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- Working with the iPad touchscreen
- Printing with an iPad
- Syncing data with iCloud
- Using iTunes Match to update media on multiple devices
- Dealing with spam
- Sending Twitter updates from multiple apps
- Connecting an iPad to an external display
- Controlling a computer remotely with an iPad
- Keeping to-do lists synchronized
- Taking pictures and movies
- Preparing audio and video files for the iPad
Skill Level Appropriate for all
We've looked at shooting movies with the iPad's cameras. Now let's turn to editing those movies with the iPad's built-in movie editor. To do that, we launch photos, tap on Camera Roll, select the second movie, start it playing, and see what this is. Hey! There is Magic Nick again. Okay, he has got a new trick up his sleeve, although his sleeves are rolled up. That makes it more interesting. Showing me some cards, three cards, and I believe there is a gentleman named Monty involved. I think I know how he does this, but I want to make sure.
So I am going to tap on the timeline at the top and I am going to drag the playhead. You notice as I tap and hold that I see more thumbnails, and that's because this gives me a way to really zero in on what I want to see. So he's putting on the cards. I think that's where it happens. I don't know. I think there is something in that wiggly a bit there, so I am going to move back again and review the clip. No, I have no idea how he does it. Okay, doesn't matter.
Click on Pause and now I am going to trim the clip. So in order to do that, I tap and hold on the timeline, and it turns yellow. I am at the beginning of the timeline. I will drag to the right to trim the front end of the video. Now, I'd like to trim the back end as well, so I tap on that end and I drag to the left. Now I've trimmed both the front and back end.
To trim the movie, I just tap Trim. Here you will see two options: one is Trim Original, and the other is Save as New Clip. If you choose Trim Original, what you're going to do is keep just the video that you've selected. This is stuff within the trim. Everything else gets thrown out. You're going to use this option when you don't care about the raw footage--you only want the bit that you've selected. This will free up some space on the iPad. However, if you want to keep that raw footage, as I do, you tap Save as New Clip. This creates a new movie and leaves the raw footage as well.
When you do that, you see at the bottom of the screen it says Trimming Video. Unlike Nick, I am going to reveal the magic. I will tap on Camera Roll, and you will see that indeed we have three clips now: the raw footage, another movie, and the trimmed clip. So let's open that trimmed clip. Now I'd like to send it out to the world somehow, so I tap on the Share menu and you see that I have four options: Email Video, Send to MobileMe, Send to YouTube, and Copy Video. Now, when I tap on either Send to MobileMe or Send to YouTube, you're going to notice something interesting.
So I will tap Send to MobileMe, and here in this window that appears, you see that I have two options: Standard Definition and HD. Here's the deal. The rear-facing camera shoots in high definition. This means its files are larger than those captured with the front-facing standard- definition camera, and that difference is evidenced here in the Share area. So you have the option to choose to send it out on MobileMe and post on your gallery as a standard definition movie, which is smaller but doesn't look as good. Or you can send it out as HD, and as you can see, that is a much larger video.
In this particular window, you can then decide where are you going to send it to on your MobileMe gallery, so you just tap on that area and you'll see the albums that you have. We're going to cancel out of that, and that works the same way if you send it out to YouTube. Again, if you've shot with the rear-facing camera, you can send it out as HD or as standard definition. The last option, Copy Video, will do exactly that. It copies the video in its current format and then allows you to paste it into another application if you like, and then there's the first option, Email Video.
Movies that you email are automatically compressed and they're reduced in size because they can be so big that they won't go through an email gateway. Standard-definition movies are set at 480 x 360 pixels, and HD movies appear at a resolution of 568 x 320. And just so you know, still images taken with a rear-facing camera are sent at 960 x 720. Of course these aren't the only ways to get movies you've taken with the cameras off the iPad. When you sync your iPad with your computer, the appropriate application will offer to import them for you.
In the case of the Mac, that's iPhoto. So you plug in your iPad, you launch iPhoto, if it doesn't automatically launch, you select your iPad under the Devices. When you do, you will see the photos and the movies that are on your iPad. In this case, if we want to import the movie we just edited, we'd select that movie and I would click Import Selected. You can also choose Import All, if you want to import everything. I just want that one clip, so I will click Import Selected. Now I can choose to delete the photos or keep the photos, or in this case movies. I am going to keep them on there because I like watching Nick close up and when I am on the road.
So under Last Import, here is our movie. I'll double-click it. (Nick: So we've got our three cards. Now, the--) And now let's turn to Windows. On a Windows PC running Windows Vista or Windows 7, when you plug your iPad into the computer, Windows AutoPlay will appear and ask if you'd like to import the iPad's pictures and videos. Select that option. You can optionally tag these pictures if you like. I won't. I will just click Import. And the pictures and videos will, as promised, be imported.
As you can see, the imported images and movies will be imported into the My Pictures folder. If you happen to be using Windows XP, the Scanner and Camera wizard takes care of this job. And now you can use any of the images or videos in apps that support them, and the cameras can be used within other applications as well, and that's all you need to know about importing photos and videos into your computer. You also know about the iPad's built-in video editor. If you'd like to do more extensive video editing on your iPad, check out Apple's $5 iMovie for iPad.