Splice - Video Editor Review

Our Review by Carter Dotson on January 11th, 2011
Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: WELL EDITED
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Splice is a video editing app for iOS that lets users easily edit and add effects to the videos and photos from the Camera Roll.

Developer: Path 36
Price: $1.99 (Free Version Available)
Version Reviewed: 2.1
Device Reviewed On: iPod touch 4G, iPad

iPhone Integration Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
User Interface Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar
Re-use Value Rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar

Overall Rating: starstarstarstarblankstar

Isn't technology wonderful? Not only can we now record videos with Our phones and media players, but now we can record high definition video on them...and now we don't even need a powerful computer to edit these videos we take. Splice allows you to import videos and even pictures from your Camera Roll, trim them, combine them, add titles and transitions, as well as recording voiceovers and importing music from your iPod library. It's all presented in a touch-friendly interface. You can work in 16:9/HD resolutions or 4:3/SD ones, and even apply a variety of different effects.

Splice is powerful, with plenty of options to turn your videos from just raw footage into finished products, all from your iOS device. But yet, it's very easy to use, and you can very quickly make finely edited videos or just simply trim down videos to respectable lengths. The import and export process of videos is relatively quick on A4 devices, even when working with HD files.

Unfortunately, Splice lacks some more advanced options - if you want to display text that isn't the white text on the black background in the default font, then you better hope an update adds it. You can add audio tracks to the video, but options for muting the audio of the videos you record is seemingly non-existent. Also, while the app comes in free ad-supported and $1.99 ad-free versions, the ads are barely noticeable in the free version. There really isn't much reason to shell out for the $1.99 version, especially since the free version comes with the exact same app icon and the ability to remove the ads via in-app purchase. For iPad users, the app supports the iPad and any compatible videos you've imported, but doesn't run in iPad native mode or support HD resolutions.

Splice is an essential app for those wanting to edit videos from their iOS video camera device. While a few more technical options would be appreciated, Splice is a great tool, especially in its free incarnation. By the way, if you want to see a finished Splice product, made in a couple of minutes, see the video below.

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