Famed Documentarian Ken Burns Launches iPad App

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  1. macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Famed documentarian Ken Burns, who's directed detailed films about the history of subjects like baseball and the Civil War, has released a new app under his name that houses scenes, extras, and behind-the-scenes footage from all 25 of his films.

    In his announcement (via The Hollywood Reporter), Burns noted it was exciting for him to be using an Apple platform for his app as the company has long used the "Ken Burns Effect", where a camera slowly pans over a still image, in its video editing apps.
    While the app doesn't include the full Ken Burns' documentaries, it does house hand-selected scenes by Burns in playlists inspired by six themes: Race, War, Art, Hard Times, Innovation, and Politics. One theme, Innovation, is included free with download but the remaining five themes, which include over three hours of content, must be unlocked via a $9.99 in-app purchase.

    Alternatively, users can view the content in a Timeline view, which presents a chronological history of America, and a Film view, which arranges the clips by which Burns' film they're from.

    Ken Burns for iPad is available in the App Store for free. [Direct Link]

    Article Link: Famed Documentarian Ken Burns Launches iPad App
  2. macrumors regular

    May 27, 2003
    Silicon Valley
  3. macrumors member

    Oct 14, 2013
  4. macrumors 6502


    Jan 20, 2014
  5. macrumors 601

    Westside guy

    Oct 15, 2003
    The soggy part of the Pacific NW
    Last time i checked, I could (and did) watch the documentaries streamed on Netflix. For me, at least, it's not worth a ten dollar in-app purchase to view some extras. They'll probably end up on PBS anyway...
  6. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 31, 2004
    That there big London
    I downloaded it and installed it, but the app icon keeps drifting slowly across the screen. Is this a bug?
  7. macrumors 6502a

    Feb 19, 2008
    no, that's the Ken Burns effect. :cool:
  8. macrumors 68030


    Pricey nuggets of background enlightenment for information geeks.
  9. macrumors 6502


    Mar 2, 2010
    Is it $9.99 each or total? Anyone know yet?
  10. macrumors demi-god


    Jun 9, 2007
    Device engineer 30+ yrs, touchscreens 24+.
    I think we can all thank [fill in your deity of choice] that Apple didn't come up with the Ken Burns effect.

    Otherwise, there'd be Apple lawsuits all over the place, just like with the bounce back effect.

    (The whole idea that you can patent a visual effect is ridiculous to begin with.)
  11. macrumors 68040


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
  12. macrumors 65816

    Aug 14, 2009
    That depends on how you might use it. My wife teaches and that app would be good add to her classroom iPad since she could easily access content for a lesson plan. In addition, Ken Burn's documentaries are high quality and appropriate for use in a classroom setting.

    As a side note, it is a very interesting way to combine existing content with new media capabilities to generate revenue. If I were KB I'd get all my films on iTunes and also add them as in-app purchases.
  13. macrumors 6502


    Jan 26, 2014
    Horsens, Denmark
    So that's why

    Always wondered why that effect was called Krns Burn.
  14. macrumors regular

    Apr 18, 2013
    Chicago, IL
    Ken Burns has to be one of the most boring people to have ever existed on the face of the earth. With such riveting subjects as "The West" and "Mark Twain" and lets not forget everyone's favorite 4 hour documentary "The Dust Bowl".
  15. macrumors member

    Sep 15, 2010
    Last I read, Apple pays a licensing fee to use the name, which KB donates to a foundation connected with documentary film. Can't look it up right now. Perhaps you could make a constructive comment.

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