Editing movies with the iPhone

So, I finally broke down and purchased an iPhone 4.0 this weekend.  For a couple of years now, the household has wanted to move away from the Blackberry Pearl to the iPhone, simply because the iPhone is more media friendly than the Blackberry.  Don’t get me wrong, the Blackberry is fine when it comes to instant messages, and email, but surfing the web, taking pictures, and trying to listen to podcasts are like pulling teeth.

 

The one thing I wanted to really test was the video and iMovie capabilities of the iPhone.  I know others have had about a year to do this stuff themselves, but as someone who has spent a decade plus editing on both linear and non-linear editing systems, I wanted to see how this system stacked up.

It isn’t difficult to edit, though nailing in and out points to the exact frame is next to impossible, and figuring out how to add title screens is frustrating.  There are no direct methods for mixing and editing audio, and even getting an audio fade out seems impossible.  Maybe there are ways of doing this I haven’t discovered yet – I’ve only spent a few hours trying to create something that looks somewhat professional, but my initial first test reaction is using an iPhone for civic journalism, capturing family memories, or doing rough tests for a larger project is possible.  I know I won’t be using this device for anything that is expected to have a higher production value.

However, I do know that the quality of the video, and the on the spot nature of capturing breaking news, means people around the world will need a product that allows them to do it relatively easily.  There has been a lot of discussion at my Real World Job (RWJ) regarding letting all students become citizen journalists, and though I have many concerns that haven’t been addressed, getting the iPhone into the hands of these future reporters of events will have the biggest and best impact for the long term viability of the project.

Here is the result of a morning in the park with my son.

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher is one of those guys that has always loved comics but never got into them until really late in life - like high school in the 80s. He just missed the Crisis on Infinite Earths, but has been around for every major crossover since. Stephen knows his way around video and film production having been a director, producer, editor, and motion graphics artist for projects ranging from small promotional pieces for Wachovia all the way up to regional videos for the Division of Emergency Management. As a prolific writer, Stephen began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen also freelances for the Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog. When not writing, Stephen shares his knowledge as a tenured faculty member at Fort Hays State University. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment. Favorite Writers: Mark Waid, Geoff Johns, Paul Dini, Adam Beechen, Bill Willingham, Matthew Sturges Favorite Artists: Dan Jurgens, Alex Ross, Adam Hughes, Freddie Williams III

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