iPad Video Editing Options. (iMovie, Lumafusion, or other?)
I’ve recently inherited the responsibility of doing some simple editing of video files for my company. These are generally basic instructional videos for completing tasks around the shop. I have a 2011 MBP, which seems to complete most tasks okay, but I’d prefer a more mobile solution on my iPad Pro 12.9 (2018). My MBP doesn’t have the best battery life anymore, and it’s heavy and cumbersome in comparison. My desk computer is a basic Dell i5, and has no creative software on it currently. Will likely get a license for Affinity Designer/Photo in the future, as I’m comfortable with them and they are affordable, but that wont help me here.
I started off with two sets of files from two different employees in my company. One set was sent via AirDrop from her phone to mine, recorded with an iPhone 7/8 I think and a DJI Osmo. Footage looks fine. Format was easily imported. The second set of files was recorded on a Sony (I think) camera, and stored as an .MTS file. iMovie on iOS did not seem to readily want to import these, which were stored on a company server (hadn’t tried directly from the camera with a cable/adapter). I’m considering giving the .MTS files a go on my MacbookPro, but I’m hoping I can find a workaround.
As far as editing, the tools in iMovie seem severely lacking, or I am just misunderstanding how to use them. I created a title card with Affinity Designer to import to iMovie, as I found the text options to almost non-existent. It seems that I can add titles to a clip, but the title stays visible for the entirety of the clip and I’d really like it to fade out in 5-7 seconds. Again, iMovie on iOS seems to be very specific as to what files it will let me edit on it as well.
Lumafusion is an app that I know nothing about, but it looks like it can support more digital camera files, though I’ve barely scratched the surface in my research of it’s flexibility. I haven’t purchased it yet, because I’d rather not drop the $20 for something that may not get the job done. Maybe they have a free/demo option. I’ll have to check.
I apologize for my long rant, but I’m looking for some opinions that are different from my own limited knowledge.