Avid is the behemoth of video editors on the PC, so it’s no small thing that its developer has decided to turn its attention towards the tablet market (and by this, we obviously mean the iPad) and release an app to get you to edit by touch.
Unlike Apple’s iMovie, it’s designed solely for the iPad with its wider screen, but it’ll work with any model – even the first one – since it doesn’t need a built-in camera. As long as you can import footage, either via iTunes or the iPad Camera Connector, you can work with Avid Studio.
For the purposes of this tutorial, we’ll skip the import process and get down to the interesting part of this app: how to edit and share a short film. We’ll explore the basics and give you a good idea where everything is, so you can set off and create your own video projects.
Difficulty: Intermediate to advanced
Time required: 30 minutes
What you need
iOS 5.0 or later
Avid Studio app ($5.49)
Step 1: The library
If this is the first time you’ve launched this app, you’ll be shown a filmstrip with each frame filled with a ‘1’. Tap on one of those to create a new project. Give it a name and you’ll enter the app’s main section. In the top left are all the clips from your iPad’s library. Select one to get a preview of it, top right.
Step 2: Select a clip
You can watch your clip by tapping on the Play button. The buttons either side of it move you to the next or previous clip in the list. Go through the footage by dragging the silver dot along the bottom. When you’re ready, drag your clip from the Preview section down to the Timeline section.
Step 3: Storyboard vs Timeline
Repeat the process by adding further clips. Notice that there are two parts to the lower section: the top one is the Storyboard and represents each clip with a square (which you can easily reorder by dragging them). The Timeline represents clips with thin rectangles. Their length is based on their duration.
Step 4: In-timeline editing
You can fine-tune your edits straight from the timeline: select a clip to highlight it. This also reveals two yellow lines on either side of it that end with yellow squares. Drag that square left or right to trim or extend the clip one frame at a time. You can also use the pinch gesture to zoom in and out of the timeline.
Step 5: Music and Sound
Aside from the video’s own embedded audio, you can work with three additional layers of sound. You can use them for a soundtrack or even sound effects. All of which can be found by tapping on the Note button, top left of the interface. Just like with video, you can choose to use just a section of it.
Step 6: Titles
Finally, select the ‘T’ button to reveal various titles you can work with. The first seven are animated. Drag your choice on to a tile in the Storyboard section to apply it over a video. Otherwise it’ll be on a black background. Double-tap on the text field to reveal its properties (you can change its font and colour, for instance).