updated 06:20 pm EDT, Mon June 14, 2010
iMovie for iPhone most demanding mobile video tool
iMovie for iPhone will be one of the most demanding mobile video editing apps to date when it's released, contacts within Apple said today. The software will need an iPhone 4 as only the A4 would have enough power for both the 720p video and real-time transition effects. iPads were also ruled out by TidBITS' informers, as the tablets aren't designed to adapt to the iPhone 4's 960x640 resolution; the lack of a camera is also a major factor.
Mac owners won't have the option of importing raw projects into iMovie on the desktop with at least the initial release, but finished projects can always export into iTunes. Video can also theoretically come from other sources as well, but it has to be encoded at bitrates the iPhone 4 can recognize. As has been noticed by some, iMovie can capture footage directly from the app.
The app should go live day-and-date with the iPhone 4 itself, on June 24.
Apple's requirements are some of the toughest for a mobile video editor but also come as it's a relatively unique entry. Other camera phones, such as the LG Viewty, have had mobile video editing for months or even years but have virtually never had live effects previews or certain kinds of effects, such as advanced themes. The iPhone 3GS has been technically capable of playing up to 1080p, but it lacks the hardware to both record it and to edit it on the spot.