Being able to edit videos via my mobile phone is both an exciting and at the same time daunting possibility. I can’t help but imagine myself hunched over in a dark hotel room whilst on holiday in the tropics determined to get an edit finished and out of the door. However, that’s not to say that mobile video editing wouldn't be a huge blessing for the industry. Being able to edit anywhere and at any time is an incredibly convenient possibility. It would become more accessible to more people, meaning more videos resulting in more exposure for the industry. That’s a whole lot of ‘mores!’
Well we need look no more, Adobe have recently released an app for mobile devices which allows users to do just this. It also happens to link directly to our favourite editing software here at FLETCHERWILSON: Premiere Pro.
Here’s Adobe's launch video for their Premiere Clip mobile editing app ...
While the potential for this app does excite me, I am also very sceptical. First of all, I barely have enough memory on my phone to accommodate my 1029 selfies so how would it be able to cope with the vast multitude of clips in my video edits? Also, I know for a fact how slow Premiere can be on the computer, so how will a small device like an iPhone be able to handle playback?
The app is designed primarily for footage that was originally shot on the phone (rather than with a camera elsewhere). If you have been following film releases these past few months, you will know that a movie called ‘Tangerine’ has been a huge success at the awards this season and part of it’s success is due to the fact that it was shot entirely on a phone. This proves that despite the concerns some might have about the quality of footage shot using a mobile phone, there is indeed a place for it within the industry. With mobile editing software like Adobe Clip being introduced, we could see a much larger percentage of people uploading videos shot on their mobile phones, as opposed to the vloggers favourite at the moment - the DSLR, and we may even discover some new Spielberg's along the way!
Something else I have noticed about the app is that it links directly to Premiere Pro on the computer meaning that you can begin edits on your phone and then link them to easily finish them on your computer. I had to see this for myself, so after deleting a few of my least favourite selfies, I was able to download the app onto my iPhone and try it out for myself.
I decided to film a short video about my ‘after work activities,’ so I had some fresh new content to play around with. Immediately I was very impressed with the layout of the app. Very user-friendly with a clean instagram-inspired look to it. The software enables you to batch import video clips into your timeline and then simply move them around into an order that you are happy with. You can then trim, cut and delete clips to your liking, I cannot stress how simple this is. However, after a few minutes with the app, I discovered that it was a little bit too simple.
When it came time to soundtrack my video, my creativity became restricted - not only were you unable to separate the audio from the video but you were also completely unable to cut or control the soundtrack in anyway at all. This immediately destroyed the enthusiasm I had for this piece of mobile software and I think that any other professional or experienced editor would feel the same way. Losing such a core, basic tool like being able to control the soundtrack of your film regrettably relegates this piece of software from an editing app to merely just a very efficient way of producing extravagant slideshows.
Despite this limitation I persevered with my test and when I had edited my video to the standard the app could offer it was time to export and share my project. It was here that I found you could export a movie straight to your creative cloud account which goes some way to mitigate the issue I previously mentioned about not having the memory on my phone to save a multitude of clips and video edits. This was done in seconds and shortly after, my new export appeared in my creative cloud account accessible via my computer. Impressed by this efficient way of transferring exported movies I thought I’d test out the app’s ability to send the actual project file using the ‘Send to Premiere Pro’ option so I could resume my edit using premiere on my computer and make those final tweaks to the soundtrack that I was unable to do using the app. It was all going so well but then this dreaded window appeared.
I decided to wait a few minutes as instructed and try again. Those minutes, turned into hours and those hours turned into days and still no luck sending my project to Premiere Pro....
Overall, despite a few disappointments regarding my experience with Adobe’s new Premiere Pro mobile app, I believe there is a future for this app and mobile video editing as a whole. At this moment in time however, I don’t think that I or previously subscribed customers of Creative Suite/Premiere Pro are the target audience for this app. Whether Adobe do decide to progress the app to a more professional standard, we’ll have to wait and see.
Here’s my experimental video that I shot and edited entirely on my phone and with Adobe Premiere Clip.
If you want to try Premiere Clip for yourself you’ll need a Creative Cloud account of which there are free options. You’ll find the app in the iPhone or Android apps stores by searching for Adobe Premiere Clip.
Let us know what you think of Premiere Clip, or maybe you recommend other mobile editing apps.