How the Apple Vision Pro could change video editing forever

You’ve likely seen clips of early Apple Vision Pro adopters engaging with the futuristic tech out in the wild—but it’s also already proving to be a potential game changer for filmmakers and video editing professionals. 

Jon M. Chu, the director of Crazy Rich Asians and In the Heights, recently wielded his production prowess through a new lens by opting to edit remotely through Apple Vision Pro goggles. 

Chu successfully used Apple Vision Pro with his editor, Myron Kerstein, ACE, on his highly anticipated film adaptation of Wicked while utilizing Evercast as the central link for their remote collaboration. 

As he shared on X (formerly known as Twitter), Chu initially adopted this pioneering workflow when the Los Angeles floods prevented him from being in the editing room. His experience is a potent example of the significant role Apple Vision Pro could play in the video editing process going forward. 

The Apple Vision Pro’s potential to disrupt the film industry 

Currently, the primary audience for Apple Vision Pro is the casual consumer. However, as exemplified by the massive response to Chu’s post, there’s clearly a demand and potential on the professional level for this tech to cause a profound shift in creative industries. 

The device’s portability may be its greatest advantage, facilitating its incorporation into an editing workflow. The tech’s compatibility with Evercast allows for a staggeringly realistic theater experience on the go. Creators can video conference and stream footage or screen share within any workflow, as well as leave written or drawn annotations all within the Apple interface. 

Thanks to the Evercast app for Apple Vision Pro, Chu and Kerstein didn’t have to lose precious editing time due to the physical barriers caused by flooding in Los Angeles.

Chu also alluded to other creative applications with the Apple Vision Pro and discussed his ability to take meetings, read scripts, and make notes with the device. 

Apple Vision Pro delivers a new user experience. Even a large theater or top-of-the-line color-calibrated display can’t capture the immersive environment presented by Apple, which can help creators of all kinds ideate from a different perspective. 

Evercast: Bridging the gap between past and future technologies

At Evercast, being on the cutting edge of emerging technologies is something we take pride in, so adapting to Apple Vision Pro was a top priority. We created a dedicated app for Apple Vision Pro users, allowing directors like Chu to work seamlessly with this immersive technology. 

Evercast users can display their content with direct workflows to the Apple Vision Pro at the click of a button. It’s a complete remote collaboration suite that lets you work with your creative team from almost anywhere. Whether scripting, scouting, editing, designing sound, or color grading your work, Evercast can support your unique workflow with ultra-low latency and the highest quality.  

Our software provides 4K/60fps streaming, HD video conferencing, and frame-accurate annotation tools in one software suite so you can review and make changes in real-time. We offer round-the-clock support from industry professionals and security features approved by all major Hollywood studios worldwide, along with top ad agencies and game developers. 

With 10-bit 4:4:4 color and surround sound support, you can work with your production team without sacrificing quality. Evercast is built by industry veterans and designed for high-level creative professionals. 

Our Apple Vision Pro app is compatible with all Evercast plans, and pricing starts at $549/month. 

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What’s next for video editing using Apple Vision Pro

It’s worth noting that Chu’s experience had its share of critics, as indicated by this Reddit thread. One of the more glaring issues with spatial computing or AR experiences is the varying degree of eye fatigue some users encounter while adjusting to the new setup. However, Chu specifically mentioned a striking lack of headaches or fatigue with the Apple Vision Pro. 

Others pointed out that Chu used his Apple Vision Pro to view sequences and provide live feedback to his editor via Evercast rather than editing within an NLE while using the new technology. Essentially, the Apple Vision Pro acted as a supercharged display monitor. 

However, building an editing workflow centered around Apple Vision Pro is absolutely possible. YouTube creator Michael Tobin offered a comprehensive review featuring an editing workflow using DaVinci Resolve. Through his video, viewers get a good sense of the experience and main drawbacks of editing with Apple Vision Pro. 

Your hands and gestures become the mouse, which can take some adjusting for users. Fortunately, you can combine your movement with hardware like keyboards for ease of use and transition from one technology medium to another.

While the Apple Vision Pro does have some color limitations only showing 92% of the DCI-P3 color gamut for on-the-go reviews it still provides more accuracy than your everyday at-home monitor. For those purists and colorists out there, this may not suffice for the high-end color grading of a calibrated monitor but for producers and directors, it provides a cinematic look to make quick decisions. 

But, as Tobin points out, the Apple Vision Pro, in its current form, may serve as an ideal, compact display substitute while on the go. It allows you to review files throughout the editing process when access to a preferred monitor isn’t possible. 

Chu may have brought attention to a novel editing workflow approach, but It’s easy to imagine that Apple Vision Pro’s capabilities can quickly expand to a slew of creative applications. Empowered by the Apple Vision Pro goggles and Evercast, creators can feasibly use these tools for remote location scouting, sound design, reviewing visual effects, and game development. 

It will be interesting to see if creative software companies begin developing spatial computing-specific features to enhance this experience further. 

Flexible, remote collaboration with Evercast

We’re proud to have been part of Jon M. Chu’s remote collaboration process. Designed for flexible, remote collaboration, Evercast looks forward to furthering our technology and meeting the needs of today and tomorrow. Learn more about collaborating remotely using Apple Vision Pro here

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