Best way to edit 4K and 5.4K video on the iPad Pro

When iMovie just isn't enough.
Written by Adrian Kingsley-Hughes, Senior Contributing Editor

Photography has been a long-term passion of mine, but since picking up a DJI Air 2S drone and a Sony A7 III dSLR, I've found myself increasingly interested in video.

But if I used to think that photography generated a lot of data, it's nothing to what video produces, especially if I'm shooting in 4K or 5.4K.

Minutes of shooting can result in gigabytes of data, which not only puts big demands on storage, but also editing.

While I mostly use my MacBook Pro for editing, sometimes it's nice to travel light and use my iPad Pro.

But what's the best way to edit videos on the iPad Pro?

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The obvious choice is iMovie. It comes with the iPad, and it's free.

But it's a huge step down from something like Adobe Premiere Pro and doesn't do some things that I want from an editor. The color correction tools are weak, and the app doesn't accept LUTs (which are used for color grading).

So, I've been on the lookout for a better tool.

And I've found one.

It's called LumaFusion.

LumaFusion is not free. It's $30, but if you've spent hundreds of dollars on a drone dSLR, then this is a drop in the ocean, and it gets you a solid app that's capable of a lot.

First off, it can handle multitrack video editing, which for anything more than a simple video is a must. And it handles the demands easily, no matter whether I'm using HD video, 4K video, or even 5.4K video.

That's impressive.

I can trim, edit, color correct, add audio tracks, add titles, and much more.

LumaFusion also comes with a built-in "Lock and Load Stabilizer" for correcting shaky footage. This feature was recently added to the app, and I'm very impressed by the results from it.

I like to slow down and speed up drone footage a lot, so the ability to work with frame rates from 18 to 240 frames-per-second, with fantastic results is important to me.

Another LumaFusion feature that I like a lot is the ability to edit video directly from external USB-C drives. This means that I'm not having to fill the iPad Pro's storage with videos.

There are also a bunch of other features in LumaFusion such as green screen and chroma keys, which might be of use for you in your workflow.

I'm impressed by what LumaFusion has to offer, and for $30 it has a lot to offer both the amateurs and professionals alike.

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