By Scott Fegette | Friday, October 10, 2014
There’s an old saying: Nothing ruins a great video like lousy audio. And when using consumer cameras, you’re often stuck with a less-than-optimal microphone to begin with.
But if you have a reasonably modern smartphone, you have all you need to record great audio on location.
By Jeff Carlson | Wednesday, September 24, 2014
Stop motion animation was key to many of the first special effects in movies. Jason and the Argonauts wouldn’t be as memorable without Ray Harryhausen’s creatures, and who could forget the original King Kong or even fully animated movies like The Nightmare Before Christmas?
What most appeals to me about stop motion, however, is that you don’t need a Hollywood budget or expensive equipment to do it. You can make your own stop motion movie using an iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch.
And patience—you’ll need a lot of patience.
Bonus: It’s a great activity for kids on rainy afternoons or long airplane rides!
By Scott Fegette | Wednesday, September 17, 2014
iOS 8, Apple’s most recent mobile operating system upgrade, just hit the streets today and you may find yourself itching to get started.
Whether you’re upgrading your old iPhone or iPad, or getting a new iPhone 6 this week, your update to iOS 8 will go much more smoothly if you take a moment to prepare your current device first.
By Scott Fegette | Tuesday, September 09, 2014
In its much-anticipated announcement today, Apple revealed its next chapter in consumer hardware. The one-two mobile punch of the iPhone 6 and the brand spankin’ new Apple Watch should bring a whole new era of functionality and personal productivity—not to mention healthier living—to Apple customers, and spur even more innovation in wearable computing.
The event took place at the Flint Center for the Performing Arts, just a stone’s throw from Apple’s Cupertino campus—the same place where Steve Jobs introduced both the original Macintosh and the iMac. Today’s news was indeed monumental, with the Apple Watch heralding Apple’s entry into wearable computing. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus take a step into the mid-sized smartphone market pioneered by Samsung and other Android vendors, introducing the next release of their mobile operating system, iOS 8.
Let’s break down today’s Apple news.
By Aaron Quigley | Friday, August 29, 2014
It’s back-to-school time, and that means shopping for paper, pencils, a ruler, and the various other tools of academia.
One surprising item popping up on school lists around the nation is an Internet-ready mobile device, such as an iPhone or iPad. Classrooms as young as kindergarten are working mobile applications into their curricula, hoping the technology can aid instructional pedagogy and increase student engagement and achievement. At the same time, these devices are helping teach students technical skills that translate to their future careers.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, July 14, 2014
Songs tend to vanish from iPhones. It’s a complaint I hear quite a lot from my friends and have even noticed myself. A song is there for months—and then one day you’ll sync with iTunes and for some reason, it’s just not there anymore.
This week on Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll show you a quick way to get that song back on your phone—without having to go back to iTunes on a desktop or re-sync your phone—so you can be rocking out again in no time.
By Richard Harrington | Friday, April 25, 2014
Knowing the ins and outs of your location is a very important step in successful productions. Site surveying helps you identify potential problems before your production takes place. In this week’s episode of DSLR Video Tips, Robbie and I demonstrate how to use mobile apps to make your site survey more effective. From weather conditions to the location of the sun, the more prepared you are, the more successful your production will be.
By Jess Stratton | Monday, April 21, 2014
In this week’s Monday Productivity Pointers, I’ll be covering in detail one of my favorite features of my iPhone: Siri, Apple’s automated voice control. Touted as your personal digital assistant, Siri really is just that—and a whole lot more!
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