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Video Editing on iOS

  • November 20, 2017
  • Blog

This article was written by Christopher Lawley, a youtuber who posts videos all about the iPad an iOS. Check out his channel here.

Who Am I?

I’ve spent the last few years writing about Apple and the iPad, but about a year ago I transitioned into making videos on YouTube instead. Making videos and films is something I have always enjoyed doing. When I came to the realization that I can make videos about Apple products and combine my two hobbies I got really excited. Last November I started making videos about apps I enjoyed using. I started with an intro video, and then published two videos about my favorite apps at the time Overcast and 1Writer.

Around the beginning of 2017 I found an app called LumaFusion which is a multi-track video editor. This was the last piece of the puzzle I was looking for before I was able to use my iPad full time, and not have to rely on a Mac. This was always my goal, ever since I started writing my blog I wanted to be a full time iPad user. Don’t get me wrong, I love the Mac and I still think it’s a great platform. For me though the iPad always felt like the future, and it’s a very exciting platform to be on these days.

Ever since I did my mini series about having the iPad Pro for one year I have made every script, recorded every second of audio, and every rendered video has been made 100% on my iPad Pro. This is something I take a lot of pride in. There are a lot of bloggers and YouTubers that have said something along the lines of “The iPad is neat, but you can’t get real work done on it”. I took it as my personal mission to prove that you don’t need a $2,000 Mac to do video production and run a business. I know I’m not the first to use the iPad as their full time computer but the more people show real work can be done, the better off we will be.

The Hardware I Use

The hardware I use isn’t as fancy as other YouTubers, but fancy hardware isn’t everything. Being able to tell the story you want is more important. I made a deal with myself that I would have to start making money from my videos before I started buying things. Now that I’m there I have a long list of things that I want to buy to improve my videos, but for today let’s talk about the stuff I’m already using.

12.9 inch iPad Pro

<img https://tablethabit.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/07/http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5a83ce969f8dce98251a4e38/t/5ae7c9a75201497ff1b527a6/1525140186813/IMG_0143-300×225.jpeg” alt=”” class=”alignleft wp-image-590″ />Like I said before, I use my iPad Pro for everything. Since it’s my main computer I wanted the biggest and best one so I use the 12.9 inch model. I really like this device, I understand why some say it’s too big, but I mostly work at a desk all day. This iPad has the power to playback and render 4K video in good time. I️ really love this device, and I look forward to using it and optimizing my workflows everyday.

Apple Pencil

I’m not much of an artist but I really enjoy using my Apple Pencil. I have RSI issues and using it as a pointing device really has helped me over the last couple of years. I also use it to mark up scripts and hand write notes. Finally, it’s really handy to use when editing videos and photos.

Apple Magic Keyboard and Canopy


These two are a pair for me, I’ve come to think of them as one device. Canopy has become my desktop stand for the iPad. It keeps my device at a comfortable viewing angle and the design is beautiful. I’m usually somebody that prefers function over fashion but when I can have both that’s the best, and The Canopy delivers on that. The Canopy was designed to work with the Apple Magic Keyboard in parallel.
What I like about the Magic Keyboard is the keys. It ticks every box I have: clicky but not too clicky, good key travel, and a full function row. It also has the bonus of having a battery that last for months. I never have to worry about charging this thing and that’s great. If you’re somebody that works at a desk a lot with the iPad I would definitely recommend this pair for your work.
 

Blue Yeti Microphone

I don’t have much to say about this microphone that others haven’t said already. It’s a great cheap microphone if you’re looking to get into some sort of spoken word field. It’s USB so it’s easy to set up and use. If you have the USB camera connection kit it’s just as easy to use with an iPad. This is the microphone I️ use for all of my voice overs and I️ enjoy it.

iPhone for Filming

For all of my live action/B-roll footage, I use an iPhone for that. I was, for a short period, using a DSLR camera but then I realized I wanted to make my videos on iOS be produced 100% by iOS. The camera on the iPhone gets better and better every year so it seemed like a natural fit. I bought the iPhone 7 only because of how good the camera was. Now that the iPhone X is out, the camera has been taken to a whole other level. I film everything in 4K so I can get the best possible image to edit with. The only trick is that means I have to use the back camera on the phone so I can’t see my shot when filming myself. To fix this, I have an old shaving mirror I stick to the wall now to allow myself to see what the camera sees. Now I can see the screen of the phone and use the best lens the phone offers. When I’m done filming I just use AirDrop to move the video files from my iPhone to my iPad.

The Software I Use

The most compiling area for me to keep using iOS as my primary computing platform is the software. Apple’s first party software is good, but the third party stuff is the best. There are amazing Productivity and Creativity apps on the platform. It seems like every day I am finding new apps to get excited about. So, lets take a look at the ones I use to make my videos.

Todoist

All of my ideas, task, and anything that needs to be completed by me lives in Todoist. I have a terrible memory so figuring out a system on using Todoist was really important to me. As far my videos go, I have a project I keep all of my ideas for videos in. When I feel one is worth pursuing, I assign a due date to it. I have been trying to get better about finishing the videos by the set due date but life seems to get in the way sometimes. One thing I have had to learn is it’s okay if I don’t make my due date as long as I keep working and keep a high standard of quality for my work.

Notes

Once I’m ready to produce a video on one of my ideas, I start a new note in the Apple Notes app. A handy feature that came with iOS 11 is the ability to pin notes to the top. What ever video I am currently working on is pinned to the top of the app. From here I build an outline for my video. This can be something as simple as a few points that I want to make, or something so detailed I don’t write a script and just make the video off the outline. Every video is unique and I build it on how I think it will turn out the best.

Ulysses

For script and blog post writing I turn to Ulysses. I have a lot of apps for this like 1Writer, Editorial, and iA Writer. Ulysses though, feels like a power app. The level of customization it offers is unmatched in my opinion. Though I wish that customization could all be done from the iOS app, things like customized themes and export settings need a Mac to be created. Still, this is a fantastic app to have if you do a lot of long form writing. I’ve been working off more outlines then scripts lately so I don’t use Ulysses as much as I would like, but when I do I’m always pleasantly surprised by how well it is.

Notability

When I do write a script I throw it over to Notability when I’m done. Here I read my script out loud, and use my Apple Pencil to markup any changes that I want to make. Ever since I started doing this my scripts got hundred times better.

Ferrite

Once my script or outline is ready I recored the voice overs for the video, I use Ferrite for this. I don’t do any of the editing here just the recording. I like the control it give you over your microphone. Plus, it’s really easy to adjust the input gain so I don’t clip when recording the audio.

LumaFusion

Once I have all of my videos recorded and voices overs ready I import everything into LumaFusion. Like I said before, LumaFusion was the app I was waiting for to go full time with the iPad. If you would have asked me a year ago about having a multitrack video editor on the iPad I wouldn’t be ready until 2019. For the most part I’m really happy with LumaFusion, it covers my needs for the kinds of videos I make. I could go on forever about it, but if you are interested in it check out the two videos I made about the app.

Transmit

If I upload a video through the YouTube app it’s limited to 1080p no matter what it’s native resolution is. I don’t really understand why this limitation is there, but because of this I have to use my own server to upload my videos. I use Transmit to move the files over, and then upload through YouTube’s website, and I also do this to store a copy of my video on my server as well. This is the one thing I use a non iOS device for. I hope the limitations of the native YouTube app get fixed soon, but I will still use Transmit to move a copy of my video to a server just for safekeeping.

Affinity Photo

This is one of those apps that seems like it shouldn’t be possible on iOS. I use Affinity Photo for to create the thumbnails for all of my videos. I know I’m not taking full advantage of it, I just started using it to edit some of my photos that I take. Affinity Photo is truly a desktop class app on the iPad. If you are into photography or photo editing in anyway I highly recommend that you check it out.

Wrap Up

To give the TL;DR, I love iOS, I love the ecosystem, I love the apps, and I love the hardware. Being able to figure out how to use it as my full time computing platform was one of the great joys for me. If you are somebody that wants to use iOS full time but something is holding you back, keep a watchful eye because there are big changes coming for this platform. I think with the next few revisions of iOS for the iPad are going to unlock a lot of really cool stuff.
For me, the iPad and iOS feel like my home when it comes to computing. The fact that I can run my business off of it too, just proves how mature the platform has gotten. If you’re interested in more information about how I work and cool iOS and iPad productivity tips check out my YouTube channel.

What’s a Computer?

  • November 17, 2017
  • Blog

Apple’s new ad, titled What’s a Computer?, has a message many iPad enthusiasts have been saying for years: The iPad changes our definition of a computer.

The 1 minute ad shows a young teen going out into the city using their iPad for things like writing, taking photos (and marking them up with the Apple Pencil), talking with friends on FaceTime, and making art. These things aren’t all that the iPad can do, but it certainly showcases that the ecosystem and the apps available aren’t the limitation it once was on iOS.

Also, as a quick side note the music in this (Go by Louis the Child) goes to show that the Apple marketing team knows how to pick the perfect music for their videos.

The whole reason I started this blog was because I wanted to share how the iPad is my main computer, and those interested in making their slabs of glass with the Apple logo on it their main computer can do so with little friction. When Apple makes the same message clear in their marketing and advertisements it just goes to show that they are embracing the iOS lifestyle head on.

The line the teen says at the end, “What’s a computer?” Really put me off at first because it seems as those this young person genuinely didn’t know what a computer was. However, after more thought on this it doesn’t seem that is the real question Apple is making.

In my opinion it seems to have two meanings outside of the obvious. The first being that there may be a day where computing on a desktop or a laptop is something only those in certain industries need. Things like video editing, high end graphic design, and anything else that requires a lot of power to get the job done will still need the Mac. For the rest of us, we will be able to do everything we need to on an iPad with ease and simplicity. The question here of “What’s a computer?” is more of a look into what the future could hold and not just a simple question a young girl asks.

The other meaning is more of a philosophical question Apple is asking us. Outside of the iPad enthusiasts like myself many people see the iPad as a giant iPhone. They say that the tablet is more of a media consumption hog instead of a powerful computing device that can handle a large majority of the work you throw at it. Apple asking this question of “What’s a computer?” is a question they are asking consumers to rethink and change their perspective on after nearly a decade of people saying tablets aren’t for “real work.”

Regardless of how you, or others, interpret this ad, Apple is sending a clear message that the iPad isn’t just for YouTube and Netflix. It is for creativity, communication, and a way to make the things you want to make and the iPad can be a great home for that.

How to Get 280 Characters on Your iPad

  • November 13, 2017
  • Blog

Twitter has made some big changes to its character limit recently, expanding its limit from 140 characters to now 280 characters.If you are on you Twitter client and see this little circle where you once saw the 140 character count, that means you now have the 280 characters on your phone.

If you are using Tweetbot or Twitterrific you should have gotten an update recently indicating it is implementing the 280 character limit to everyone as well, so check with your app of choice and see if you do indeed have 280 characters now instead of the old 140.

Now, this change hasn’t come without its issues however. Many people are reporting that they are having issues seeing the new 280 character limit on their iPad but they are seeing it on their phones without a problem.

If you are in this group of people there are some fixes you can try to join the #280club on your iPad.

1. Force quit the app and restart it.

To do this just double-press the home button or enter the app-switcher and swipe up on the Twitter app you’re using and reopen it.

2. Uninstall the app and reinstall the app

Some people have still had issues seeing the 280 character limit even after quitting the app and reopening it. So if that doesn’t work the next thing you can try is to uninstall the app entirely and reinstall.

This may require you to login again so make sure you have your password on hand if you don’t know it off the top of your head.

3. Restart your iPad.

Even after reinstalling the app other have said the only fix that worked for them is completely restarting your phone.

So hopefully this fixes your problem with Twitter not allowing you to write with 280 characters, it seems to have helped everyone we have spoken with.

If this doesn’t work let us know in the comments, or mention us on Twitter and we would be happy to help!

The Apple “i” Bug fix

  • November 6, 2017
  • Blog

Over the past several days social media has exploded over the issue with the peculiar bug when you type in the letter “i” and you get a weird string of text showing as “A ⍰.”https://twitter.com/theqtlinn/status/927208912012677121

The reason, according to Jeremy Burge at emojipedia, is this:

What’s really going on is that the letter “I” is being appended with an invisible character known as Variation Selector 16 when auto-correct kicks in to replace the lowercase “i”.

This VS-16 character is intended to be used to make the previous character have emoji appearance.[2] When used in conjunction with the letter “I” it displays in some apps as “A ⍰”.

The correct [behavior] should be to ignore the invisible variation selector if the previous character doesn’t have an emoji version.

There is a fix you can do today to stop your phone from doing this. According to Apple’s support page they want you to create a text replacement.

Here’s what you can do to work around the issue until it’s fixed in a future software update:

  1. Go to Settings > General > Keyboard > Text Replacement
  2. Tap 
  3. For Phrase, type an upper-case “I”. For Shortcut, type a lower-case “i.”

This seems to be a temporary fix until the next iOS update, most likely 11.2. According to a number of sources like The Wall Street Journal, Complex, and AppleInsider Apple is working on a permanent fix for this in the 11.2 betas.

So there are options to fix this today but they are only temporary until iOS 11.2 is released. The 2nd beta came out today, so it is being worked on.

We can only hope it comes out soon.

3 Ways to Stay Focused on Your iPad

  • November 3, 2017
  • Blog

Many people, like myself, work on an iPad because they love iOS and prefer it over macOS or Windows. They also do it because it inherently makes you focus on one or two applications at a time, leaving distractions behind.However, the human brain is great at finding things you can do to procrastinate from getting things done. If your main machine is an iPad, chances are you don’t just have apps for your work on it. You probably have streaming services, music, games, and more to occupy your free time; but what if you find yourself using those apps instead of doing your important work? Today we are going to look at that and see what options there are to limit this kind of behavior.

1. Delete Unnecessary Apps

The simplest solution could be to remove the distractions entirely. Delete the YouTube app, the games, music and anything else you catch yourself using instead using doing the work that matters.

This can be great for people who live by the mantra “out of sight, out of mind.” However, this can’t always be accomplished because we want to use these apps when we’re not doing work and downloading those apps over and over again when we want them is too much of a hassle. If this is the case for you the next option could be what you need.

2. Move Them to a Different Page on the Home Screen

If you do find yourself needing to keep apps like YouTube, VLC, Twitter, etc. for various reasons you can still keep them “out of sight” by having it on a separate home screen.

This not only allows you to keep the apps for luxury time, but it also puts that barrier up so you have to tell yourself that you are going to this page because you want to do something that is meant for free time.

I am a big on the idea of having different areas on your devices for different goals you want to accomplish, so this is one I recommend to many.

But what if you aren’t too keen on the idea of having a second page on the home screen? Then look not further than the next option you have.

3. Nest Them all in a Folder

If you are one of those types of people who hate a second page on their home screen (like me) you can still keep those distracting apps on the home screen but as its own folder tucked away for when you need those breaks from the hustle and bustle of work.

I suggest naming the folder something that reminds you what you’re doing to yourself if you decide to go rogue on your big plans of work for the day. This is why I have a folder called “Time Waste.”

The name can be anything you want but I recommend it be something that your brain will recognize as something you shouldn’t be doing when you have something on your to-do list that needs to be done.


So if you are like many and mix between work and play on your iPad these tricks can help you stay focused to the tasks at hand.

Let us know what you think, or share your own tips to stay focused on the iPad, in the comments below!

Apple Q4 2017 Results »

  • November 2, 2017
  • Blog

MacStories’ John Voorhees did a tremendous job breaking down the numbers in the recent financial results Apple put out today. There was a 10% increase in iPad sales year-over-year and some strong indications the iPhone 8 sales were better than expected.This is all before the next quarter including the iPhone X launch and holiday sales which has been their biggest quarters regularly. Things are looking good for Apple.

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