iPhone video shoots

FINAL PROJECT:  My project goal is to create and demonstrate a video setup with two cameras in a small space.  It was cool to capture shots on two difference cameras/iPhones and have them upload to the same YouTube account for editing.  During this class, I learned to stabilize the small cameras using large binder clips.  My final video demonstrated two ways they can be used.

One thing I learned in this process- a streamed video is not as HD as one captured on the camera and uploaded later.  The Google+ streams just didn't produce a sharp view.  However, it was a fantastic way to prototype my shots without much effort.  I used my laptop to preview what was in frame from each camera, then would switch from the Kinoni Epoccam HD app to the YouTube Capture app to record these shots.

I hope you find this useful.  Please feel free to let me know.



UPDATE 1/24:  I decided to use a more stable second camera on a second take.  The wide shot is very wide and Google+ is not exactly HD, but I like the spontaneity I feel by firing up this studio.

UPDATE 1/23:  After quite a bit of planning, I setup a two-camera shoot using two iPhones.  One was handheld and the other I clipped to the back of a music stand.  I've gotten great feedback that it's a worthwhile project (I posted here and on my G+ feed and both got responses).  So, I'll use this as a starting point and refine the shoot.  Thinking I can show the various views and setup more clearly without too much problem, even with the crude tools (YouTube's video editor is pretty crude still).


Documenting life around the house using my iPhone and a mic.  I'll start to see what crops up and what I can capture in a story form.

Concept:  Turn the camera around!

Everyone carries a camera now yet few use their cameras to communicate as effectively as possible.  Most people use Skype or Google Hangouts with the camera pointing at their faces.  I will make a project that tests the value of documenting experiences using the camera facing the other way.

I'll use my iPhone and the YouTube Capture app so as not to consume tapes.  I'll use YouTube's new Video Editor as well.  This should enable me to be video-ready anytime, anywhere.


My second segment happened when I visited my parents and found my 89 year old dad at the piano.  He has a special way of working through chord progressions.  It's his way of solving problems that goes beyond music.  This time, I had the thought to pull out my camera and document how he is at the piano. I like the results.  I used the iPhone's iMovie app to include the title.

The biggest issue is holding that camera steady!  I had to work on my breathing, while trying to frame him.  Probably could have walked up closer rather than use the digital zoom feature, but I didn't want him to break his focus.


First video is of "the dish".  This is footage from a walk.  There are plenty of stories about the dish and why it is important to Stanford and silicon valley.  I don't yet know where this story goes, but I'm impressed by the ease with which I captured the footage and made a few simple edits.

The biggest lag was in the upload of the file to YouTube via my cell phone.  30 seconds of video took a couple of hours because I put the camera back in my pocket and it paused the upload (maybe it went to sleep after 5 minutes).

My interest here is to document things in video using my iPhone and various tools that support it.  I live next to the Stanford campus, so it's a great venue to explore.  The resulting piece should have educational value without too much production.


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