February 4, 2012

Avid Studio is a $4.99, Frame-Accurate Editing Application for the iPad

Many have lauded Avid's latest version of Media Composer (6), and it seems Avid is not content to cede the lower-end editing market to Adobe and Apple. To that end, they have released a new iPad app, Avid Studio, which at a special introductory price of $4.99 is surely the lowest-price piece of paid Avid software. Here's a look at the app in action (no sound, some Japanese text):

According to customer reviews, the application is particularly crash-prone on the iPad 1, so watch out if you're on the 1st-gen Apple tablet. The full press release about the frame-accurate editor is below.

Links: Avid Studio (iTunes Store), Avid Studio for iPad - Avid

[via Hand Held Hollywood]

Press Release

BURLINGTON, Mass., Feb 02, 2012 -- Avid(R), today announced the release of its first video editing application for the iPad--Avid Studio, available immediately at the Apple App Store. Leveraging decades of experience working closely with the world's leading movie and television studios, Avid has made the Avid Studio app for the iPad easy enough for first-timers, yet sophisticated enough for more advanced editors. As the first iPad app for video editing to offer frame-by-frame editing accuracy and access to all kinds of media, Avid Studio for iPad allows users to quickly and easily create and share exciting, highly professional multimedia experiences, wherever they want to. As a special launch promotion, the rich capabilities of Avid Studio for iPad are available for the introductory price of only $4.99.

Avid Studio for iPad allows users to begin editing with ease by offering access to any videos, photos and audio already in their iPad library, or media that can be imported from iTunes, cameras and more. Users can then arrange clips in the Storyboard, make precision edits using the Timeline, and enhance their movie creations with high-quality transitions, effects and a soundtrack. They can then share movies directly to YouTube, Facebook and more--or export projects to Avid Studio software, where they can continue editing with even more advanced tools on their PC. In addition, editing enthusiasts can get started fast with an easy-to-understand how-to guide, included with the app.

Avid Studio for iPad comes with innovative features to help any movie enthusiast elevate their moviemaking, including:

-- Precision Editing Tools: Avid Studio for iPad is the only app to offer a unique combination of Storyboard and Timeline features, allowing users to arrange clips in the Storyboard, then edit like a pro with the precision of the Timeline, which offers frame-by-frame trimming capability. Avid Studio for iPad also takes full advantage of touch capabilities to offer a fun, easy yet professional level editing experience. For example, with a touch or swipe, users can easily resize and rotate a title directly from the preview window, among other functions.

-- Full Media Access: There are more creative options for editors, with access to all kinds of media--video, audio or photos--in their iPad library as well as access to media from devices via an iPad Camera Connection Kit (sold separately) or from iTunes or other sources. Users can also capture video and photos within the app for use in their projects. The app also automatically recognizes imported media that has been previously organized by albums, events, faces and more--providing fast, easy access.

-- Easy Video and Audio Track Compositing: Users can unleash their creativity by dropping one clip on top of the other in the Storyboard to create a picture-in-picture effect or take advantage of the professionally-designed animated montage themes to layer their photos and videos, all included. Multiple audio tracks also allow for easy layering of music, audio and sound effects to create movie soundtracks.

-- Export to Avid Studio for the PC: Avid Studio for iPad also offers a bridge to the power of the desktop by offering a direct link to Avid Studio software (for PC). Customers who use Avid Studio PC desktop software can continue editing their projects with additional powerful features including sophisticated photo and video correction tools, unlimited timeline tracks, an impressive collection of included content and more.

"More and more users are relying on mobile devices for media content creation, viewing and sharing, and we're proud to deliver a feature-rich new app that takes powerful Avid technology and adapts it specifically for the iPad. Now video editors have a great, powerful and fun way to create movies and tell their stories," said Tanguy Leborgne, vice president, creative enthusiasts products and solutions at Avid. "Editing enthusiasts can now use a mobile application that has our industry-leading video editing technology built into it--with the interactive capabilities of iOS--to help them make incredible movies at home or on the go."

What Users are Saying

"As a content producer, I can tell you that a video editing app like Avid Studio for the iPad is a breakthrough. Avid is the industry leader in the field of editing. Being creative and having trust in your tools is essential. Whether you're new to video editing and animating a series of family photos, or a seasoned professional working on a music video for the "next big thing," having a robust editing tool in the mobile environment is a must. The technology is here and the time has come with Avid Studio for the iPad," said Michael Dixon, Founder of Stormnet Media, a leading production company creating innovative content with credits for Olivaylle Australian Olive Oil, Oprah Winfrey Network and America's Got Talent.

Your Comment


Sounds great. Will this export to Media Composer?

February 4, 2012 at 3:30PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Thanks you dude !

February 6, 2012 at 9:27AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Performance any good for iPad 1, anyone know?

February 6, 2012 at 11:27AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


I just played a little bit with 5D footage which basically works very well on iPad2, a downside is the output only at 30.0 fps.

February 6, 2012 at 3:07PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Peter Hainzl

Ha ha ha ha ....Total Crap...is that a magnetic FCPX like timeline???? Ha ha, Avid, Ha ha and this fits where/ in Avid's Product lineup...Duh. PLease stop if i laugh any harder i am going to be ill..

February 11, 2012 at 4:49AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM

Chris K Jones

I'm sure this will inspire a whole new generation of "film makers".
I await Transformers vs Predator in 3D with baited breath.
Apple and their dumbing down of the craft have a lot to answer for.

February 11, 2012 at 6:23AM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM


Can't wait to give this a go - have been an old school Avid guy since the early days.
Here's hoping it lives it to expectations!

February 14, 2012 at 2:05PM, Edited September 4, 7:54AM