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This app lets you shoot one video with both cameras

Marc Saltzman
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At first glance, the 2CamShoot app might seem like something the iPhone can do already: shoot video out of the rear- and front-facing camera.

Except this $0.99-cent download lets you utilize both cameras to create one video file.

While not flawless, Project Tiki's app -- which also works on iPad and iPod touch -- can be a handy tool for video bloggers, vacationers and journalists who conduct interviews.

Aptly named 2CamShoot, you begin by selecting which camera to shoot from, rear or front, and then tapping the red circle at the bottom of the screen to begin recording. At any time, simply tap an icon that looks like green arrows to immediately switch to the device's other camera — without interrupting the audio captured by the microphone.

Flip back and forth multiple times, if you like, and when you're done, the video will be placed in your Camera Roll, which can be accessed from the iPhone's Photos app or from within 2CamShoot.

Before this app, the only way to record yourself and something or someone else is to turn your device around to switch views. Alternatively, you'd record two videos and stitch them together into one using a video editor app like iMovie. Both options aren't as appealing as 2CamShoot, but not everyone will need an app that alternates between the front and rear camera to create one video.

It should be noted video chatting apps like Skype and FaceTime let you swap between the two cameras in real-time, but there wasn't a way to do this with offline video until 2CamShoot debuted.

There are a couple of issues, however, one of which was addressed in a recent update. Whenever you saved a video you recorded, it would immediately and abruptly close the app, too. While this has been remedied with the new version, the app still crashes every once in a while.

Also, when the video recording switches between cameras there is no transition effect — just a quick flip to the other camera — but it would be great if you could choose from a number of short transition effects, such as a white flash, camera flip or short spin. Also, sometimes there's a brief audio hiccup when the camera switches to the other one, but doesn't always happen.

Technical hiccups notwithstanding, this app is ideal for those interested in shooting themselves and a subject or scene in the same video.

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