Nov 042009
 

Fantastico! on youtube

I made edited this movie in 10 minutes on the bus on my iphone. I know you’re impressed.

Reeldirector trimming a clip

ReelDirector video editing iphone application ($7.99)

Wins:
holy crap, you can string a series of clips together on your freaking phone
good variety of transitions, although you only really need fade and dissolve for most movies
rendering was pretty fast

Room for improvement:
clipping or expanding a clip after the first trimming
overlay audio – either a song or a voice over
include pictures
preview the entire movie before rendering
split a clip – turn one clip into two

Sad panda:
My movie rendered in tallscreen mode. I’m really disappointed the program didn’t correctly detect the orientation of the videos.
Can’t change to high quality option after you start adding clips

Verdict: Not worth $8 yet, but hopefully they’ll have less buggy versions soon.

In depth:
When you open the app, you are presented with a list of your projects. It takes some experimentation to figure out what each field does, but it all makes sense after playing with it.

Be sure to select high quality mode when you start – you can’t select it later. I can’t imagine why you’d want a low quality version, since the iphone camera is pretty low resolution to start with, but the default is off.

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Once you’re in the edit screen you’re presented with a mostly intuitive interface. Select the add button and you are presented with the videos from your library. The trimming feature on the clip is well done. Hold down the ends of the timeline and the filmstrip expands to allow you to crop with more precision. You must do your cropping in this screen. Once you chose the clip, you cannot re-crop or expand it (pity).

In the filmstrip screen you can easily reorder your clips and add transitions to the beginning and end. The little ball allows you to scroll through all your clips, but it’s so hard to actually touch and drag it that it might as well not exist.

reorder clips

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rendering

Back at the project screen, I was ready to export my movie. “Create” is a confusing option – I initially thought it meant I wanted to create a new project from my current project screen. Since the other two available options were “Delete” and “Properties”, I decide to try out “Create”. It actually renders the movie. I assume they chose the term “Create” because most users might not know what “render” or “export” means. You can’t share, play or save until you create. Once you “create” the movie, you could preview the entire thing. “Save” writes it to your photos area. This button seems completely unnecessary. Whenever I create a movie, it should save it to my photos area. I don’t need to save a photo every time I take a picture.

rendering

The thumbnails on my clips were all upside down. I hoped it was a preview bug, and my movie would be oriented correctly once I “created” it. No such luck.

Video rendered upsidedown

Aside from the orientation bugs, which hopefully be smoothed out in the future, this is a darn cool application.

Sep 062007
 

Or not. I don’t understand why there is so much anger around the price drop. Cars steeply drop in value as soon as one drives it off the lot. I’ve already paid for the phone. It’s a done deal, a sunk cost. I have not forgotten the horrible experiences of my v3 razr, and it was absolutely worth abandoning it for the iphone.

I’m very glad they dropped the price. It makes me uncomfortable when people ogle my phone–It reinforces the belief that iphones are status symbols. The more owners, the better. We can all be corporate consumer whores. Yay!

To cover their asses Apple’s going to give out $100 store credit to iphone early adopters. Yum.

Sep 062007
 

Or not. I don’t understand why there is so much anger around the price drop. Cars steeply drop in value as soon as one drives it off the lot. I’ve already paid for the phone. It’s a done deal, a sunk cost. I have not forgotten the horrible experiences of my v3 razr, and it was absolutely worth abandoning it for the iphone.

I’m very glad they dropped the price. It makes me uncomfortable when people ogle my phone–It reinforces the belief that iphones are status symbols. The more owners, the better. We can all be corporate consumer whores. Yay!

To cover their asses Apple’s going to give out $100 store credit to iphone early adopters. Yum.

Jun 102007
 

I’ve been wrestling with a difficult question lately: Should I try to get an iphone? Though my v3 razr is sleek and sexy (and red. I’m quite fond of red) the iphone is the new hotness. I have a feeling that many early adopters do not pay out of pocket for the latest gadgets–they can expense it as part of their job, or perhaps they are sufficiently connected to receive them gratis.

Advertising: it helps me decide

What is it about this toy that I find so hard to resist? Apple products are beautifully designed and I would expect no less of the iphone. The excitement of my peers reinforces my desire. Perhaps I need to remove myself from the geekfest in order to get a clearer perspective. The phone is just so very shiny.

I snobbishly look down on LV bags and comically expensive jeans. The label on my pants does not define who I am, and yet the labels on my gadgets do? Do they? No, I don’t think so but that’s what advertising is designed to make you believe. I’m loyal to brands that have proven results, though those slick commercials certainly don’t hurt. The real problem is that I’m a young, techy apple-product loving professional. Hello disposable income. After all, I am going to spend the money anyway on something that I don’t actually need.

The economics of it all
How much value does an iphone provide versus the value of some other product? Ignoring monthly cost (since I have to pay that anyway) alternative purchases include:

day trip to the wine country including massages, booze and food
tix to the black and white ball (which was, for whatever reason, not held this year)
welding class

Donating to charity is not an option since it’s already a line-item in my budget and therefore not a part of play-money. I have trouble assigning value to each item because utility changes over time and the function is not constant. One could argue that I don’t need to buy any of these things. I could contribute the money to something practical, like 401k. Yawn. There is so little fun in pragmatism. My rash and youthful mind knows that I will not make these impulse buys when I have those dreadful-sounding responsibilities. I ought to enjoy my freedom now.

Reality check
I don’t even know if I want to be that connected to the internet. Will people start to expect immediate response from me? I’ve watched my addict-friends start to twitch if they don’t check their email for 5 minutes. I’ve rolled my eyes when they stop conversation in order to verify a fact. I’ve been annoyed by slow walking as a direct result of furious keyboard punching. On the other hand GPS would be quite handy for someone with such a knack for getting lost.

After all this musing, I still don’t know what I want. I do not want to do nothing (that does not count as making a decision) and I do not want to half-attempt to procure an iphone and fail. Is anyone else having a similar dilemma?