Above is my first attempt at creating something in the new iMovie app for the iPhone. It was shot and edited completely ON the iPhone. This is a testament to the power of the backlit sensor. Although only 5 megapixels (we say that like its VGA), as opposed to it’s rival EVO 8 megapixel.. the quality is superb in low lit situation, both video and still image.
Editing on this phone was a breeze, very responsive and didn’t slow down one bit. Amazingly, it didn’t drain my battery either! The basic necessities are there, and by no means is this a replacement for Final Cut Pro. Overall, I’m thoroughly impressed.
When you’re ready to export, you have 3 options: Medium -360p, Large -540p and HD -720p, all in the .mov QuickTime format. The clip quickly renders and saves to your photo album. The only downside, when exporting directly to YouTube from your Photos on the iPhone, the quality is degraded. In order to maintain quality, I had to sync my phone with iPhoto and export the file from the laptop onto YouTube.com. No biggy, since the sync/file transfer occurs seamlessly.
Disclaimer: All bias aside and trying to speak from a non-Apple Fanboy point of view.
Okay, so the age long question of “What’s it for?” will soon be answered. We look at the device and fail to think outside the box. We look at it and only interpret “oh okay, so it’s an eReader.” or “oh, it’s like a laptop..but not?!”. Lastly, we’ve all said it… “OH, it’s a GIANT iPod Touch/iPhone!” with a mocking smirk…But the funny thing about that, in the same breathe should be the very reason to be excited about it’s release.
When the iPhone first came out, we were limited to the very few NATIVE apps, no app store, no games, no nothing:
To say none the least, we were satisfied with that, naive to the fact that our minds were about to be blown with the endless possibilities of function via the App Store and Jailbraking. Since the release of the App Store in a later firmware, people have used this…phone for everything.
Now pause. think. consider. “What if I took this UI (User Interface) and made it 4 times bigger?!” Considering the size of the iPhone and how easy and fun it has become to interact with the apps STYLUS free, in a multi-touch dimension… what kind of possibilities will make itself evident in an environment with much more screen real estate?!
Put the two together. infinite development of more apps + huge multi-touch screen =
SOMETHING LIKE THIS:
DJ equipment has always been evolving more and more into the digital realm: Turntables> CDJ’s> Final Scratch and Serato>iPod decks> etc. There is no substitute for the real deal, but in an age where digital is slowly becoming industry standard, this comes the closest to merging the two together.
* I could probably get away with using the digital turntable decks, but for sure I’d want a physical cross fader.
This isn’t the sole reason why you should be excited for the iPad, but a mere example of what could and is coming. Don’t let this example limit or narrow your thinking of what this device is for. Just remember the times when you looked at your iPhone/iPod Touch and thought “if only this screen was bigger, I could…” while at work, at home, etc.
Keep in mind, this is the same company that made the mouse available to the consumer in the late 70′s and early 80′s. Before that, it was strictly keyboard–how archaic. Multi-touch + huge screen is a good thing.
Stretch your mind and get ready for things to change.