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Best Video Editing App For iPad: Avid Studio for iPad

Avid brings the power of a prosumer-level desktop editing suite to the iPad

Avid are well known for creating great editing suites on the desktop platform, and they've brought the power of a prosumer editing app to mobile. Simple, elegant, portable. You can make amazing movies, and for the first time you can do it right on your iPad.

Avid imports content from your camera roll and your sync'd video files. Since the iPad 2 camera isn't the greatest camera in the world, the option to import video from another device is fantastic. Audio content is imported from your Music Library, and you can select from a huge range of sound effects that come with the app.

Avid Studio UI

The primary editing tool is the storyboard that lines up all the content that is in your movie in blocks, to make for easy navigation. When it comes to properly fine-tuning the video, you can turn to the timeline to crop, splice and amend timings. The timeline comes with 1 video track but 3 audio tracks, so you can have sounds play over each other, for soundtracks, sound effects and even a voiceover. Most effects and features are easy to find, but there are some hidden ones -- if you drag a video over a video in your timeline, you can add it as a picture in picture or just replace it completely.

All these features don't come without some flaws though. If you make a certain changes, like move a title or add a transition, your preview video won't play properly until you render the video. Rendering doesn't take too long but is a little bit annoying to have to sit through constantly. The app also only supports video formats that the iPad supports, specifically H.264 MP4 files, so you won't be importing any AVCHD footage from your HD camera, or old AVI or MPG files any time soon.

Nevertheless, Apple has their work cut out for them if they want to recapture the video editor crown any time soon.

Avid Studio for iPad Rendering

The Good

  • Clean, seamless interface
  • As powerful as a desktop app
  • Feature rich

The Bad

  • Rendering takes time
  • Formats limited to those iPad supports
  • iPad only, no iPhone version

The bottom line

If you want a basic, yet powerful editing suite on your iPad, Avid is currently the best choice on the market, and at an unbelievably good price. Despite the need to render larger changes, Avid makes up for it with it's sheer amount of functions, and flexibility in making the video how you want it, and not having to follow any set templates.

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  • Good review.
  • I struggle with where this fits.
    With only 64gb (max) of storage available for source files, rendered files AND temp files, I'm not sure you could do a ton with it. No weddings. No pieces with lots of A Roll. Likely only one project at a time.
    With limited effects, no short pieces with lots of pizazz. But its probably more than needed for general video blogging aka Flip style.
    Would this be for those times that I'm out and about, happen to have video ALREADY loaded on my iPad and won't be going near a desktop or laptop for the next few days?
    That being said, $4.99 is an amazing price for what you get!
  • How did you capture your DV tapes onto your ipad as shown in the first picture?
  • it's a prop, you might notice there's no cable connected to the ipad
  • If I already own imovie is it good enough to buy also?
  • Absolutely, Yes.
    I have both.
    What iMovie doesnt do, this app does.
    For the price it doesnt hurt to have both. Pretty much can do anything you ever need to do with basic and slightly more than basic, with the 2.
    Works great.
  • You should delete iMovie if apple doesn't update.
    Avid is 100 times better with much better features.. Like PiP Video (add another window with video in the main video)
  • Doesn't appear to like iPad 1 though. Always crashes or hangs after a couple of minutes use. Looks OK in the few minutes I have seen it working.
  • Sounds fantastic but I a mildly baffled as ,right now iPad 2 only supports mp4 and camera connection kit has it's limitations as USB host. Let's hope this will change with iPad 3 . The iPad would be an excellent field monitor and editing tool, if it were not stifled by intentional incapacities
  • Did she say "A"vid? I cut my teeth on this system almost twenty years ago, and I have never heard anyone, including reps from the company call it "A"vid.
    However, it is a nice little system for doing just consumer home movies etc. This is strictly for small home movies etc. that you shoot on your phone or digital camera. Anything more will more than likely crash the software, such as high end HD video...
  • Using both, rendering is way too slow, it doesnt really do much more than imovie apart from crash more. You missed the main question and issue with of these app editors, can you do a cutaway ie put a shot over another but leave the audio of the first clip in tact?
  • This is the #1 thing I wish imovie had...
  • I wonder how much faster is this gonna be on the iPad 3.
  • Hi, looking for the best video editing software for the iPad. I have the iPad1 and downloaded a few alteady. Tried imovie on my Iphone 4s. The screen is a little to small for real quick editing but can be done. The ipad3 is do out this coming week. If it has most of the rumored features, ie: retna display, quad core CPU, 1080p capable. I might by one. If it will support native canon DSLR footage i will rushout and buy the ipad3 and the ATV3. I have the ATV2 and love it. This might be a good app to use. I say come on, $4.99 that is cheep. Adobe premiere Pro is $800+. Think of it that way. Premiere might have more options of course. But most Apps get regular update with new features. For those that have or are going to get this app. Make sure you write a review and update your review often. I use the review to add all my wanted feature updates and bug fixes. Most good apps the developers do read the reviews and add a lot of great features.
    John Gerard
  • My only questions: Can I do slow motion? Can I take 60 or 30 fps video and put it to 24 fps? Thanks.
  • Can I use my goflex wireless hard drive with this app?
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  • "Ay-vid". That's funny. Thanks for the review!
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  • I have an iPad4, bought specifically because I wanted one :) But also bought in order to make a movie of interviewing my elderly mother. I want a movie app that has separate voice and video so I can take out her face at times and insert/overlay/cut-in pictures of her (with her voice continuing in the background) as a child, family, whatever we are talking about at the time. In other words, I want a continuous soundtrack that coordinates with the visual, but allows me to place pictures over the voice. Can Avid do this? If not, what app can?
  • Only available I the UK? :( I'm in the US... I NEED this!