Can YOU Use the iPad 8 (2020) as Your Only Editing Computer?!

by birtanpublished on October 2, 2020

Can you use the brand new eighth generation ipad as your only video editing computer let's find out i didn't have anything else to set it down on what's up everyone i'm the everyday dad and if i can figure it out you can figure it out now you know every time an ipad comes out i like to put it to the test to see if these are just as powerful as we all say they are and one of the easiest and fastest ways to find that out is to do some video editing and not just any video editing we're going to do some 4k

Video editing that a lot of like actual computers have problems with so will this 329 tablet be able to keep up it's almost a second intro almost a second intro so let's actually check this stuff out so what i want to do is we're going to go through kind of the whole process today i always talk about the whole process but we're actually going to go through it today so we've got an sd card with the unboxing video on it we're going to import it and then we're going to do

Some chopping up on it to see how well does it actually work so let's see how fast importing works on ipad os 14. this is the full on everything so lumix here we go let's move you over to lumafusion which is where we're going to edit and so see this is like the most frustrating thing if i was going to use this as my full-time video editing machine this right here is the part that makes it the hardest look we're importing the footage right now and that's all we have to go off of that's all i wish we had like a progress

Bar or something like like even a pr apple please give us a progress bar like that's all that i need um to make this like workflow a lot better because i've had it where i've imported footage before and it's just like crashed but you never know until this is done like we have no id it's frustrating it's frustrating and while we're sitting here i want to say thanks to everybody for leaving a comment on the unboxing video i wasn't even planning on making a video

Editing video that's weird i was even planning on making a video editing video about the ipad 8 because i got a lot of comments saying that well we don't really need to see this anymore and then so many of you commented saying that you wanted to see this so thank you this video is in direct response to you wanting to see it this is the worst part though i hate we're still just oh and i just screwed it up by touching the screen okay so we've got it imported again

I just do not like that workflow i wish it showed something else so we've got this 4k master file from the unboxing good to go so let's pop you one of the benefits can you see i don't know if you can see this but one of the benefits of the ipad is this is the smart keyboard that i used to use it still works same smart connection so we are using the apple hdmi dongle so we will plug this into the monitor so everybody can see what's going on

We are using the keyboard and mouse support that i love so very very much okay actually well welcome back so we just found something out that i don't think i've ever had an issue with on an ipad before so it seems like one of the things that with this ipad or maybe all ipads is when it goes the screen recorder that i normally use needs like 60 frames per second and this can drop below 60 frames per second which i think screws that up a little bit so what we'll do is we'll just record everything internal to the

Ipad and so if you are impressed with the performance of the ipad understand that the ipad is still doing all the video editing while it's also screen recording in the background so let's go to lumafusion which is the program that i normally use so we can create our very first project we will do ted let's call it something cool like ted test video that's not that's not cool at all so we can create this no who wants to watch a tutorial bring this

Down and let's see just like can it do the playback first that's kind of important like editing is a lot a bit about the why there we go editing is a lot about the experience and being able to have a smooth playback is one of the most important so let's see the ipad has been pushed into its eighth generation that's pretty that's pretty crazy can you believe that there's been eight generations of this yeah that looks like a pretty smooth

Pretty smooth playback i'm not seeing a lot of like and you will see that i'm using the apple magic mouse and keyboard because you can pair and use like a full computer experience with this ipad i'm not seeing any slowdowns i'm not seeing any stutters that's very important like we've talked this through and we talked this through a lot but there's really two parts to video editing right there's the editing there's the cutting and then the rendering later the rendering is important but

You're going to spend most of your time cutting the footage and so it's really important to have smooth playback and you don't want stutters as you're scrubbing so it looks very like we're just doing some really quick cuts right now and i'm not seeing any major issues or slowdowns that's very very important so we've got this the audio sounds good is it easy can do we have the power to move this stuff around let's pick this one up put it up here yep still looks good

Can we do triple layer triple layer looks good how's the audio sound with triple air that's pretty crazy is it any good that's straight up ted confusion right there all right so we still have the ability to zoom in zoom out so let's delete this part right here we'll delete that we'll delete this okay everything's looking pretty good i'm not like if we're doing very basic cuts i have no problems right now at all it's working perfectly fine again this is a 4k master file so when i render my

Videos when i upload to youtube i will save a master file which is what i will set to like the highest quality and that's what i keep for my archival footage this is that master file for the ipad 8 unboxing so this should this is pretty tough footage this is 4k h.264 which on a normal computer pretty tough to handle but these apple silicon systems of chips have generally they have no problems handling even very tough footage like if this was h.265 which is

Just about the worst for a traditional computer i guarantee this would still do pretty darn well all right yeah the the standard cuts look perfectly fine let's see can we let's do some grating let's see what happens once we add some effects or add some grating so we've got there we go it's just easier to get in there with your hands sometimes so we added an effect there so let's head back did that change anything can figure it out so it should come as no surprise to anybody nope still

Good so we'll come back in here we will normalize that because we don't want the whole video to be that so let's normalize you a little bit not perfect but we're not going for perfection here we're just going to go see like how well does it work so come back over here still no issues so we can cut let's actually let's so we did like we did the zoom in let's come over here and do some color work let's see if that does any major changes so you have when you're using lumafusion you can do

Original and that's what i you got to put original on first that gives you access to like all the normal standard like saturation contrast stuff like that and then if you have any luts you can place those and save those up here where you'll find them or they have a bunch of pre-built stuff in already let's do something crazy let's do thermal let's make it look thermal gigantic fan of ipads in all ways that is nuts so we'll put that on there we'll come back

And then this spot right over here let's do another cut command b cut come over here i'm a big fan of vignettes can we get it i thought i saw a vignette so there we go let's add a vignette to this one there you go you always got if you notice all my thumbnails have vignettes on them because vignettes are the best this thing is powerful i'm not having any problems so far we've edited the color on a few clips we've already done a pretty big set on effect can we do just like a

Standard let's have the whole thing just zoom out the whole time the whole video let's have it zoom out get with the eighth generation now you're not gonna be able to see it very well because it's you know you can see the whole video is zooming out so that's a that's an effect over the whole thing and i think we can kind of see now that we've added one giant effect are we having some stutters see as we're it's not so smooth as we're scrubbing now so

And this feels fantastic like this just feels like a good high quality apple device we do still have the smart connector on the bottom but we're still getting full playback so we are you can probably see that if you're trying to scrub the whole length of the clip with this big effect on it there are some stuttering during scrubbing but playback is still at like full speed that's pretty good that's pretty good again 329 tablet let's put another layer of this

On so we'll do three layers of the video so three layers of 4k master file footage and let's see how the playback works that volume is going to drive me crazy hearing myself talk hearing myself talk on one track is bad enough hearing to talk on three tracks that's a headache but let's just look at the footage is there any slowdowns now that we got three layers of 4k going i'm not seeing any i'm not seeing any major stutters how's the there's a definite bigger slowdown on the timeline as we try to

Scrub now i want to separate this so when i'm talking timeline i'm talking the master timeline not the working timeline look at the working timeline three layers of this footage there's not a single slowdown i'm not seeing any stutters where i am seeing the slowdown is the master like project timeline up here in the viewer that's where i'm seeing more and more slowdowns but when it comes to like the actual work i'm not seeing a single

Problem which is incredibly impressive like i don't say that lightly there's a reason we do these videos well the main reason we did this video is because you asked for it but look even as we're cutting like there's no problems like there's no problems when we're still here cutting like we're still able to get through this and work on this footage without having any issues and that's wild i love these are my favorite videos to do because it's just crazy that a tablet

Can do this and now one of the things that i like about lumafusion you saw i didn't explain this but if you click on this little button here and then you get the brackets around the main timeline you can do their click and drag selecting which was a big problem i used to have with lumafusion where you had to click on each individual thing but now that you can click that you can click and select everything to delete or copy

And paste and it's great okay so without spending the next 20 minutes gushing about this single program let's actually we said there's the cutting the cutting's perfectly fine you can see if you really want to check out like the audio you can see we got all these three layers of audio over here that are working fine see that the audio is fine the transitions are fine we did some colorings fine we got three layers of 4k that's fine now let's export this and see how long

That would take as we did the editing now we got to see how the exporting works so we'll export this as a movie we'll just save it to files because we don't want to upload it to youtube 4k 30 frames per second standard standards pretty much like even this is better quality than what i try to export like my youtube upload videos as audio quality good we will do h.264 mpeg and the space needed for this will be 2.43 gigabytes that's about right that's about right so

Let's actually let's get the clock and go okay so we are writing you can see we are already we're about we're a little slower than real time we're a little slower than real time it seems because normally when we do like the ipad pro video it's always faster than real time so we'll we'll just wait and see how long it takes um to do this video and you don't have to wait for this uh but i i have to wait for this so through the magic of video editing get it okay we are about a quarter of

The way through and you can see we're definitely slower than real time but it's not i mean slower than real time but i don't know that i would hold that as such a gold standard on like the cheapest ipad now if this was the ipad air or the ipad pro i'd probably be a little more irritated but again 329 ipad that's okay that's enough rationalization right back to waiting okay we are just about done you can see we've got about seven seconds of the footage left to

Render and we are at 12 minutes so let's get ready let's get rid of prep and done okay so it took 12 minutes to do 8 minutes and 30 seconds of rendering so that is obviously that's slower than real time which if you do the ipad pro like i said it will do fast in real time however i would be i would very much like to see another 300 computer 330 computer that could do 4k video editing that could also export it in anything near real time i'll wait go ahead show

Me i see people that whenever i ask this people leave like comments for like very powerful like ryzen based windows machines and they are powerful and they will do better than this but they're either gigantic or they cost way more than this so again i will leave my challenge here you show me another device that's this small that is this budget friendly and can edit 4k video with three streams no problem i'll wait leave a comment below if you find one i will eat my words because i

It's not just that i want to prove you wrong i would love to see something else that does this too so please show me if you know so can you use the ipad generation 8 from 2020 could you use this as your only video editing machine if you were on a budget absolutely absolutely you could use the ipad 7th generation to do the same thing and this has the a12 processor in it which is 40 more powerful than that last generation processor this thing is a total total beast and i have no problems

Recommending this as a video editing machine however i do that with a caveat right this is the 32 gigabyte version if you really wanted to buy this to be your only video editing machine i would recommend you go to the 128 gigabyte for what i believe it's a hundred dollars more so for 429 dollars you get an actual video editing machine 32 gigabyte it's a little too low so can you use this absolutely and if you like this video and you're like okay gary

Okay i like this ipad generation you can actually click right here i'll leave this video right here click on the ipad right here to watch the unboxing and the initial impressions click click click click click click click thanks for watching

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