Avid Studio for iPad review

With Avid setting its sights on the tablet computing market, you can bet editing video on such devices is starting to be taken seriously. You won’t, however, be able to work with many video formats since the iPad supports just a limited few, but you’re able to work with any clip recorded with an iPod touch, iPhone or even iPad 2 without any problems, mixing them all up together into a project.

Working with Avid Studio is straightforward for the most part. All clips stored on your iPad are at your disposal. Select one, choose which part of it you want to use and drag it to your project, which is split into a Storyboard (consisting of square icons representing each clip) and a Timeline (where a clip’s duration is displayed). You can also work with up to three audio layers to add sound effects or background music.

Your choice of transition is meagre: there are just two. With titles you can change the text’s colour, size and font; even rotate and reposition it on the screen. If you need to alter a clip, you can use the clunky Precision Trimmer or just tap and drag a selected clip’s yellow handles directly in the Timeline.

There are other useful tools available, such as picture in picture, and panning and zooming across a photo; but there are some notable missing features, like voice-over tools and visual effects. Perhaps the biggest disappointments are having to render some edits in order to play them back in real time, having to recreate the media’s database each time you add new footage to your iPad, and the fact that even if you’re working in 1080p (with clips from the iPhone 4S), the maximum resolution you can export your work at is 720p.

You’ll find editing your movie is easy and intuitive, thanks to the combination of the Storyboard and Timeline sections



OUR VERDICT

Avid Studio for iPad may not be as elegant as Apple’s own iMovie for iOS, but it’s incredibly easy to use, if a bit light on features. If you own Avid Studio for a PC, you’ll be able to transfer your work from the iPad to it, so this may well be a clincher when deciding which program to invest in.

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