A selection (not exhaustive) of iPhone media workflows as an infographic of sorts

A selection (not exhaustive) of iPhone media workflows as an infographic of sorts

A selection of iPhone media (photo/video) workflows to remind MoJo trainees of some of the options available to them to get their finished stories off their iPhone. There are others also ;)

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Innovation Lead, RTÉ | VJ & MoJo (Mobile Journalism) Trainer -Circom Regional | Photographer | HDSLR shooter| Views are strictly personal, not those of my employer.

5 Responses to A selection (not exhaustive) of iPhone media workflows as an infographic of sorts

  1. Florian says:

    Hi Glen! I just recently discovered your blog, it’s fantastic. One of the things that really bothers me when it comes to iOS mojo workflows is file transfer. Apple is making it really hard for those who are working in a multi-device and multi-platform environment. I’m planning a mojo workshop for kids and teenagers this summer and my idea was to have them go out with their phones, shoot some footage and then transfer all the different files to a tablet for post production. The tablets provided will be iPads (mini) but they’re supposed to use their own phones which will probably run Android for the most part. I still haven’t found a satisfying solution for quick & easy file transfer apart from the uploading/downloading option via the internet (Dropbox etc.). Apple devices do have Bluetooth but they’re not supporting FTP so this doesn’t work. I tried a couple of apps that do transfer via WiFi to send files between my S3mini and an iPad mini but they were either terribly slow, unstable, complicated or even all of it. Cable connection file transfer is also not possible. One might think that the solution to this could be doing the post production (basically talking about editing) on an Android device itself but as far as I know there’s only one single competitive Android video editing app (Kinemaster Pro) and this one is only available for certain devices (for instance I wasn’t able to install it on my S3 mini). The introduction of AirDrop was a step forward for iOS inter device communication but I really hope there will be solutions for better cross-platform workflows in the near future!

    Florian

    • vjmentor says:

      Hi Florian, thanks for getting in touch. Yes thats quite a challenge! I’ve only once tested an Android device (Samsung S3) with the Apple Camera connection kit via USB. You could also try moving photos to micro USB on the Android device and use an adaptor to try read the card in the iPad.

      Alternatively look to use iPod touches or iPhone4 both of which are alot cheaper? Sorry I can’t offer any other suggestions but the companies/eco systems are worlds apart and likely to stay that way for the foreseeable future!

  2. Florian says:

    Hi Glen, thanks for getting back to me so quick and thanks for your suggestions. So you used the Samsung S3 to connect to an iPad via USB with the camera connection kit? Did this work out? I tried to connect my S3 mini via USB to my iPad mini using an adapter (not the original from Apple tough) and the iPad is giving me this message: “Android. The connected device is not supported.”. I also thought about using microSD cards from Android phones to go with an adapter so one could plug this into an SD card reader for the iPad. Would be a decent way if the the card was easily accessible. But as far as my S3 mini is concerned the microSD card slot is situated inside the phone under the battery pack which would have to be removed every time. Not very convenient.

  3. Florian says:

    So I just checked out the option to move video files from Android (S3 mini / S4 Zoom) to iOS (iPad mini) via microSD, microSD-SD adapter and an SD card reader for the iPad. It worked, but it’s quite a hassle. And I’m not even talking about getting this tiny piece of plastic out of the phone. You actually have to do two things on your Android phone first to make the iPad recognize the files on the microSD: You have to rename every file so that it has 8 digits/characters (on my phone, the video files are automatically named “xxxxxxxx_xxxxxx”) and you have to move it from the subfolder “Camera” one level up to the “DCIM” folder. Only then will the file be recognized by iOS and you can import it into the camera roll. Sigh. Cross-platform file transfer without using cloud services still seems to be a huge problem, at least for video files. There are some apps that let you do photo transfer between iOS and Android but video? Nope – courtesy by Apple Sandboxing Inc.

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