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How to take better photos with your iPad 2

Despite having relatively capable HD video capture, the iPad 2 is a very poor stills camera. At just 960 x 720 pixels it's poor enough to ignore. A much better option for iPad 2 owners looking to get a good quality image from the device is to invest in a copy of VideoPix. VideoPix is a simple application that pulls individual frames from a standard iPad video source. We reviewed VideoPix some time ago and found it to be most capable. In fact, we recently used an iPhone 4 video grab (grabbed using VideoPix on an iPad 1) as part of a professional print design to great success, such is the quality of Apple's H.264 based frame compression.

There are two advantages in using VideoPix over the default photo option

1) You can to pick the best frame from possibly hundreds of candidates, meaning that you no longer have to worry about capturing the perfect moment. Simply shoot a small segment of video and pick the best frame later.

2) The VideoPix frame grab contains more raw information than Apple's default still photo option. A default still image is 960 x 720 pixels (see image above) but a single frame from the standard video capture is 1280 x 720 pixels. More pixels gives you more flexibility.

We are not suggesting that VideoPix will give the iPhone 4 a run for its money, or any other dedicated camera for that matter, but it's probably the best option for iPad 2 owners looking to capture the best stills that they can with Apple's newest tablet computer.

App Store Link: VideoPix

HD Video Frame Grabber for your iPad

A couple of days ago we posted about how great the new iPhone 4's HD footage looked on the iPad screen.  If you wanted to show someone else how good the video looks or grab a frame from that great looking video you could try waiting until just before the right moment, press the Home and Power buttons at the same time, switch to the Photos app and check the frame grab to see if you were fortunate enough to capture the moment you were after.  If not, you have to switch back to the video start playing it again, wait for the right moment... and so on.

Or, you could spend £1.79 (or $2.99) on VideoPix for iPad [iTunes link] from See It With Us.  This app is an iPad specific version of the previously released iPhone app.  (Non-DRM) Videos on your iPad can be played back as slowly as 1 frame per second, giving you absolute control over the image that you then capture.  The app keeps recent frame captures in its own library and you can email up to 20 frames in one go for sharing purposes.

Once you have grabbed your frame you can then crop the image and add a few basic effects, i.e. Black & White and Sepia.

Source videos can be those already on your iPad (i.e. synced from iTunes), as long as they are not DRM'd, you can transfer video over Wi-Fi from another device, or alternatively import video via the Apple Camera Connection Kit.

720p is the recommended maximum resolution for this app, they don't recommend 1080p video due to concerns over slow performance, so if you do try this on your iPad let us know how it goes.

There are a number of uses for this kind of app such as grabbing frames from movies for your own personal uses (like wallpapers), the company cites the example of golfers wanting to analyse a video of their swing frame by frame to spot the point at which they wobble, etc. but really it is useful to us to grab a screencap from a video to illustrate a blog post or to play back a video in slow motion to see the detail captured in our HD footage.

If you have any questions about what you can do with this app and your iPad there is a very useful FAQ on the See It With Us website so take a look, and if you get this app and find it useful we would like to hear how you have used it. Let us know in the comments below.

The video below shows the iPhone app in use, but it gives a good idea of how the app works: