By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)
A pair of new video utilities were previewed this week which not only offer promise of greater organizational tools for film and video projects, but also professional level editing on a mobile platform.
The first app, previewed by Adobe at the weekly Final Cut Pro User Group (now officially renamed the Creative Pro User Group since many have immigrated away from Final Cut Pro to embrace the Adobe platform. Aptly called “Prelude,” the new app promises greater organization and on-set ingest and logging. Prelude will support non-tape media and will offer skimming similar to that offered in Final Cut Pro X (isn’t that convenient). It’ll also import and copy media directly from memory cards to a specified location, provide proxy general in parallel, and provides tools like subclipping and adding log notes. Prelude is great for building cuts only editing timelines and will export directly to either Adobe Premiere Pro or Apple Final Cut Pro 7 XML.
Outside of that there’s very little we know about Prelude. Being that this is a sneak peek, it’s probably an early Alpha release. But it’s definitely aimed to shoring up the newfound editing clientelle that were refugees after the great Final Cut Pro X debable of 2011. As FCPX continues to add features that Final Cut fans longed for but felt abandoned by Apple over, it’s a cagey move from Adobe to try and prevent them from being lured back to the Fruitstand. My guess is that we’ll have a clearer picture of Prelude and all it has to offer at NAB later this year.
The second utilty is from an old editors friend … AVID which is releasing an editing app for the iPad that they claim will offer the first prosumer level and above editing features on a mobile platorm. Dubbed Avid Studio for iPad, the app is meant to supplement Avid’s desktop solution and not replace it. But Avid recognizes that more professionals are looking at mobile solutions as the technology matures. Considering that many guerrilla indy filmmakers are making films on the iPhone and other mobile platforms, the move by Avid is a very smart one.
Features of Avid Studio for iPad include both timeline and storyboard layouts, as well as preview in either the Preview window, or full screen for better attention to the screen real estate. Editors can swiftly put together a rough cut of their scenes in storyboard mode, and then switch to the timeline mode for more refined edits and polishing. Other features include importing of any media – video, audio, and photos – via iTunes of an optional iPad Camera Connection Kit, native capture of video and photos from within the app, intuitive gesture navigation, a precision trimmer for frame level edits, multi-layer 3D animations, transitions, and titles through Montage templates , composite video tracks, professional-looking motion titles and graphics, effects like Picture-in-Picture, pan and zoom of photos (known as the Ken Burns effect) , sound effects and audio soundtrack manipulation, and uploading to YouTube, Facebook, email, etc.
And because it’s designed to compliment Avid Studio for the PC, all projects are easily exportable to the desktop platform. Avid Studio for iPad is available now in the iTunes App store for a bargain …. $4.99. We’re going to have to take it through it’s paces and report back, so stay tuned.