Combine up to nine superimposed video tracks into one message about a topic.

Meet Acapella…

Okay, you may not have the harmony capabilities of the featured videos tweeted by @AcapellaVideos but you ought to be able to come up with a way to create a message in a short video, either featuring your voice/audio multiple times, or done as a team.

Acapella from PicPlayPost is currently available for Apple mobile devices and there is now a beta version for Android devices.

You should use headphones to avoid recording feedback from other recorded sounds. They play as you record so you can harmonize or synchronize.

After creating an account, you first choose the layout style- there are many options. I would suggest starting with a simpler one. Fifteen seconds is a good length of time.


Click a square to record, and fill the time with whatever sound, spoken words you want to add. Review, and click the green check mark to save. When you add a second one, you will hear through your headphones all of the other audio; this is to help you with timing. You might think about layering sounds, or even alternating, as a short conversation.


After all of your segments are recorded, experiment with other features, such as changing the volume, or panning the sounds from left to right, and modifying the text overlay (watermark). When done, just pick the service you wish to share; YouTube is a good option or you can just tweet your Acapella message.

Either way you will have a public URL that you can share it in the response form below.

Example for "An Acapella Message":

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4 Responses Completed for this Challenge

  • Ode to Zoom (Elan Paulson, @elan_paulson)

    I am not musically inclined at all, so I tested the basic features of the app by creating a simple percussive Ode to Zoom (where I spend most of my time during the pandemic) using my keyboard. I had accidentally cut one of my fingers on some class just before recording the last of the four beats, but I was determined! 🙂 I do not yet know how this tool might be used by faculty teaching students, but it was more… »

  • El Revoltijo (Ciinovapp Participants, @ciinovapp)

    Con todo mi amor para mis fans

  • A CIINOVAPP Group Acapella (Ciinnovapp Participants, @ciinovapp)

    Too bad there was audio feedback!

  • The CIINOVApp Acapella Rap (Alan Levine, @cogdog)

    The demo we did as a group in our workshop for CIINOVapp.

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  • These Acapella Videos Taking Over Twitter Are Incredible (Alan Levine, @cogdog)

    “The latest craze on social media is an app called Acapella that lets you record videos and layer them on top of each other to make a complete song. So basically, people are using the app to recreate a capella versions of classic songs that would make the cast of Pitch Perfect giddy as hell. The app allows users to create up to nine frames for the video, and even has a feature to properly set the metronome and time more… »

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