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Vimeo releases free iPhone app with video editing

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April

Vimeo, the smaller video sharing service preferred by many independent film makers and video professionals, has released a free iPhone app that includes video editing. The app also can be used to view and manage videos in your Vimeo account and to view shared videos on the Vimeo site. The app allows direct access to the iPhone's camera for instant upload of recorded videos.

The video editing features include the following:

  • Combine, edit, and trim video clips
  • Add transitions, titles, and effects
  • Add music and recordings, including voice-over
  • Control volume levels on individual clips
  • Save edited videos to your camera roll or upload directly to Vimeo

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The editing interface is really easy to use and works very well. Unlike Apple's iMovie app, the Vimeo app doesn't have themed templates for your video projects. The editing interface is built for straightforward, simple editing with few bells and whistles. And actually, it's a little too sparse in the feature department. You cannot separate an audio clip from its audio, so "L cuts' and other common video editing features are not possible. Also, it would be nice to have a way to make a blank frame with text for introductions, transitions and credits. Perhaps those features will be added in the future. The folks at Vimeo are looking for suggestions, so if there's a feature you'd like to see added, send them an email at iphone@vimeo.com.

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And the really big difference between the iMovie and Vimeo apps? When you upload your video using the Vimeo app you get the full 720p HD goodness, not a highly compressed, reduced-in-size (960X540) version that defeats the purpose of shooting in HD. Oh, and did I mention that it's free?

[Last modified: Wednesday, April 13, 2011 4:31pm]

    

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