Editing video from (and perhaps on) an iPad

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by GaryT, Mar 24, 2012.

  1. GaryT

    GaryT Guest

    A friend asked me if this was possible. She has recorded some clips of her
    daughter playing volleyball with her iPad. They are in the Quicktime .MOV
    file format. She would like to do some simple cuts, then turn off the audio
    recorded at the time and add an overlay of music and/or narration and post
    on YouTube. It is to show to college recruiters. I wondered if there were
    any simple apps for the iPad that may do what she needs. Otherwise could you
    suggest other software that may be easy for a newbie and has a 30 day trial
    that she could use on her Vista computer
    GaryT, Mar 24, 2012
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  2. For starters, try a search on Apple's app store - but it might be
    frustrating :)

    On the Android site, there can be many apps for a given purpose, and
    it's obvious that some are crap. Some of the others are too, but it's
    not so obvious until you're tried them.

    Still, some end up good. But anything specific I've learned on the
    Android store wouldn't help you...
    Gene E. Bloch, Mar 24, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    You need to use iMovie from the apps store for the iPad. Its not free but
    it will edit a video that has been recorded with the iPad.
    Brian, Mar 25, 2012
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    GaryT Guest

    Thanks. I also found one called ReelDirector that might be an option. A
    desktop program that has a free trial is still a possibility but didn't know
    which ones might be the simplest for a newbie. It would be a simple matter
    to transfer the raw clips from the iPad to her desktop, so I am still
    seeking suggestions for a PC desktop program.
    GaryT, Mar 27, 2012
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    Paul Guest

    The Windows Live package, which may already be on the computer, includes
    a movie editor. The problem with it would be, not accepting every
    input format you throw at it, or being able to output a useful format.
    Windows Live is a whole suite of programs (a delivery method I don't particularly
    like, when I just want the one function).


    If you go for a trial version of something, like Vegas, then there could
    be more complexity... and more functionality.

    There are separate video conversion programs, but with that approach there
    is the danger of degrading the product a bit along the way. Video editing
    that doesn't involve decompressing and recompressing the content, helps
    in that regard.

    Quicktime --> AVS Converter --> WMM (edit) --> AVS Converter --> Youtube

    Quicktime --> (Some complex-to-use trial version of editor) --> Youtube

    The nice thing about a trial of something, is if you aren't making progress,
    you can just dump it.

    Paul, Mar 27, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    Try this
    Brian, Mar 28, 2012
  7. GaryT

    Brian Guest

    Check out some of the programs on the www.videohelp.com site. Many are
    Brian, Mar 28, 2012
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    Steve Pankow Guest

    Avid Studio for iPad is now available at the App Store.
    Steve Pankow, Apr 1, 2012
  9. GaryT

    Brian Guest

    The problem with apps on the iPad is they are often a cut down version of
    the full product. The iPad has limited memory at 64 MB at the most. Still
    it might be worth checking out.
    Brian, Apr 2, 2012
  10. Probably you meant 64 GB :)

    But in 2012, that still qualifies as limited - and there's no slot to
    add more memory or to swap memory cards.
    Gene E. Bloch, Apr 2, 2012
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    GMAN Guest

    Memory, not storage.
    GMAN, Apr 2, 2012
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    Paul Guest


    Ipad 3

    1 GHz Apple A5X
    1 GB DDR2 RAM [Memory]
    16, 32, or 64 GB flash memory [Storage]
    PowerVR SGX543MP4 (GPU)
    "scalable GP-GPU compute power, which can be fully utilised through all
    Khronos APIs including OpenGL ES 2.x, OpenVG 1.x and OpenCL

    Which is enough to do some very slow editing. And if it does
    perform at all, it would be due to GPU acceleration, rather than
    the processor itself. I don't see mention of specific optimizations
    for popular movie formats.

    Paul, Apr 2, 2012
  13. Take a look at this:


    where you can learn that the iPad has 1 GB of RAM (shown under the
    rubric "Memory"), and you might realize that Brian was referring to the
    *flash memory* which is built in to the machine for use as storage.
    That 1 GB of memory is fixed, so there's no option of "up to" so many
    bytes of that working memory.

    The Apple site seems to be close-mouthed about this, at least according
    to my cursory search there.

    If the above doesn't help you, read this on the same website under the
    rubric "Storage and SIM":

    "The iPad was released with three capacity options for storage: 16, 32,
    or 64 GB of internal flash memory. All data is stored on the internal
    flash memory, with no option to expand storage. Apple sells a 'camera
    connection kit' with an SD card reader, but it can only be used to
    transfer photos and videos."

    Actually, if you just Google for "ipad memory size comparison" you'll
    find that it is common to use "storage" and "memory" interchangeably in
    this particular context.
    Gene E. Bloch, Apr 2, 2012
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    Brian Guest

    Thanks Gene.

    The iPad is trying to be many things these days but it's not a computer
    that can handle big tasks. There is an app called iMovie for the iPad but
    it is very limited in what it can do with many features that are found on
    the computer version of iMovie.
    Brian, Apr 3, 2012
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    GaryT Guest

    Thanks all, I think I now have enough info for me to pass on and help her
    sort through the options. The good thing is she really only wants to cut out
    bad sections (shaky camera, etc) and remove the audio from the original
    clips (gym sounds) and add some background music. No titles, fades or other
    transitions AFAIK, so there should not be a lot of heavy rendering. It
    doesn't need to be professional and will be about 3-5 minutes long, for
    showing to college recruiters by way of posting to youtube. I will try to
    find her some suitable royalty free music so nobody gets their panties in a

    GaryT, Apr 4, 2012
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