Avid Studio for iPad delivers some real competition to Apple's iMovie

Avid Studio is a new app that lets you edit video, audio and photographs right on your iPad. And if you think Apple’s iPad version of iMovie has just gotten some real competition in the video editing space -- you're right.

Avid and Apple have been battling it out for years now in the professional space, with Avid's high end movie editing kit seeing competition from Apple's much lower priced Final Cut Studio. Several prominent directors switched from Avid to make high profile movies using Final Cut. Following Apple's recent re-invention of the digital editing model with Final Cut X, they faced a lot of push back from unhappy editors who missed features or simply didn't like the new software. Apple did, however, achieve some consistency across their editing software, with everything from iMovie on iPhone and iPad, to iMovie on Mac, to Final Cut Pro embracing similar user interface and design concepts.

Now Avid is bringing the battle back to Apple, and on Apple's mobile turf for a change. We'll have a full hands-on, and a side-by-side comparison with iMovie coming your ways soon. In the meantime, here are all the details on Avi

Big-screen moviemaking comes to the touchscreen with Avid® Studio for iPad. We’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. Swiftly arrange your clips in the Storyboard, make precision edits using the Timeline, and add high-quality transitions, effects, and a soundtrack. Then share your movie directly to YouTube, Facebook, and more—or export your project to Avid Studio for the PC and continue editing with even more advanced tools.

Easily Access Your Media

  • Work with any media on your device—video, audio, and photos
  • Access media from external devices via an iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately)
  • Capture video and photos from within the app
  • See your media organized by Albums, Events, Faces, and more


  • Get started quickly with how-to materials
  • Easily navigate your project with intuitive gestures
  • Swiftly arrange clips in the Storyboard
  • Make precise edits and trim individual frames in the Precision Trimmer
  • Use the Razor Blade tool to cut on the fly and delete or replace the second half of the clip
  • Easily replace one clip with another


  • Quickly create multi-layer 3D animations, transitions, and titles with included Montage templates
  • Easily composite video tracks to create layered looks
  • Add high-quality fades and dissolves to help your story flow
  • Generate professional-looking motion titles and graphics with full control over text, font, color, size, position, and rotation
  • Create amazing Picture-in-Picture effects with full control over position, size, and rotation
  • Pan and zoom on your photos to create high-impact slideshows
  • Enjoy full-screen playback

Create Soundtracks

  • Use your own audio or choose from the included sound effects
  • Trim audio to any length, set levels, and fade audio in or out


  • Easily share movies via YouTube, Facebook, email, and more
  • Export projects to Avid Studio for the PC

Pro Technology, Pro Results

  • Created by Avid, the maker of the world’s leading film and music editing technology
  • Easy enough for the hobbyist, powerful enough for the pro

Avid Studio is available for just the iPad and costs $4.99. You have to be running a minimum of iOS 5 to use the applications.

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