Working on iPad Pro: The experts weigh inThree creative professionals -- CNET's editor-in-chief, our creative director and one of our top-notch video producers -- lived and worked with the iPad Pro for a full week. Here are their first impressions of Apple's largest, fastest iPad to date.
[MUSIC] I'm Lindsey Turrentine, editor in chief of CNET.com. Every day I work with a really large staff to decide what we are going to publish on CNET. The reviews that we're gonna write. The videos we're gonna shoot. I do a lot of thinking, a lot of talking, and a lot of emailing. My name is Marc Mendell, and I head product design for CBS Interactive. I oversee the design teams that create the product experiences for our websites, our mobile websites, and native applications. Hey I'm Ariel Nunez, I'm a video producer here at Seen it. I shoot and edit videos daily, and I got to play with the iPad Pro as a video editing suite. The form factor, it feels like a full sized tool, whereas before, I preferred the Mini for its compact form, its portability. It's something that's just really easy to put in my back pocket and take with me. But that came with a lot of sacrifices in terms of the fidelity of the work that I could create. The metaphor I say is it was going from a toy to a tool. As a person who consumes a lot of media, it was really nice to have lots of room on the screen to really sit back and relax with the content that I have to evaluate every day. Particularly good for video, watching video which I do a lot of. It's also really nice to have the keyboard. Having the keyboard was really nice. It made the iPad Pro seem like more of a video editing tool. You could do things like hit the space bar for pause and play. You could also hit the arrows so you could scrub frame by frame, which could be a little bit hard if you're just scrubbing with your finger And although it wasn't necessary, it was nice having the pencil to do edits like trimming, which might be hard to get pretty precise with your fingers, and also pulling out small menu items. It's got a great weight. I like it, it feels good in my hands. It's got what I'd call a shock absorber, in that when you use it, it does react. There still is an artificial feeling of kind of a glass on glass effect. And that doesn't always emulate a brush, pen, or pencil type of experience. Some styluses have have a rubber tib that comes over the top of the hard bound. And that way when you draw on the tablet it emulates the drag that you'd get from a brush or a pencil. And as you use the side, There's a resistance that you get and you don't get with this one and that's something that I miss. So it was really easy to pick up and figure out how to edit right away. I think anyone who has no experience could easily grab this and figure it out. I would recommend anyone new to video production to go ahead and look into this. You have all the tools you need to create a nice piece and you can edit 4K I would recommend if you want to do more intricate editing, if you want some compositing, some keyframing, you should still stick to a laptop or a desktop for that. I don't know that I would run out and get it as a productivity tool. I think it's still something that I really love as a consumption device. But I think it takes it to a deeper level, that is further than I thought yet maybe not as far as it could go to replace my laptop. I think right now I would say that this is a really compelling device for anybody who needs to use a pencil. And anybody who needs to see a lot on a screen. If this executive is a creative professional, I would say I think you're really going to love it and I think you should get your hands on it so you know what's coming in the future. I think if I were talking to somebody who works mostly with spreadsheets. Somebody who really is doing a lot of number crunching, I'd say stick with your laptop for now. [MUSIC]