WWDC 2022 started a few weeks ago. With the new operating systems just announced and developers already testing what’s to come iOS 16† iPad OS 16† macOS 13 Venturaand more, 9to5Mac interviewed LumaFusion creators, Terri Morgan and Chris Demiris, about Apple’s new features, how they can help improve the LumaFusion experience, and what the powerful video editor app will bring to these operating system updates later this fall.
iPadOS 16 faces some controversy with the key features are exclusive to the M1 iPadsbut at the same time, this new OS will finally provide Pro users with more ways to take advantage of a larger screen, more powerful chip, and touch capabilities.
For the award-winning LumaFusion and its focus on the iPad screen, both co-founders think Reference Mode could be a really nice addition.
“One of the great features of iPadOS 16 is Reference mode. Apple recommended LumaFusion when he shows it off, as he uses the iPad to better visualize HDR content. We’ve had an HDR workflow for a while, but it was a little hard to visualize what it will look like in the final TV, so this will be a nice addition,” said Chris Demiris. “One of the areas where we probably working on is to use a second monitor on a Mac or the iPad as a reference to try and take advantage of this feature.”
They also mentioned the position of Stage Manager. For Terri Morgan, this feature may open up new possibilities thanks to the new support for external displays.
At first I was a little concerned about Stage Manager. What I like most about iPad is the ability to focus on what I’m doing. This feature allows us to place parts of the user interface on an external monitor, for example an info panel or library, and have the experience of both touch and expanse of a desktop screen.
Both Demiris and Morgan believe that LumaFusion has helped get around iPad limitations since the early days and they see, little by little, Apple improving the experience with new software updates.
“Continuity and similarity between platforms show that Apple is moving in that direction with iPadOS 16 and macOS 13 Ventura. But to us the touch interface feels different, the focus of LumaFusion has always been on the tablet,” says Chris Demiris.
“Having worked as an editor for a long time, I know the limitations that editors face. Sometimes you think that a change will take many years, and in just a few years everything is different. Why carry a laptop when I can have a better screen, longer battery life, and instant power on and off with an iPad? Apple is very good at providing features that we can use with LumaFusion,” said Terri Morgan.
LumaFusion 3.1 is just around the corner – and Multicam is coming
While iPadOS 16 is still in the early stages of beta testing, LumaFusion has been hard at work on update 3.1. It will bring Scopes, multiple Lut, waveform, histogram, different channels, multiple chromakey and color effects, as well as “hundreds of minor bug fixes”.
The long-awaited Multicam experience was previewed a year ago at the M1 iPad Pro announcement and it’s coming soon, just after update 3.1.
Multicam sync makes it easy to sync multiple video and audio sources, allowing for streamlined editing. The editor can automatically sync up to 12 video sources and multiple audio sources.
“We have been working in Multicam for a long time. it’s not your usual multicam experience with a lot of clicking and switching. In LumaFusion, we’ve used this feature in a different way, where you can throw your clips in, add master audio, mapping, and more,” says Morgan.
“With LumaFusion you can go back and forth and edit the content in a way that is not possible in other apps. We give users a lot of flexibility and then we see how the editor will use them,” Demiris added.
From Apple to Google, an Android future is coming to LumaFusion
The makers of LumaFusion also teased that they are working on an Android app that will work with modern Chromebooks, tablets, and some high-end smartphones, still on track for a 2022 release. For Demiris, introducing LumaFusion to the Android ecosystem presents a different set of challenges.
That said, LumaFusion has moved from an iPad app to the iPhone, M1 Macs, and Android devices in the future in recent years.
“Our focus has always been on the tablet, but 40% of our users use the iPhone. They use their phone to capture and edit images directly from their phone, without ever opening the iPad app,” says Chris Demiris. Update 3.1 will clean up some areas for those using an Apple silicone Mac. We’re improving the drag and drop feature, broguht keyboard shortcuts to keep improving that experience. That said, our focus is still on a touch interface, we don’t want to forget that, nor do our customers do that.”
Closing and what the future has in store
While LumaFusion has been teasing Multicam support for over a year now, there’s more the company plans to bring in the future as both Demiris and Morgan say there’s a lot more to come after update 3.1.
Advanced keyframing and spatial and temporal curves are coming. Subtitles are also “a really big area,” Morgan said. “All these things are coming, we’re just finding better ways to bring them,” notes Demiris.
LumaFusion is available for iPhones, iPads and Apple silicone Macs. It costs $29.99, but also offers in-app purchases for advanced workflow features. you can find it here in the App Store†
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