Video Production Apps

Surprisingly, iPads and iPod Touches make pretty decent video production tools.  Granted, they will never replace some high-end tools such, as Final Cut X or Adobe Premiere on a Macbook Pro.  However, for most projects you probably don’t need those tools.  Ff you have found instructional uses for software such as iMovie, Garageband, Movie Maker, or Photostory, you will find the following apps can be great options for iPads and iPod Touches.  One word of caution check the compatibility of your hardware with each of the apps before buying.  This information can usually be found on the iTunes store page for each of the apps.  Video production is a relatively new abillity for the iPad/iPod Touch/iPhone.

iMovie ($4.99/$2.49)

iMovie for iOS is just that…iMovie for your iPad2/iPod Touch/iPhone 4.  Considering the fact you or your students can easily stich together a movie including images, video, text, and audio clips an pocket-sized device this app is pretty amazing.  The app is fairly intuitive, but it is honestly helpful to forget all you may already know about the computer version of iMovie.  The buttons and gestures are a bit different. This video from the Apple online store provides a nice overview of the app.

Avid Studio for iPad ($4.99/$2.49)

Avid Studio for iPad was just recently released in early February 2012.  In many ways it is similar to iMovie for iPad, but it has a more intuitive format.  If you were one of those people who longed for the old version of iMovie when iMovie08 was released, then chances are you will like Avid Studio for iPad.  The application lays out information in easy-to-view tracks that are manipulated in many of the same ways tracks are edited in a computer-based video editing program.  The following video presents a nice overview and tutorial of the application.

Sonic Pics ($2.99/$1.49)

If you’ve ever used Photostory, Sonic Pics is a great iPad-based analog.  Students can easily bring in photos from the camera roll (or take new ones) and narrate over the images.  Teachers have used this app to have students explain the difference between sets of homophones or provide a photo narration of a historical event and it is so straight forward that even kindergarteners can use it with little technical support.  Once complete, narrated photo shows are exported out as video files.