The new version of Splice 4.1.9 is a big step towards a much more powerful iOS editing app.
But there are still bugs that stop it from being the truly perfect mobile editing app it could be.
This was my experience editing a 1 min 30 sec, 4K 24fps home video on an 512GB iPhone 11 Pro Max with software version 13.2.3.
The first thing you notice is the user interface which has had an overhaul and it works really well allowing you to move around your video timeline and menus quickly.
I love the level of detail when zooming in the timeline but it doesn’t measure video in frames which means there is a lack of precision that comes with it.
The software instead divides each second into units of 10 in which the number of frames are distributed. There isn’t a possibility of “locking” onto a particular frame so this makes editing a matter of being exceptionally dexterous at using your fingers to align things on the screen and hope for the best.
Trimming and moving segments of video works really well. Video can’t be separated from its original audio so there’s no option of independently editing those.
Editing audio is a little less straightforward as video for some reason. Editing a portion of audio involves selecting the audio icon that enables it first and then you can access the audio segment you want.
And it is here where I found the biggest drawback of Splice. Fading in and out is a real let-down.
Even though the software has “implemented” fade ins and outs within each audio segment, this works erratically, which isn’t helpful.
Other mobile apps such as Adobe Rush and iMovie do this in basic but effective ways which actually allow for some level of flexibility by changing durations, not supported in Splice.
The only work-around I found was splitting the music track into segments with progressively quieter (fade out) or louder (fade in) audio levels for each segment. Something far from ideal!
The title tool also seems to be affected by the same lack of consistency that riddles the audio fades as fading titles up or down works inconsistently too.
Starting and ending the titles in the right frame is also testing to your patience.
Other issues to bear in mind:
There is also a stability issue which needs to be resolved for this app to be taken seriously.
Half way through my project I suddenly lost access to the video which was replaced by a black screen. This can be frustrating after a long editing session.
Luckily, the project was saved and after a couple of app restarts I was able to continue editing.
-Packed with features
-Great for social media
-Audio editing inferior than the competition
-There is no full screen preview while editing.
-Inconsistent with title fades
Download it from here: https://apps.apple.com/us/app/splice-video-editor-maker/id409838725