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Entries in iPhone 4 (5)

How to take photos using your iPad

The dirty little secret of photo sharing via the internet is that most photos are viewed at a tiny fraction of their full resolution. A stunning 12 million pixel DSLR masterpiece when viewed at a standard size on Flickr is reduced to under one million pixels. What this means is that when it comes to viewing photos online, composition, colour and general interestingness account for a lot more than raw detail.

Enter VideoPix for iPad. We first mentioned VideoPix for iPad a few days ago, detailing the features of this powerful little app from See It With Us. In essence, it's a video frame grabber, enabling iPad users to pick a single frame from any non-DRM'd video and save it as an image to the iPad photo library.

Where VideoPix for iPad really comes into its own is when capturing stills from 720p HD footage. I tested VideoPix with various clips taken using the iPhone 4 in 720p HD and so far I've been really impressed with the results.

All the photos seen here have been captured from iPhone 4 footage using VideoPix for iPad. As you can see, when viewed at normal web display sizes they look as good as standard digital camera photos. To see the photos at full 1280 x 720 resolution point your browser at this Flickr set.

In some situations I can imagine not bothering with still photography at all and simply popping my iPhone HD video footage into VideoPix for iPad at a later date. As the resolution and general quality of iPhone video increases, I foresee this kind of 'photography' becoming more popular.

James Burland

Further reading: HD Video Frame Grabber for your iPad

iPhone 4 video looks gorgeous on the iPad

When capturing HD video the iPhone 4 holds more information per frame than the iPad is capable of displaying on its 1024 x 768 IPS screen. This means that iPhone 4 video look gorgeous. Surprisingly this mostly holds true even when viewing iPhone 4 HD footage via YouTube on the iPad either through a browser or the YouTube app. In our experience YouTube HD footage looks a lot nicer on the iPad than it does using Flash on a PC or Mac - something to keep in mind if you intend to shoot a lot of iPhone 4 footage.

At present there is one missing ingredient. iOS 4 currently has no option for uploading HD footage straight from the iPhone 4 to YouTube. Steve Jobs, in one of his midnight e-mailing sessions, has promised to fix this in a forthcoming update, but until then you can always use the rather lovely Pixelpipe app.

UPDATE: Hmm, looks like YouTube is acting up. It has played back fine on the iPad, but at the moment it seems to be showing up as unplayable.

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

iMovie for iPad

We aim to take a closer look at Reel Director for iPad next week, but first impressions are good. Of course, since the iPhone 4 announcement which included the unveiling of iMovie for iPhone we can't help but get excited about the prospect of iMovie for iPad.

iMovie for iPhone 4 looks quite stunning! It's was only a few years ago when the ability to edit 720p video with live previewing was only available on Macs with the very latest video cards, but on 24th June 2010 that lofty ability will be available to all iPhone 4 owners. How crazy is that?!

We are fully supportive of ability to edit your HD video on the iPhone itself, but we would love to see Apple bring their best of class video editing app to the iPad. The larger, higher resolution screen would make for a more relaxed editing and viewing experience. It would be a real shame if the iPad missed out on what looks to be a classic version of Apple's classic video editing app.

As an aside, we would like to point out that Nokia have been offering movie editing features on their high-end smartphones since the Nokia N93 way back in 2006, but for some reason they axed this feature. 2010 sees the return of video editing with the rather marvellous Nokia N8. Summer 2010 is going to be very interesting indeed for amateur video producers - we can't wait!

iPhone 4. The shape of things to come?

Any new device that runs iOS 4 is worth discussion here at iPad Creative. Though I certainly don't hold the view that the iPad is 'nothing more than a big iPhone', there are certainly overlaps in the design, both hardware and software. With that in mind what can the newly announced iPhone 4 tell us about the future of the iPad.

Retina Display

One of the biggest features, if not the biggest, is the new iPhone display, Apple call it the Retina Display. The idea is that the pixel density — a staggering 326ppi — is so great that the human retina cannot resolve the pixels at normal viewing distance. Some have rightful disputed Apple's claim, but in reality most people will never see the pixels due to having slightly lower than 20/20 vision, or simply because the screen will be covered in finger smudges the minute it's unboxed.

Will the iPad get a Retina Display anytime soon? No. For Apple to fit the iPad with an IPS display that equals the pixel density of the iPhone 4 would mean packing it with at least 2445 pixels across its length. What I believe is far more likely is that Apple will double the current resolution to 2048 x 1526 (or there abouts) at some point within the next 18 months. This will bring the pixel density up much closer to that of the Retina Display but not across the 300ppi threshold necessary for Apple to label it as a Retina Display.

Glass front and back

Personally I don't think the iPad will have the glass sandwich treatment anytime soon, the rigidity of the unibody design is perfect for the larger body of the iPad.

The new camera with HD video capture

I'm not saying that the iPad with never be equipped with a camera that has the same spec as the new iPhone 4 module, but it's probably 5 years away at least. There really isn't much point, the iPad isn't a pocket device. However…

FaceTime

Now here is a camera that would be totally at home in the iPad. The VGA front facing camera used by FaceTime, Apple's new video conferencing app, will most likely make it into the very next iteration of the iPad as will FaceTime. I actually think that FaceTime started out life as an iPad app but got pushing down to the iPhone 4 early because of time constraints whilst pushing for the January announcement.

Gyroscopes

The addition of a gyroscope to the iPhone sensor array can only be a good thing. What this will mean for new iOS 4 apps can only really be hinted at right now. It will certainly make some interesting games, but also for a much more accurate sat nav solution. Look for a gyroscope in the next version of the iPad.

What do you make of the new iPhone 4, could you see yourself upgrading in a couple of weeks time? I'd love to hear from you in a comment below.

James Burland