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How the iPad 2 was used for professional level video coverage of CES 2012

Shortly after we discussed the possibility of the next iPad getting a significant boost in camera quality, Ricky Cadden got in contact to tell us about an exciting project that he and his team recently completed.

Ricky Cadden is a mobile technology expert and currently manages RadioShack’s presence on various social media outlets. Knowing Ricky as we do, we were not too surprised to find out that he had made the decision to capture video coverage of CES 2012 using the iPad 2, aided by the Movie Mount from Makayama, iRig Mic from IK Multimedia and various other accessories. It's not that Ricky's default position is reaching for Apple kit, far from it in fact, but rather that Ricky is quick to spot advantages in using new mobile technology.

So what advantages did shooting footage with the iPad 2 bring? Ricky states:

"...we used the Apple iPad 2 to shoot every second of our videos. That’s right, the iPad 2. Of course, we also had some additional gadgets helping out, including a unique sound setup that allowed us to use a total of 3 different microphones and a custom-made tripod mount for our iPads from Makayama.

Aside from some post-production that included adding graphics and soundtrack, the footage you saw in all of our CES coverage is pretty much exactly as it came through the iPad 2. The iPhone 4S’s 1080p video capture might have been slightly better, but the iPad 2 allowed us a larger display on which to preview footage and line up the shot on the show floor.

The results, as I’m sure you’ll agree, were impressive. All of our videos were posted in full 720p, and the sound turned out great, considering there were 150,000+ people milling around us and booths blasting their own sounds. The iPad 2 had plenty of storage and the connectivity options to upload straight from the floor – in many cases, we had the final cut of one video before we even finished shooting the next."

Ricky mentions that their iPad 2 rig caused quite a stir, with attendees often taking photos of their rig rather than the exhibit that the iPad 2 was filming! It seems that Ricky and his team were the only ones using the iPad 2 to provide professional level video coverage. That surprises us a little as the iPad 2's extended depth of field camera, large display and capacious battery life, combined with iMovie and the obvious connectivity advantages, make it a great choice for covering just such an event.

We watched some of the CES footage a few days before we were informed that it had been shot with an iPad 2, and as a testament to the quality of the footage, we didn't notice anything unusual about it. It's not the highest quality footage by any means, but it certainly seems good enough for 90% of the shots.

You can watch all the RadioShack CES footage here. Ricky has also posted his thoughts on the experience on his own personal blog.

If you want to dip your toes in the iPad video production waters, we can wholeheartedly recommend that you pick up a copy of the free video capture app that Makayama provide for use with the Movie Mount, it offers a level of control that is not present in the default camera app. iMovie is an essential purchase too. You might remember that we considered the Handstand iPad 2 case to be a pretty good substitute for a full-on rig in these situations.

App Store Link: Movie Mount and iMovie

Win a HandStand iPad 2 Case

Regular readers may remember that a few months ago we reviewed the HandStand Case for iPad 2. We thought it was a great idea for keeping hold of the iPad and at the same time providing a reasonable amount of protection. 

Here's our video from that review just to remind you what the case is like.

We have one HandStand iPad 2 case to give away. Here's how you can enter the giveway:

On Twitter:   

  1. Follow iPad Creative (if you already follow us on Twitter then you can skip this one)
  2. Tweet the exact text below once only please (multiple entries will not be disqualified but we would rather you did not spam your followers): 

Win a Handstand Case for iPad 2 courtesy of iPad Creative. Find out how to enter here: http://bit.ly/winwithipc3  @ipadcreative #winwithiPC

On Facebook: 

  1. Like our iPad Creative page 
    (you can skip this step if you have already 'Liked' our page - but we don't mind if you want to let your friends know about the giveaway by posting a link to this post on your wall)
  2. Come back here and leave a comment below with your name as it appears on Facebook
    (so we can verify that you have entered the giveaway - if you enter via Facebook and do not leave a comment on this page we cannot include you in the giveaway)

Of course you can enter on both Twitter and Facebook if you wish to improve your chances.

Giveaway Terms and Conditions

We have to set a few rules due to the International nature of our audience, so here they are:

  1. The winner will receive 1 x HandStand Case for iPad 2 in Black
  2. Entry is free of charge and no purchase is necessary
  3. Entrants must be 18 years of age or over at the time of entering - please ensure you meet this criteria
  4. If this type of giveaway or similar promotion is not permitted by law in your State, Province or Country, please do not enter
  5. This giveaway ends at 1900 GMT on Wednesday 14th September 2011
  6. The winner will be selected at random from all qualifying entries using random.org
  7. The winner will be notified via either Direct Message on Twitter or Private message on Facebook and we will request the winner's postal details at that time so we can send you the Cover
  8. The winner's name (and if relevant Twitter username) will be made public after notification for transparency - so if you don't want people to know, please don't enter.

Handstand iPad Case - Video Review

Have you ever had problems getting to grips with your iPad? Sometimes the iPad can be a slippery little so-and-so to keep hold of. Not to mention finding the best way to hold it comfortably for extended periods of time without your arm falling off.

Hub International have come up with what they hope is the solution in the shape of the HandStand iPad case.

UK based supplier of all things mobile, including iPad Accessories, Mobile Fun have kindly supplied us with a couple of review copies of the HandStand.

We took it for a spin (sorry - couldn't resist) and recorded this video review for you. Check it out to see what we thought.

If you are an Artist, Musician, Photographer, Teacher/Tutor, Presenter, IT Professional or working in Healthcare (or anyone else) and you have any thoughts about whether the HandStand iPad case can assist you we would love to hear from you. Please leave us a comment below.