backstage by Mattew Murray
Maybe it really is time to rethink the iPad as a video tool. Last week we looked at the Padcaster, which makes it possible to connect enough extra devices to your Apple tablet to transform it into a powerful video camera setup. So this time around it seemed appropriate to look at an app that offers an astounding wealth of features for editing the videos you create on your iPad: Pinnacle Studio 2.0.
No one will confuse Pinnacle Studio with Final Cut or Premiere Pro—but it’s sufficiently powerful that no one confuse it with iMovie, either. If you’re a professional, or you just want your personal video projects to look like you are, this is one of the best—and, priced at an unbelievably low $12.99, least expensive—ways to do it.
Not sure where to start? You can pull in all the media (video and audio clips, and photos) on your iPad, or from external devices (with the optional, sold-separately iPad Camera Connection Kit), or even capture photos and videos from within the app itself. Then you can organize it by Albums, Events, Faces, or other criteria.
Want to perform some precisely targeted editing? Not a problem. You can trim video clips down to a specific frame, and do basic sound correction on audio files. The combined storyboard and timeline view that lets you easily arrange everything, and proves a natural for use with the touch interface—something you might not expect of a program as robust as this one. read more...