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Taking pictures and movies

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Video: Taking pictures and movies

One of the iPad 2's marquee features is the front- and rear-facing cameras. Like today's iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad too can take still shots as well as movies, and do so from either side of the device. In this movie, we'll go with the basics of using these cameras. The easiest way to explore the iPad's cameras is through the Camera app. Just tap it to launch the app and an image from one of the cameras will appear on the iPad's display. So I tap Camera to launch it, and here we are.

Taking pictures and movies

One of the iPad 2's marquee features is the front- and rear-facing cameras. Like today's iPhone and iPod touch, the iPad too can take still shots as well as movies, and do so from either side of the device. In this movie, we'll go with the basics of using these cameras. The easiest way to explore the iPad's cameras is through the Camera app. Just tap it to launch the app and an image from one of the cameras will appear on the iPad's display. So I tap Camera to launch it, and here we are.

We are looking at the rear-facing camera and, by the way, this is Magic Nick who is going to perform a trick for us a little bit later on. If I want to flip around to look at the front-facing camera, I just tap the Flip Camera button and here I am. Hello! That's enough with me. Tap the button again to flip back around. The front-facing camera shoots at a standard definition and that's 640 x 480 pixels. The rear-facing camera shoots at 720p HD, which is 1280 x 720 pixels.

Neither camera was meant to replace even a mediocre point and shoot; the images just aren't all that great. FaceTime video chat, which we'll cover in another movie, is their main reason for being. Now to focus the camera, as well as adjust its exposure, tap on the object that you want to be the subject of your picture. So, for example, subject in this one is going to be the King of Hearts and we see it dims down a little bit, so that we can see the King of Hearts a little bit better. But if I tap on the background, you see everything comes up because we want to see what's in the background.

We'll go back to the King of Hearts. Now we are ready to take a shot, so all I have to do is tap the Camera button at the bottom. Your hear a little click and then the image goes down into a thumbnail image in the bottom-left corner. I tap that and there is my image. The other option is here as well which we'll look at in another movie, but for now I will tap the screen, tap Done, and we are back. Movies work much the same way. Just tap the Camera Movie slider at the bottom of the window to switch from still images to video capture.

When you do, the Camera button turns into a red record button. The Switch Camera button works just as it does for still photos and you can choose focus and exposure just like you did with still shots. So let's start taking a movie. Tap the red record button and Magic Nick will perform a trick for your amusement and entertainment. Now, Nick is a professional so please don't try this at home because you could strain something.

By the way, let's demonstrate. Again, I can change exposure and I can change focus by tapping on the screen, just tap on that card right there. Beautifully fanned and isn't that amazing? So when you tap Record one more time, it stops recording, it makes the sound, it goes down into the thumbnail image. To play it, all I have to do is tap on the Play button and sure enough, there is our movie.

Tap the screen. Tap Done. Over here I am going to show you one more feature, and that is if you'd like to see the movie in 16 x 9 as you are previewing it, just double-tap on the screen, and here we are at 16 x 9. You can use any of the images, videos, and apps that support them and the camera can be used within other applications as well. In addition to Apple's Photo Booth and FaceTime, which we will cover in other movies, the cameras are used in a lot of social networking apps and video editors, like Apple's iMovie.

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iPad Tips and Tricks

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  1. 1m 0s
    1. Welcome
      1m 0s
  2. 23m 31s
    1. Taking advantage of Siri
      5m 42s
    2. Syncing photos with Photo Stream
      7m 54s
    3. Finding the way with Apple Maps
      9m 55s
  3. 1h 12m
    1. Touching the iPad
      8m 39s
    2. Setting the rotation lock/mute toggle switch
      1m 40s
    3. Multitasking
      2m 42s
    4. Using the virtual keyboard
      11m 53s
    5. Using gestures to work faster
      1m 43s
    6. Understanding iTunes and the iPad
      6m 31s
    7. Syncing info to the iPad
      3m 31s
    8. Wireless updating and syncing
      2m 24s
    9. Syncing media files to the iPad
      5m 28s
    10. Syncing data with iCloud
      9m 8s
    11. Using iTunes Match to keep music updated on multiple devices
      6m 43s
    12. Troubleshooting
      6m 29s
    13. Using Notification Center
      6m 7s
  4. 15m 12s
    1. Using the App Store to download apps
      9m 56s
    2. Managing apps
      5m 16s
  5. 26m 43s
    1. Configuring peripherals
      6m 43s
    2. Printing with an iPad
      1m 48s
    3. Understanding accessibility on the iPad
      7m 3s
    4. Childproofing the iPad
      5m 39s
    5. Managing Location Services
      5m 30s
  6. 28m 58s
    1. Configuring email accounts
      9m 5s
    2. Organizing email
      3m 44s
    3. Dealing with spam
      6m 33s
    4. iMessage
      5m 32s
    5. Configuring Twitter and sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
      4m 4s
  7. 39m 49s
    1. Connecting an iPad to an external display
      3m 32s
    2. Creating iPad presentations with Keynote
      8m 37s
    3. Creating iPad presentations with third-party apps
      6m 45s
    4. Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
      8m 7s
    5. Keeping to-do lists synchronized
      4m 5s
    6. Managing and editing files with third-party apps
      8m 43s
  8. 16m 38s
    1. Taking pictures and movies
      3m 50s
    2. Editing and sharing movies
      6m 3s
    3. Video conferencing with FaceTime
      4m 33s
    4. Taking fun pictures with Photo Booth
      2m 12s
  9. 32m 16s
    1. Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
      7m 28s
    2. Using AirPlay to stream video and audio wirelessly to an external display
      3m 28s
    3. Using Home Sharing
      2m 18s
    4. Streaming media to an iPad
      7m 5s
    5. Copying media from an iPad to a computer
      5m 15s
    6. Importing and editing photos
      6m 42s
  10. 32s
    1. Conclusion
      32s

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