Almost a year ago, Scott Simmons from The Editblog wrote a blog with suggestions for video apps for the iPhone. One caught my attention, and I’ve been working on it off and on ever since. And now, with a new update from Snatch, we’re a bit closer.
To get this working, you’ll need to buy ($5.99) and install Snatch (link to iTunes store). Then, you’ll need to download the Snatch Server on your computer here. Snatch uses bonjour, making it pretty simple to set up and use (and can also be used without bounjour). It has cursor control, scrolling, an app switcher and a keyboard with customizable screen. The latest release made it possible to easily share screens. So once you have it set up, you can install a screen I quick threw together just for you ;-). You can download FCP Control 1.0 here (right click, and save as).
On your iPhone, launch Snatch, and go to the “Keys” tab, and hit “Edit”, and then “Load Screen,” making sure that you are connected to your computer. On your computer, navigate to where you saved fcpcontrol1-0.remote and select it. You’ll be prompted to overwrite the current screen. Say yes, and Wa-la! You can easily control Final Cut now.
I’ve decided that playback is probably the most useful thing, so you won’t be able to do any actual editing. Features I’ve included are:
- Go to previous marker
- Add a marker
- Go to next marker
- Play in to out
- Play to out
- Go to in
- Set in point
- Set out point
- Go to out point
- Fast forward
- Toggle play/pause
The buttons simply send a keystroke to the computer, which will act as shortcuts in Final Cut, so you’ll have to have the keyboard set up to the default. If you don’t, you can simply change the keystrokes on this screen to whatever you wish.
If anyone is a GUI designer, let me know- I’d love to make this look a bit less, well, utilitarian.
Hope you get good use out of this, and let me know if you have any questions in the comments.