When the iPad 2 came out, the dual core processors made the tablet exciting for iMovie users as well as people who just wanted to edit video on the go. It's about time that we got another solid video editing program. Avid, the popular editing program used by broadcasting professionals, released an app for the iPad that will give users an alternative to iMovie. Avid says that they've “distilled the world’s leading film-editing technology into an easy-to-use app that enables you to edit video, audio, and photos at the speed of your creativity.” Using the app, you can arrange your clips in the Storyboard, make edits using the Timeline, and add transitions, effects and a soundtrack bed to your videos. You can then share your videos to Facebook or YouTube, or directly upload your video to Avid on your PC for more editing.

Avid Studio for iPad

Avid Studio for iPad

Avid works with all kinds of media, be it video, photo and/or music. The media can either be from your iPad itself, or from an external device, which you will have to transfer with the iPad Camera Connection Kit, which is sold seperately. You can capture photos or video from within the app, too. Your media can be arranged by Albums, Events, Faces and more.

Some of the edits you can do with Avid on the iPad are actually pretty advanced. With the app, you can create multi-layer 3D animations, transitions, and titles with included Montage templates. You can make multiple video layers and stack them. You can create picture-with-picture effects with full control over size, position and rotation. You can create titles using text with full control over text, font, color, size, position, and rotation.

Avid says the app is compatible with the first iPad and upwards however, there are reports of the app crashing while running on the iPad 1, while rendering video and titles. The app requires iOS 5 and higher. It is available for $4.99 (approx Rs.249) from the iOS App Store.

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