If you look at the N96, everything about it screams VIDEO. The 2.8″ screen, VGA capture at 30 FPS, 16GB of storage for recording and storage, the dual LED that can be used as while recording and lastly, its box itself – from which the above picture comes. Anyone would think that Nokia has gone all in for making it into a video production and consumption monster. At least I did, before I had the following incredibly frustrating experience. My videos have not been set ‘free’.
Yesterday I set out to capture a video for the Face The Task Challenge and after shooting it, I decided to take full advantage of the N96’s WiFi and sharing capability (Share Online) by directly uploading it after giving it some minor spruce ups. Soon thereafter I recalled that Nokia had removed the video editor from the N96 for some reason. The N95 had it, but lo-behold its successor doesn’t- what a royal shame. Read on and look at the following screenshots to find out what Nokia is keeping from us.
Just by looking at the various option you can get an idea of what amazing results it can produce. Frustrated by the N96, and without a computer, I turned to my trusty N95 to deliver. The first thing I did was replace the audio to fill the video with some music instead of our voices. It barely look seconds, the video editor used an MP3 stored on the phone to quickly replace the soundtrack. Next, I added a Title and credits at the beggining and end respectively in fairly quick time and the video was ready. Within five minutes it looked much more appealing than the original.
With Share Online I could then easily upload the video from the phone itself for the world to see. (Look here if Share on Ovi doesn’t show up in Share Online). That would have been convergence, sadly the N95 has it but the N96 doesn’t.
Have a look at a video shot, edited and uploaded – all from an Nseries.
Had Nokia removed the video editor from an Eseries device, I could have understood – but why the N96? It isn’t because of FP2, because to the N85 and even the N78 have it. Is it because Nokia felt few people ever use it? Or is it a mere policy decision? Well, the thing is that for something to be important, it doesn’t have to been in use everyday – just knowing that its there is enough.
Even the N78 and N85 have toned down variants, they can just merge, cut, change sound and add text to videos. The N95 can do that and then:
What I can’t get is that why newer phones that should be capable of more with their greater RAM are still lagging behind what an almost two year old N95 can do? Why take all of this away when putting it in means no extra effort for you Nokia? I admit, I don’t use this functionality often but from this rant I’m sure you can make out that I use it enough to be bothered by its absence. But since a lone voice hardly counts, I ask you – Do you guys use/miss it?