After waiting in line for a mere 2 hours this morning (I heard that some stores had waits of 4-6 hours), I got my hands on a new iPhone 4. Since its 720p camera was the biggest selling point for me, I wasted no time shooting some test video and throwing together a 1-minute project in the new iMovie app. It’s a mock vacation video for Santa Barbara, and I hope it gives people and idea of what the new iPhone is capable of. It may not be as impressive as Apple’s demonstration video (starts at about 4:40), but they used professional quality tripods and sliders. Cheaters!
This took about an hour to edit and my first impression of the iMovie app is mostly positive, but it’s very, very limited in its abilities. This is, of course, to be expected on a phone (the fact that I can edit on my phone is amazing in itself), but a few feature additions like copy/paste, more audio control, and a better way to trim individual clips would really make it outstanding for quick home-movie edits. Also a wider lens to help with the shakiness would have really made my day.
Feel free to leave a comment if you have any questions about iPhone 4’s 720p or the new iMovie app. I’ll also post a full review of the iMovie app in the next few days.