As of July, the App Store had over 1.2 million apps, so finding the real gems mixed in the clutter of mediocre apps can be a challenge. When we discovered CTRL+Console at NAB this year, we were really impressed with their app for video editing. It’s a real find and a great new company that we want to make sure you know about.
CTRL+Console turns the iPad into a sleek control surface for video editing. Creating a more "user friendly" way to control FCP and Premiere Pro. The app is designed to make learning and using editing software seamless and intuitive.
It’s a solid blend of style and function. CTRL+Console has a gorgeous interface, with a dark background to keep it easy on the eyes when editing. The app also takes full advantage of touchscreen technology, creating a wireless, adaptable interface that integrates easy-to-learn Gesture Control.
With gestures enabled, users can cut an entire sequence without ever looking at the iPad: Jog and shuttle with frame-by-frame accuracy, mark in's and out's, and insert the clips into timeline. Great for building selects and rough cuts, it also creates a fun, iridescent path wherever your fingers swipe (added bonus). Plus, it's works over wifi and is as responsive as $1,000 hardware. Not bad.
Here’s a quick teaser video of the app in action:
and another vid with the Founder, Jeff Chow, showing off the Gesture Control System:
CTRL+Console offers two kinds of consoles in both FCP and Premiere:
- Controller consoles cost $5 and include the basic jog / shuttle functionality. They are designed to enhance collaborative work and make footage review with clients and film teams easy.
- Editor consoles run $30, handle nearly 30 key editing functions, and include the full Gesture Control System.
The startup raised $41,000 on Kickstarter at the end of 2012 and then demo’d their prototype from the Adobe booth at NAB 2013. They recently established themselves as an Adobe Broadcast Partner and have 4 stars in the App store.
Jeff Chow had this to say the app, “Creating CTRL+Console allowed me to take on projects that I wouldn't otherwise have been able to do by allowing me to learn and edit fast. But it's become more than that, it's about empowering creatives everywhere to edit in an intuitive way with unprecedented speed. Creating tools that reduce the gap between what's in your mind and what you create so that you are more free to express your vision and edit like never before.”