Month: July 2014

How to Edit Video on an iPad – slow motion

This is an easy effect to achieve on the iPad.

After you have placed your shot in the editing timeline:








TAP on it:








Then you TAP on ‘Speed’ at the bottom of the editing window:











Which then displays a slider with a Rabbit at one end and a Tortoise at the opposite end.














Select the Tortoise and your shot instantly expands which¬†gives you Slow Motion (Slow Mo) for your movie. It is a nice effect to drop into any film but use it sparingly. You don’t want the whole of your movie to look like the Running on the Beach Scene in the film ‘Chariots of Fire.’

Here are a before and after of the shot featured in the images above:



Below is a Montage from Chariots of Fire to inspire you… ūüôā A few Slow Mo are used.

Chariots of Fire – Beach Scene – music montage

How to Edit Video on an iPad – part one


How to Edit Video on an iPad – assembly edit


Regardless of whether you are editing an¬†indie feature, a wedding video,¬†baby’s christening, your holiday in Florida or dad’s attempt to build a patio,¬†the first thing you will need to do in creating your award winning movie is to get the footage you have shot into the¬†editing ‘timeline’ so that you can start the real job of editing.

Having selected NEW PROJECT you then tap on MOVIE to open up your editing software.

TAP on Video, Photos or Audio to add your media to the timeline.


On the right hand side you will see the footage you have shot.


TAP on a shot then you will see this:


TAP on the ARROW which is pointing down and your shot will drop into the timeline.


Bear in mind that you will obviously shoot more footage than you need to tell your story.

When you do your ‘first edit’ just select the shots you like and place them into the timeline. Do not worry about¬†which shots are too long. Just get all the shots into the timeline, ¬†later you can rearrange the order of your shots and change the duration of each shot.

It the next edit you do will be more creative as you start to shape your movie in terms of pace, style, use of music and the adding of titles.

More on that in the next lesson.

One thing to remember, never worry about making mistakes. You can always unpick an edit to remove a mistake.

Enjoy your first assembly edit.

Here is a video shot and edited on an iPad.


Shoot and Edit Your Home Movie like a Pro – iBookstore

Grab a sample here:


Part Three: Dissolves and Cuts:

There is more to come in this series:

Editing –¬†Getting music onto the video –¬†Titles –¬†Trimming shots –¬†Audio mixing


How to edit Video on an iPad – dissolves/cuts

As you assemble your video on an iPad using iMovie it has a default setting of making all your shots in a sequence dissolve; as you add each new shot to  your movie you get a dissolve instead of a cut.









It is easy to change the edit from a dissolve into a cut.

Here we have two shots which dissolve. If you TAP on the  icon between the shots you can change it from:








… into a:







You select the cut icon from the selection at the bottom of the edit window.








The other icons allow to push one shot into the following shot instead of a cut or have a ripple effect.

Try them out. It easy to revert to the cut version if you see anything you don’t like.

Remember films are made up of cuts. You hardly ever see a dissolve in a modern feature film.

That isn’t to say you shouldn’t try them out; you never know, the dissolve may come back into fashion. It only takes someone like Tarantino to use them in a film then everyone will be using them.

Happy editing.


Shoot and Edit Your Home Movies like a Pro РeBook with embedded video – iBookstore


Part Four: Creating Slow Motion shots:

Vasiliy Mitrokhin – ex KGB who defected to UK – archive


When¬†Vasiliy Mitrokhin walked into the British Embassy in¬†Riga (the Latvian capital)¬†they couldn’t believe their luck.

He had first approached the Americans but they thought he was making up a fantasy life.

Fortunately someone at the Brit Embassy took him at face value and made an appointment for him to meet someone in the intelligence service.

Mitrokhin was one of the few people to have access to the entire KGB archive and had papers for all past and current missions. Over a long period he had copied their papers and hidden his copies under his house. He knew that one day they would be his passport out of the Soviet Union.

He brought them all out with him when MI6 assisted his passage from Europe into the UK. There is an excellent book you can buy by Christopher Andrew ( who interviewed him).

The Russian scientists could never work out where and how they were getting accurate instructions on how to build a Nuclear Bomb. They had been helped by one Senior Airforce Officer in the USA who had walked into a Russian embassy in America and handed over a complete file of how to build a bomb.

Below is an online archive the Americans have set up but you can also access Vasiliy Mitrokhin material via Churchill College, Cambridge (open to the public).


University  of Cambridge РChurchill College

edited: 3rd March, 2017

Vasiliy Mitrokhin РUSA site Рthere was a page on the link below but it has been deleted.