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Film Score Created Entirely in SoundPrism on iPad

Julie, Agosto, Setembro from PanaceiaFilmes on Vimeo.

You may have read about this story in the last few weeks, it is one that caught our attention, but we have just been sent some extra details by our friends from the brilliant MusicApps blog over in Brazil so we thought we'd let you know a bit more about it.

The short film Julie, Agosto, Setembro by independent Brazilian film makers Panaceia Filmes uses music played and recorded entirely with the sublime SoundPrism iPad app from Audanika as the soundtrack to the film.

Marcus told us:

The short movie, directed by Jarleo Batista, was released last March in Goiania and it will be shown in many festivals all over the country during this year. The Designer Victor L. Pontes has composed the soundtrack for the movie.

He has been playing with the app SoundPrism for iPad for some time and decided to show the results for the director. Jarleo thought it would be great for the movie because SoundPrism could create very nice and simple atmospheres using chords and different sounds. 

As you can hear on the video trailer, SoundPrism has a gentle, ambient sound that is ideally suited to creating moods in a film like this. You can also play more rambunctious sounds with SoundPrism if required, but in our experience the app really shines when playing the softer, more mesmerising sounds that are used here.

Reinforcing this Marcus goes on to say:

Jarleo and Victor decided to make all the soundtrack with the iPad using only the app SoundPrism. All the songs were composed and recorded (using the recording function inside SoundPrism) in just three weeks. According to Victor, the idea was to create a infant/naive atmosphere which was what the mood of the production needed.

They still don't know if they have created the first short film with the soundtrack composed and recorded using only one music app for the iPad.  

It is the only soundtrack we have heard about created using just the iPad, but if you know of another please leave us a comment.

SoundPrism is currently free in the App Store, so if you haven't tried it yet we highly recommend you go and download it now. The app is Universal so it will work on all your iOS devices.

If you want to take things further and use the SoundPrism interface as a MIDI controller with GarageBand, Ableton, Logic, etc. then SoundPrism Pro at $15.99 (£9.49) in the app store works very well over USB MIDI and also Wifi with very little latency. We hope to bring you more about this in the near future.

iPad 2 and Video Makers

With the announcement yesterday of the two cameras on iPad 2 all sorts of creative possibilities have opened up for iPad users. From the obvious ones like FaceTime and messing around with Photo Booth, to guerilla film makers using the HD video recording and iMovie app to create on the spot films, documentaries and short pieces that are published 'from the field' directly to YouTube, Vimeo, etc. It is the latter that has us most excited.

The Back Story

It might take a while for you (and others observing you) to get used to waving around what is essentially a big screen with a camera on the back when shooting video, but many video producers currently use a screen around the size of the iPad to monitor video feeds 'in the field', they are usually not attached to the camera though.

Instead of screwing up one eye and looking through an EVF type viewfinder or an iPhone sized video monitor (perhaps even smaller) on many cameras, iPad 2 gives you both a decent sized monitor and HD capture in one device.

Now consider the addition of iMovie on your iPad 2 with its precision editing, 3 track audio displaying waveforms, audio fades, effects, titling and other controls previously only found in the desktop version. This one device now becomes a serviceable editing suite complete with onboard video rendering and export to multiple destinations.

No (traditional) computer involved, it is a mobile Video Studio, that is thinner than an iPhone and it only cost you the iPad you were going to buy anyway (let's face it) plus another $4.99!

Scene One - Video Podcasting

Let's pretend for a minute that someone like the makers of OWLE have produced an iPad sized device to stablise it when used to shoot video and mount an external mic. You are attending a trade show and you want to shoot as much video as possible, edit it and upload it to your Podcast Feed / YouTube / Vimeo asap to get the news out there to your readers (or perhaps we should say viewers).

This has been possible for a while with the iPhone, especially iPhone 4 with its HD video recording. But to be honest, depsite some stellar programming from Apple engineers, it is still difficult to see the detail clearly and editing in iMovie on the iPhone is decidedly fiddly when you are in a hurry.

Imagine the 9.7" screen of iPad 2 filled with your video image, using it as one of the larger monitors available for a portable video recorder to see the detail when shooting. Editing becomes a joy with all the extra screen space, dual core processor plus '9x' Graphics processing power chomping through your effects, transitions and theme rendering in no time.

You could probably do most of your editing on the way back to your hotel, set the movie(s) rendering and exporting in the background, ready to upload your mini-masterpiece as soon as you unlock your hotel room door. Truly portable video making, for the price of an iPad and a $4.99 app.

That's why we are excited about iPad 2, and this is only one example.

Over to You

We have other ideas in mind, but we are sure you can do much better, so what do you think? Have you got any other ways the iPad 2 will impact Video Makers (amateur or professional)? How do you think the new video capabilities could be used creatively? Let us know in the comments.

iPad on Set - Creative uses for the iPad

This short video from Vincent Laforet shows how the iPad can help Creatives do their job by simply offering a place for collecting all those bits of paper, resources and Internet connectivity in one, fairly lightweight device with a big enough screen to make documents, photographs and illustrations useable, whilst remaining mobile.

As Vincent says in the video, these things carried separately in their 'analogue' form are easy to lose or misplace, but with the iPad, it is always there (or downloadable) when he needs it.  Although we have just discovered it on Vimeo, this video is from a few months ago so there are probably any number of apps that Vincent now uses to assist his workflow, and the pace of new app development is picking up fast as more and more people get their iPads, providing good future prospects for the device.

Over to you

What about you?  Have you seen or heard any good examples of how Creatives are using their iPads to help them in their activities?  We would love to hear from you in the comments.