Introducing Clips. A free new iOS app for making and sharing fun videos with text, effects, graphics, and more.
“Clips gives iPhone and iPad users a new way to express themselves through video, and it’s incredibly easy to use,” said Susan Prescott, Apple’s vice president of Apps Product Marketing. “The effects, filters and amazing new Live Titles we’ve designed for Clips let anyone make great-looking, easily sharable videos with just a few taps.”
Capture a moment.
Getting started is simple and quick. Just hold the red button to record video on the spot, or grab a video clip or photo from anywhere in your library. Pinch and drag while recording to smoothly zoom and pan across images for that extra touch of drama — or comedy.
Live Titles let you easily create animated captions and titles — just by talking. Simply speak while recording, and text automatically appears onscreen, perfectly synced with your voice. Choose from different styles and tap any title to adjust text and punctuation.
Jazz things up.
Give your videos personality with a few taps. Pick a filter that flatters. Add animated graphics and emoji. Use full‑screen posters with backgrounds to help tell your story. And set the mood with dozens of music tracks that instantly and intelligently adjust to match the length of your video.
Clips recognizes who’s in your video and who you share with most often, then presents these people as suggestions for sharing. Just tap a name to send your video using Messages.
Send mind-blowing text messages with Hollywood production value using Red Giant’s new free and fun-filled Blockbuster and Holomoji sticker packs for iOS 10
Red Giant has just released two all-new sticker packs for iOS users: Blockbuster and Holomoji. Designed by Red Giant filmmaker Seth Worley and iOS developer Micah Lanier, the sticker packs leverage the very best of Red Giant motion graphics and visual effects to bring a sense of Hollywood action to iMessage conversations. Drag and drop from the sticker keyboard to add high-quality visual effects and holographic emojis directly to texts, images, and videos in iMessage conversations. These sticker packs can be downloaded free of charge from the iOS App store here.
Show Them How You Really Feel with Red Giant’s Free iOS Stickers
Blockbuster: Explosions, lens flares, explosions, lightning bolts, explosions, muzzle flashes and even more explosions! Give messages a much needed sense of drama and excitement. Created using Red Giant tools including Trapcode Particular, Knoll Light Factory and more.
Holomoji: 21 familiar emojis with a sci-fi twist. These holographic iterations of the classics will be sure to broadcast your emotions loud and clear. Created using Holomatrix II from Red Giant Universe.
Apple has published their user guides into iBooks. It’s a great way to get access to the manuals for FCPX, Motion and Compressor. Here’s everything you need to know about the features and controls in Final Cut Pro X, in a handy digital format. Get to know Final Cut Pro X and learn how to accomplish both basic and advanced tasks using the application. It’s the definitive guide to Final Cut Pro X, straight from Apple. You can download them for Free. Here’s a link to the Final Cut Pro X manual.
This book is available for download with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device, and with iTunes on your computer. Books can be read with iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
MoviePro for iOS is another interesting app that enhances your iPhone’s (and iPad’s) camera. Thanks to this $4.99 program you get a few additional features – mainly new resolutions – you can not only select 1920×1080 to as low as 320×240, but also various aspect ratios, such as square 1:1 for Instagram and anamorphic widescreen aspect ratios like 2.75:1, 2.55:1, 2.40:1. But most importantly you can record in 3K resolution (3072×1728 at 30fps) on iPhone 5s/iPhone 6 & 6+ at 120 Mbps bit rate! If this is not enough for you, you can also record 720p at 240 fps on iPhone 6 & 6 plus! Of course the app also offers you the possibility to change the bitrate to lower settings, for example 50 Mbps and lower ones to save disk space. Supported frame rates are 30p, 25p, 24p, and 1 fps. According to many reviews the app is solid, so if you want to take a look at it, follow this link.
Additionally MoviePro gives you a few editing features (via description):
“Includes two video editors. Mini Editor is an individual clip editor while the full Editor can operate on multiple clips & manage projects,
Copy clips from Camera Roll in the library,
Trim, Rotate, Compress, Slow/Fast motion adjust resolution & aspect ratio is Mini Editor,
Full Editor : Merge, Split, Trim, Reorder clips, insert transitions, titles, select title color & font, title position, insert logo from Photo Library, scale & position logo,
Save compositions as Projects in Editor 2 and export them to Photo Library
In Full Editor, Videos added from Photo Library or recorded with app are only linked and not duplicated. Please do not delete the original clips therefore.”
The built-in camera app from Apple is a solid performer for a system app. MoviePro takes the solid performance of the system app and provides a bevy of features that are very welcome. Choosing a higher (or lower) resolution is a much needed option provided by movie pro. Also, the ability to black out the screen while recording is fantastic and useful.
I have an iPhone 6+ and the interface for the app is obviously made for the iPhone 5- it looks horrible, very blurry, upscaled on the larger screen.
Also, if I lock focus and exposure then go to the options screen, the focus and exposure are reset but still locked (so now you have to unlock, allow them to readjust and relock- extra steps that if forgotten can waste a lot of time).
The zoom controls are great as is the result (ultimately what matters). I’m not sure if the app takes advantage of the 6+’s hardware stabilization or that happens automatically but would like for that to happen.
What I’d like to see in future update and I’d change to 4-5 star rating:
– interface for iPhone 6 aspect ratio
– locked lens -> options bug fixed
– slow mo / time lapse options from system app
– hardware stabilization option(?)
Everything works very well. I have used this app to record over an hour of video at a time (nonstop) multiple times. The feature that I found the most useful was that ability to easily adjust the resolution, frame rate, and quality of the recording and make presets of these factors. This allowed me to record everything that I needed to on the limited amount of disk space on my iPod. I also like the ability to pause and resume the recording instead of having to stop the recording each time.
This is the only app that records 3K at 100mb/s, that’s pro camera stuff. Very nice, but I would like to add some suggestions, the exposure changes are much too often and harsh so maybe tone it down how it is in the stock app. And also for the iPhone 6 Plus add support for its built in optical image stabilization with the software stabilization this app provides, it would add almost as good stable shots as the stock camera app.
At its annual conference for developers, Apple yesterday announced the next version of its desktop operating system, OS X. OS X 10.10 Yosemite follows in the footsteps of last year’s OS X 10.9 Mavericks with an even cleaner design and more features inspired by iOS. This year, the theme is all about “continuity.”
The flat design, translucent panels, and lack of gradients and textures of iOS 7 can be found throughout OS X 10.10, lending a much more modern look to the desktop operating system. App icons feature flatter designs, the dock and windows of apps have sharper corners, and a new system font is meant to improve overall readability. App windows can also adjust their color temperature based on a user’s selected background, just like iOS. There is also a new, user-selectable “dark mode” that dims the entire interface for better focus while working. Apple’s Craig Federighi calls it a focus on “clarity, but also utlity.”
The Notification Center has been expanded with a new “Today” view for calendar, reminders, weather, and more, and Apple says that it can be extended even further with third-party app widgets. Apple’s universal search tool, Spotlight, has been redesigned and improved with more functionality, including instant results for web searches.
iCloud Drive offers direct access to all files stored in Apple’s cloud service
One of the biggest changes is Apple’s new iCloud Drive service, which integrates all files stored in a user’s iCloud account into the Finder file browser. Users can browse their files stored in the cloud and organize them into folders and tag them like any other types of files. Apple says that all iCloud Drive files will sync across Mac computers and even Windows PCs. MailDrop is a new feature in Apple’s Mail app that lets users attach large files to emails with their iCloud accounts, bypassing the attachment size restrictions many email services have. Mail has also gained the ability to edit attached images with simple text and arrow overlays.
The theme of continuity in OS X is greatest seen in its new abilities to interact with an iOS device. AirDrop between OS X and iOS is finally supported, allowing users to transfer images and other data between their mobile devices and their desktop without using a cable. Users can seamlessly transfer the file they’re working on in Pages on their Mac to an iPad or iPhone. OS X 10.10 using location awareness, so email messages that are composed on an iPhone can instantly be continued on a Mac. It’s also now possible to start up a mobile hotspot directly from a Mac, without having to touch the iPhone.
OS X 10.10 integrates with iOS devices in more ways than ever
Apple’s iMessage service has been accessible across iOS and OS X devices for a number of years, but now the company is expanding it to include traditional text messages. Phone calls can similarly be relayed from an iPhone to a Mac, and a Mac can be used as a giant speakerphone. Calls can be intiated and dialled right from a Mac, as well.
Apple also says it plans to bring its Photo app from iOS to OS X early next year, but it did not go into detail as to how it relates to the existing iPhoto app.
Overall, OS X 10.10 Yosemite is more of a visual refresh than a complete overhaul of the operating system, much like iOS 7 was a refresh of iOS that didn’t change how the system works in a significant way. The biggest improvement for OS X is the better integration and interaction with Apple’s mobile devices, making it that much more beneficial for users to be completely bought in to Apple’s entire ecosystem. But overall, it shouldn’t be that jarring of a change for most users.
Available as a free upgrade this fall
Apple says that developers will be able to access the new OS X 10.10 Yosemite starting today, and a public beta will be available this summer. The final public release will be this fall. As with last year’s OS X 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite will be available as a free upgrade to existing users.
Commuting sucks, and its costs go beyond public-transit fares and gas-tank refills. The labor of getting to and from work robs you of productivity, and consumes time that you’d rather spend doing things you enjoy. It’s also hazardous to your health: Commuting can contribute to obesity, stress, and loneliness, and a commute longer than 45 minutes can even increase the likelihood that a couple will divorce.
Only you can decide whether your commute is worth the costs. In the meantime these apps can help you save money, stay sane, and reclaim some time from the road.
iOS and Android (limited), free; hardware, $100
Are you aware of how the way you drive affects fuel consumption? According to San Francisco–based Automatic, you can save up to a third of what you spend on gas just by accelerating and braking gradually, and minding the speed limit.
Automatic sells a small dongle that you plug into your car’s onboard diagnostics (OBD) port, which is usually located under the steering wheel of your vehicle. (Specifically, your car must have the OBD-II port found in all cars sold since 1996. The Automatic dongle is not compatible with the plain OBD ports in older cars.) It uses your phone’s GPS function and data plan, and communicates with an iPhone app. The app prompts you with a little beep whenever it detects bad driving behavior. Using your phone’s GPS feature, Automatic also keeps a log of where you go, as well as the fuel economy for each of your trips. Depending on the model of your car, it can even tell when you fill up and track how much you’re spending on gas.
Automatic does more than monitor driving efficiency, though. In the event of a crash, it will call 911 and relatives or friends you specify, thanks to an accelerometer built into the Automatic hardware. Forget where you parked? The app remembers, and can help you get back to your car. It also pushes notifications to your phone if a diagnostic light (such as good ol’ “Check engine”) comes on, tells you what a particular engine trouble code means, and even lets you clear the light yourself. If the code involves something that necessitates a mechanic, Automatic can help you find a well-reviewed one in your vicinity.
The Automatic hardware costs $100 at the Automatic site, Apple, Amazon, or Best Buy. The Automatic app for Android is currently in beta, and available for only a handful of HTC, LG, Motorola Droid, and Samsung Galaxy phones, as listed on Automatic’s order page. We’ve also reviewed a similar product called the Zubie Key, which is available for a yearly subscription (rather than a flat fee) because it has its own GPS and data plan.
iOS and Android, free
Waze is a gamified navigation app that uses crowdsourced data from its 50 million users to identify the best route to your destination. Users earn points by reporting traffic conditions such as accidents, road closures, stalled cars, traffic cameras, bottlenecks, and speed traps. These conditions show up as pins that other users can see on a live map. Users can also report on gas-station locations and prices. You save time and money—what’s not to love?
Google purchased Waze earlier this year. In August Google Maps’ best features began showing up in Waze, which added Google Search to its cadre of search providers. Waze also now provides users who help edit maps with Google Maps Street View and satellite visuals to increase accuracy.
iOS and Android, free
As anyone who relies on public transit knows, transportation services are prone to delays. Moovit provides a more accurate picture of your day’s commute by integrating crowdsourced data with schedule-based information. Because users report on the status of their commute in real time, you can more accurately track your train, boat, or ferry, avoid overcrowding, and even schedule meetups with coworkers or friends.
The app, which Ernst & Young recently named as one of Israel’s top ten most promising startups, currently works in 18 large U.S. cities and in scads of metros around the world. The company just released a completely redesigned Android app, with a similar update coming for iOS soon, a company spokesperson says.
Biking to work is great for your health and the environment, but the commuting logistics of bicycling are infinitely more complex than those of driving or taking public transportation. Bike Maps mitigates that by giving you glimpses around the corners, so to speak. Its specialized maps let you know whether roads are paved, have heavy vehicle traffic, are private or public, are near food, water, or rest stops, and more. The maps are also available without an Internet connection.
Bike Maps covers most major metro areas—but if you can’t find one you need, you can request it from the developer.
The ultimate predictor of today’s commute is your past commutes. Daily Commute lets you mine that data so you can plan your departure accordingly. Essentially a timer, it tracks how long you take to get to and from work—including any delays—and records the data. It then uses the information to give you a more accurate estimate of when you need to leave each day, and how long your trip will be. Stats provide an eye-opening look at how timely you are (or not). You can even add notes about your commute. The more data it compiles, the more accurate its predictions, so you’ll get the best results if you use it regularly.
T-Mobile and Bobsled
T-Mobile has embraced free Wi-Fi calling whole hog. They provide an app called Bobsled to make free calls over Wi-Fi. You can call any US number. It works from any Android or Apple iOS device – not just phones, but computers and tablets as well. Surprisingly, this free service from T-Mobile does not even require you to be a T-Mobile customer; it works with any carrier. As of right now there are over 2 million Bobsled users, and T-Mobile says 95% of them aren’t T-Mobile subscribers For this reason, Bobsled is my number one pick for best way to make free WiFi calls on your smartphone.
But How’s the Quality?
I’ve tested Wi-Fi calling in a number of circumstances, and generally, the quality is pretty good – sometimes I’m aware of a slight delay, and some tinny audio quality, but overall comparable to what I get using my cell phone to make calls in the traditional way. And remember, making calls over Wi-Fi isn’t just about saving a few bucks by downgrading to a cheaper plan. Many people have poor cell reception in the places they use it most – in their own homes or at work – places where they might have an excellent Wi-Fi signal. If this is true for you, you might actually get better quality by making your voice calls using Wi-Fi.
It was a big year for Apple as it rolled out a new smartphone, tablets and updated its operating system as well as other tweaks to existing programs. 2012 saw Apple reach MVP status, for most valuable public company.
We’ve already counted down the year in Apple news, including up-close looks at what happened to both the Mac and iOS platforms during 2012. Now, our colleagues at IDG News Service put a pin in 2012 with this video review of Apple’s big year.
Produced by Kerry Davis, this video covers Apple’s highs and lows, including new iPads, Tim Cook’s first full calendar year as CEO, and controversies involving maps and major supplier Foxconn. Oh, and there’s a surprise appearance by a Macworld editor as well.
With 2012 in the books, we’re looking forward to whatever Apple has in store for us in 2013. Whatever it is, we’re sure it won’t be dull.
Back when I had a morning commute, I would often pop in some earbuds before hopping on the bus and rock out to one of the many tunes on my iPhone as we rode through Chinatown. The problem, of course, came when I reached my desk mid-song: Did I pause and try and find the song on my Mac’s iTunes library? Or did I continue to listen through my iPhone, only to look up hours later and realize I’d drained my phone’s battery when I should have switched to my desktop?
Seamless allows you to easily transition a song, podcast, or audiobook mid-play from your Mac to an iOS device, and vice versa. The Mac and iOS apps even coordinate fades on each device, bringing the volume of “Don’t Stop Believin’” down on your Mac as it cranks up the volume on your iPhone. Both devices need to be on the same Wi-Fi network at the time of the transition, and, of course, each must have access to the same audio file to pull this off, but fulfill those two criteria and you’ve got yourself a magic trick.
It’s actually surprising how well this works in practice. Seamless even recognizes iTunes Match tracks, and will start downloading a cloud-hosted song to your iPhone on its transition from your Mac. (I’ve used this trick on more than one occasion to add a few tracks to my iPhone’s offline library for a flight or a road trip.) To see Seamless in action, you can check out the developer’s demo video.
Though the Seamless apps perform the Mac-to-iOS-to-Mac transitions, they query and play tracks through iTunes on your Mac and the Music app on iOS. This means that once your transitioned song finishes playing, the respective music app will automatically shuffle or play the next song. If you’re playing a song within a playlist on your Mac, and you also have that playlist on your iOS device, Seamless will even drop you off inside that playlist, ready to play the next song in the lineup. (Sadly, this doesn’t work when transitioning from an iOS device to a Mac, but it’s still pretty nifty.)
Even though my morning commute has now been shortened one bus ride, Seamless is still a fantastic little gem, and one I’m glad exists. I do wish there was a way to transition music from one iOS device to another—say, iPhone to iPad—but that’s about as far as my complaints go. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m going to transition Cake’s “I Feel Free” over to my iPhone and go out for some lunch.
[Serenity Caldwell is an associate editor for Macworld.]
Last year Apple released a new version of Final Cut Pro to cries that it had abandoned the pro market. Although we’ve seen steady (and much needed) improvements in FCPX, there are many who still think this is the case.
Recently, Apple did a couple of things that could further strike fear into the hearts of people that think it has abandoned the “professional market”.
First, it released a preview of Mountain Lion, the next version of the Mac operating system, that heavily borrows features from iOS. Some will construe this as the dumbing down of the Mac OS.
Is this a sign that the Mac is going to be turned into glorified iPad with a keyboard? Is this a confirmation that Apple is further shifting away from the needs of the professional market? Will the rumored end of life for the Mac Pro come to pass?
Personally, I think Apple is wisely bringing the best of the desktop and mobile worlds together and that the frenetic pace of its Final Cut Pro X updates provide signs that it’s deeply committed to the professional market. Further, I think that Mountain Lion adds some features that could be of real use to the production community. The key ones follow.
AirPlay Mirroring – Great for Client Video Review
This is the main feature that I think has lots of potential in terms of video production. Much like how AirPlay works on iOS devices, you will be able to wirelessly stream 720p video that is playing on your Mac to an HDTV that is connected to an Apple TV (second generation).
Simply click the AirPlay icon on your menu bar while playing a video, select an Apple TV that is connected to the same Wi-Fi network, and video will start playing back on your television. Apple notes that setting your display resolution to match your Apple TV will create a sharper image.
Apple notes that you will be able to screen movies from iMovie directly to a high definition television (along with things like Keynote presentations). Given the mention of iMovie, it will be interesting what Final Cut Pro X integration is like. It would be very cool if users could stream full-screen video without having to export video first.
When we introduced AirPlay video support with ScreenLight in December, our clients saw first hand how great AirPlay can work for video collaboration. While this may not be a color calibrated broadcast system, adding AirPlay to Mac OS could be a really handy way to quickly review video with clients and colleagues.
Gatekeeper – Keep Malware from Messing with Your IP
This is a new security feature that will help protect users from inadvertently installing malware. The three default levels of protection seem sensible and should satisfy all types of use cases. Users can select to download and install:
Software from the App store only. This is the most secure option, as Apple closely scrutinizes everything that is distributed through the App store.
Software from the App store and Apps with a developer ID. This is the default setting, and the intermediate level of security. Apple will work with developers to digitally sign applications and ensure that they are secure. These apps can be distributed outside of the App store.
Software from anywhere. In essence, this is how things work today.
Given that security threats appear to be growing along with Mac usage, this seems like a great upgrade for professionals whose livelihood is tied to the intellectual property that resides in their computers.
This should do for software security what Time Machine did for backups.
With Mountain Lion, Apple is integrating iCloud more deeply into the OS and applications. I love the idea that many of my documents will automatically be made available from my Mac, iPhone, and iPad. Updating once and having the changes synchronized across devices is awesome.
While I think that his area has tons of potential, I don’t expect this to meet the sharing needs of professional video producers. In an ideal world you would be able to send a clip from a timeline in Final Cut Pro out for remote viewing by your collaborators over the Internet regardless of where they are or what device they are viewing it on. Due to the complexity of encoding video for multiple devices, and the wide range of post-production work flows, this seems to be beyond the immediate ambitions of iCloud.
In the meantime this leaves a significant opportunity for companies like ScreenLight to help people easily collaborate on video production from anywhere, anytime, anyplace.
Personally, I’m quite excited about this one and I’ve downloaded the beta version of the application.
Essentially, Messages replaces iChat and integrates its functionality with the iMessage application from iOS (think free SMS between iPhone/iPad users), and FaceTime. It basically combines instant messaging, text messaging, and video calling into one application.
I’ve always been bothered that I can’t text someone and then carry on the same conversation when I sit down at my computer. With Messages I can do exactly that. I can start a conversation on my iPhone, keep the conversation going on my Mac, and then later continue it on my iPad. The full conversation is synced across all your devices. Cool.
Not sure if this provides any special benefit for video production or editing (other than the fact that anything that helps communication is good in my books), but it’s a great feature.
Mountain Lion – A Reason To Upgrade to Final Cut Pro X?
None of these OS features will be available to Final Cut Pro 7 users, who will likely be stuck using Snow Lion.
Is it worth upgrading from 7 to X just to take advantages of things like AirPlay Mirroring? For most users, probably not… Is it worth upgrading to FCP X in general? For many people, the answer is yes.
With 3 software updates in 6 months, Apple has addressed most of the major concerns with FCPX. In particular, the most recent release added multicam editing, broadcast monitoring, media relinking, and XML 1.1. With a $10 utility called 7 to X from Intelligent Assistance, Final Cut Pro X users can import legacy projects, thus removing a major barrier to adopting the new editing software (see our take here). In short, the reasons for not upgrading are disappearing as Apple reaffirms its commitment to support this market.
Unless there is something particular about your work flow that is not yet supported in FCPX, I think that the balance has tilted and that the benefits of the new software outweighs the costs. Final Cut Pro X, offers the advantage of access to more powerful hardware (without having to install an old version of the OS), 64-bit performance, background processing and powerful media organization (that takes some adjustment).
With the new OS features that will be part of Mountain Lion, the balance may shift a little further towards FCP X.