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Corel Launches Video Editing App Pinnacle Studio for iPhone, Updates iPad Version for iOS 7

Posted by Tre Lawrence on April 17th, 2014
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: SIMPLY POWERFUL :: Read Review »

Corel Inc. has launched its premium video editing app, Pinnacle Studio for iPhone.

The app allows one to access all the media on one's iPhone, and to start creative projects. Also, more media can be captured via the app itself, and projects can be transferred between the iPhone and the iPad via AirDrop. Storyboarding has also been made easy and seamless.

Pinnacle product development chief Michel Yavercovski promises users won't have to settle for pared-down functionality on mobile devices. “Pinnacle Studio is the ideal app for anyone looking for true video editing power on their iPhone," he says. "Unlike other mobile video editing apps, Pinnacle Studio doesn’t make you sacrifice features and control just because you’re editing on your iPhone. For the first time, you can enjoy sophisticated anywhere, anytime movie-making capabilities, right in your pocket.”

Additionally, Corel has updated the iPad version of the app, rebuilding it for iOS 7 and offering a redesigned UI and 64-bit power processing.

The new Pinnacle Studio for iPhone app is available on the App Store for $9.99.

Horizon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 17th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarhalfstarblankstar :: KEEPING THINGS STEADY
Shooting landscape perspective videos has never been so easy. Shame about the shaking issues though.
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SayVideo Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on January 8th, 2014
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: CREATIVE VIDEO DECORATING
SayVideo makes it easy to add decorative elements and filters to videos.
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Spark Motion Pro: Why This iPad Video Editor Could Help Your Favorite Team Win

Posted by Carter Dotson on December 18th, 2013
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Ever watch your favorite sports team's season go down the drain due to injuries? What if I told you a video-editing app for iPad could someday be the reason why your team wins a championship? That's just what Spark Motion Pro could do, if Dave Gottfeld has his way.

See, what Spark Motion Pro does functionally is to allow its users to shoot videos, then easily annotate them and add commentary. In this case the annotations can include things like stopwatches, a ruler to measure lengths of objects, set to the scale of a control object, an angle measurement tool, and even transparent overlays of another video. Users can easily import videos, rearrange clips, and add their commentary to them, then uploading them to a cloud-based service for others to view. It's all functionality that - by itself - is perhaps technically solid, but not necessarily revolutionary in and of itself.

But see, sometimes the power of an app is not so much in what it does, but what it allows the user to do. And what it allows trainers and physicians to do is to be able to easily capture video of someone they're working with, say, an athlete recovering from a knee injury, as Gottfeld demoed to me when I spoke to him. When one client he worked with who suffered an ACL injury, he was able to show using the app's grid and transparent overlay how a one-leg balance test showed that the person's non-injured leg was having balance issues during their recovery with the other leg. Using Spark Motion, Gottfeld could easily quantify to his client using the video overlay of the exact problem.

Baseball and golf are two extremely mechanical sports, and Spark Motion is perfect for them. The angle overlay can help a golfer analyze where the angle of their swing is, informing them of what they need to focus on to improve. Gottfeld in particular showed how he was able to detect how a certain hip movement was causing knee stress in a baseball batter's swing. Pitchers are an obvious application for this app: delivery flaws could be detected and improvement over time could be shown as well.

Spark Motion Pro takes full advantage of the convenience of modern technology: as an iPad app, this means that its users can easily shoot and analyze video from wherever. The app's subscription service comes with cloud storage (which is HIPAA compliant for patient confidentiality) that can allow trainers and practitioners to work remotely with clients who can shoot and upload their own video, which theSpark Motion user can then provide their analysis of and send back. Users can even link up a PayPal account and charge for their services in the app on a per-video basis. This can happen anywhere wi-fi is available.

The more powerful hardware of the latest iOS devices only makes Spark Motion better: the iPad Air can render video with annotations much faster than previous generations, at what Gottfeld reports as a 1:1 ratio of video time to rendering time. Videos can be imported from sources besides the iPad, so video could be shot with a high-end camera on a stable setup, for example. Or for those who want to shoot high framerate video with the iPhone 5s, that is compatible with Spark Motion Pro as well. Perhaps those additional frames could reveal information in the body's movements that could help prevent a catastrophic injury, or provide dramatic performance improvements.

The app has tons of potential, but it's already in use in some cases: Gottfeld reports working with the New England Patriots using Spark Motion, and former NFL kicker Matt Stover helps train kickers using the app. And at the recent MLB Winter Meetings, among the headlines of big deals and big fights, Gottfeld got to meet with all the teams in a speed-pitching scenario, and several teams were reportedly interested in the app. They might just be the ones that keep their players healthy on the field, or get the injured ones back sooner, and win more games.

The Spark Motion Pro app is a free download from the App Store, but it requires a subscription account to use, with signups available at Spark Motion's website.

Videon Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on June 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: GREAT ALL-ROUNDER
Offering mostly everything one could want from a video recording app, Videon is quite the success.
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Video Filters Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on May 30th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: FEATURE RICH
Ignore the name, Video Filters isn't just about adding filters to videos, it's an effective video recording app too.
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VideoGrade Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Rob Rich on May 3rd, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: BUMP UP THE CONTRAST
VideoGrade isn't necessarily the most perfect iOS video editing app, but it's definitely got a fair amount of options and sports a very easy-to-use interface.
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Mobli Review

+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 29th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarhalfstar :: EXCELS ITSELF
With some rather cool video features in particular, Mobli is a photo and video social networking app that deserves to be noticed.
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Loop Raccord Review

iPad App - Designed for iPad
By Jennifer Allen on February 18th, 2013
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: UNIQUE
A video editing-based puzzle game? Yes, really. Loop Raccord is original, challenging and pretty cool.
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Cinefy - Special FX Studio Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Angela LaFollette on October 1st, 2012
Our rating: starstarhalfstarblankstarblankstar :: DISAPPOINTING
Cinefy is a mobile video special effects app that needs polished more before users take it seriously.
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Record Video From Multiple Different Sources Simultaneously Via Video Camera

Posted by Jennifer Allen on April 4th, 2012
+ Universal App - Designed for iPhone and iPad

Video recording apps are far from uncommon on the App Store. Video recording apps that allow users to control and record with up to 8 devices, all from one single device? Now that's pretty special.

That's also exactly what Video Camera offers. Besides many other great features, it lets the user connect and simultaneously record from up to eight devices, all linked across Wi-Fi.

For the aspiring film director, this is a great way of capturing all the action from numerous different angles. Film students will love this but so will people that just want to capture every adorable moment of their wedding or holiday. It's impressive stuff.

Video Camera doesn't lack other great features either, offering high resolution video recording and plenty of import/export options for the experienced video editing. Pretty much everything that needs to be done with video editing can be done via the app.

It's clever stuff from Video Camera and the best part is that it's currently free! Its normal price is $7.99, an ideal price for such a feature rich app.

iPhone Silent Film Festival Launched By MacPhun And Silent Film Director

Posted by Jennifer Allen on March 20th, 2012
iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad

I had a lot of fun with Silent Film Director last year, upon its initial release. Since then, we've seen the movie world lit up by the huge success of silent film The Artist, ably demonstrating how there's still plenty of love for films without any spoken dialogue.

Creative types inspired by The Artist now have the perfect opportunity to demonstrate what wonders they can create with Silent Film Director, thanks to the launch of the iPhone Silent Film Festival.

Shoot a video through the app, submit it to the contest and possibly win an iPad or one of numerous other prizes. It's as simple as that. For further inspiration, check out Silent Film Director's YouTube channel, offering plenty of examples and contributions. Below is one of our favorites.

Participants have until May 28 to get their entries in. Full details regarding the Contest are available on developers MacPhun's site. Good luck!

Vibop Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: SIMPLE & EFFECTIVE
Add themes and effects to video creations easily and effectively.
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Frames Review

iPhone App - Designed for iPhone, compatible with iPad
By Jennifer Allen on March 13th, 2012
Our rating: starstarstarstarblankstar :: INVENTIVE
Stylish to look at, simple to use, and produces some great time-lapse and stop motion videos.
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Vibop 2.0: The New Instagram for iPhone Videos?

Posted by Lisa Caplan on March 8th, 2012

NewBlue Inc. a video technology company, re-launched an app that, if it works as well as it shows in the demo video, will allow users to get some amazing looking video editing results with no special skills. Vibop 2.0, a complete reimagining of the now defunct first version, hopes to do for for iPhone videographers what Instagram has for iOS photographers. That is, make adding really neat effects effortless and incorporate social network sharing to the utmost.

Using existing footage or that shot for a Vibop project on the fly, users can add professional-grade sounds, intros and mix and match any of the nine included themes: Silent Film, Super 8, Comic Book, Love Note, Tech Talk, Beatz, Postcard, and one theme that makes the app a potential standout, the custom Twitter theme. This feature uses a company's (or person’s) personalized Twitter profile to create a unique branded video. Additional effects will be available for in-app purchase.

Once the project is completed the social networking component kicks in with integrated one-tap posting to YouTube of course, along with Facebook and Twitter. The templates and examples suggest the app is not intended for making full-length movies, but rather sending video postcards with some Hollywood flair. A direct-to-YouTube desktop version of Vibop is also available.

In their press release announcing the new app, NewBlue co-founder, Todor Fay explains “anyone can capture and share video – but the magic is what happens in between. The Vibop 2.0 app allows people to showcase their creativity and make a statement, democratizing mobile video with fun and easy-to-use tools.” We can’t wait to give this a test-drive but if you get to it first, be sure to tell us what you think in the comments.