Entries in iMovie (11)

Start something new. Apple hosts a gallery of iPad and iPhone art

Apple has kicked off 2015 with a gallery of productions created using its devices. It's a fine gallery featuring some our favourite artists and apps. The gallery covers video production, painting and illustration, photography and video editing, but we're more than a little sad that there's no mention of music production. Photography gets featured 7 times but music production not at all. Given Apple's commitment to music consumption with its iTunes music store, you'd think that it would be more keen to promote music creation.

How to: Shoot, edit and score a film using just your iPad

Nothing will hone your iPad skills quite like rising to a creative challenge. I wanted to get a better understanding of GarageBand's new Smart Strings section, plus I still felt that there was more to explore with the new iPad's camera.

With the in mind, I decided to shoot, edit and score a short film about a pleasant subtropical garden that's not too far from me. Abbotsbury Gardens is lovely this time of year, I knew that there would be lots of colour on show and that all the extra pixels of the new iPad, both in the display and the camera, would help me get those macro flower shots just right.

Smart Strings iPad GarageBand Tutorial

Smart Strings turned out to be extremely powerful, deceptively so in fact. Getting just the right expression of each note was tricky at first, but once I realised that there are three ways of playing the instruments using the onscreen controls, things began to fall into place. For example, when playing chords, you can either tap to play pizzicato, swipe up and down to bow slowly, or quickly swipe to get a chord with much more attack, it's genuinely ingenious.

Why not set yourself a challenge over the weekend. Shoot, edit and score your own movie - perhaps just some footage of your favourite local spot - you'll be surprised how quickly it all comes together. When you're finished, be sure to let us know and we'll share your film with our readers.

App Store Links: iMovie and GarageBand

iMovie on the new iPad, as much as 33% faster

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The general consensus around the web is that the new iPad is roughly the same speed as the older iPad 2. The the CPU at the heart the A5X is still dual-core and it's even running at the same 1GHz clock speed, only 3D applications and games should see a speed increase from the new quad-core graphics engine, right? Perhaps not.

In our very first iPad 3 vs iPad 2 speed test, we recorded a 33% speed increase.

From a cold start we exported an 11 minute 1080p iMovie project to the camera roll at 1080p. The new iPad was able to encode the final video significantly faster than realtime, taking just 7:59. The iPad 3 completed the entire export, including copying the video to the camera roll in just 9:25. The iPad 2 completed the full export in 12:29. That's a saving of 3:04. In others words, the iPad 3 was roughly 33% faster. That's a significant speed boost.

We are not suggesting that the iPad 3 is generally 33% faster than last years model, but rather that there are clearly some areas, video encoding is one example, where users will see a significant increase in performance.

We'll carry on testing and report back what we find. Please let us know if you find any differences in performance that you feel will be of benefit to our readers.

Hands on with the new iPad


On the 16th March 2012 the next chapter of the iPad story begins. Having already lived up to our greatest expectations, the new iPad goes all out to prove that it really is the most creative computer yet imagined. What makes the iPad 3 (yes, we'll be calling it the iPad 3) so much better for content creation? Two things; The stunning Retina display and the significant boost in camera quality.

Retina display. Better than a laptop display, better than print

We cannot express enough just how much of a difference this new Retina class display will make for content creation. As our correspondent at the launch event said, "It's truly marvellous! You simply have to see it with your own eyes to believe how good it actually is!" The general consensus from those that have spent time with the new iPad is that it exceeds even the quality of the superb iPhone Retina display. We've written at length about the advantages of a super high resolution display, we fully expect the launch of the iPad 3 to create a surge in the demand for similar displays across all computing devices, from phones to televisions. Can you imagine how sumptuous ArtRage will look on the iPad 3?!

Our correspondent mentioned that although photos, web pages and books looked very special indeed on the iPad 3, it was the 1080p video that really impressed. Many potential iPad 3 owners may never have seen 1080p video displayed at full resolution, so there's another advantage of the Retina display.

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A camera to take seriously

We predicted that Apple would pack the iPad 3 with the same camera as the iPhone 4S but at 5MP and that is exactly what Apple did. The samples that Apple have used to demonstrate the quality of the new camera do a great job of showing just how much better this new camera module is.

We realise that there is a real stigma attached to taking photos and shooting video with a large tablet, but we believe that this bias will gradually disappear. Education and Enterprise seem like prime markets in which iPad photo and video capture to flourish. Be assured that now that iPad has a useful daylight camera we'll be helping you to get the very best from it here at iPad Creative.

iLife complete

iPhoto has finally arrived to the iOS and just as we expected it's quite special. Most iPad users will find that iPhoto does everything they need. One area of contention is photo management. Photos on the iPad still exist in a silo, even Apple's own iPhoto has only a limited access to the basic file structure of the photo and video library. This has to change, and we fully expect Apple to address this and other restrictions in iOS 6.

iMovie, GarageBand and the iWork apps also got significant updates. We'll do our best to cover those is future posts, probably after the 16th March.

What do you think of the new iPad? Let us know in a comment below.

Many thanks to Margi Laurin for the superb painting at the head of this page!

5 ways to start creating wonderful content with your new iPad

So you've browsed your favourite web sites, installed Real Racing 2 HD, got up to speed on your favourite social networks and messed around with Photo Booth - what's next? If you only ever use your new iPad for consuming content, you're missing out on some of the most satisfying aspects of the iPad experience - creating content.

Here we list 5 creative things you can do with your iPad along with links to help you to explore each area in more detail.

1. Create a song with GarageBand

The arrival of GarageBand for the iPad was quite a watershed moment. That Apple brought their best of class music creation Mac OS application to the iPad showed that they had bigger plans for the iPad than many a tech pundit had assumed. GarageBand is a marvellous piece of code, a true joy to use.

App Store Link: GarageBand

More about music creation with the iPad.

2. Paint a picture with ArtRage

More than any other creative iPad activity, finger painting has really fired the imagination of the general public. ArtRage simulates various types of media with astonishing accuracy. With a little bit of care and attention ArtRage is capable of art that is almost indestinguisable from actual physical art.

App Store Link: ArtRage

More about painting with the iPad.

3. Edit a video with iMovie

Apple recently upgraded iMovie with the ability to edit many different video formats. There's a good chance that the holiday video that you shot with your digital camera this summer will now play nicely with iMovie. We use iMovie almost everyday to edit both personal and iPad Creative videos. It's a pleasure to use, fast and capable.

App Store Link: iMovie

More about video creation and editing with the iPad

4. Edit your photos with SnapSeed

The iPad is a near perfect photo presentation device, but you might be surprised at just how useful it is for editing photos too. We've used and reviewed quite a number of photo editing and photo filter apps, but it's SnapSeed, with its power and simplicity, that we recommend to new iPad owners looking to explore the world of iPad photo editing.

App Store Link: SnapSeed

More about photo editing with the iPad

5. Learn how to play the guitar with WildChords

Turn the chore of learning guitar chords into a fun experience with WildChords. WildChords is one of the most impressive apps we've seen in 2011, as we said in our review, "Far from being the trudging, demotivating type of lesson that puts so many of us off learning to play an instrument, WildChords makes learning guitar fun and keeps you coming back for more."

App Store Link: WildChords

More about learning with the iPad

6. BONUS ACTIVITY: Add iPad Creative to your iPad home screen

Go to the iPad Creative home page by clicking on this link, once the home page is open tap the action button (a box with an arrow springing out of it located to the left of the address bar) and tap 'Add to Home Screen'. Now, inspiration is only 1 finger tap away!

iMovie for iPad. Are you making the most of it?

iMovie is a gleaming jewel in Apple's content creation crown. Much like GarageBand, an app that we feature weekly here on iPad Creative, iMovie enables everyday folk to create beautiful things. iMovie for iOS has always been a pleasure to use, but it wasn't until the latest update that it became essential for just about every iPad owner.

Not just for iPad or iPhone video

What you may not know is that iMovie for iOS now supports a broad range of video formats. As long as your camera encodes video using the MP4 container format there is a good chance that it will work. So far we have tested several smartphones, including the LG Optimus 3D, Nokia N8, and a handful of video cameras, all of which worked perfectly with iMovie. The video seen above features video clips captured using both the iPhone 4S and Nokia N8.

The basics

Getting your raw video into the iPad for editing with iMovie can be a tad tricky. Basically you have just 2 options. You can either import your video into iTunes via a regular computer and then sync it over to your iPad as part of an iPhoto album, or you can transfer your video from your camera to your iPad using the Apple Camera Connection Kit. The iTunes route is much more reliable (and cheaper for those with a computer), but the CCK option is quicker and more direct. We suggest you try the iTunes route first, you can always invest in the CCK at a later date.

Why iMovie for iOS is often more satisfying to use than iMovie for OS X

At this point you may be wondering why you shouldn't just stick to using iMovie on the Mac? It's certainly true that the OS X version of iMovie will give you many more options, some of which are hard to wave goodbye to, but what you sacrifice in options you make up for in speed and simplicity with iMovie for the iPad.

In iMovie for iOS Apple have called upon the considerable power of the graphics processor to assist the the CPU with the heavy lifting. What might take 1 hour on a fast MacBook Pro will likely only take 30 minutes on the iPad, yes, even when working with 1080p video. Not only is it quicker but there will be no fan noise or excess heat coming from the iPad.

Still room for improvement

iMovie for iPad has plenty of room to grow. There are many features yet to make their way over from the Mac version, but don't let the simplistic nature of its current incarnation put you off, you might be surprised just what you can create.

App Store Link: iMovie

Further reading: All GarageBand posts

Friday Fun: Music Video made with iPad GarageBand & iMovie

Although we are not sure about James Merryman's claim of 'First song recorded in GarageBand for iPad', we do think this is a fun, tounge-in-cheek, song and the fact that the video was shot on an iPhone 4 and edited in iMovie on the iPad makes it a winner for us. Enjoy!

Check out more of James' music, including his very popular Facebook 'Creeper' song.

iPad 2 and Educators

Continuing our mini-series of posts about the potential benefits of the iPad 2, released this Friday, we take a look at how Teachers and other Educators could benefit from the upgrade.

The Scenario

Let's fire up the 'dream machine' and take a little trip into an imaginary scenario. You are a Teacher taking a 30 strong group of 12/13 year old kids on a Museum tour (Ok 'nightmare machine').

You want to do something other than the printed-list-on-a-clipboard assignment you do every time and your Institution has a bunch of 3G iPad 2 units you can use on your field trip (we did say 'imagine').

You decide to split your students up into groups of 3 or 4 and give each group an iPad 2 with 3G. Their assignment? A 21st Century Treasure Hunt using the following technologies:

Video Chat Check-in (FaceTime (WiFi) / Skype (3G))

You locate yourself somewhere in the Museum, where doesn't matter. You ask your groups to call you once they find each item on the list and show it to you via the video conference (FaceTime or Skype) so you can confirm their find before they move on to the next 'treasure'.

If you want to be really comprehensive you could ask them to switch to the front facing camera and show that all 3 or 4 of them are there so you can confirm no-one has wandered off. By the way, you don't need to have an iPad you could just use your iPhone 4/iPod Touch 4th generation (WiFi only) if you have one, or an older 3GS for Skype calls.

Virtual / Augmented Reality (AR) Learning

You have cleverly chosen to visit a Museum that has developed an iOS App that uses a map of the Museum and GPS to ascertain the students' location and AR overlay giving information on what is being seen by the onboard camera. You could even do this in a City Centre if they have something like the Museum of London's AR App.

Alternatively, an App that uses a 3D model to create a virtual version of the Museum so the students can touch the room they are in and see information pertinent to their location, perhaps using the camera to line up a frame in the centre of the screen and overlay information that they can use to learn about the exhibits or displays.

Movie Creation as an Assignment

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As part of the assignment you ask your students to put together a 3 minute iMovie with voice over and sound, detailing the items they found in the museum and their search. You ask them to make sure all of their group appear in the video (another verification method).

This will then be presented to the rest of the class when they return and groups will vote for their favourite video (you could even assign extra credit on the assignment for the winners).

You could even go as far as having a YouTube or Vimeo account or Facebook page setup where they can upload their movie. This would act as submission of their assignment.

You, meanwhile, could be sat anywhere working on other tasks, waiting for the submissions to appear in the account.

Video Recording & Review

What if you could video your students delivery of a presentation or demonstration of a skill and give them direct feedback, even including other students in small group peer assessment? This can be a very powerful teaching tool and encourages critique and critical thinking whilst the activity is fresh in everyone's minds.

In fact, on our recent post 'iPad 2 and Video Makers', one of our readers, Axis, told us this is exactly what he plans to do with iPad 2:

"As a martial arts instructor I would be putting the video capabilities of the iPad 2 to use on a daily basis. The value of being able to record a student and then show them the video almost immediately is incredible. Students progress so much faster when they can see what you are seeing. Telling a student a technique not quite right is one thing, but when that student sees it for themselves something powerful happens and that technique is perfected exponentially faster. Being able to record and immediately analyze your performance is priceless. We do it now with the iPhone, and many times transfer the video over to the iPad and it's much larger screen, but that adds quite a bit of extra time, I can see the iPad 2 greatly streamlining this process."

Of course, as Axis mentioned, HD video recording is not unique to iPad 2, the iPhone 4 did it first, but here is what iPad 2 brings to the table:

  • Screen size - a larger playback image helps you see the detail more clearly, plus share it with more than one person
  • Video Editing/Recording - This is new to the iPad and as such eliminates import or transfer of video from another device/source
  • Video Mirroring - which could display the resulting video on an even larger screen, no matter what app you are using (a major improvement over iPad 1 & iOS 4.2)
  • Front and Rear Cameras - Enables a learner to show what they see, but also feature themself in the video, opening up a more contextual recording of the situation or events. Including them in the video could add to the experience, for example, showing their reactions or the scene behind them as they run away from something (think Media/Graphic students and Cloverfield).

Video Mirroring as an IT demo tool

The new iOS Video Mirroring, an iPad 2 only feature, has its obvious application in the classroom as a demonstration tool, but we can see Video Mirroring being used in future roll-outs of iPad programs. Think how it could be used to demo to Faculty staff and large groups of Students in a lecture hall projected onto a large screen for example.

How useful would it be to have everyone sat with their new iPad 2 in their hands, watching a live demo of accessing the App store for example, or using Safari to log in to a VLE and access courses, resources or submit assignments?

You could then back this up with printed or electronic instructions, but there is nothing like being shown how to use something whilst having hands-on practice yourself. As an IT Instructor of nearly 15 years, this has never failed to be the most impactive learning activity, in my experience.

Over to You

Again, these are only a few examples, we haven't mentioned the enormous potential of GarageBand for example or WiFi interactive sharing or using Skype for visiting speakers or inter-school activities.

We would love to hear your ideas. Have you got anything you plan to use the new iPad 2 for? What can it help you do that you cannot do now? Let us know in the comments.

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.

This is why I admire Apple

I admire them because they make the joy of creating art available to everyone.

With each recent iteration of the iPhone Apple has increased the quality of the camera and added meaningful functionality. The 3GS introduced video capture with basic editing and now with the iPhone 4 Apple have taken a huge leap forward allowing the iPhone to overstep all other smartphone manufacturers, and even a few camera manufacturers, in terms of video quality and video editing ability.

Just 12 months ago the iPhone had no video capture now it has 720p HD at 30 frames per second. That's quite an advance and should leave no one in doubt that Apple intend to make the iPhone the premier mobile content creation platform. The video above was all shot and edited using only the iPhone 4 and iMovie for iPhone.

James Burland