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Video editing software for Windows 8

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The new Windows 8 interface

Cinelab offers on-the-go video editing capabilities for Microsoft’s new Surface tablet and other mobile devices or desktop computer

Now that Microsoft has finally come to the party with the launch of its Surface tablet and the new Windows 8 operating system, we are very impressed with Thinkbox Software for releasing the first video editing app for Windows 8.

Using a very simple touch interface, Cinelab offers on-the-go video editing capabilities directly from any supported tablet, mobile device or desktop computer.

Users can rearrange clips by moving them around on screen, tap them to play, and shorten the length by moving handles on a bar directly beneath the clip. Rearranged and trimmed clip sequences can be shared via SkyDrive and email.

Microsoft didn’t lose anytime endorsing the new Windows app.“The elegance of Cinelab is in its simplicity. The app really takes advantage of the new Windows UI to create an incredibly easy and intuitive video-editing tool. Windows 8 was designed to provide an environment conducive to creativity, and Cinelab is one of the many apps that will help customers of any technical level get there very quickly,” said John Richards, Microsoft’s senior director of Windows App Marketing.

To say Microsoft has a lot of ground to catch up on Apple’s iOS is an understatement, but at least it has eventually woken up to the fact that mobile is where it’s at for the new breed of creator-makers, who are producing content on, and for, tablet and smartphone devices.

Thinkbox was founded by Chris Bond in 2012, after decades working in the creative technology sector and has provided software in the past for some of the world’s largest feature films, in front of and behind the screen, including Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Thor, Green Lantern, Harry Potter, Avatar, Tron, GI-Joe the Rise of Cobra.

Bond told that he set out to design an easy-to-use editing app that would enable people of any skill level to trim and cut together clips, and share them directly from Windows 8 devices.

“The development of Cinelab was something that came together quickly. Our combined creative experience and development of professional tools for filmmakers combined with this new interface allowed us to develop an editorial tool that is completely different. We created a tool that we would want to use to edit with ourselves with enough built-in flexibility that professionals, amateurs and children would equally find approachable and useful,” he said.

• A free version of Cinelab is available through the Windows Store

• Further reading: Vimeo: Editing Sound & Music with Windows Live Movie Maker


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