Fast Video Editing on the iPad Pro with LumaFusion – a Workflow Guide


Are you ready to edit on an iPad Pro and ditch your Macbook Pro
for a mobile editing system? Well, that’s what Pedro did,
let’s find out how. This is cinema5D, my name is Nino Leitner,
I’m here with Pedro Hofmann in our studio, and we’re here to talk about
editing on the iPad Pro. Well, first of all, my question, why would
you ditch your Macbook Pro for editing? I mean, it has all the software
you need, now we have the iPad Pro, but you don’t even have the software, you can’t use the same
kind of environment that you’re using on your Mac. So, why would you actually use this
as an editing machine? I sold actually my Macbook Pro and bought
the new iPad Pro with all its power to be quicker on set,
to be able to deliver faster and to have an advantage
to the competition. If I’m an exhibition for example,
I have to be quick, the client wants it instantly on
and you can do that on set, you can edit on set and you’re done. And you come home and you don’t have
to stay the whole night like I used to do. Which probably also means that
you can offer these services for these particular shoots
cheaper, I guess, than actually adding
a whole editing day. Yeah, it’s more attractive for the client. The iPad is perfect, you can
show him before, “ok, that’s what they looked like normally”,
and he can sign even a model release on it and I have my contract on it. And I just change and edit
and everything is fine. You have to plan your shoot
more precisely. And I noticed when you are actually
showing something on iPads to somebody it always is a bit more impressive,
it’s a better selling tool so it’s quite cool that you can
now actually also edit on it. So, let’s talk about your workflow next. The smallest setup, even with
the camera is just in one bag, if I have to be very fast,
very efficient, very small, I don’t have even a tripod with me,
not for the light, not for the camera, that’s enough. And everything else is in the bag. So this is my a7 III then I have a
Videomic Pro and here is even a ‘lav’ mic, the digital one from Sennheiser,
headphones, a cage, so I can mount different things,
even a grip, and for the face I have a small
Aputure light which is enough, And that’s it, all of that
is in this little bag. That’s all in this little bag, and for the edits all I need
is this bag with my iPad, just my iPad, my pencil, the adapter,
the external hard drive, and even a power bank. So, I do not depend in any
situation for my power source. So, let’s look at the workflow, how do you
actually get the footage into your iPad? Because we know Apple doesn’t provide
a full file system with iOS, so I guess there’s some
workarounds needed, right? Exactly, it depends on the footage I have, if I record from my Mavic for
example, or from the GoPro, I use the Apple dongle,
which is this normal adapter and you just plug it in and
you can see your files and you select it. But it doesn’t work with every camera? No, not very camera, for example
if I use my Sony a7 III and probably that’s also
with other brands, I think the folder structure is not
recognized by the iOS system, so I use an external hard drive. But I cannot plug in an external hard drive
so I have to use a wireless hard drive. Although Apple has a USB-C port now, they do not allow
external hard drives, right? It’s annoying. But we have to make pressure
on Apple so they change it, maybe. I use this Western Digital
My Passport Wireless Pro, so I have 3 terabytes of
storage in there and I can use a card reader
with this USB-C port or even better, I can use the SD
card slot and just plug in an SD card and I can store the data
in it with an auto backup, or I can use it directly with the software. So, basically this is a hard drive
with a Wi-Fi connection, that you can access through your
iPad with the Western Digital app for My Passport, right? Yes, also with the Western Digital app you
do not depend on a computer basically because you can use the iPad
or even the iPhone to see your files and you can back up in here, or I use it directly in the editing
program and just take what you need. So, what app do you
actually use for editing, because you don’t have Premiere,
you don’t have final cut X. Yeah, I work normally with Premiere
but it doesn’t work yet on the iPad, so I have to use a program
called LumaFusion, LumaFusion is an editing program which
basically can do everything you need including sound and 3 layers
of video footage, even 4K footage, so you don’t have any lag, it’s fantastic. And you can bring in just the data
you want from your SD card. For example, we inserted your
SD card which is from Fuji. So it sees the full folder structure, right? It sees the full folder structure, that’s
why it does not depend on any iOS system. Unlike Apple’s adapter, you just see the
full structure with the Western Digital. You cannot use that. You have a .mov file here, and I just click on it and you
instantly see a preview. And you could trim the clips
before you actually insert them. Now this is still on the SD card, what
happens when you have it trimmed and you pull it down? Is it automatically copying it
into the iPad? Exactly, it’s automatically copying it
in the iPad, in the software and you can export it later with all the
parts or with even the small edits, Oh yeah, we see here downloading
media, okay that’s cool. So it’s not referencing just to the SD card. No, so you don’t lose any
data on your SD card, you can auto-backup all your data, for example, if you’re a couple
of guys working on a set and you just put in the SD cards, you
switch a button, you don’t need a computer and you make a backup
and it creates a folder and in there all the subfolders,
so you don’t lose anything. But you don’t have to, you can
select just portions of clips like you do with a normal ingest. It’s essential that you do
an exact planning of your shoot because then you’re really efficient. And, as you see, I just imported your file. It’s quite a big file so I’m surprised
how fast it was. You see, there’s no lag,
we can do whatever we want. I think this is also an h.265 file? Yeah, that’s no problem
for the new iPad. The older iPad had problems
with the h.265. But even on the iMac it’s a problem
to edit h.265, so this plays back here? Yeah, my maxed out iMac 2017 with
everything you can possibly put in there it’s laggy with h.265 and this one is not. With 3 layers and even 50p 4K
and it handles like… Yeah, that’s a 4K h.265 file with 200 Mb
or something like that from the Fuji XT-3, so it’s a very very big file. So, that’s a that’s a big deal. If you’re on the set and you’re planning,
and say “okay, I take the fuji, or the sony”, just don’t take a camera like the FS5
because the MXF file crashes right now. It’s a matter of time, so right now, I guess the mirrorless cameras with
the .mov and .mp4 containers work but the .mxf don’t work
yet with LumaFusion. And you can mix it all,
and the good part is, for example, I have some footage
which I recorded in 4K and at the same time I recorded
something in slow motion 100p and the program recognizes that there is
a potential that you can make a slo-mo without skipping frames,
and it’s super smooth and it’s like you do it in a big computer. Can you just show us one of your
projects that you edited there, so we have a bit of an idea
of the software? Yeah, for example in the beginning
you see an animation which is coming in, this is a logo, this would not work because After
Effects does not work these files, they have problems, but I made this also in After Effects
but I put in on a green screen and I keyed it out so you see
that background is normally in green. And if I open that you see it’s green,
but I have a key feature, I can have different keys. So, you basically made this file
on the computer but with a green background
and not with an alpha channel because it doesn’t recognize
alpha channels from After Effects? Not from After Effects but you
can make a transparent layer, like you see this bar for the lower thirds,
is also transparent, but this is made directly in, That’s directly in LumaFusion. That’s in LumaFusion but you can
basically use a Photoshop file, or PNG, or this animation and it’s
smooth, there’s no problem at all. So, you can select the layers that you
want to use from a Photoshop file as well? Yeah, whatever. And hopefully it’ll come up very fast
now with the Photoshop for the iPad because this is a killer program, and for example, you see here
that the small logo on top, that’s a PNG file which I made in Illustrator. So, it takes everything and you see… So, how many layers of video
can you have in LumaFusion? For the moment they offer 3 video
layers and 3 audio layers. But sometimes you have not enough, for example, if you go to the end
of the film you have different layers, but you can stack them. In this case I made an outro
and I duplicated the elements not the logo, the logo is different. So, this is like a consolidated clip
or, what is it called in Premiere? The package… yeah. You cannot save everything but it would
be nice to have an intro and outro which you can save forever
and you just take what you need. But in this case I can just duplicate
the timeline, it takes one second and you can work with this program
and delete the things you don’t need and use the beginning and the ending. And then I just have to add the logo
and there’s a workaround. But this for example is
an After Effects animation which is of course not transparent possible, but you can edit, like you make your intros,
you can use the ready-made intro with the sound and put it in there
and you can split the sound. There is a very important feature
for interviews, for example. There is Audio Ducking. If you have a guy like here speaking
in front of the camera, but you don’t want to manage the
sound always when he says something, you have to define this clip as a Master File
and the music which you have below is automatic. So, the music will lower when
he’s talking, that’s amazing. Even if you change the clip or the length,
it doesn’t need any rendering time at all, it’s in real time. So, no matter what we do it will always fit. Okay, so you don’t have to actually
lift and do keyframes and stuff. You see, there’s no curves. -Yeah.
-So, it automatically lowers the audio. You can do that but it’s not necessary,
you see there’s no nothing at all. Okay, amazing. And in the configuration you can say ‘Ducking’,
you select ‘Auto’, Maybe this feature exists in Premiere
as well, but I’ve never used it. Audio Ducking exists in the newer version,
I’ve never used it. Good to know, though. But that’s amazing, the whole
editing feels a lot more haptic because you are literally
touching your image, which is something you can’t do
of course on your normal computer, and also I’ve used my older iPad with
a Logitech Keyboard years ago already for writing and all kinds of stuff, where you didn’t have these
productivity apps yet, and when I went back to my Macbook Pro
it felt like I wanna touch the screen but I can’t and it’s so weird,
and you feel like this is the future, but it’s not there yet. But I think this is one of the good examples
where you can see what it can be and that you can actually
use it productively already as it is now. So, when you’re done
with an edit like that, how can you export it, how can you
give it to your client at the end? Because the whole point
is having it done immediately, so, are you uploading straight from
the app to YouTube or Vimeo, or are you giving them a file, or do you
have to go through a computer for that? No, you don’t need a computer, definitely. You don’t need anything. Maybe the external drive,
but it’s not really necessary If you’re finished with a film
you just click here in Export and you have all ways you can
export the movie, the audio, the whole project, the snapshot, whatever. And if you click on a movie
you have presets already done, for Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook. Now it’s a 4K file, but I can select,
I would like to have it in full HD, and it shows you already the file size
and which codec is used you can change that, also
the frame rate and it’s so fast. And if you work and maybe you’re used to
these shortcuts you also have them here, you just click on ‘command’
and you see the shortcuts, and you have even a second page
and I think you can change them also. So, you can really work fast,
blazing fast. And if you want to insert your graphics, you
just can place them in a folder in the iPad because now it works, so I have
a folder which is also on iCloud where I have my logos, I just take it and it doesn’t
use a lot of space. So, even if I don’t have
this one, I can work. And if you just push this button
you can switch to a different project. It looks very similar to
Final Cut Pro X in some ways. Well, I have no experience with
Final Cut Pro X, But, for example,
this one I can show you. We made a fast record
with the iPhone and this one I took from the SD card
which I recorded from the a7 III, so I mix it up. So, this is a mixture between
iPhone footage and A7 footage. It doesn’t matter at all,
and I just search the music track and I made this text in LumaFusion and
this edit maybe took me 15 minutes. Amazing. Cool, I think we’ll wrap it up here,
it’s a great first look at LumaFusion how to professionally edit on the iPad and
I think you’re proving that it actually works. So, maybe we can work on a tutorial
in the future on LumaFusion, because I think that’s something
that a lot of members of our audience might be interested in. I think it’s under the radar of
a lot of professional people still, but if you look at the possibilities here
it’s something that probably everybody should be aware of
for some specific edits. If I think about our show videos from NAB, IBC, and all
the other trade shows we attend, we have to be very fast, and we always try to be one
of the first ones to publish news about a new product, and this could be the perfect
way of doing that. Because right now we run with
an SD card, we send one of our guys or we run ourselves to the press room
which is usually kilometers away from where you are. We usually try to work from the
press rooms as much as possible and then upload from there. But it takes ages and, as you said, it takes ages just to get started
with the edit. So if you can remove that barrier
I think this is a very viable way of working with the iPad. And you sit on a coffee and you have
a cappuccino and you make the edit and you can give the client already,
on a USB stick for example, and go “hey, here’s your film”,
I’m done, I go home. Awesome. Thank you, Pedro, let’s work on a tutorial for LumaFusion and thanks everybody for watching,
I hope that got you excited to give the iPad Pro a try
for professional editing. And thanks for watching. Stay tuned to cinema5D
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