Vimeo, the online video site adroit at catering to video professionals and creatives, is out with a free companion iPhone application that doubles as a video editor.
The application allows the user to shoot, upload and edit video via iPhone, or browse, watch and discover Vimeo videos.
Vimeo for iPhone [iTunes link] marks the IAC-owned company’s first foray into the native mobile application frontier. Vimeo took much longer than anticipated to release the iPhone application because it wanted to best Apple’s own iMovie experience in price point and feature set, according to CNN. The Vimeo application is free of charge, which means it has succeeded at one of those missions.
The video editing experience, on an initial test run, appears to be slightly more intuitive, albeit a smidgen more buggy, than its iMovie predecessor and allows the user to import or shoot video clips in HD or SD, insert transitions and add audio tracks to movies. The user will find a limited set of audio clips, but the transition options are more than passable and the editing process will be navigable for novices and experts alike.
The overall application experience is just as elegant as the video editing offering, making it an application ripe for video consumption and discovery.
Perhaps, the only real concern is that Vimeo is just now releasing an iPhone application. The timing may not be all that poor as mobile application users are clamoring for fast and simple ways to share video and photos, but when startups such as Justin.tv (Socialcam) and Color are experimenting with new formats for mobile video sharing, Vimeo for iPhone feels out of season. Also, the application may be compatible with the iPad 2, but the experience is not yet tailored to the larger screen.
Still, we have an inkling that Vimeo’s user base will be quite pleased with the quality and feature set of the application.
Vimeo has “shelved” development of an Android application after running into video editing challenges, according to a statement Andrew Pile, head of product development, made to CNN.