Quicklook: Using AirStash®: wireless flash drive + pocket media server + SD adapter for iPad, iPhone and more, for Radio/Multimedia Journalists

AirStash®: wireless flash drive + pocket media server + SD adapter for iPad, iPhone, Kindle Fire, and more.

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Marc Settle from BBC CoJo recently tweeted about a video he had found online that showed some great audio solutions for iOS. One of the devices mentioned was AirStash. When I saw the clip I immediately realised the potential uses for radio journalists who record their audios on Zoom H4n recorders. So with that in mind I ordered an Airstash to try it out and today Ive recorded a quick tutorial to show you how to use it to get audio from your Zoom into your iOS projects in iMovie (and soon Pinnacle Studio)

PLEASE NOTE: In the tutorial I illustrate the difference between opening an audio clip as a soundtrack (green) or an effects track (blue) in iMovie. You should be aware that there is a time limit to audio effects. If a clip is OVER 60″ SECONDS long iMovie will open it as a soundtrack – with all the associated limitations such as placing it at the beginning of the edit and looping it indefinitely for the duration of the video. So ideally if you are bringing audio files into iMovie either A-try to keep the soundbtes under 60seconds or B, open them in Twisted Wave first – edit them to under 60 seconds and then open in iMovie – Tedious I know but it is a workaround Apples Stupid Sandboxing Architecture – which I personally believe is really just over zealous DRM.

I mentioned in the clip that Pinnacle Studio have confirmed that their next update will bring the OPEN IN feature to their App which should offer a lot more flexibility than iMovie.

The Maxell AirStash is currently listed for £99 on Amazon.co.uk

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Special thanks to my sweetheart Fiona for ripping the Pi** out of me for saying BASICALLY 14 times in the video. Love you too baby😀

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

2 Responses to Quicklook: Using AirStash®: wireless flash drive + pocket media server + SD adapter for iPad, iPhone and more, for Radio/Multimedia Journalists

  1. Florian says:

    Hi Glen! Do you think the AirStash might be a solution to my problem of transferring video files from Android to iOS? I was thinking maybe it’s possible to upload video files via WiFi from Android to AirStash and then download them from AirStash to iOS. However, there’s a review on Amazon in which the reviewer states that he purchased the AirStash for exactly that kind of task but while it’s great to stream movies it fails when it comes to video file transfer … Florian

    • vjmentor says:

      I would expect it would be easier to do a direct WiFi transfer Florian. As ling as the correct ports are open on your wifi router it should work. Failing that you could use a simple ftp server to transfer files: ipload images/videos from Android then download them to iPad. Still think the SD card option would be simplest if viable.

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