FilMicPro “At a Glance” CheatSheet & Simple Tutorial

 

I just noticed that FilMicPro have redesigned their website. Looks very nice indeed. Also impressed that they have chosen to outline the new features expected in v4.0 – the new release due in Autumn.
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That means that I will probably have to re-do this CheatSheet in a few months but nonetheless I still think its a handy reference.

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Theres a High Resolution A3 version available to download here
Here too is a refresher tutorial for the slightly older version of FilMicPro – this will be updated for V4 upon release.

 

 

Interactive Mojo App list for iOS via Thinglink

 

I used to give Mojo Trainees a PDF list of my favourite Apps but that’s so damn old school so instead here is a ThingLink with interactive links to my favourite Apps.

Click the image to explore!

Sorry I have t redirect you to their site but WordPress.com doesn’t support iFrame embedding.

Let me know if any of the links don’t work or if Apps disappear from the Appstore (which happens – quite a lot!)


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Hokusai – An advanced Multi Track Audio Editor for iOS (iPhone & iPad) FREE CheatSheets HT @wooji

 

 

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Hokusai is a multi track audio editor for IOS which is very powerful. Aside from the core feature of multi track audio it also supports the Sonomo Audio Copy/Paste feature which can “bridge” the sandbox between Apps allowing you to move audio clips/files from one App to another. Its also supports the Apple OPEN IN protocol – both of these features mean you can easily import and export audio clips between other Apps like Twisted Wave-One of my other favourite Audio editing Apps.

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Hokusai is free to download from the App Store but in fact to get the full use of it you need to purchase advanced features in App. If you buy all the features you get a “All-In Bundle” for €8.99.

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I checked the Developers Website Wooji-Juice.com to see if there were any tutorials for the App or to download the manual.

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There are tips on the site but to get the manual you have to email the developer via the contact page on the site. I did this yesterday and he kindly and quickly sent it to me. If he grants permission I will link to it here.

The only issue I had is the manual is quite “wordy” : (11 pages) with no illustrations or images so, being a visual learner I decided to create CheatsSheets like those I’ve created for iMovie previously.

You can download the 3 sheets as PDF FILES here:

DOWNLOAD PAGE ONE  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE TWO  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE THREE

Or as HIGH RESOLUTION A3 JPEGS here:

DOWNLOAD PAGE ONE JPEG  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE TWO JPEG  |  DOWNLOAD PAGE THREE JPEG

MukuLabs Shuttr – Bluetooth Shutter remote control for iOS and Android- unboxing and review

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I had a play today with the MukuLabs Shuttr Bluetooth controller and I have to say I’m really impressed.

The device is neat, well built, simple to use blah blah blah but the thing that really impressed me was the bluetooth range. Watch this to see why…

So is it worth the splurge of €30/$39 for your Mojo Kit? I damn well think so! To be able to trigger your camera (photo/video) from that distance is nothing short of brilliant.

Very Handy.

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http://www.mukulabs.com 

Editing Video on Android – whats out there? Try TrakAx an Irish company with vision

In November last year I noticed a new follower on Twitter: @trakAx and after a little further research I discovered an Irish company who may well have addressed one of the biggest challenges for Mobile Journalism on the Android Platform: editing.

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With iOS/OSX Ive been using FilMicPro to shoot and iMovie to edit on the iPhone,  Pinnacle Studio to edit on the iPad and Final Cut Pro X on the Mac. The workflow is extremely easy no matter which combination you choose. With the iPhone you export from FilMicPro to the camera roll and iMovie sees the video immediately. With the iPad you transfer the video from iPhone either via the camera connection kit (as shown below) or via an App like Photo Transfer or indeed shoot on the iPad using FilMicPro.

It might be time to update this video with an iPhone5s, lightning Camera Connection Kit and iOS7!!!

With OSX you can connect the iPhone via USB and copy the files directly from the FilMicPro Library (no export to camera roll necessary) via App Sharing in iTunes of you can use iPhoto on the Mac to copy from the camera roll.

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The quality of the editing tools and the ease of the workflow is one of the fundamental reasons I teach iOS Mojo. However I have often publicly said I would love to have a comparable workflow for Android or even Windows Mobile.

In the case of Android, smartphones like the Galaxy S3 and the Note III have awesome cameras, which in the case of the Note III can shoot at a stunning 4K resolution. But right now (to the best of my knowledge) there is no Video Editing App that can deliver in-phone editing to the same standard as iMovie (or Voddio) can on the iPhone.

So when I saw this promo for TrakAx I got excited…

So here are my initial impressions:

1. There is a lot of potential in the App, it has a substantial advantage in the Google Play store right now as there is really very little to compete with the it.

2. The fundamental functions of editing are all within the App, Insert, trim, mix, audio fade etc.

3. The App leverages the power of the smartphone so as long as it packs a snapdragon 600 chipset or higher it will give great results*

4. The App accesses the photos App on Android so no exporting from other Apps – mind you, if FilMicPro had an Android version that would potentially be a great workflow.

5. I have reservations about the proprietary CHANNEL editing process which is currently limited to six channels, though each channel can support video or a stack of photos.

6. The live Mix solution before output is a novel approach to creating the final story, its more like taking 6 sources into a vision mixer and mixing it live that traditional non-linear timeline based editing. My concern here is that there is no way to pre-programme frame accurate cuts. You have to cut between channels as part of the final mix, the App records a macro of your mix cues, fades, audio mix etc and then at the final stage it conforms and compiles the final rendered story.

Overall I think it is a powerful App and its pitched at exactly the same price point as iMovie on iOS

€4.50, there is a free version too which the developers suggest is a good way to pre-test your hardware’s ability to run the App. Thats a very clever solution to one of the fundamental weaknesses of the Android platform: Market Fragmentation. So many manufacturers, devices, chipsets, cameras, specification variations and custom flavours of Android.

Anyway of you have a powerful Android Smartphone and want to experiment with video editing without having to dump it off to the cloud or to a PC/MAC then TrakAx Movie Express is definitely worth a look.

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iOS7 supports SD HC and SD XC Cards – CONFIRMED

iOS7 supports SD HC and SD XC Cards - CONFIRMED

Earlier this year I wrote a blog post about an issue I discovered with the iPad Camera Connection kit and Secure Digital (SD) XC cards when trying to import videos I had shot on my GoPro camera. When I connected the MicroSDXC card using this combination

MicroSD-conxthe iPad failed to read the card, instead I got this message: contents not available,

Last month a comment was posted Screen Shot 2013-12-29 at 19.30.21that suggested that with the release of iOS7 the SDXC issue had been resolved and that the card would now work with the camera connection kit into the iPad.

I have just tested it (Sorry for delay) and I can confirm that the Lightning Camera Connection cable for SD cards with a MicroSD card adapter did indeed work as did the 30pin Camera Connection kit into the 30pin to Lightning adapter. I’ve also checked the Apple support forums and SDXC is now confirmed as a supported format according to this article : http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4101 This is great news as you can now use 64Gb SD/Micro SD cards in your DSLR (if compatible) your GoPro Hero3,3+ and other cameras -giving you lots more storage.

iMovie for iOS6 Hand Gesture Cheat-Sheet on one page #mojo

iMovie for iOS6 Hand Gesture Cheat-Sheet on one page #mojo

iMovie for iOS6 Hand Gesture CheatSheet. I’ve been promising to do this for ages! Now its out of date because of iMovie for iOS7. As soon as I upgrade to the iPHone 5s and iOS7 I’ll post a revised one…Promise :) Download the full resolution image here: https://www.dropbox.com/s/wyin75s56w2xmmw/iMovie-Gestures-CheatSheet.jpg

Upcoming Mobile Journalism Training courses – limited availability.

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If you follow me on Twitter (@glenbmulcahy) you may have seen a tweet recently where I invited applications to take part in a Live Video Stream of an upcoming 1 Day mobile journalism course I will be running in RTE in late September. This is an experiment to all intents and purposes and Im really curious to see how the participants respond. The idea of this is to make it as interactive as possible for the remote participants.

So while the stream is Live the select 25 people will be able to interact with me in realtime via Twitter and Livestream chat. I have adapted my usual 1 day “in person/ face to face” training course for this experiment. There are 3 places left – tweet me if interested.

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A little history: I first started pushing mobile journalism with a group of fellow trainers when we were in Budapest for the Annual Circom Regional Video Journalism training course in 2011. While there I shot a short HOW TO video (all on the iPhone 4) and uploaded it to Vimeo. http://vimeo.com/30263550

I also shot an interview with Karol Cioma, Training Project Manager with Circom to highlight the quality and I FTP’d the finished edit back to RTE to get some feedback from our Ingest room on the quality. http://vimeo.com/35132184 The consensus was it was good enough for broadcast. (Note: the original quality was substantially better than SD on Vimeo)

Following on from that I shot some content to try out different gear and accessories. Including this story which was shot on the iPhone 4S and edited on iMovie on the iPad2

http://vimeo.com/40811091

I then gave the gear to one of our most talent Video Journalists: Sean MacAntSithigh (Twitter: @Buailtin)  and he produced a story about artists in Dingle which was nothing short of brilliant: http://vimeo.com/42390467

That led to my first MoJo (mobile journalism) presentation at the Circom conference in Malmo Sweden. Click here to view the presentation: http://livestre.am/3SUMj

During that session over 85 senior television executives listened to the proposition that this technology could revolutionise the way journalists produce content. As a result I was invited to speak at a number of other conferences and also to deliver training to some Circom member stations like NRK (Norway), Roos Network (Holland), HRT (Croatia), and more recently Aljazeera.

Myself, Karol, John Inge Johansen from NRK and Darko Flajpan from HRT all got together to deliver a one week intensive mobile journalism course for Circom that November – this was structured to run before the traditional one week VJ course. At the end of the MoJo course Darko interviewed the participants to capture feedback. These were the responses:

The thing that never ceases to amaze me is what I have christened “the Transition”. This is the moment when participants finally realise the full potential of their mobile device. Most users are aware that they can shoot HD video, substantially less are aware they can edit that in device and export it. Fewer again realise the sheer volume of accessories that are available to augment and improve the quality and potential of the device. Its only after the first couple of practical excercises that the “penny finally drops…”

When I was that the Roos Dagen conference in Holland I did an impromptu interview, at the end of the presentation, with Arthur Vierboom. This is a good starting point:

A few months later I was asked by the lovely Sarah Marshall from Journalism.co.uk to deliver a short presentation on Mojo at their News:Rewired conference. I have attended previous News:Rewired events and they are excellently organised with a really high profile bill of speakers (myself excluded) and its always a worthwhile day in London. This is the video of that presentation: (via journalism.co.uk) Please excuse the technical issue with audio at the beginning!

Sarah has asked me to deliver a one-day, face to face MoJo training day for the next News:rewired conference. That will be happening on 19th Sept. More info here

One of the key things I would say to someone considering paying for a mobile journalism course is check the references of the trainer and also look for examples of stories or feedback from former students. In the three years I have invested in mobile journalism I have seen the number of self-styled MoJo trainers mushroom to the point that now pretty much anyone with an iPhone and a bit of knowledge can advertise their services as a trainer.

My advice…If your going to spend your hard earned cash to learn these skills – look for someone with  a proven track record. I regularly share ideas with the following trainers/practitioners- each of these guys are at the top of their game and are open to sharing, debating and encouraging each other- a true collective.

-Marc Settle (London) from BBC College of Journalism @marcsettle
-Nick Garnett (Manchester) from BBC Radio 5 Live @nicholasgarnett
-Neal Augenstein (Washington) from WTOP Washington @augensteinWTOP
-Ivo Burum (Australia)  -Independent MoJo trainer @citizenmojo
-Charles Hodgson (Australia)  Editor of @viewnews / @CharlesRHodgson
-Michael Rosenblum (New York) “the godfather of video journalism” @rosenblumtv
-Jack Hollingsworth (Austin Texas)- master iPhone photographer @photojack

If I’ve forgotten someone DM me – apologies in advance!

The most recent Circom regional MoJo course was held just before the annual conference in Santiago De Compostella, Galicia, Spain in May this year. The usual trainers group, Karol, John Inge, Darko and I had participants drawn from TV stations all across Europe.

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We (as trainers) were blown away by the results of the stories – particularly as some of these journalists had never shot or edited previously and also as English was not the 1st language of many.

I blogged about the course at the time but here are a few of my favourites and a link to a playlist of all those stories.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lDp3aNOa9dY&list=PLv-3VuGs_1JNpOV25lhUyiYNouEFa4oSI

Here finally is a list of gear that you can consider if you are thinking of producing multimedia content with your iOS device:

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If you want to learn the skills required to produce high end multi media content like the samples mentioned here then keep an eye out for training courses by any of the specialists mentioned above or even the occasional public one from me.

I’ll be back in Budapest again in October for another MoJo course with Karol Cioma (@KarolCioma) John Inge Johansen (@lonelyrider) and Darko Flajpan (@DFlaj) and I look forward to sharing the stories produced by the next group of Circom MoJos.

The Best Video Camera App for iOS, @FilMicPro, just got a whole lot better.

Ive literally just downloaded the latest update to FilMicPro and Im blown away by the latest features.

Key updates:

1. REALTIME AUDIO MONITORING
2. IN APP CHROMA KEY
3. FILMIC REMOTE SUPPORT*
4. AUDIO FILTERING

Of all the above the one Ive been waiting for most is the Realtime Audio monitoring. I have to mention VideoPro App which alerted me to the fact that they had this feature in May, however one of my fellow trainers, John Inge Johansen from NRK in Norway tried the VideoPro App and discovered that on his iPhone 4S he was getting variable frame rates despite selecting 25fps – I dont know if that is still an issue but I will check. Nonetheless the ability to turn on or off audio monitoring is now in FilMic and this truly makes it the defacto BEST VIDEO APP for IOS (in my humble opinion)

Another cool feature is FilMic Remote, I had access to an early beta release of this and with the exception of some latency issues I was really impressed. In short it allows one iPhone or iPad running the FilMic Remote App to take control of another App that has the webserver enabled in the FilMic Settings. I need to check again but the plan was it could work over bluetooth, WiFi and 3G which is pretty awesome. So in theory you could have an iPhone plugged into a power supply and in standby mode and the remote App could wake it, set it to record and (though this may not be active yet) send the recording to the remote. Im going to test this in the coming days and report back.

One particular aspect of the Remote App settings though shows up in the settings as SCREEN OPTIONS and its in here that there is in fact a hidden gem. If you have ever tried to connect your iPhone to a separate screen you will know you can mirror via Airplay or use the Apple Digital AV adapter to connect it to a HDMI source- however it is an exact copy of the screen – menu and all. Under the screen options menu you get the following options:

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NO ACTION (the Default setting)
Disable Preview
DISABLE UI
Blank screen

Also these last three options appear for “While connected to FilMic Remote)

Let me explain what this means: FILMICPRO has just become the first camera App (to the best of my knowledge) that can send a completely clean HDMI live output from the iPhone. I can now connect it to a recorder like the ATMOS NINJA and record a clean output, I could connect it to a streaming device like the LIVESTREAM BROADCASTER- but why would I when I can stream directly from the App?!

The built in chroma key is a great addition, Ill shoot a test on a green screen background and see how it performs.

Im hoping to get a Skype interview with Neill Barham, the founder and CEO of Cinegenix, makers of FilMicPro this week so if you have any questions you’d like me to ask him reply or tweet them to me @glenbmulcahy

Thinking of upgrading to the GoPro Hero3 and using your iPad to edit the footage-take note

***IMPORTANT UPDATE: iOS7 Supports SDXC Click to read update

ImageIf you are the lucky owner of a GoPro Hero3  (or thinking of buying one) and hoping you can edit on the iPad like you could with Hero2 ? – Be Careful – the Hero3 supports MicroSDHC and MicroSDXC, the iPad however will only read the MircoSDHC (in an adpater with the Camera Connection Kit)

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If you connect via a USB adapter the old “This device requires too much power pops up”

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I have tested this on an iPad 2 (iOS 5.1.1) using the 30pin cam connection kit and a microSD to SD adapter and also on the iPad mini (iOS 6.1) using the Lightining to 30pin adapter and the 30pin cam connection kit and a microSD to SD adapter.

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A few other observations: Im a huge fan of GoPro, I think what they have crammed into such a small camera is nothing short of amazing. I own a Hero2 and I love the flexibility of the WiFi backpack or if needed the the optional LCD screen. I have mentioned the GoPro Hero at nearly every MoJo course Ive done as I believe if there is one camera other than the iPhone that every Mobile journalist should have in their kit then the GoPro is it.

I got a loan of a Hero3 for this test and I am very impressed with the new smaller more streamlined form factor. The integral Wifi is a huge advantage and pairing with the GoPro App on the iPhone was very straight forward – gopro23-2However …The Hero 2 has the option to plug in an external mic on the side of the camera, it has a mini HDMI connection as well as the analogue/composite TV out port and it uses full size SD/SDHC. The Hero3 has a micro HDMI port, uses MicroSD and (the Black edition) has no optional audio in. Im also a bit dissapointed with the little pop off cover that reveals the MicroSD slot, microHDMI port and USB port- Ive already lost it twice! gopro23-1Anyway bottom line – Im going to stick with my Hero2 for the time being, maybe if/when Apple support MicroSDXC I’ll consider upgrading to the Hero3 but at least you can say you were warned about the issue!

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