#iPad app of the week: iMovie

This week I took a look at the iMovie for iPad app.  This is a new app for me as I just bought it about a week ago.  I don’t make too many movies anymore, but I do predict that I’ll need the ability to do this on the fly, which is why I invested in the app.  I’ve used the full version of iMovie for years now and I love that application, but the app for iPad is a very stripped down version.

The first thing I noticed about the app was how easy it was to use.  Pictures, video, and music are easily added, and you can create voiceovers and take new video very quickly through the user interface.  There is a basic timeline, just like in the full version and to move forward and backward in the timeline you just use your finger to drag the contents back and forth.  Very intuitive.  I also liked the sharing features this app is integrated with as well.  You can share to your Camera Roll, YouTube, Facebook, Vimeo, CNN iReport, as well as send your movie to iTunes to sync with your computer when you dock your iPad.  Movies can be exported in three different sizes, Medium: 360p, Large: 540p, and HD: 720p.

After playing with the app and creating a low end video, I found that some of the features I like weren’t available.  The biggest one was not being able to change all the times of the stills at one time.  There are handle bars for each picture that need to be changed for each picture.  I also didn’t like that I was forced to use the Ken Burns Effect.  I tend to like the effect, but there are times, like today, when I don’t want to use the effect.  However, I found that if I tried to match up the start and end spots that it would be okay.  Another problem I found was the inability to zoom out on a picture beyond its width.  In the movie below I wanted to show the whole picture, but had to settle for the width of the picture and adjust my view accordingly.  The transitions were a little difficult to modify, but I eventually figured out the double tap system, which applies to a variety of features in the app.

All in all, this was an okay app.  I’ll likely use it when I am at conferences and take a quick video using the iPad and post it to YouTube or something like that.  Truly a content creation app and quite affordable at $4.99.  I’d probably recommend it with the caveat that it doesn’t have all the features as the desktop version.  If that’s what you’re looking for, this isn’t it.

Here is a sample video I created using the app:

You can find screenshots here: http://www.flickr.com/photos/dmourlam/6009300872/


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