Fast Video Editing on the iPad Pro with LumaFusion – a Workflow Guide


Are you ready to edit on an iPad Pro and ditch your Macbook Pro
for a mobile editing system? Well, that’s what Pedro did,
let’s find out how. This is cinema5D, my name is Nino Leitner,
I’m here with Pedro Hofmann in our studio, and we’re here to talk about
editing on the iPad Pro. Well, first of all, my question, why would
you ditch your Macbook Pro for editing? I mean, it has all the software
you need, now we have the iPad Pro, but you don’t even have the software, you can’t use the same
kind of environment that you’re using on your Mac. So, why would you actually use this
as an editing machine? I sold actually my Macbook Pro and bought
the new iPad Pro with all its power to be quicker on set,
to be able to deliver faster and to have an advantage
to the competition. If I’m an exhibition for example,
I have to be quick, the client wants it instantly on
and you can do that on set, you can edit on set and you’re done. And you come home and you don’t have
to stay the whole night like I used to do. Which probably also means that
you can offer these services for these particular shoots
cheaper, I guess, than actually adding
a whole editing day. Yeah, it’s more attractive for the client. The iPad is perfect, you can
show him before, “ok, that’s what they looked like normally”,
and he can sign even a model release on it and I have my contract on it. And I just change and edit
and everything is fine. You have to plan your shoot
more precisely. And I noticed when you are actually
showing something on iPads to somebody it always is a bit more impressive,
it’s a better selling tool so it’s quite cool that you can
now actually also edit on it. So, let’s talk about your workflow next. The smallest setup, even with
the camera is just in one bag, if I have to be very fast,
very efficient, very small, I don’t have even a tripod with me,
not for the light, not for the camera, that’s enough. And everything else is in the bag. So this is my a7 III then I have a
Videomic Pro and here is even a ‘lav’ mic, the digital one from Sennheiser,
headphones, a cage, so I can mount different things,
even a grip, and for the face I have a small
Aputure light which is enough, And that’s it, all of that
is in this little bag. That’s all in this little bag, and for the edits all I need
is this bag with my iPad, just my iPad, my pencil, the adapter,
the external hard drive, and even a power bank. So, I do not depend in any
situation for my power source. So, let’s look at the workflow, how do you
actually get the footage into your iPad? Because we know Apple doesn’t provide
a full file system with iOS, so I guess there’s some
workarounds needed, right? Exactly, it depends on the footage I have, if I record from my Mavic for
example, or from the GoPro, I use the Apple dongle,
which is this normal adapter and you just plug it in and
you can see your files and you select it. But it doesn’t work with every camera? No, not very camera, for example
if I use my Sony a7 III and probably that’s also
with other brands, I think the folder structure is not
recognized by the iOS system, so I use an external hard drive. But I cannot plug in an external hard drive
so I have to use a wireless hard drive. Although Apple has a USB-C port now, they do not allow
external hard drives, right? It’s annoying. But we have to make pressure
on Apple so they change it, maybe. I use this Western Digital
My Passport Wireless Pro, so I have 3 terabytes of
storage in there and I can use a card reader
with this USB-C port or even better, I can use the SD
card slot and just plug in an SD card and I can store the data
in it with an auto backup, or I can use it directly with the software. So, basically this is a hard drive
with a Wi-Fi connection, that you can access through your
iPad with the Western Digital app for My Passport, right? Yes, also with the Western Digital app you
do not depend on a computer basically because you can use the iPad
or even the iPhone to see your files and you can back up in here, or I use it directly in the editing
program and just take what you need. So, what app do you
actually use for editing, because you don’t have Premiere,
you don’t have final cut X. Yeah, I work normally with Premiere
but it doesn’t work yet on the iPad, so I have to use a program
called LumaFusion, LumaFusion is an editing program which
basically can do everything you need including sound and 3 layers
of video footage, even 4K footage, so you don’t have any lag, it’s fantastic. And you can bring in just the data
you want from your SD card. For example, we inserted your
SD card which is from Fuji. So it sees the full folder structure, right? It sees the full folder structure, that’s
why it does not depend on any iOS system. Unlike Apple’s adapter, you just see the
full structure with the Western Digital. You cannot use that. You have a .mov file here, and I just click on it and you
instantly see a preview. And you could trim the clips
before you actually insert them. Now this is still on the SD card, what
happens when you have it trimmed and you pull it down? Is it automatically copying it
into the iPad? Exactly, it’s automatically copying it
in the iPad, in the software and you can export it later with all the
parts or with even the small edits, Oh yeah, we see here downloading
media, okay that’s cool. So it’s not referencing just to the SD card. No, so you don’t lose any
data on your SD card, you can auto-backup all your data, for example, if you’re a couple
of guys working on a set and you just put in the SD cards, you
switch a button, you don’t need a computer and you make a backup
and it creates a folder and in there all the subfolders,
so you don’t lose anything. But you don’t have to, you can
select just portions of clips like you do with a normal ingest. It’s essential that you do
an exact planning of your shoot because then you’re really efficient. And, as you see, I just imported your file. It’s quite a big file so I’m surprised
how fast it was. You see, there’s no lag,
we can do whatever we want. I think this is also an h.265 file? Yeah, that’s no problem
for the new iPad. The older iPad had problems
with the h.265. But even on the iMac it’s a problem
to edit h.265, so this plays back here? Yeah, my maxed out iMac 2017 with
everything you can possibly put in there it’s laggy with h.265 and this one is not. With 3 layers and even 50p 4K
and it handles like… Yeah, that’s a 4K h.265 file with 200 Mb
or something like that from the Fuji XT-3, so it’s a very very big file. So, that’s a that’s a big deal. If you’re on the set and you’re planning,
and say “okay, I take the fuji, or the sony”, just don’t take a camera like the FS5
because the MXF file crashes right now. It’s a matter of time, so right now, I guess the mirrorless cameras with
the .mov and .mp4 containers work but the .mxf don’t work
yet with LumaFusion. And you can mix it all,
and the good part is, for example, I have some footage
which I recorded in 4K and at the same time I recorded
something in slow motion 100p and the program recognizes that there is
a potential that you can make a slo-mo without skipping frames,
and it’s super smooth and it’s like you do it in a big computer. Can you just show us one of your
projects that you edited there, so we have a bit of an idea
of the software? Yeah, for example in the beginning
you see an animation which is coming in, this is a logo, this would not work because After
Effects does not work these files, they have problems, but I made this also in After Effects
but I put in on a green screen and I keyed it out so you see
that background is normally in green. And if I open that you see it’s green,
but I have a key feature, I can have different keys. So, you basically made this file
on the computer but with a green background
and not with an alpha channel because it doesn’t recognize
alpha channels from After Effects? Not from After Effects but you
can make a transparent layer, like you see this bar for the lower thirds,
is also transparent, but this is made directly in, That’s directly in LumaFusion. That’s in LumaFusion but you can
basically use a Photoshop file, or PNG, or this animation and it’s
smooth, there’s no problem at all. So, you can select the layers that you
want to use from a Photoshop file as well? Yeah, whatever. And hopefully it’ll come up very fast
now with the Photoshop for the iPad because this is a killer program, and for example, you see here
that the small logo on top, that’s a PNG file which I made in Illustrator. So, it takes everything and you see… So, how many layers of video
can you have in LumaFusion? For the moment they offer 3 video
layers and 3 audio layers. But sometimes you have not enough, for example, if you go to the end
of the film you have different layers, but you can stack them. In this case I made an outro
and I duplicated the elements not the logo, the logo is different. So, this is like a consolidated clip
or, what is it called in Premiere? The package… yeah. You cannot save everything but it would
be nice to have an intro and outro which you can save forever
and you just take what you need. But in this case I can just duplicate
the timeline, it takes one second and you can work with this program
and delete the things you don’t need and use the beginning and the ending. And then I just have to add the logo
and there’s a workaround. But this for example is
an After Effects animation which is of course not transparent possible, but you can edit, like you make your intros,
you can use the ready-made intro with the sound and put it in there
and you can split the sound. There is a very important feature
for interviews, for example. There is Audio Ducking. If you have a guy like here speaking
in front of the camera, but you don’t want to manage the
sound always when he says something, you have to define this clip as a Master File
and the music which you have below is automatic. So, the music will lower when
he’s talking, that’s amazing. Even if you change the clip or the length,
it doesn’t need any rendering time at all, it’s in real time. So, no matter what we do it will always fit. Okay, so you don’t have to actually
lift and do keyframes and stuff. You see, there’s no curves. -Yeah.
-So, it automatically lowers the audio. You can do that but it’s not necessary,
you see there’s no nothing at all. Okay, amazing. And in the configuration you can say ‘Ducking’,
you select ‘Auto’, Maybe this feature exists in Premiere
as well, but I’ve never used it. Audio Ducking exists in the newer version,
I’ve never used it. Good to know, though. But that’s amazing, the whole
editing feels a lot more haptic because you are literally
touching your image, which is something you can’t do
of course on your normal computer, and also I’ve used my older iPad with
a Logitech Keyboard years ago already for writing and all kinds of stuff, where you didn’t have these
productivity apps yet, and when I went back to my Macbook Pro
it felt like I wanna touch the screen but I can’t and it’s so weird,
and you feel like this is the future, but it’s not there yet. But I think this is one of the good examples
where you can see what it can be and that you can actually
use it productively already as it is now. So, when you’re done
with an edit like that, how can you export it, how can you
give it to your client at the end? Because the whole point
is having it done immediately, so, are you uploading straight from
the app to YouTube or Vimeo, or are you giving them a file, or do you
have to go through a computer for that? No, you don’t need a computer, definitely. You don’t need anything. Maybe the external drive,
but it’s not really necessary If you’re finished with a film
you just click here in Export and you have all ways you can
export the movie, the audio, the whole project, the snapshot, whatever. And if you click on a movie
you have presets already done, for Vimeo, YouTube, Facebook. Now it’s a 4K file, but I can select,
I would like to have it in full HD, and it shows you already the file size
and which codec is used you can change that, also
the frame rate and it’s so fast. And if you work and maybe you’re used to
these shortcuts you also have them here, you just click on ‘command’
and you see the shortcuts, and you have even a second page
and I think you can change them also. So, you can really work fast,
blazing fast. And if you want to insert your graphics, you
just can place them in a folder in the iPad because now it works, so I have
a folder which is also on iCloud where I have my logos, I just take it and it doesn’t
use a lot of space. So, even if I don’t have
this one, I can work. And if you just push this button
you can switch to a different project. It looks very similar to
Final Cut Pro X in some ways. Well, I have no experience with
Final Cut Pro X, But, for example,
this one I can show you. We made a fast record
with the iPhone and this one I took from the SD card
which I recorded from the a7 III, so I mix it up. So, this is a mixture between
iPhone footage and A7 footage. It doesn’t matter at all,
and I just search the music track and I made this text in LumaFusion and
this edit maybe took me 15 minutes. Amazing. Cool, I think we’ll wrap it up here,
it’s a great first look at LumaFusion how to professionally edit on the iPad and
I think you’re proving that it actually works. So, maybe we can work on a tutorial
in the future on LumaFusion, because I think that’s something
that a lot of members of our audience might be interested in. I think it’s under the radar of
a lot of professional people still, but if you look at the possibilities here
it’s something that probably everybody should be aware of
for some specific edits. If I think about our show videos from NAB, IBC, and all
the other trade shows we attend, we have to be very fast, and we always try to be one
of the first ones to publish news about a new product, and this could be the perfect
way of doing that. Because right now we run with
an SD card, we send one of our guys or we run ourselves to the press room
which is usually kilometers away from where you are. We usually try to work from the
press rooms as much as possible and then upload from there. But it takes ages and, as you said, it takes ages just to get started
with the edit. So if you can remove that barrier
I think this is a very viable way of working with the iPad. And you sit on a coffee and you have
a cappuccino and you make the edit and you can give the client already,
on a USB stick for example, and go “hey, here’s your film”,
I’m done, I go home. Awesome. Thank you, Pedro, let’s work on a tutorial for LumaFusion and thanks everybody for watching,
I hope that got you excited to give the iPad Pro a try
for professional editing. And thanks for watching. Stay tuned to cinema5D
for more videos like this one and please subscribe
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experience with LumaFusion, maybe you can post
a comment for us. Yeah, see you soon.

100 Replies to “Fast Video Editing on the iPad Pro with LumaFusion – a Workflow Guide”

  1. 7:17 you make it sound like your iPad is more powerful than your (maxed out) iMac. The problem is there is no hardware decoding support for HEVC on iMac yet. On (new) iPhone & iPads there is. AVC playback is the same everywhere.

  2. Great video–dealing with storage and export issues and giving a an inside view of a Luma project with many
    specifics (video layers, ausio layers, graphics). I'm super impressed. Thanks

  3. my ipad is a 64gb would it be better if i upgrade it to the 256gb one? i've just started making some videos recenctly, just 5-15min long vids. dont really take 4k vids too

  4. It is baffling that i think i have been subscribing to you guys for ages ago, but only to realize that i was unsubscribed. Luckily i was searching for a Luma Fusion tutorial and this video came up close to the top for me. Please do a detail tutorial for Luma Fusion soon as i am going for a mobile film/video making setup and use my PC primarily for gaming.

  5. Not trying to buy a new iPad every year though lol. Feel like I can just get a laptop, also portable lol, also powerful + fast.. I dunno, somebody is gonna have to really show me the worth in this product + workflow..

  6. i fail to understand what makes this better than a laptop? if you hook up the portable keyboard for the iPad then its basically a laptop? plus the lack of hook-ability actual hinders using and iPad…plus software that won't port to desktop if needed at a later date. plus i just looked up the WD wireless HD's and the reviews are pure shit. to each his own but i think this guy just like his iPad pro (i like mine too but…)

  7. There’s a way to get the Sony files to work. It has something to do with how the files are written to the card which can be changed in the menu system. I saw someplace I’m sorry I don’t remember where.

  8. Love the video guys. I bought the WD wireless drive for use for my editing in Fusion but when streaming to my iPad the footage lags / freezes. Any ideas why? The footage is from a GoPro.

  9. "No experience with FCP", which is why Pedro thinks using Luma Fusion as a primary system is the best there is.

  10. If they provide access to hard-drives just like every other system does, it would legit be a great product.

    If I have to pull out my hair and spend a ton after buying an already expensive equipment like this…..naaaaah.

  11. You can use the Gigastone lightning micro USB reader to transfer files to & from, more capable than Apples shitty dongle

  12. so if i am understanding what youre saying the ipad pro has more processing power to edit videos then your intel based macbook?

  13. hi bro , hi Pedro , i have iPad pro 2018 and i see your video >> feel very excited …. thanks so much . good luck !

  14. Why do Sony’s use such weird file structures? I remember this from my NEX-5N days. My iPhone and iPad recognize all files from my Fujifilm cameras. Simple file structure.

  15. So………………………………what happens when you have an ipad pro 256gb with only 100gb storage left and have to edit a video with 4K assets with total size of 160gb? How do you render? Multiple projects, where do you store them all? I own a iPad Pro 11 with 256gb and have only 100gb of available storage after installing apps, books, videos photos etc. Unless I am editing short 10 minute videos, I really cant do much as far as video editing goes. Sure I could buy a 1Tb iPad Pro, but at that price, I would be better with entry level Macbook Pro and 1 TB external SSD drive. I feel space on the ipad and the inability to directly via cable interface to a scratch drive or assets drive really restricts usability.

  16. Nice video 👍🏻 still have a question
    Is that possible to edit Blackmagic 4k footage on Lumafusion?

  17. hi just a suggestion. is it possible if you could let us know the stuffs(gadgets) that we need to get so we will have the best video editing experience.
    thank u.

  18. Well, I think your prayers have been answered with iOS 13 and iPad iOS
    I ditched my MacBook Pro for the iPad Pro perfectly fits my workflow, it’s a great alternative to a heavy MacBook.
    iPad OS has lifted the bar
    now
    A lot of people have been waiting for such an upgrade, and it’s only the first version of the OS.

  19. Hey guys thanks for this video! I’ve been using LumaFusion for a couple years now. Have a look at some of the projects I was able to create with my iPhone 6 & LumaFusion!
    https://youtu.be/gibcfsql80I
    https://youtu.be/JHKxlH3GpSs

  20. iPadOS just made the iPad Pro worth buying. The problem now is if Adobe and Apple will decide to optimize their apps (Creative Cloud and Final Cut). Which is probably not going to happen… ;-;

  21. Apple does provide a file system with the new iOS 13. Would be interesting to see this new work flow with the new IOS

  22. Video editing is not just about scrubbing and faster rendering speeds. Lumafusion doesn't count as a professional editing software. Ergonomics is crucial on an iPad are horrible, you're sure to get a bad back, shoulder and neck pain.
    Video editing is all about heavy files and getting access to them fast.
    An iPad isn't really great tool to impress clients either.

  23. This is going to shock some folks but I am editing 3k video with layers on an iPad 4 Mini and not having any issues with it. Really amazing software is LumaFusion and the 2.0 version out now is amazing as well.

  24. I think I will have desktop at home and a iPad with the new iPadOS for mobile…this blows a macbook out of the water

  25. This workflow would make some sense if we were forced to use only apple products. 😱 Thankfully, we are not being forced into that! 🙏

  26. It's all changed. I started using an iPad as a laptop replacement over 5 years ago. It was far more difficult back then and has come such a long way.
    Been using LF for over a year as my only editor.

  27. I want to shoot a 4:30 mins short film on a Nikon d5600 in 1080p on a flat picture profile. I'm going to edit and colour it myself. Can the iPad pro handle that?

  28. I have LumaFusion and learning a lot about it and also practicing a lot. I would love a Tutorial. Thanks for sharing this video. Very interesting.

  29. I wanted to shoot our videos in 4k but my mac was struggling. It was not nearly powerful enough. I picked up an iPad Pro 12.9 and Lumafusion saved the day

  30. My wife and i are looking to get an ipad pro for youtube video editing. We are using an iPhone to take video for now, and we will probably be using iCloud at first to store and share raw video files. What size HD on the iPad Pro do you recommending getting?
    the videos will be between 3 and 6 mins long. probably on the shorter side.

  31. GRT to hear/see guys! I just purchased LumaFusion and I know you’re stoked about new iOS iPad updates #NEXTLEVEL that among many amazing improvements include the external files imports etc that weren’t possible when this awesome vid was first made 🙌🏻⚡️💪🏻💥👏🏻

  32. – This was a good video, but you should consider updating it now. Version 2.1 of LumaFusion is available now adding blending modes, frame.io integration (pay component), tight integration with gearbox 2.0, Affinity Photo (you can make your own LUTS), Affinity Designer (to creat logos, lower thirds, bugs< etc), and toss in the RODE Go microphone and things for Mobile ending jumped an order of magnitude.

  33. I am really far behind on the hardware. My goto machines are an ancient HP Laptop and I edit with the old Sony Movie Maker Suite.
    I also have an old iPad Air 2 and LumaFusion actually runs on that very well. It is amazing I can run software like this on a tablet this old and slow.
    If anyone out there needs to hire me I really need a job. Love this stuff.

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