Thursday, October 9th, 2014 Posted by Jim Thacker

Adobe adds neat free video editor to its iOS app line-up

Adobe’s new free Premiere Clip iOS app is designed to carry out video editing tasks on an iPhone or iPad. The firm has also announced Shape CC and Brush CC, for turning photos into vectors and Photoshop brushes.

Adobe has launched three new free iOS apps. Premiere Clip is designed for video editing on the move, while Shape CC and Brush CC convert iPad or iPhone photos into vector graphics and custom digital brushes.

The new apps were announced at the company’s Adobe MAX conference, along with extensive rebranding of Adobe’s existing mobile product line-up.

Premiere Clip: simple video editing on the move
For our money, the most interesting of the three apps is Premiere Clip, intended to provide straightforward editing capabilities for video footage captured with an iPhone or iPad camera.

It comes with simple tools for trimming and rearranging clips in the timeline, adjusting image properties and volume, plus the option to slow playback of clips, and generate title cards.

You also get some quite nice audio features: the app’s Smart Volume feature automatically balances audio levels between clips, while Auto Mix dynamically balances speech with any background soundtrack you add.

Users can also apply a range of preset transitions or SpeedGrade-style colour-grading Looks to clips.

You’ll need a Creative Cloud account to export the project file itself to Premiere Pro or to sync media between different devices, but you can still share the edited video via social media if you only have a free Adobe ID.

Read more about Premiere Clip on Adobe’s website

Shape CC: instant vector graphics from photos
Of the other two apps, Shape CC converts photographic images into vector graphics, with a slider to control which parts of the image are traced, and touchscreen controls to clean up the results.

The resulting output would need refinement – the app itself doesn’t have any true vector-editing tools – but it’s a quick way to capture ideas, particularly from drawn or printed sources.

While the app itself is free, you will need a Creative Cloud account to use it, since the output is saved to a Creative Cloud Library.

Read more about Shape CC on Adobe’s website

Brush CC: convert images to digital brushes
Brush CC works in a similar way, converting photos of sketches – unsurprisingly, it isn’t really designed to work with photos of objects – into custom brushes for Photoshop, Illustrator or Adobe’s Sketch app.

Users get similar in-app editing options to Shape CC, plus sliders to control brush size, flow, pressure, velocity, noise and antialiasing, and a number of settings to control previews of the results.

Again, it outputs to a cloud library, so you’ll need a Creative Cloud account to do anything useful.

Read more about Brush CC on Adobe’s website

Name changes and updates for other apps
Adobe has also rebranded and updated its existing iOS apps. In the same ‘Capture’ product group as Shape CC and Brush CC, colour-theming app Kuler becomes Color CC.

Of the drawing apps the company announced earlier this year, Sketch becomes Photoshop Sketch and Line becomes Illustrator Line. In addition, Adobe Ideas becomes Illustrator Draw.

None of the apps are currently available to Android, and according to reports from Adobe MAX, Adobe has “no timeframe” for releasing Android ports.

See Adobe’s entire family of mobile graphics apps
(Includes download links to the iTunes store)