iPad 2 lands in South Africa with the ability to make and edit videos
Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.
iPad 2, the second-generation of Apple’s third post-PC device, went officially on sale in selected South African stores on 29 April 2011. The launch created lots of queues and hype. According to an Apple spokesman, SA is part of an accelerated Apple rollout strategy where the device was launched at the same time as in China.
iPad 2 as a video-capture device has some pros: a large high quality screen, good cameras, reasonable HD video quality in daylight for internet and home use, and a few editing software. The real benefit is that iPad 2 can be packed to shoot and edit high-definition video on the go. The iPad’s nearly 10-inch sexy screen is a natural tool for reviewing and editing homemade videos right on the spot, things that you cannot do with just a standard camera. And courtesy of Apple’s $4.99 iMovie app and rival video programs ReelDirector and Splice - which comes with a free version, and if you are willing to pay, allows you to get transitions, background music and other features - you can turn these little productions into mini video postcards. It’s then a breeze to get them right onto Facebook, direct from your hotel room. You don't have to wait until you get home. Nor do you have to worry that your creation will forever rot in your camera.
Regarding the editing tool, Apple’s mobile iMovie, introduced for the iPhone 4 in 2010, is a program that will trim the excess from your clips and put in menus, titles, music and sound effects. You also get the ability to record voice-overs for narration.
To convert the videos to edit it later on a computer, you’ll need to import the footage to iTunes, click the ‘Advanced’ tab, and click the “convert to iPad” tab. Then you’ll need to sync the laptop and iPad to get the video back onto the tablet.
But according to early users, there are a few cons: no flash, no zoom, no removable memory and limited lenses… and its large size make it hard to fit into a pocket. There’s no tripod mount so you will need to stabilise it on something otherwise you will get shaky pictures. As with all electronic devices, you have to be careful not to drop it otherwise the screen might break.
Conclusion: Ipad2 is great for home or travel videos, for journalists and reporters, for professional AV preparation, for salespeople who need to convince with videos, for health professionals, for “reperage” films which do not need top quality footage and for many more applications. The mobile device is stable and has so far proven its capacity to counter cyber attacks.
It should be added that Ipad 2 can also broadcast TV channels’ videos sequences with a user friendly multimedia layout. The YouTube, CNN and Al Jazeera apps are among them but they use quite a lot of bandwidth.
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