This is my first attempt at using Adobe Spark, a group of apps developed for non-professional users. That would be me.

After seeing a Facebook ad for Adobe Spark Video one Sunday morning, I became curious and downloaded the app to my iPad, along with its two sister apps, Spark Page and Spark Post. I then started creating this video while laying in bed. It took about ninety minutes to figure out how to use Spark Video, pull the assets together, develop the message and finalize edits to my satisfaction.

Although it’s pretty easy to figure out and use, the outcome is only as good as the digital assets you have on hand, and the clever ideas you bring to the project. It’s probably easier to use on a desktop or laptop, through their website. I don’t think you can download the app to a non-mobile device, but that knowledge is above my pay grade. My only experience is with the app on an iPad.

I believe the visual assets need to live on the mobile device being used to create the video. The app does come with a few music choices you can use. Otherwise, use what you have. That’s probably a lot easier on a desktop. In this case, I used some shots I’d taken of my car. They were on Flickr, so I took screenshots to get them on my iPad’s camera roll. From there, the story emerged in my head. I selected on of the tunes available on the app. The project went through several iterations, but I finished it without a lot of trouble. I later loaded it to YouTube from my iPad, also harder than using a desktop. I want to learn more about where these files live, and how they can be accessed across different devices.

I would like a few more options related to text editing, like drop shadow or making text bold. I’m also not thrilled that the Adobe Spark logo appears throughout the video. I don’t mind the final slide, saying it was done with Spark. I understand that to be the trade off in using their free app. It probably exists to get people to use their paid creative suite.

Generally, I’m happy with the app, but I’d like my next project to be done on a desktop. Being a Premiere Pro user, I’m not sure Adobe Spark offers a great advantage, but I’ll probably look for a reason to use it again. The bigger challenge relates to my own creative limitations.