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Thursday, December 17, 2009

Record Video on Your 2G or 3G iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 07:00 AM

"In another surprising move, Apple has approved iVideoCamera, an iPhone application that can record video on an iPhone 3G or 2G."

Called iVideoRecorder, and available now for $0.99 USD in the iTunes store, this will allow you to record video on your 2G or 3G iPhone without jailbreaking it. You won't get the quality of the 3GS since there is less computing power in the 2G and 3G and the camera in those iPhones is only 2 megapixels, but there are some benefits. One is you don't have to jailbreak your iPhone to get video ability. Another one is that you can upload to Facebook and Vimeo and the developer plans on Twitter integration as well as improvements to the frame rate. Frame rate is only 3 frames per second, paltry when compared to the 3GS 30 fps. But for 99 cents adding some functionality seems pretty cheap. Just don't expect the quality of the video to knock your socks off.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

UStream Via The iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"If you have an iPhone, you can now broadcast live video from anywhere to the rest of the world."

You can stream it via 3G or Wi-Fi, and the free app is available now in the iTunes Store.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Is Your Video Shaky? iSteady Has The Answer

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 08:00 AM

"Is your iPhone movie-making prowess giving your viewers motion sickness? Are your carefully planned, in-your-face action sequences of your friends' skateboarding accidents or grandma's 80th birthday party antics not making it to Funniest Home Videos because of your inability to hold your iPhone still while you capture potential money-making footage."

While this is a bit bulkier than the ZGrip we told you about months ago, this grip from iSteady would do much more to steady your shot if you had too much coffee or just need that extra steady shot. This is priced at $99.95 USD, about $30.00 USD more than the ZGrip, and they expect to have it available for Christmas.

Friday, September 11, 2009

Get a Mac Ad: Innovation

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 12:00 PM

Thursday, September 10, 2009

iPod Lineup Makeover

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple News" @ 08:00 AM

There were some hits and misses with the rumor mill, so lets get into it and see just what was revealed by the man behind the curtain.

iPod Touch Revamped

Since this was a music event, the upgrades to the iPod lineup were expected, and for the most part didn't disappoint. Let's start with the iPod Touch. The price was dropped on the 8GB model to $199.00 USD, $30 cheaper than before, and the 16GB and 32GB models doubled their memory without an increase in price. The 32GB version is $299.00 USD and the 64GB model is $399.00. According to Apple, the 32GB and 64GB versions are 50% faster and have OpenGL ES 2.0 support.


Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Quick Tutorial on Some of Snow Leopard's Hidden Features

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 07:30 AM

"Matt Fisher is a 16 year old high school junior and Apple enthusiast who has been putting up tutorial videos on all things Macintosh since December of 2008. I just saw one that is so good I wanted to bring it to your attention."

This is a pretty good quick look at some of the "hidden features" of Snow Leopard. The video is only 4 1/2 minutes long, and he has several more listed on his YouTube channel.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Camtasia for Mac Announced

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 02:00 PM

"Offering Mac Community an Intuitive and Professional Screen Recording Solution."

TechSmith annouced their new product with a press release yesterday. According to the release, "Camtasia for Mac is available immediately for download and purchase. With Camtasia for Mac customers can create professional and engaging presentations, demonstrations, screencasts, training and marketing videos in HD-quality video to reach audiences online, on Apple® portable media devices, and on popular video sharing sites like YouTube."

Additionally, through the end of the year, they are offering this software at a discounted price of $99.00 USD, with a 30-day free trial. More info can be obtained at the TechSmith site.

Monday, August 17, 2009

Qik For iPhone, Sort Of

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 10:00 AM

"Qik users hoping for an official iPhone app can finally rejoice-as long as they have an iPhone 3GS. Other limitations sour the experience, though, and live streaming is still a pipe dream."

Qik has finally brought an app to the iTunes store, but it only works with the iPhone 3GS, you can only upload via Wi-Fi and you can't stream. So you have the integration with Twitter, Facebook and YouTube, but not having streaming would really hamper it in my opinion. Isn't that the benefit of using Qik? Has anyone out there used Qik with other devices and think lack of streaming is too big of detriment in the iPhone version to be useful?

Friday, August 7, 2009

Home Security Video Style for the iPhone

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple Software (iPhone/iPod Touch)" @ 12:00 PM

"I was intrigued by Lauren's post the other day where she briefly talked about using the iCam phone app [App Store] to do some baby monitoring. I wondered what else I could do with this US$4.99 app, so I gave it a try with great results."

Multiple cameras, easy setup, motion detection that works with push notification - what's not to like? Sounds like an easy setup and works with variety of cameras. We have been considering getting a camera setup for the house and if I could get it to work with this program that would be a great bonus.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Complete Technical Demo of iPhone 3GS Video Capabilities

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 12:00 PM

"The iPhone 3GS feature that I was most excited about was video. The very first thing I did when I got my phone was shoot Technologic Overkill, so I could put the video camera through it's paces. In the process I discovered quite a few useful bits information about how the video works."

The guys at The Automatic Filmmaker make the point I've been making since the 3GS announcement: it isn't necessarily that the iPhone 3GS has the best camera ever or that it's the first, it's that it's one you'll have with you, making it, by default, the most useful. The video above is a good demo, but the true meat and potatoes of the demonstration are in the article itself with lots of explanations for each section.

All in all a very good article and worth a read if you're interested in video on the iPhone.

New iPhone 3GS Ad, All About Video

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 10:00 AM

"Apple has a new iPhone TV advertisement that touts the new editing capabilities of the iPhone 3GS. The commercial consists of a person recording a skateboarder, followed by cutting out the end of the video clip where the skateboarder falls. The iPhone user then continues to email the video to a friend. Again, it is very well made."

The more I use the video on the iPhone 3GS, the more I like it. They make it so easy and the quality is very good.

Monday, July 6, 2009

New iPod Touch To Do Video, Also?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"Like most people who’ve had an iPhone 3GS in their hands, we’ve been extremely impressed with the video capabilities of this little device. Not only Does it take near-HD video, it has excellent basic editing software and video can be uploaded to YouTube over Wifi or the cell networks. Among other things, it is the most useful video camera in the world today. No wonder the video camera market is shaking in its collective boots. Thank God those iPhones are so expensive, and Apple will only sell 20 million or so of them in 2009. If Apple added cameras to its line of iPods, there would be another 3+million of them hitting the market per month, and the low end of the digital video camera market could be crushed. Uh oh."

The photo above is the one Mike Arrington refers to in his article (from Macrumors). If this is true, it will turn the mini-vidcam market on its ear for some people. There are still going to be some who appreciate the ease of use of the Flip and its many variants, but it's hard to argue that having a camera on your device that shoots good stills and reasonably good video with on-device editing won't at least take a small chunk out of that market.

Monday, June 15, 2009

What Does HTML 5 Mean For Us?

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 12:00 PM

"If you have a recent browser build of WebKit nightly, you're going to love this movie trailers demo I've been hacking on. Click on the image above, select a movie trailer, and check out Safari 4's video reflections using CSS Effects. Recent WebKit nightlies with the latest QuickTime installed give the best experience, with flawless transitioned video reflections. Safari 4 Beta also provides a decent experience, but doesn't transition reflections."

I think I'm finally starting to understand why Apple doesn't care if it implements Flash in the iPhone; they want to go open standards on HTML 5 instead. After seeing this demo, there's no reason to think that it can't be done quite nicely. The possibilities are pretty impressive when you consider that all of what you see on this demo site is done without any embedding of any third-party plugins.

Nice thought, no?

Friday, June 5, 2009

Rumor: New iPhone to be "iPhone Video?"

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 11:00 AM

"While this could be just another rumor, this name would fit perfectly with what a source told me in late April: that Apple would differentiate the new iPhone by making it the first device that makes home movie-making mainstream."

I'm all about this one, if it's true. It goes together nicely with the other rumor about the new iPhone: that it'll have a front-facing chat camera and some sort of video chatting capabilities. I'm not a big video chatter, but I do shoot a lot of video and if the iPhone does it well, it'll be one less thing I have to carry on a day-to-day basis.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Elgato's Analog Video Capture for Mac

Posted by Jeff Campbell in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 10:00 AM

"Elgato announced the release of Elgato Video Capture on Friday, a device that allows users to transfer analog video - including home movies on VHS tape - to a Mac. Videos can then be uploaded to the iPhone or iPod Touch."

This is a much cleaner design than the converter box I use now to convert my analog video, and at $99.95 USD is also much less than what I spent a few years ago. It connects a variety of sources such as DVD players, camcorders, etc via USB 2.0, and includes software to record the video in either H.264 or MPEG-4 formats. More info is available at Elgato.

Thursday, April 16, 2009

Video Cable for iPhone and iPods Now Available

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:07 AM

"The ezGear Video Cable for new iPod & iPhone allows you to play movies, music videos, TV shows, You Tube Clips, or Pictures stored on your newer iPod on any TV or ezVision Video Glasses. The ezGear Video Cable is part of the made for iPod program and incorporates Apple's Dock Connector with the new Authentification chip. The included a USB connector that allows you to keep your iPod powered while you watch. The USB connector can also be connected to your computer to sync your iPod or iPhone with iTunes."

The obvious plus here is that it's part of the Made for iPod program, meaning you won't have compatibility issues with it. At $40.00, the price is on par with what Apple charges for theirs, and frankly I may grab one just for trips for work; I've missed having that cable available to me since I got my iPhone.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

iTunes HD Doesn't Like Older Displays

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple Software (OS X)" @ 01:00 PM

"Yesterday, Dieter told us Apple had finally pulled the trigger on HD downloads for iTunes. Today, the internets (led by iLounge, via Gizmodo) are up in arms because said downloads are infected with Big Media-enforced DRM to such a degree that they can’t even play on older, non-HDCP (high definition copy protection) compatible devices. What does this mean? Even if you forked over $2K for a ginormous Apple 30″ Cinema Display, that “cinema” part of the branding will be just plain useless to you except for the very helpful popup you’ll get reading: This movie cannot be played because a display that is not authorized to play protected movies is connected."

Just for the record, I'm still annoyed by this. One of the first columns I wrote for this site smashed Steve Jobs for his hypocrisy in regards to how he handles DRM on video versus DRM on music. I think little by little there's more backing for my opinion than there even was when I wrote it. Jobs has no problem telling the music industry they need to abandon DRM, but when the time comes for Hollywood to do the same, he blindly accepts their demands to the point where he allows them to tell you that on your authorized computer, you can't play a movie you bought legitimately if you don't have a certain kind of connection to your monitor.

No amount of arguing will ever convince me that this is anything else but a blatant double standard loaded with hypocrisy.

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

AppleTV Updated to 2.3.1; Functionality Unknown

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Other Apple Hardware" @ 09:00 AM

"The Apple TV support page had not been updated at press time with fixes and improvements in software version 2.3.1. Readers are invited to let us know in comments what amazements, if any, come with the update."

In fact, the only thing we do know is that third party add-ons and hacks have been wiped out for people who did the updates. That's to be expected, of course, and is nothing new from previous updates, but nonetheless if you're running Boxee or ATV or any of the other hacks, you may want to hold off on this one. Maybe eventually Apple will gift us with the knowledge of what this one fixes.

Tuesday, February 24, 2009

YouTube App Giving You Trouble? Try YouTube Mobile.

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPhone & iPod Touch" @ 09:00 AM

"Go to and play your videos from the website. Not every video will work because the search results provides videos whether they are flv or h264. This is clearly a work around (hack) till they get this fixed, but at least you can get your youtube fix."

Recently, I made a similar discovery; namely that the mobile version of the YouTube site works fine on the iPhone (as long as the video has hit their H.264 converter). The advantage to using the YouTube mobile site is that you have access to any videos you've favorited on your computer and your subscription videos are available. The biggest downfall I find for the YouTube app on the iPhone is that it's in no way tied to your account, so if you find something you like on the desktop and want to share it with others, you have to "re-find" it on your iPhone. Not exactly efficient. Hopefully that's something that will be fixed soon because it does keep me from using the YouTube app more regularly.

Thursday, February 5, 2009

Big Hard Disks Now Available for 5th Gen iPods

Posted by Vincent Ferrari in "Apple iPods" @ 02:00 PM

"If your iPod is out of room and you don't want to do the necessary surgery on it yourself to upgrade the hard drive, some pros are now ready to do it for you. Rapid Repair just announced the first 240GB iPod upgrade, which is available for all original iPod Video models."

If I still had my iPod video, I'd so be right on this. 240 gigs is a nice upgrade. Of course, when I had my 5th gen video iPod, I only had a 160 gig HD on my iMac!

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