One of the new things that the new Symbian^3 OS brings is a pretty capable video editor that allows you to edit HD video right on the mobile phone. You can merge clips, add images, throw in transitions, replace the audio with music, trim clips, add titles and captions, pretty much everything that you’ll want to do before you share the glorious video that you have shot on the phone.
Considering the fact that event my Macbook screams when it comes to editing video in HD, the results and speed the N8 manages to pull off is pretty impressive. Some transitions, specially in the photo slideshow look a little jerky, but it may just have been the style of that particular theme.
Here is a video that I produced on the N8 immediately after recording the demo that you saw above, it took me under 5 minutes to produce.
Added a Title screen with a transition.
Selected two clips, trimmed one down to include just the middle part of it.
Added another transition.
Added background music.
Ended with another text based slide.
With an upload service such as pixelpipe running, the N8 becomes a true multimedia sharing powerhouse. For a long time image and video editors on the device have been more of gimmicks than actually usable apps, riddled with stability issues. But it looks like onboard editing on the Nokia N8 not just does the job, but impresses. After all, the application came for free, inbuilt on the phone and you didn’t have to buy it, unlike Apple’s iMovie for iPhone.
It is after a long time that I am really getting excited about a Nokia Symbian device. Infact, the N8 is the new N95 for me. You look at the hardware and you fall for it, but what is making me really happy is the software that’s bringing something new to the table. This is my second post on the same subject in a short while so you can tell I am excited.
Infact, with the N8 Nokia’s truly stepped into the portable computer market. A netbook allows you to browse the web, chat, do a bit of office work, watch a movie and the like. The N8 also lets you do all of that but with the ability to use a HDTV and is no where the size of a netbook. You can even plug a USB thumb drive into it for moving data across. But what really makes my day is the fact that it even supports the use of a BT Mouse and Keyboard at the same time and what is even more awesome is the fact that the support for the mouse is pretty extensive. It works throughout the device be it the music player, the homescreen, office apps and it can pretty much replace your finger. A right click on the mouse brings you to the homescreen and you can even scroll lists on the phone with the mouse’s scroll wheel.
Senario: You have the N8 plugged in to an HDTV via HDMI and have a 720P movie downloading from ‘Ovi Movies’. You push that to the background and connect a BT Mouse and Keyboard to you can go sit down on the couch. Then you browse the web, (which is turning out to be very convenient because of the mouse support) and suddenly realize that you have a reply to send, so you type in a quick email, pickup the attachment from the pen drive that’s connected to the N8 and fire it off. Meanwhile the movie which you had sent to the background has completed downloading, you hit play right from the couch. If that is not awesome, tell me what is?
The movie here could easily have come from the flash drive or your favourite torrent. You could also have edited a word document, or some video with the N8’s inbuilt video editor or a thousand things developers can think of.
My friend Michael Hell was able to capture a video showing the BT Mouse and Keyboard in action, have a look for yourself.