete control of who has access to the video.

Currently, ZapVM is only available for iOS devices.

There are no ads in the app, period.

Yes. The in-app purchase to remove the getzap.com watermark in available in the App Store

Yes. The signature page can be customized through the app’s settings and added automatically to each Zap created by the user. Users may personalize the signature page with their own name and contact info. Note: Auto Signature clips do not subtract from users’ Zap Video duration time limit.

Zap Videos made with the free version of the ZapVM app can be up to 30 seconds long. Zap Videos made using the Zap Plus upgrade ($4.99) can be up to three minutes long.

Before recording, users can organize, modify and prep images (zoom, re-frame, add captions, stickers, graphics, etc.). While recording a Zap Message, the user can pause, adjust or change the image being displayed, and continue recording. At any time, the user mayn discard a recording and redo it in its entirety. In addition, each time a user pauses the recording, a seperate "segment" is created. The last of each sequential segments may be deleted or re-recorded an unlimited number of times.

Video requires that the message creator be in the same location as the subject. WithZapVM, the images can come from anywhere and still be fashioned into a coherent message by the person with the best knowledge of the content, not just the one with local access.

Also, shooting video and recording audio simultaneously can be difficult to accomplish in one take, causing a large time commitment. And with video, you don’t have the ability to zoom, pan, modify, etc., as you do with ZapVM.

With ZapVM, users continue using their mobile devices as they normally would – taking or accessing photos, using gestures explaining something or sharing stories with people – and simply combine everything into a single video that can play on virtually anything – other mobile devices, PCs, smart TVs, etc.

There are some other apps doing parts of what ZapVM does – storytelling via sharing photos with graphics and animations or creating a video from a slideshow – but none are focused on high-quality visual messages the way ZapVM is, combining all of these aspects. Plus, ZapVM allows for pixel level zoom access to your high-resolution images, on-device rendering, in-app features and sharing mechanisms that address both the social and business user, all without requiring registration or login. Your Zap Videos are always under your control. How and with whome you share them is your business.

NO! Because ZapVM is designed for both social and business use, it is designed to keep users’ content completely in the user's control, therefore:

No registration or data sharing is required for Zap Video content creation. With ZapVM, users simply download the ZapVM app from the App Store and any in-app purchases are all done via the App Store. Users can create and share Zap Videos that are rendered entirely on their mobile device using email, text or third-party apps and websites without ANY interaction with the ZapVM website. This means that Jigsaw has ZERO user personal data. Many other slide show and video creation apps require registration and data sharing that the app companies may data mine for all kinds of purposes. Jigsaw has NOT taken this path with ZapVM because the founders believe that user content control is important to all users.