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TECHNOLOGIES Editing broadcast video in a mobile app - ridiculous notion or the next big thing? A trend appears to be developing in broadcast technology development – the more ridiculous an idea initially seems, the better the chances are that it will turn the whole industry on its head. Ten years ago editing over an internet connection was a pipe-dream, and the suggestion that broadcast equipment might be replaced with standard IT was considered preposterous as recently as five years ago. Yet working in the cloud, on standard IT equipment has revolutionised post- production and enabled workflows we never thought possible. Remote post-production is one of these new workflows. Allowing people to get out of the edit suite and collaborate on video sequences from a laptop on their desk, in their living room or in a hotel in the middle of nowhere has had a massive impact on how we post-produce video and what kind of programmes we make and watch. But video people are a fickle bunch and we move quickly from being astounded by new tech to criticizing it. Working remotely on a laptop has drawbacks –you need a desk or at least a flat surface to work effectively, battery power is limited and laptops are relatively cumbersome. The next logical step to providing a video editing solution suited to any environment may therefore be to follow the lead of so many other software providers and create a mobile app. There are already plenty of video editing apps available, but Googling “professional video editing apps” returns a list of consumer applications. These range from apps like that create an edited sequence with little-to-no input from the user, to products with more advanced features that imitate professional software but fall short of delivering full functionality. Searching instead for mobile app versions of the leading NLE software produces a mixed-bag of results; Jason Cowan 52 | KITPLUS - THE TV-BAY MAGAZINE: ISSUE 109 JANUARY 2016 • Avid’s iPad app -Avid Studio - was aimed at the prosumer market and has been sold and incorporated into Pinnacle Studio. Avid’s Media Composer doesn’t have a mobile app offering. • Final Cut Pro relies on supporting accessories and the acquisition of controlling apps to use the software on tablets. Apple’s iMovie app is not related to FCP and doesn’t integrate with the professional tool. • Adobe Premier Clip is an app that lets you edit content stored on your phone or tablet and share edits on social media - but you need to sync sequences to Adobe Creative Cloud to “take them further in Premiere Pro CC.” If none of editing’s “big boys” are doing it, does it mean that it’s not possible to provide full professional video editing functionality in a mobile app? If the only barrier was processing power then the iPad Pro - billed as a potential laptop replacement, on par with Apple’s entry-level MacBook computers – would solve that problem nicely. But what about storing and accessing your media? While the 128GB capacity of the high-end iPad Pro is impressive, it’s unlikely that all the media you need to edit for a professional project is going to originate on your device. Visit Forscene at BVE stand M30