iOS challenge: Shoot a video with iPhone and edit ONLY with iPad. Wanna see the result…?

I spent 4 hours shooting with the very talented Carol Mahon, a design/illustrator from Dublin.

The edit took just over 5 hours including graphics.Image

Carol Mahon Design website

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If the embedded video doesn’t show then (now has let me down -since they were takenover probably, I may have to use WordPress Video from now on – bummer.

Please visit the source video on Vimeo here or click the photo above

I brought a good selection of kit with me but stuck to the challenge..

Shot with iPhone4s using FilMicPro
Mics: Sennheiser MKE400 Mini Rifle
Fostex Ar4i Audio interface
Cullmann Nanomax tripod

The extras were Philip Bloom Pocket Dolly from Kessler Crane, with motor and battery pack (basic controller)
Vinten Blue Tripod for Pocket Dolly

Editied using iMovie on New iPad and used the Split Audio Editing workflow i Blogged about recently to  get soundbites from interview. Used Photoshop Touch on iPad for graphics.


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

6 Responses to iOS challenge: Shoot a video with iPhone and edit ONLY with iPad. Wanna see the result…?

  1. Mark says:

    Nice video – but it seems to have a stereo split on it, voice to the left and nat sound to right. Which is fine until you see Carol on camera right for the sitdown!

    • vjmentor says:

      Well spotted Mark. I always find feedback from industry professionals interesting. I used to be a broadcast engineer, so you know, I get the conventions and the desire to preserve them…The recording on the iPhone/Fostex Ar4i was set up to record the Radio Lavalier on the left CH1 and the Nats on Ch2 from the Sennheiser MKE400, the channel mapping was done in the Ar4i App.

      However when the clips are imported into the iPad it mixes them. Ill have a look to see if I move the sound bites (audio fx tracks) from Channel two to three to see if they are remapped in the mix down but for a piece of software that costs €4.99 I don’t really expect pro audio channel mapping features – do you? Would you say that the entire potential of recording video on iphone for web (or even for transmission) and editing it on an iPad is ultimately doomed to fail because the audio channels don’t follow broadcast conventions?

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  3. Mark says:

    New technology is always a challenge, but for the price iMovie on iOS does a great job. It seems like it handles sound like an audio app – it gives you a stereo track, rather than the video ideal of dual mono – not having a Fostex, or a cable that splits stereo at the moment, I can’t say for sure.

    As to shooting and editing on iPhone / iPad; there’s a whole big future ahead for it – but it’ll take time to get there.
    The input types are limited if you use a different camera (I know, I’ve tried)
    Most of the edit software is limited in one way or another (despite been cheap)
    Export can be a nightmare!
    And that’s before you get to the “old-school” who believe; that unless its shot on “a broadcast camera” it’s no good… bit rates, compression, colour space etc…

    Moving away from the how it’s done, the main question I’d ask is: Why?
    Why is this the best equipment for the job?
    Why the iPhone?
    Why the iPad?

    For news however, non of this matters; the importance lays in the pictures – strong images trump any technicals, any failings of the camera or the shooter.
    Look at the footage from Egypt, from Syria or China. It can all be technically poor – but the value is in the story it tells, the world it shows, the one that we do not usually see – this is where the iPhone and its cousins win; the ubiquity of their use and the transmission of their images around the world in an instant.

    • vjmentor says:

      Why…? Simple really. I wanted to show that a good story could be told visually well using the iPhone and iPad. You see I work with a lot of journalists, many of them have iPhones, but there’s a mental barrier that seems to prevent them from crossing the threshold into producing stories with mobiles. They DO use them for email, scripting, social media, radio recording and editing, live radio interviews using LUCI and photography for our website. But here’s my point. I train VJs and the journos I train to shoot and edit get kitted out with an EX3, Pro Mics, Vinten tripod, MacBookPro with Avid Media Composer etc etc. these kits cost in the region of €15000 each- so only a select few get purchased and assigned each year. Given that lots of the journos I know already have iPhones and some also have iPads I wanted to show that with some pretty inexpensive extras they would have the kit needed to shoot and edit stories in their bag. And let’s face it, carrying an iPhone is a very different experience to carting around an EX3! As @photojack said recently “the best camera is the one you have with you”- these guys ALWAYS have their iPhones with them. I’m not suggesting that your job as a photographer is in jeopardy, it might be in time, but not yet, what I am saying is that news organisations need to tell stories- good stories, well told. The kit used should be invisible or irrelevant to the user. If I can convince and then train journalists to use these cheap accessible (and easy to use) tools to tell more, better visual stories then I’ll be a very happy man. You have a zoom lens on your camera, it falls into a different category of production. So do DSLR video shooters, F3, Fs100, HDCam, Film, 4k etc etc. it’s a case of horses for courses. I’d like to get journalist thinking visually ( not just tv journos but newspaper, radio stations, local websites) I believe one possible way to achieve this is work on a cheap, easy and accessible production method. Motive explained I hope!

  4. Mark says:

    “The kit used should be invisible or irrelevant to the user. ” – That alone is as good a reason than most for using the iPhone for filming.

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