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.
The whole process of manipulating video is pretty simple and you feel at home the moment you start the application. Here is an in-depth look at the Nokia N8’s video editor in glorious HD.
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.