CKV: UFM and Solar Energy in Manhattan, KS
iMovie for iPad
Price – $4.99 (or FREE on a new iPad)
Pros – Easy to use; ability to detach audio; preset music options
Cons – No anchor points when editing music volume; text feature
Rating – 4.5/5
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In the iMovie Trailer project, I shared my experience with the trailer feature of the app. This week, I've gotten to explore the capabilities of the full iMovie app for iPad and have been pleasantly surprised. I initially was not sure how much I would like the iPad version of this app as the simplicity of the trailer function proved bitter-sweet for me. (Often these helpful features tend to limit options for customization for the user, and this was no different in the trailer function). However, I had very little challenge customizing my movie through this app! Check out the video below created for the Celebrate Kansas Voices project.
Once I had my video footage, I basically just had to drag, drop, and snip pieces to make the video as I liked. I really appreciated how this app (again) required very little tutorial or explanation. I simply thought of a game plan, and implemented it. A feature that really proved useful was the ability to detach audio from clips. Through this function, I was able to lay the audio from my footage over images. In addition, I appreciated the theme music which came with the app.
I had two challenges as I put together my movie:
1) In laying the theme music, I couldn't find an option to place anchor points from which I could change the volume of the track. Instead I had to split the track into several segments and mute some in order to create the sound I intended. This isn't too big of a problem, but it did take some amount of working around where anchor points would have smoothed the process.
2)The text function can be limiting. The user must select the positioning of the text from existing positions. Text cannot be manually moved around. This again was not too much of a problem, but did provide slight annoyance from a creative perspective.
Overall I really appreciated that my work on this project was focused on the video being produced way more than it was focused on trying to learn the app itself. This app will definitely serve me well in the future!