Avid today released a video editing app for the iPad. Avid Studio is not designed to replace an editing bay, but at $4.99 nobody would expect it to. It does, however, enable frame-by-frame editing accuracy and access to multiple types of media.

Completed projects can be uploaded to YouTube, Facebook and elsewhere, or they can be exported to the desktop Avid Studio software for more advanced editing.

Avid Studio for iPad combines both Storyboard and Timeline features, and it includes a range of compositing tools like a picture-in-picture effect, animated montage themes, and multiple audio tracks for layering music, audio and sound effects. Users also can capture video and photos within the app, which in addition also automatically recognizes imported media that has been previously organized by albums, events, faces and other criteria.

“More and more users are relying on mobile devices for media content creation, viewing and sharing, and we’re proud to deliver a feature-rich new app that takes powerful Avid technology and adapts it specifically for the iPad. Now video editors have a great, powerful and fun way to create movies and tell their stories,” said Tanguy Leborgne, vice president, creative enthusiasts products and solutions at Avid. “Editing enthusiasts can now use a mobile application that has our industry-leading video editing technology built into it – with the interactive capabilities of iOS – to help them make incredible movies at home or on the go.”

For users who want to make the process feel more like its professional-level big brother, they can simply take their iPad into a dark cubicle and put on a pair of headphones while they work through their lunch break.

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