Core and App 2.0
Without your feedback we couldn’t have made this release.
We have taken our time to completely reimagine the workflow and foundations of Live, to give you more predictable output, much more creative freedom, and more control. But despite all these changes, you’ll find the new experience instantly familiar.
What’s new in 2.0
What You See Is What You Get
Our number one goal was to eliminate unpleasant surprises when exporting your final videos and photos. This meant revisiting the fundamental structure of the software.
Live View reflects exactly the aspect ratio you are working in. Now, if your preset is 4:5, Live View will be 4:5. So you know exactly what you’ll get. No surprises.
The same goes for the gallery. If you’re shooting photos for 4:5, that’s what you’ll see. So you know exactly what the final output will look like.
Each Video and Photo Preset has its own section in the Gallery on the left. To get started, you tap the preset you want to create content for. So you always know exactly what you’re doing, and what content is for where.
When your videos are recorded, you’ll see them each as a nice strip of thumbnails in the gallery. Photos appear in the section belonging to their preset, with the correct aspect ratio.
Adjust framings and video clips straight from Live View
What good is it to see what your final videos and photos will look like, if you can’t do anything about it? Well, now you can.
When you are recording a video or taking photos, Live View shows you an exact preview of the final result.
If you want to adjust camera elevation, tilt or zoom, just move the light view with your fingers. Swipe up/down to change camera height, swipe with two fingers to tilt, or pinch to zoom.
After adjusting a video of photo framing, a button will appear offering you to ‘Save Changes’. Tap it, and all future presets will go to your new settings.
If you change your mind, just tap another framing or re-prepare the same framing and it will go back to what it was.
If you want to make an exception without saving, just make your adjustments, take the photo or record the video, and move on without saving your framing changes.
Photo and Video presets are more powerful
To allow this what-you-see-is-what-you-get and the ability to make changes on the fly, we changed the definition of Photo and Video Presets.
Photo Presets now include Framings in them. They also include aspect ratio. That way, you can make a preset that is just right for, say, your 4:5 photos for your website, including all the right framings. And a separate 2:3 preset for your catalogues that has its own framings.
Video Presets now include aspect ratio. So when you record your videos, you can fine tune the content and camera positions for the aspect ratio. No more unpredictable crops.
To ensure predictable results, videos no longer share clips across presets. So you won’t see a 2:3 clip being cropped into a 4:5 ratio any more.
Shared clips within a preset – for instance the walk-in in a London template – are visually marked in the gallery so you know which clips will end up where.
To further ensure predictability, we have disabled auto-adjustment based on model height. So if you for instance photograph and record kids, you can make a specialized template just for them. You are in control.
File Presets are now a separate section
You can now postpone decisions about file types and resolution to the point of export. You no longer have to create multiple Photo and Video presets just to get different file formats.
File presets can be made for videos and photos.
They include details like resolution, file format, quality and metadata. Aspect ratio is now part of the Video Presets and Photo Presets themselves.
During Export you can choose which file presets you want.
File preset names will be part of the exported files’ names.
Video templates are just a starting point
With the ability to drastically alter camera elevation, zoom and tilt straight from the iPad, the video templates are really just a basic structure serving as a starting point.
A video template serves as a basic structure where the fixed elements are the amount of clips, clip duration, clip order, and camera movement – e.g. static, elevator or virtual pan. It also prescribes if the video is normal speed or slo-mo, and whether a clips is product focused or not – meaning clips depend on where you’ve marked a product.
Each clip can – regardless of whether it is product focused or not – be altered on the fly in Live View and changes can be saved for subsequent recordings. So even if the default template e.g. has a zoomed out framing with the camera up high, you can change it into a zoomed in shot with the camera at a low position, tilted upwards – whatever you want.
Video Templates are copied into Presets
When you make a new Video Preset and choose a video template, a copy is made.
The software ships with a number of ‘golden templates’. These are always available to be chosen when creating a new preset.
When you make a new Video Preset and choose a video template, a copy of the template is attached to your new Video Preset. When you edit camera positions, length, aspect ratio etc, that is all part of your Video Preset. The ‘golden templates’ remain untouched.
If you delete your Video Preset, your customizations will be deleted along with it.
You no longer have to select both a video and photo preset when creating a new outfit. Either will do.
Exports can now be stopped midway. Outfits already in progress will be completed, and the rest will remain in the Outfits screen for later.
When an Export completes, the panel automatically dismisses so you can easily tell from a distance.
System sounds are all-new and easier on the ears.
Auto-cleanup schedule can be manually configured by our support team for those of you who shoot at a very high pace.