StoryCatcher® for iOS is a fun and simple tool to create and share legacy video stories with.

You become the documentarian of your friends, family, and heck, even strangers by effortlessly building video stories. Choose themes, design titles, capture video, add screen text and import photos! Once all your elements are in place, your very own movie is crafted into an amazing and shareable time capsule.

StoryCatcher® provides provocative interview questions to keep things interesting. You import the pieces, we’ll take care of the glue! Simply record and share, the app does the rest!

We believe in privacy and that your stories belong to you. You can share your StoryCatcher videos by email, on YouTube, or Vimeo — save to your camera roll or store them in a shared Dropbox folder for all to enjoy — publicly or privately. Once you download the app, you have 100% control of your media. We don’t do any data collection.

StoryCatcher is the brainchild collaboration of Professional Personal Historian, April Bell, and iPhone App Coder, Urs Brauchli. Their goal is to provide an engaging and intuitive tool to bring family and friends closer together through legacy video storytelling.

Ultimately, it is our personal stories that connect and bind us, now and for generations to come. Everything we do at StoryCatcher we believe in expanding love and connection in people’s lives, their relationships, and their communities.

We want the world to tell their stories, and pass them on.

What’s your story?

North Beach Apps, LLC was formed by Urs and April in 2012 to support the creation and distribution of StoryCatcher for iOS.

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Demo and Sample Videos

All created using StoryCatcher® for iPhone

Visit the Demo Page on the StoryCatcher® website for more samples and full set of “How To” videos.

Rave Reviews!

A Must Have!

The beauty of this little app is its simplicity. As one who didn’t grow up with technology, I wondered if I could achieve the things that were described in the video – but I did, and without any problems. Adding captions and photos is easy. I can see this being used frequently to record those snippets of information and stories that often occur on an impromptu basis when you are unlikely to run and grab a video camera. I’m hoping to make use of this as my son approaches his 21st birthday to get friends of his to record 60 second memories and their old photos – some have known him since primary school. Then I’ll patch it all together for a birthday presentation. So if a (ahem) middle aged citizen can mange this, then anyone can.

Top marks for making it user friendly. ~by Kn23writer

Reminiscing with old photos

We had such a great time showing my Mom old family photos and recording short videos for each one as she spoke. It’s so cool that we can see her face as she tells her stories and also have the photo displayed on the screen at the same time! I love using the quotes to write in dates, names and places to go along with the story and picture. My sisters are loving these little keepsakes I’ve been making and sharing for our whole family to enjoy.

We love this app!! by Kbell152


April, Got home, downloaded your app, and tried it out. Wow! It’s just like the original iMovie: simple, clean, and does the basics well. Kudos and huzzahs! It’s gonna be fun. Good demo, too. – Best, Peter & Mary

ps: The high rez version is very nice—displayed quite sharp full screen on my 27″ iMac. ~by Peter & Mary Farquhar, Professional Personal Historians at Tombo Media


I love that someone has leveraged the ubiquitous presence of smartphones and found a way to create an app to encourage family histories to be recorded on the fly!! ~Professional Oral Historian, Liz Massey

Thanks for making this app!

We each have a story to tell. Many of us have several. When we share our lives with those close or far it really allows us to get to know one another on a deeper level. I really like how I can use this app for sharing some simple thoughts or I can take my time and pass on what really touches me in life so that others can be touched.

I love how this app allows me to express what is important to myself, to the world, and for those I care about. ~by Waterscape man

It's a gift to anyone with a loved one

What a simple and fun way to capture life’s special moments. I only wish that I had this app when my mom was still here. Photos just can’t capture the essence of a person like video does. Hopefully, everyone out there discovers and uses this app to record even the simplest moments with their loved ones…while they have the chance. What a difference this app will surely make for many! ~by monk luver


What an awesome app to have right at your fingertips– especially during the holidays! The best part is being able to pick from the questions made available. Love love!! ~by Graci B.

Great Personal History Tool

StoryCatcher® is a wonderful development in the evolution of how we record, structure, and save histories. ~Liz Massey; Professional Personal Historian

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