Two weeks ago I shot a music video exclusively on Apple’s Ipad2. I got plenty of raised eyebrows from a few close friends and fellow videographers as to my reasoning behind shooting a music video on the device.
My main objective was to demonstrate to potential clients that while I think it is beneficial to use the appropriate equipment to capture video. It is just as important who you hire to shoot and edit your next video project. I have definitely lost a few jobs based solely on someone having a fancier camera than I did.
One of the biggest misconceptions with video to day is people think that hiring the person with the best camera guaranties a great shoot. (I’m by no means suggesting that any of these devices can replace a good video camera.) I am saying do not put all of your faith behind any device. Put your faith and confidence in the person shooting your video’s track record and experience. You can view the video below. Videographer Jewilz shot the behind the scenes footage of me shooting the music video on the Ipad2. ( I didn’t want to leave any room for doubt that this video was shot on the Ipad2.)
Under the video I provided a list of pros and cons that I experienced shooting video on the Ipad2.
1. The video image quality is pretty good has vibrant colors ,sharp image .
2. The monitor is nice and wide very helpful to see what your shooting
3. There is a camera on the front and the back of the device so you can film
your self with a toggle switch.
4. Shoots High Definition Video.
1. There is zero image stabilization the slightest movement produces jittery video.
2. The camera in the back is set at an odd location so your finger will block it easily.
3. It is poor in low light even with setting for shooting in low light still produces poor results.
4. The monitor is almost invisible in sunlight. There is a glare and it’s difficult to see the controls.
5. On three of the clips I shot on the ipad2 did, it did not record in HD. (No clue what that is about but very disturbing)
6. It is very thin making it akward to hold while shooting video. Device slips a lot, so I purchased a device called
a handstand used to keep the ipad2 from slipping out of your hands.)
7. When I imported the video in to Final cut Pro the footage was upside down, even though while I was
recording the footage displayed properly.
At the time of the shooting of this video Steve Jobs was still alive. I hope this video serves as an example of how innovative he was.
He will truly be missed by me and countless others who never knew him personally, but who’s lives he has touched.