One of my responsibilities as a director is to watch lots of rough-cuts, and give change notes to my editor. My producer friends are often busy doing the same. It can be quite time consuming. Thankfully, an app has come along that simplifies the process.
Say hello to Cut Notes ($7.99) from Digital Rebellion. This BRILLIANT iPad app has saved me lots of time during post, and it never fails to get a “holy crap, that’s awesome” sort of response from my fellow filmmakers.
In a nutshell, the app lets you quickly generate cut notes by tapping on buttons that contain customizable bits of text (i.e. Make slow motion, Cut away sooner, replace this shot, etc.). Think of them as macros. Every time you tap a button, the corresponding note is added to a log at the current timecode. The finished notes can even be imported directly into Avid and Final Cut Pro (using their free Mac app)! How cool is that?
Want to see the app in action? Check out the video from my recent visit to the MacBreak Studios.