Over the weekend I decided to do a little ariel photography and video with the DJI Phantom 2 Vision+. After I shot my video, I wanted to edit down to a short clip that I could share on Instagram. Of course one of the biggest limitations with Instagram video is that it can only be a maximum of 15 seconds in length. I figured the NEW Adobe Premiere Clip App would be up to the task. This App would give me the flexibility of starting the process on the iPad and if I could get the edit that I wanted great, and if not I could send the project to the desktop and finish it in Premiere Pro CC. I was able to get the edit I wanted in Premiere Clip.
The editing process
I had one long 7 minute video. The idea was to cut up the video to the 2-3 scenes that I wanted. I also wanted to add a title at the beginning as well as some stock audio. Premiere Clip allowed me to do the edits I needed and I really liked the royalty free soundtrack that I was able to pick right in the app. Once I was done I published the video to the Premiere Clip gallery (optional, you can keep your videos private) and from there I could save it back to my Camera Roll. Now in order to go to Instagram I needed the video to be in a 1:1 square aspect ratio. For this last step I used the Crop Video Square App.
Here’s the video:
OMG You flew near an airport???
The last few seconds show a plane landing at the ATL airport and as soon as I posted the video I had friends and fans freaking out about FAA regulations. Before you lose it and become unglued, note that I’m well aware of the regulations and more importantly so is DJI. In the latest firmware for the Phantom 2 Vision+ DJI built-in “no-fly zones”. The Phantom 2 Vision+ has a GPS that once it detects that you’re near or within a no-fly zone it will AUTOMATICALLY limit the height in which you can fly OR not even allow it to lift-off. I was close, but not that close. My flying height was AUTOMATICALLY restricted and it was fine to make the video that I made. Breathe, breathe… For more info see DJI’s video on their safety features here.
You can get Adobe Premiere Clip for FREE on the .
There are several AMAZING image editing apps for iOS. I have several of them on my iPhone and iPad. However, what I’ve come to realize is that I rarely open most of them. It’s not that they aren’t great. It probably has more to do with the fact that I just don’t need to do a ton of detailed image editing on my mobile devices. If I capture an image with my iPhone it’s usually to share right then and there or shortly thereafter. At this point I may want to do some global adjustments such as exposure, shadows and highlights and perhaps a crop. Well iOS 8 pretty much has that covered now built-in. So when would I need more? When I want to do a few more things to the image such as add a border, add text and perhaps a couple of local adjustments such as spot removal. That’s when I need an App and like I said there are lots of great apps out there. However, I’ve found that Photo Editor by Aviary has the most straight forward and easy UI. Launch the app, open your photo and simply slide to the desired edit that you wish to perform. The edits are fast and good.
There are more filters than I can count. This App does what I want to do 90% of the time. I especially like the Meme Text feature! It took me a minute to find it, but Undo is a gesture. Swipe left under the pic to undo and right to redo and yes it has multiple undos and redos.
Once you’re done with your photo you can share it in all the usual places and even upload to Walgreens to Print it.
What doesn’t it do?
There are no layers. If you’re looking to do compositing and removing backgrounds, then this is NOT your app. You’re better served by Adobe Photoshop Mix or Photoshop Touch.
The Bottom Line
Yes there are Apps that do more. However, for my day to day image editing needs on my iPhone and iPad this one hits the sweet spot of offering just what I need and doing it in a clean fast way.
You can get Photo Editor by Aviary here from the
BONUS: If you have an Adobe ID you can unlock Aviary’s complete collection of photo editing supplies (a $200 value) for a limited time. Once unlocked they’re yours to keep forever!
labs.adobe.com has had a long history of providing users with pre-released, experimental technologies that may or may not make their way into released applications in the future. Now the labs team is offering experimental technologies for you to play with on your iPhone or iPad. Recently the labs team released two new iOS apps that offer a glimpse of things to come (or not).
The first of the two apps is called Fixel. Fixel is a Universal App for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch and it has one goal in mind. Giving you Content Aware patching or spot removal similar to what you would find in Adobe Photoshop CC, Lightroom 5 and Adobe Camera RAW. Simply open up your image in Fixel and choose a brush size. Next using your finger or stylus paint over the areas that you would like to remove. Tap “patch it” and poof! Those areas are patched using surrounding pixels.
You can get Fixel for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch here .
Twixt – Social Photo Remixing
The next one is Twixt Social Remixing. This App is aimed at letting you have some fun by superimposing other images onto your photos. It could be animals, celebrities, or other objects. The effects are pretty real looking in many cases and will certainly impress your friends on social media.
You can get Twixt for iPhone/iPod touch here .
Both Apps are of course FREE to download and play with. You can write reviews on the App Store so that the labs team can get your feedback and of course you can leave comments below this post if you like. Hope you enjoy these 2 New Experimental Apps. I gotta say that I’m loving Fixel and would love to see that technology in Photoshop Mix and Lightroom Mobile (iPad | iPhone).
Want to learn more about your favorite Adobe Creative Cloud applications? Well you can for FREE right on your favorite iOS device. The Creative Cloud Tutorials App is a Universal app for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and it’s loaded with 700+ free tutorials for Creative Cloud from industry experts all over the world including yours truly. You can browse by category, by products or by show. Watch as many as you want as often as you want for free!
You can get the Creative Cloud Tutorials App here from the .
Now that Creative Cloud has added the long awaited Collaboration feature (folder sharing) it was time to bring out the Creative Cloud App for iOS. This is a Universal App for iPad, iPhone and iPod touch and allows you to not only view the files you have stored on Creative Cloud, but also share them and upload new files from the the built-in camera or Camera Roll. Unlike most other cloud storage apps, the Creative Cloud App also allows you to see your native files such as .PSD, .AI, INDD, etc.
If you are a Creative Cloud Member (even with a free account) and you have an iOS device then you will want to try this app.