Dan Lebental is a man who has worked on editing hit Hollywood movies like Iron Man, Iron Man 2, Elf, and Cowboys & Aliens. Today Lebental launched a new editing app for filmmakers, TouchEdit, which he has described as “a 21st century version of the moviola,” designed to bring the simplicity of editing real film to the iPad.
TouchEdit aims to combine the spirit of classical filmmaking with cutting edge digital editing capabilities. To edit video, app users take advantage of two screens on the iPad – the source monitor and the record monitor – which are controlled with two filmstrips. Each filmstrip can be manipulated with intuitive swipe gestures, dragging and dropping frames into the edited sequence.
The app offers a frame-accurate video editing system that utilizes timecode to export projects to non-linear systems. The visual timeline based editor also allows users of the app to interact directly with both video and eight channels of audio, for a professional level editing experience.
Though it is designed for professionals, the simple retro-style layout and the intuitive gesture system make the app accessible for amateur video enthusiasts as well.
TouchEdit can be used to edit H.264 video up to 1080p, MPEG–4 up to 640 by 480, and M-JPEG up to 1280 by 720. It is able to accommodate several projects at one time, and it can easily import media from the iPad’s camera roll, iTunes, or Dropbox.
Tools like Left and Right Scissor buttons to trim head and tail of edits plus a Grease Pencil mode to mark In and Out points make editing film a simple task, and users can also take advantage of advanced trim functions like Roll and Ripple.
The app works with the iPad 2 or later, and because it is a professional video editing app, it doesn’t come cheap. TouchEdit is currently available for downloaded from the App Store for $49.99.