Greetings from NZ!
We have two items to present today: 1) Multi-channel audio & effects; and 2) Text within iShowU Instant.
We’ve spent the last few weeks working hard on the audio & effects processing system for iShowU Instant, and I’m happy to say we’ve got a preview release ready for you that shows it off! For the first time, iShowU users will be able to use dynamics, compressor and EQ on the microphone to make the spoken part of the recording better! Exciting!
Multi Channel Audio & Effects
To get hold of the new demo, visit the feature voting page. We want to get your feedback, so we’re forcing you to go there
Onto the new iShowU Instant demo app. What does it bring over our previous release?
- Audio play through and preview of the selected microphone input
- Selectable output formats (PCM, AAC, Lossless and IMA), with both bitrate and sampling rate selection.
- Mapping from your input device, to the selected output format. e.g: map your stereo microphone to different (or all) channels of a 5.1 AAC, or map channel 8 of a 32 channel desk to L/R of a stereo out.
- Dynamics, Compressor and multi-channel EQ effects, which can be adjusted in realtime.
- iShowU Audio Capture extension for the capture of app audio
The above pic shows the default channel configuration for a Lexicon Omega that we have here. iShowU will now let you map channels for whatever device you are using for audio input.
Encoding Format Selection
The output tab now shows a whole bunch of options for audio encoding, including bitrate and sample rate choices. The pic below shows the available channel options for AAC – as you can see, there’s quite a few!
The cool part – Effects
Want to make your mic/voice sound better? Now you can with the built in audio effects processing. iShowU Instant now has dynamics, compressor and EQ built in to the audio pipeline.
This week’s Question: Text & iShowU Instant
iShowU is primarily an instant recording tool. By “instant” we mean it encodes on the fly and produces a usable movie at the end. In other words, it’s fast. Fast to produce results that you can use right away.
Adding text has traditionally been a “post editing” feature, included in tools like iShowU Studio & Final Cut Pro / iMovie (etc). The downside being that it requires re-encoding the movie to produce one with the text added to it. This can sometimes take an hour or more, depending on the length of the recording!
However we recognise that it would be useful to add text features to the “instant” version of iShowU in some form. We’ve thought about options and have come up with a few ways to do it. Please visit and vote on the one that makes most sense to you.