iPad Nuggets

March 30, 2010

Tony Vincent has written an excellent blog post on Apple’s forthcoming new iPad.

In anticipation of the April 3rd iPad launch in the U.S., Apple has posted Guided Tours. These videos take you through some of the features in iPad apps like Safari, Mail, iBooks, and Keynote. You’ll immediately notice that Apple is using these videos for marketing. You’ll hear phrases like: easy, magical, it doesn’t get any simpler, immersive, intimate, fun, effortless, so smart, and beautiful.

What Tony has done that is really nice is that he’s watched the tours and made some useful and interesting observations.

Show a Keynote presentation on a projector or TV using the VGA adpater (not included in the box with iPad–it costs extra). It was unclear from the video if Presenter Notes appear on iPad’s screen while the slides appear on the projector’s screen.

Read his blog post for more nuggets.

Animoto Videos – iPhone App of the Week

March 30, 2010

Animoto Videos – iPhone App of the Week

This is a regular feature of the blog looking at the various iPhone Apps available. Some of the apps will be useful for those involved in learning technologies, others will be useful in improving the way in which you work, whilst a few will be just plain fun! Some will be free, others will cost a little and one or two will be what some will think is quite expensive. Though called iPhone App of the Week, most of these apps will also work on the iPod touch.

This week’s App is Animoto Videos

Animoto turns the pictures on your iPhone into beautiful music videos! It takes just a few minutes to make one, and then you can share and collect them with your friends. Make as many as you like–they’re totally free.

Free App, you can create 30 second videos for free, however for longer videos you need to pay $30 a year.

Sometimes a simple app like this is a nice and easy way to demonstrate the potential of the iPhone.

Simple either use images from your iPhone or use the camera, combine with some provided music and the software (on the web) renders your images as a nice little video.

The resulting videos can make an activity more interesting or make for a nice way of showing a series of images.

However the video will only play on the iPhone, you can’t download it to your computer, what you can do is “share” the video through the Animoto website, as in this example.

A work in progress

March 30, 2010

A few years ago I made a video for managers in my college showing how the world was changing in the time it takes to travel from our campus in Gloucester to the one in Cheltenham.

I recently decided that it needed updating, as the old one was out of date and we had moved into the docks in Gloucester.

This is the video I shot and edited on iMovie.

At this point the video is just the video. What I would do next is add text over the video, this would say things like how much video is uploaded to YouTube, how many blog posts were written, how many Tweets were sent on Twitter, etc…

I think I will reshoot the video though as it was raining when I took it and I think that detracts slightly from the way that the speeded up video works.

In case you were wondering I shot the video using my iPhone using a TomTom iPhone mount on the windscreen. This was then imported into iMovie 09. I enhanced the quality of the video (turning up the brightness), cartoonified it and then made it much much faster… The last time I did this in iMovie 06 it was a bit of a pig, in 09 it was a piece of cake.

I removed the audio from my video and replaced it with some royalty free video from iMovie.