Can YOU Use the iPad Pro 2020 as Your Only Editing Computer?! 6 Months Later!

by birtanpublished on October 4, 2020

The ipad pro not the first thing that comes to your mind when you think of a video editing powerhouse however it is one spoilers for the whole video after all of these months does this still hold up as a video production powerhouse let's find out that was harder than i wanted that to be what's up everyone i'm the everyday dead and if i can figure it out you can figure it out so i love the ipad pro this thing has been basically glued to me like this is now it's basically a part of my body you know it just has

Been since it was released earlier this year and we made a video earlier this year about how this could be your only video editing computer and i wanted to do a follow-up to that because there's been some serious updates to the ipad pro to some of the key software that we use so let's get into it first up we have to set up everything because unfortunately you can use the ipad by itself but it's just so much easier and a much better like

Editing experience if you have a few key accessories and let's plug in all of the accessories right off the bat now to be fair to the ipad and not to tax this processor recording the screen we're going to use a little device called the atomos ninja v and that's going to be our screen recorder for this experiment now we do need to pair a few key accessories to take this from being just like a regular experience to like the full powerhouse experience and we have an apple magic keyboard

And my favorite mx master 3 and it's really these two devices that kick this up all like so many notches are kicked up and that's what lets you really get the most out of this see look at that mouse and keyboard support one of the main issues that has not been resolved with the ipad is the file system is still kind of iffy so we already pre-staged our footage that we're going to use and we use the samsung t7 to transfer that footage you've seen me talk about this a lot

It is a great experience what we're going to do let's actually open up the program we use called lumafusion and i'm not sponsored by lumafusion i just talk about this all the time because it's such a fantastic really the only video editing program that's worth it on the ipad so we have the imac accessories video if you remember that video from a couple of weeks ago i have all of the files from that video and we're just gonna go ahead we're gonna do what i call my rough cut edit where i grade and i edit all of the

Main stuff we're going to see how that experience works we're going to drop in some b-roll when we're done and then we'll render it and see how well it works so let's first off we have to do the grading because this is shot in what's called log can you see that it's gross this is a log format which means it's very flat all the contrast and saturation is basically taking out of it one of the great things though we can we'll do an original so we can change some of the basic stuff we have one of the official luts

From lumix which will let us use the v-log that we found on here and we'll be able to actually grade it very well and this monitor is not color calibrated so forgive it because it looks not great that's why you always use color calibrated monitors when you're going to be doing real video work so we've added the lut very easy let's add some contrast let's say oh so that's we're gonna we're grading off of this monitor we're grading off of the

Good monitor and we'll just live with what this looks like and we'll fix that uh later if we need to we'll add a little bit of saturation and just a scooch scooch or brightness maybe just a tad more contrast and that i think looks okay so the grade looks pretty good let's test out the audio is the audio any good like i said it comes with a keyboard and it comes with a mouse but if you don't necessarily like that if you don't necessarily like those

Offerings okay i think the audio sounds pretty good so we'll leave that alone you can edit the audio per each track that you have up here you can have multiple tracks of audio and video but we'll close this we don't need that right now so let's go to the beginning and let's get to the editing record one two three you gotta do the collapse beforehand right like how do you uh how do you expect to get anything done if you don't do the collapse beforehand

Come over here let's listen wait what video is this what was it the good news is the i'm the good news is i screw up an awful lot so you have to be prepared for that when you're editing is especially if you're me chances are you'll make a mistake okay so we got the beginning of the video the good news is the imac from 2020 the good news is look how many times uh gary here messes up which is not which is not terrible okay so i want to cut from that i like having jump cuts sometimes to make it

Seem like what i'm saying is funnier than it you know maybe actually is oh no i mean everything i say is always hilarious all the time the title of this video again okay so seriously if you're going to use the imac everything you need comes in the box and just check this out like this is 4k 10-bit footage that a lot of computers would have problems editing but this thing plays back so smooth have you seen in this whole video go back you can watch the whole thing over again

Several times if you want to but check it out there's no stutters this thing scrubs super easy and one of the big things that i was very excited about and one of the things that makes this even easier to edit on that used to kind of be a problem to edit on is you can now drag and select multiple things at once you used to have to click and then click like click command click man this is so much easier than some other computers i've used recently okay so we've got that's the intro and i

Think we'll be able to show what i'm talking about from the intro we don't have to necessarily go through this whole thing i do i need to show you the same cuts over and over and over again probably not so i think we've got the grade down we've cut the intro let's do a refinement on the intro so you can see how i do my refine my refinements because it's not all just like as you've seen it's not all perfect right off the bat so we'll let that start working let's add some some of my normal flare to this that

Would make it a little funnier so we need to zoom in a little bit on this one so we need to do this frame zoom in right about there okay that's good so now you can see we've you know we've made a comical like what what's going on need any accessories wait what was the title of this video again and that's what makes it like a lot of the touch screen you don't have to do everything with a keyboard and mouse and one of the benefits of using the

Ipad with its touchscreen is you can get more precise sometimes than have into now if i wanted to do this on my windows machine or a macbook i couldn't get in there and make the changes like with my own hand so i do like that you can do that straight from the screen of the ipad so we've got this let's do an in and an out so we can kind of show what i'm talking about right here so we've got that set up we do not want 30 seconds of it let's come down here let's bring

In let's do about 10 seconds we'll do 12. so here's 12 seconds let's bring you down here we need to flip you upside down we need to rotate you because you are currently upside down and we want to make sure that you are right side up okay whoop 180 and then let's zoom in on this just a little bit so we can see the accessories we don't necessarily need to see all that stuff so back the imac oh so you just heard that audio right so we need to

We need to kill that track because we do not want this to have any sound the imac everything you need comes in the box and then we just do the same thing we did down there but up here we cut that and we're going to want to go back to that in a second because i like having cuts pretty regularly especially as you've seen like on the intro here okay we need to zoom in sometimes when i make like emphasis you want to bring it in just a little bit closer so let's cut right there we'll bring this back over

To to cover the cut because sometimes if you have a jump cut that you don't want to show you just have the edit be a little bit over the lip there so that you don't actually see the cut because we're not going to want to see the jump cut coming back we're just going to assume that it was fixed so let's do this again frame it over there back i really like that i like that a lot i wish i could do that on all my computers however there are some additions that you could use to make your life a little

Bit easier or to make it like more high quality like there's always a way to okay so now we're gonna do my like i always have a zoom in right you always see me do the zoom in on these things so user effects so effects we need a movement effect we want a zoom in so this should now the computer so what are those accessories and are they any good let's find out there you go now we need the last thing we're going to do on this particular edit is we do need i

Like a push so where it uh it like pushes itself out of the way we want this transition to be a i like a push so we will push and let's say push let's do push left normally i think we push right but let's do let's do push left let's be crazy you know let's make things a little more exciting there we go what's up everyone it's close enough that's clean that's about as close as you're going to get for government work so yeah

We've seen okay the video editing still continues to be great i like the updates to lumafusion you've seen how we can color grade you've seen how we can do all the transitions you've seen pretty much everything that you can do the only thing that we haven't really seen is here i'll show you that we could pull out the audio okay so now that green track is the audio and we could do like specific things to the audio if you wanted if we wanted to you can see they've got all sorts of

Like filters that you can put on other audio effects you can configure it to be stereo to be mono you can change the volume you can pan it you get a lot of really good options to also manage the audio we're not going to do that i like getting my audio right in camera because it saves me a whole lot of work later so we've we could process the audio more we are not going to be doing that i think our intro is pretty good it's taken us 20 minutes to do so because

The intro is the most important part of any video right so let's actually let's do a quick render test let's see how long it would take to do this as a five minute video if we were doing a five minute 4k 10-bit video how long would that take because that's kind of like i consider that to be the standard amount when i want to see like for comparisons because you guys through the magic of editing don't have to sit here for the whole thing i have to sit here and watch this thing render which is not

Spoilers it's not fun so let's export this we'll do movie we won't upload it to youtube 4k we'll do 30 frames per second video quality ultra at 150 megabits per second that's a lot that's not what like that's not normally what the videos are let's do we'll do quality at 75. trust me i do not recommend doing ultra ultra is pretty pretty intense we'll keep the audio where it is we will do mp4 export duration okay space needed 2.5 gigabytes that sounds about right

Okay let's get to it okay can you all see the stopwatch stopwatch ready oh stop the stopwatch is covered in light because of the light hold on there is that better okay ready get set go man that is flying flying what i consider to be a good render speed is faster than real time and what i mean by that is you can see we've only done 15 seconds of the render so far but we've edited 30 seconds of the render so it's about 10 seconds faster than real time that

Will expound as we go forward i mean that's fast look at you can see how fast that is going right 4k 10-bit files rendering to h.264 which is a highly compressed codec that computers do not like and this thing it's so fast i won't continue making you listen to me be amazed on this every time i render video on the ipad i am blown away but we'll okay ready get set okay and we've got like 10 seconds left so even less than that wow okay we're done

So that five minute video took two minutes and 48 seconds to render that's wild that's wild so the i only have two other machines in this house that would render either the same or fast than that and that's the custom pc that i built that uses the rtx 2080 super that has the nvidia nvenk encoders which is lightning fast and way faster than this but it should as a desktop pc right my razer blade 15 base model with an rtx graphics card would probably do it faster

But this is faster than the macbook pro the imac the imac pro any of the windows machines without a touring nvidia graphics card like this is wild it'll save you lots of time i i love it i could make a whole video series on me just being blown away by how well the ipad pro is for editing and rendering video it's legitimately impressive so to answer the question can you still use the ipad pro as your only video editing machine yes if you do lots of simple stuff and you capture your footage correct in camera and you only do like minor

Color grade tweaks absolutely the ipad could be your only video editing machine it's it's legit like this is a powerful powerful machine that you can accessorize to make even easier now if you do need if you need a better file workflow or you need actual scopes like a waveform or vectorscope to do your editing then i would probably say stick with a regular computer but again if you capture everything in camera this works

Totally fine totally fine and if you saw this video you're like gary okay it works for video editing how's this ipad pro holding up four months later well good news viewer i've got a video right here that will explain all of that for you it's awesome you should watch it and click right here click click click click click click click thanks for watching

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