We've seen a few apps capable of controlling different programs on your computer with an iPad. A recent app that caught our eye, ProCutX, is capable of controlling Final Cut Pro X with your iPad, and replacing many of the functions normally done with a keyboard. For a limited time (possible only a few more hours), the full app, which is normally around $25, is now free on iTunes. Click through for a video walk-through of ProCutX.
Some more details on the app, which requires OSX 10.7 or 10.8 with FCPX:
PROCUTX for Final Cut Pro X is an iOS iPad application that allows editors to control Final Cut Pro X on their MAC through an iPad.
Built from the ground up to meet the needs of today’s creative editors, PROCUTX breaks free from the menus and tabs to streamline editor tasks. This application gives users control over all the FCPX editing tools in one clean interface, eliminating the need for clicking and searching through the Final Cut Pro X menus. From import to export, PROCUTX can control every step of the FCPX editing process.
• Precision Timeline Scrubbing
• Quick Retiming
• Auto-Correct Color
• Color Grading
• Compound Clip Editing
• Import, Export, and Rendering shortcuts
• Quick Keywording
• Fast access to Tools
• System Volume Control
• Timeline Zooming
• Audio Enhancements
• Record Voiceovers
Many dislike the fact that these apps still require you to look down since there is no tactile sensation using an iPad, but for some of the main functions, like play, forward, back, and scrubbing, I don't see it being very difficult to find those buttons pretty quickly without having to look at the screen. The main thing for me with apps like this is that if you use an NLE like FCPX infrequently enough, you may not remember all of the keyboard shortcuts, so it's handy to have most of the necessary functions right at your fingertips.
Head on over to iTunes to download the program and try it out.
Link: ProCutX -- iTunes