CTRL+Console still looking for funding as the Kickstarter winds down

Funding is getting close as the iPad control surface gets gestures that might make it quite usable

It’s just about a week to go in the CTRL+Console Kickstarter campaign for this cool non-linear editing control interface for iPhone and iPad. I posted about it a while back and one issue I had was that the lack of tactile control on an iPad meant the demo had the editor looking away from the screen way too often to look at the iPad. But a recent update lists out a number of gestures that will accomplish tasks without looking down at the screen. Now we’re talking.

What are those gestures? Here’s a list:

Transport:

  • Two-finger -> one finger slide = Jog
  • Two-finger slide left and right = Shuttle
  • Two-finger then tap L or R = Nudge
  • Two-finger tap = Play/Pause
  • Two-finger swipe L&R = Jump to cut
  • Three-finger swipe L&R = Beginning and end

Edit:

  • Two-finger swipe up = In
  • Two-finger swipe up-down = Clear In
  • Two-finger swipe down = Out
  • Two-finger swipe down-up = Clear Out
  • Three-finger swipe down = Insert
  • Three-finger swipe down then up = Overwrite
  • One-finger swipe from top edge = Mark/Cue

Program:

  • Pinch to zoom = Zoom timeline
  • Slide from left edge = Select Source window
  • Slide from right edge = Select Timeline window

To me that instantly makes CTRL+Console much more intriguing. Add to that the update about new consoles meaning new applications being supported and I would love to see this project get funded. So much so I upped my pledge. There’s an interview with project creator Jeff Chow that’s a great listen and they are getting some press outside the film/video blogs. I had a conversation with Chow myself the other day. While $35,000 is a lot of money and funding is getting there; all I can do is pledge myself and try to get the word out about CTRL+Console.

If you’re wondered about where that money will go, read How will you distribute the app and where does the money go? at the end of this page.


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Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons

Scott Simmons was born in rural West Tennessee and didn’t really realize that movies and tv had to be made by actual people until he went to college. After getting degrees in both Television Production and Graphic Design he was in one of the early graduating classes at the Watkins Film School in Nashville, Tennessee. During that time at Watkins he discovered editing. While most of his classmates in film school wanted to be directors, Scott saw real career opportunities in post production and took a job as an assistant editor after completing film school. In 1999, Scott took the leap into freelancing and in 2007 accepted a position as an editor at Filmworkers – Nashville. In 2005 Scott created The Editblog a website dedicated to all things editing and post-production which is now housed here at PVC. Someday he hopes to edit on a beach with a touch screen device, a wireless hard drive and a Red Stripe.