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In-camera Clip Edit

My musings on what I would like to see in a hybrid Stills/Motion camera.

I’ve been an active participant in Red Cameras Reduser and Scarletuser forums.
These are a series of articles compiled from submissions that I’ve posted on these forums.

Why do I want to edit clips 'in cam?'
To free up space on the storage media, to not have to drag a laptop around with me to preview clips,
To do rough cuts in the field.
I might want to Trim the head and tail of a clip before I get to the edit desk.
To be able to insert tags at arbitrary markers in the footage that would be read in the non-liner editor or post app.
To reorder the tags and labels in the cam so that when imported into non-liner editor the clips are pre-sorted.

These thoughts are a response to having to regularly edit my footage ‘in the field.’
I could be travelling back from holiday and want to review and edit down my footage. Or on a work trip and I need to free up some space on the storage media.

Editing (Scarlet 2.0 packaging) 

Two cameras with decent sized screens bolted on.

Remove the Wifi enabled control surfaces from the cameras and position on flat surface.


In this configuration, I don’t need a laptop to edit the footage. One Scarlet becomes the ‘source’ and the other loaded with fresh storage media, the ‘edit destination.’
I’m not saying the two Scarlets would be required to review and edit footage. A single unit could do the job using the dial to ‘scrub’ through the footage and possibly the joystick control to move through the collection of footage.

Specialised control surfaces
The nice thing bout these new Red specs is that a variety of control surfaces could be attached to the cam.
I reckon that ‘Canon sized’ scroll wheel could be enlarged to more ‘jog dial’ type proportions.

The edge of the dial could extend past the edge of the panel to allow ‘thumbing’ of the dial for more precise movements.
EG: 20 degrees of the dial could protrude. Running a thumb down the side of the panel would move the dial 20 degrees each time the thumb is stroked down.

That row of small buttons under the screen could be ‘soft’ buttons with labels appearing in the screen above.
I’ve moved them to the top of the control panel so that the next row of buttons could be designated ‘soft’ as well.

This would allow us to have labels displayed in the screen above these controls such as the red ‘trigger’ button could be used to start/stop playback in review mode.
A variety of functions could be assigned to the rocker and scroll wheel. 

Editing (Scarlet 1.0 packaging)
This is my original idea for in-cam editing for the previous Scarlet spec.
I was looking at the mock-up of the Scarlet, and it looks like there is a dial/joystick control arrangement at the back.
I’ve knocked up these illustrations to help visualise some ideas I have about how a camera could be used to capture and edit footage.

These first three illustrations show the LCD viewfinder in what I call the Closed/Landscape/Portrait configurations. The LCD when in Portrait orientation pivots high up on the casing. This would better accommodate left and right handed operation.

Shooting mode
Lcd unfolds to be high and useful for left and right hander’s

Review mode
Lcd unfolds to review footage


The next two illustrations are from the back and illustrate Landscape and Portrait LCD orientations.

Jog dial works in portrait and landscape modes. (always backwards and forwards.)
Joystick input reorientates to portrait and landscape.

 On the rear of the casing there is a big orange dial encircling a green force sensing joystick (the colours are to make explanations easier.)


The nice thing about having a dial on the camera is that it’s control is always backwards/forwards or right/left in both Landscape and Portrait orientations (indicated by the floating arrows.) useful if you were using the dial to ‘scrub’ back and forth through footage.
This dial also be used to flick through menus faster then using the joystick.

The camera can shoot and review in both orientations, but Portrait would be more suitable for shooting. Landscape would lend itself to review and editing as the camera could be placed on a flat surface. There might be function buttons on the deck in front of the screen?

The orientation of the LCD becomes more interesting when you put two cameras next to each other, and hook them up with a wire (or via Wifi) to form a portable edit unit.