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Integrating video editing with desktop systems

Can your production process be ‘pure mojo’ or do you need to transfer your work to a computer to prepare it for publication?

The answer to this question depends on which phones you’re using, which apps you have access to, where the content will be published, and your newsroom budget.

Stories for web and social platforms

For video that is being published on social platforms like Facebook and Twitter, you can usually upload directly from your video editing app. However it is best practice to save the video to your Camera Roll first, so that you have a high quality version to re-edit for other social platforms and your website.

If your video is going on your website, talk to your online editor about the resolution and aspect ratio they need for your video to display properly, and make sure the app you’re using exports videos at those settings. Other than that, you should be able to do all your production on the phone.

Stories for television

If you need to add branded captions and titles to a video for TV, your entire workflow can remain in the phone if you are on iOS. You can film in a professional app like Filmic Pro, and edit in LumaFusion – including exporting square and vertical versions for social media, as well as a landscape version for TV.

The Android world is catching up fast. You can edit your package on KineMaster (with the option to use PowerDirector if your broadcaster is in an NTSC country), and you can add branded captions, titles and motion graphics in Alight Motion.

However many journalists – on both iOS and Android – prefer to use their phones for filming video, and then transfer their work to a desktop system like Final Cut Pro or Premiere Pro for post-production – particularly if these elements are stored on a central newsroom server.

To design the best workflow for your needs, start by chatting to your broadcast operators and technicians to test any apps you plan to use, and associated equipment, to ensure the files you create and edit are compatible with your station’s required file formats and settings.

Transferring video files from the phone

Many apps can be linked to cloud storage services such as Google Drive, Send Anywhere and Dropbox from where your newsroom can download them. Depending on your phone, you can also plug it into a desktop and treat it as an external drive.

iOS phones can also send files direct to a Macintosh desktop via AirDrop, and some apps also enable transfer via shared wifi.

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