Monday, December 20, 2010

Video Review: Teddy's Day

A children interactive book app for iPad from Auryn Inc: Teddy's Day

Friday, October 29, 2010

Vlogging with Canon 5D Mark II & iPad


iPad can be an ultimate vlogging tool. Though it has no camera, we can import videos from any device via iPad Camera Connection Kit, means you can get any video file from some devices including Canon 5D Mark II.


And it means, you can vlogging with DSLR quality videos. Not to mention the lens variations for the video. Problem is, the iPad can only read 640x480 video files from 5D Mark II. (you can import 1080p HD video but iPad Photos.app can't read them).

Importing
First thing first, you'll need Apple iPad Camera Connection Kit ($29). It comes with 2 connectors: SD card reader connector & USB connector. Since 5D Mark II comes with CF card, you'll need card reader & connect it to the USB connector. Or, connect the 5D Mark II directly to the USB connector.

The Photos.app will automatically launch & shows Camera page with the thumbnails from the camera. Select the 640x480 videos to import to 'All Imported' album.





Editing
Currently, there's only one video editing app for iPad: ReelDirector ($4.99).
Once the video files imported in the Photos.app library, we can access them in the ReelDirector.app & start to edit. For me, iPad 10 inch screen is decent enough to edit quick instant video.




Uploading
Finish editing, render & ready to upload. In ReelDirector you have 3 compression options. I'd prefer to use the 'High Quality Option' though it has bigger file size. Well, video from DSLR deserve that quality, right? Though, you'll need a 3G or better internet connection for that.

Enjoy the DSLR quality vlogging.

ps: with this process, I think I can call it a mobile-vlogging? Bulky mobile-vlogging? :D

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

Macintosh Color Classic is ALIVE!

Setelah didiamkan terhubung dengan listrik selama satu malam, akhirnya pas sahur iseng tekan tombol power, eh kok ada suara krak krik krak krik & bunyi fan. Diikuti bunyi 'DING'! HORE! Macintosh Color Classic yang tadinya bisa tidak ada reaksi akhirnya bangun dari mati suri selama 10 tahun lebih!



Ada yang mau pakai Photoshop 3.0? ^_^

Kembalinya Si Anak Hilang

Old ColorClassic

10 tahun lebih, dia terpisah dengan tuannya. Dibawa pergi oleh seorang sahabat.
Hingga akhirnya pada tanggal 16 Agustus, ditemukan dalam keadaan berdebu & dirubung sarang laba-laba. Tak ada nadi kehidupan. Matanya menatap jendela seperti menunggu tuannya datang menjemput.

Kubawa pulang.
Kubersihkan.
Kumandikan.
Dan alhamdulillah, kamu masih menyala!
Terdengar nada hidup & gemericik putaran harddisk.

The adorable Macintosh Color Classic

Beberapa hari kunikmati kebersamaan kita. Bermain & bercengkerama.

Namun sayang, maaf jika ku harus tinggalkan mu lagi. Aku harus pergi jauh & aku takkan mungkin membawamu pergi.
Tapi paling tidak, kamu sudah di rumah. Sudah ada yang merawatmu. Nanti kita jumpa lagi saat aku pulang.

The adorable Macintosh Color Classic

Selamat tinggal & sampai jumpa, Color Classic ku.

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Yay! Got PowerBook Duo 230

Someday my friend, I will resurrect you. Be patient.

Thursday, July 29, 2010

iPad Camera Connection Kit








Some points about this kit:
- iPad automatically opens Photos.app when the kit plugged (with SD card in it) in to the iPad.
- Before import, we can see the small thumbnails of photo & video, but we cannot zoom it (pinch out) for bigger preview.
- Not all video format can be imported directly to the Photos.app. In our test, we can import recorded video with Photo JPEG codec (from Nikon Coolpix P1) but not H.264 codec (from Canon EOS 500D).






- We can plug our Canon EOS 500D via USB & the Photos.app reads images in the memory card.
- We can plug USB Flash disk to the kit & the Photos.app detects images inside DCIM folder.
- We can plug USB card reader to the kit & the Photos.app detects images from any kind of memory cards.
- We can plug the iPhone via USB & the Photos.app reads images from iPhone Camera Roll.
- We can plug self-powered portable hard drives (note: flash drives & portable hard drives may not work as it relies for the USB adapter for power)

More review about iPad Camera Connection Kit
http://www.dslrphoto.com/dslr/apple-ipad-camera-connection-kit-review-roundup,15716.html

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

iMovie for iPhone 4: Something is missing

iMovie for iPhone 4 is the ultimate weapon for vlogging. It's a powerful editing app in a tiny mobile device. But something essential is missing: Cut tool for clip splitting. Yes we can trimming the clip but it's a bit annoying to drag the trim 'handles' on the whole clip, especially when that one clip has multiple scenes & we want to remove the unnecessary scene.


IDEA: double tap the clip to reveals the trim 'handles' & cut 'handle'

Wish Apple will add this tool in the future update for iPhone 4 iMovie.

Friday, July 02, 2010

A Moment with Finger Video Editing on iPhone 4

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Seorang teman di sini memesan unlocked iPhone 4 dari UK. Setibanya di Kuwait, kami diberi kesempatan untuk mencicipi iPhone generasi ke-empat ini. Sekedar ingin tahu bagaimana rasanya melakukan kegiatan video, dari pengambilan gambar hingga editing.

Untuk pengambilan gambar, tap-to-focus sangat membantu untuk mendapatkan kesan shallow focus. Tidak ada yang istimewa selain itu.

video
Focused, unfocused

Namun begitu mencoba iMovie.app, sebuah pengalaman baru menyunting video dalam sebuah layar kecil. Tepatnya: menyunting video dengan jari telunjuk. UI & navigasi di dalamnya sangat touchable & bersahabat. Amazing, saya bisa scrubbing video dengan jari saya di dalam sebuah 'mesin editing' sekecil ini. This is true finger scrubbing for video editing. Finger editing!

Video di bawah diedit langsung di iMovie.app & di-export sebagai HD 720p (half-HD).

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

iPhone 4 has landed



iPhone 4 & photo are courtesy of @aperdana

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

When The Kids Met The iPad



"Young children think with their fingers. If they see something, they jab at it."

"iPad evaporated the abstract link between a child’s hand and the more abstract screen images, so no game controller or mouse is needed."

I read these article and tried to hand our kids the iPad. Yup, Warren Buckleitner was right. Our kids enjoyed the iPad within seconds. No hints, no instructions. iPad is the child's best friend :)

Hardware: Canon EOS 500D with 50mm ƒ1.4, MacMini
Software: FinalCut Pro with Magic Bullets Looks
Music: After School Snacks by Freeplay Music (World Chill Volume 13)