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Impressive Video Editing on iPad

Robert Watcher

Well-known member
Video Editing

I have been using LumaFusion for sometime now, and find it’s functionality and usefulness to be quite amazing. I am using it on my iPad Air. I’m sure it would handle many tracks more easily on a higher spec’d iPad Pro - but this is what I have. I really wasn’t expecting that I could scrub tracks and be so precise on the time frame —- using my fingers. But it is effortless. Will even handle 4K video. And only $19.95

This is the guy (HENNY THA BIZNESS) on YouTube that convinced me to check it out last summer.




I don’t make any claims about my video abilities - but this was the first video I put together with LumaFusion using a bunch of handheld short clips that I took around the park in Xela, Guatemala last year:



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Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Thanks for sharing.

I will look at your clip and the introduction video. It must be that programmers are becoming space conscious and more careful to avoid software bloat.

Amazing that you can do so much on an pad

Asher
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
Robert,

Where do you store the 4K video? Do you have some wizard connection to a fast as hell WI-FI drive or a connection through the Lightening port?

Asher
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
The iPad comes with no less than two quite capable video editing applications free from Apple: iMovie and Clips. They have slightly different focuses, but are more capable than anyone would think. Clips, in particular, has the unique feature of using Siri voice recognition to enter subtitles.

Either one can import the files from capable cameras and output video to use for whatever you want.

They can, but not necessarily in an easy or straightforward manner. What is easy is to use the iPad (or iPhone) as a video camera and these applications to edit the file and output the resulting cut to a social network of your choice: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo. Anything else is possible, but frustrating. On purpose, I think...
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
The iPad comes with no less than two quite capable video editing applications free from Apple: iMovie and Clips. They have slightly different focuses, but are more capable than anyone would think. Clips, in particular, has the unique feature of using Siri voice recognition to enter subtitles.

Either one can import the files from capable cameras and output video to use for whatever you want.

They can, but not necessarily in an easy or straightforward manner. What is easy is to use the iPad (or iPhone) as a video camera and these applications to edit the file and output the resulting cut to a social network of your choice: Facebook, Twitter, Youtube, Vimeo. Anything else is possible, but frustrating. On purpose, I think...
Jerome,

That’s good info. But what about storage space. I have not yet got a hard drive mates to a smart phone!

Asher
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
That’s good info. But what about storage space. I have not yet got a hard drive mates to a smart phone!
Your project needs to fit in the iPad internal storage, which goes up to 1 TB nowadays. Then, you'll need to save the video via wifi to one of the cloud systems. Apple does not allow writing to external storage via cable, so you cannot attach a hard disk for that purpose.
If you want to use a cable (which is much faster), you will need iTunes on a computer.
 

Jerome Marot

Well-known member
Your project needs to fit in the iPad internal storage, which goes up to 1 TB nowadays. Then, you'll need to save the video via wifi to one of the cloud systems. Apple does not allow writing to external storage via cable, so you cannot attach a hard disk for that purpose.
If you want to use a cable (which is much faster), you will need iTunes on a computer.
The part in bold was changed. Apple announced that the next iPad OS version will support external storage attached via USB.
 

Asher Kelman

OPF Owner/Editor-in-Chief
The part in bold was changed. Apple announced that the next iPad OS version will support external storage attached via USB.
...and apparently iTunes is somehow being done in!

So, Jerome, I have a new iPhone XS Max but that only has a lightning cable port. So can we now connect the USB end of the same lightening cable to a portable USB hard drive for storage?

One thing to note is that iOS XII, the USB connectivity, even for charging is shut of after one hour that the phone is left unattended and one needs to login, even for charging!

Asher
 
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Jerome Marot

Well-known member
So, Jerome, I have a new iPhone XS Max but that only has a lightning cable port. So can we now connect the USB end of the same lightening cable to a portable USB hard drive for storage?
The changes only concerns the iPad, not the iPhone.

One thing to note is that iOS XII, the USB connectivity, even for charging is shut of after one hour that the phone is left unattended and one needs to login, even for charging!
I don't think that is correct. My iPhone certainly does not need to be unlocked for charging. It is an older model but runs iOS 12.
 

Robert Watcher

Well-known member
Thanks for posting this informative post
Is Video Editing on iPad helpful?
Being that I always have my iPad with me when I go about my daily affairs and when I am traveling, and seldom take my laptop with me anymore - it is extremely helpful.

I can do everything for video editing on my iPad so effortlessly and so simply don’t use my macbook for much other than organizing my images in Lightroom and saving to my external hard drives, and for the odd time when I need more extensive photo retouching in Photoshop for commercial work. I also find coding, web design and ftp transfer (Transmit is not available for iPad) to my servers, to be easier on the MacBook. As well, since my version of Final Cut Pro became unusable with recent macOS upgrades when I was already using LumaFusion - I didn’t spend money on the FCP upgrade and so never do video editing on the MacBook any more.
 

Robert Watcher

Well-known member
I am still a huge fan of LumaFusion. Apparently they have an upgrade with added features coming soon. Since Anne and I have been home from pandemic, and settled into a small apartment last fall until we can travel freely again, I have set up a workstation based on a new macmini m1. I installed the free full featured video editing application DaVinci Resolve 17, and am learning the ropes of it. It is very impressive too.

With Big Sur macOS I am actually able to run LumaFusion on my workstation. It works flawlessly, but I don’t find it as intuitive when using a mouse for the controls (my feeling about many of my iOS apps running on macOS). Probably they will improve that functionality down the road.
 
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