Allatoona Lake – A Recreational Lake, Cartersville, Ga. (iPhone Video Test)
Video production using iPhone and various iPhone application software to produce video solely using an iPhone. VIP editor is Cute Cut, FiLMiC Pro (video camera application with manual control of exposure, focus and zoom features).
So, after several weeks of working with Cute Cut, an iPhone application for video editing, I still have yet to run into any major issues when reaching for basic tools to produce decent videos.
The key to Cute Cut’s appeal, is its two video track editing ability which opens up the BRoll style editing most video producers grow accustomed to. Today, I actually went ahead and deleted iMove from my iphone, freeing up 1.2 Gb of space from my storage. Wont need it, especially when it only offered one video track to edit on.
In the video production above, which focused on video material taken while attending an event at Allatoona Lake located in Cartersville, Ga., I covered the usual suspects of features such as A-B Roll fading, image, audio and watermark tracks included.
Though the inclusion of other key features would make Cute Cut that much better such as rippling, repositionable tracks, individualized video and audio subtrack control in each of the video tracks, and a more robust text box feature set, for the most part, the core video editing feature sets are there.
One thing I did different in this video was to create a stand alone audio file from one of my video files. I needed an underlying audio ambiance track, and the only way to get it was either using “only audio” from a video track, which Cute Cut didn’t allow, or to actually find a video to audio converter for the iPhone and create one.
So that is what I did.
Typing in the search “video to audio converter” in the Apple Apps store didn’t return as many results as I would have hoped, only twelve. Out of those twelve, I tried two, and ended up using Video To Audio by Bill Santiago.
For the most part VideoToAudio did the job. One thing I didn’t like was how it needed to import the entire video file first, and then saved the resulting file into its own directory structure. This required me to then send the file to Cute Cut. Cute Cut then placed it into a “shared folder” where things end up when you send stuff to Cute Cut. So, at the end of the day, I have extra files on my iDevice inside VideoToAudio taking up space. The other programs I looked at for video-to-audio conversion got complicated where they didn’t even allow exporting to a program, or required the file to be sent to a central online server. These appeared to be obstructions to a clean work flow preventing easy access to the converted file, or an internet connection which is an unreasonable requirement when producing video in the field.
So, at the end of the day, the key workflow change in this video production verses the other one’s I’ve already produced using Cute Cut is the step of extracting a video’s audio using an external application. No big deal, but I think Cute Cut would have avoided this sidestep by simply allowing its audio track to be able to select a video file to use its audio only.
Another key production concept not really new, but is worth mentioning here is the need to be able to fix your focus during recording.
The built in video recorder on the iPhone does not allow for independent control of the focus or exposure settings when recording video. Both of these features are available on FiLMiC Pro.
Being able to designate focus points and exposure settings manually while recording video on an iPhone is a valuable feature during recording. As you see in the above video, when wave’s of the lake rolled into the shore, the fixed video camera wanted to adjust focus when each wave rolled in. This caused the focus on the camera to “hunt” for a focus point, resulting in the twitchy video for that segment.
To fix this, I used a preset focus point in the subsequent video segments which required it therefore resolving the focus hunting issue. FiLMiC Pro’s manual exposure setting capability also is an important video recording feature. Although the lighting conditions didn’t warrant the use of FiLMiC Pro’s manual exposure setting feature, its a great feature to have under challenging lighting conditions.
picked two to tryout. . Not to my surprise, there were many video to audio tracks available.