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iOgrapher

iOgrapher

Perfect timing that I would stumble onto this new device the week after I wrote about Touchcast, because I can see the two going together like chocolate and peanut butter.

The brainchild of a high school media arts teacher, the iOgrapher is a simple, inexpensive shooting rig for your iPad or iPad mini. Pop your device into it, and the side handles give you a much more stable way to hold your iPad, alleviating a good amount of that jerky, hand-held camera shake that plagues most video shot with a tablet or mobile device. It also gives you a tripod mount for the ultimate in stability.

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App Review: TouchCast

I love it when apps get me excited, and Touchcast has me all sorts of excited! It’s an app full of possibilities and potential.

At its most basic level, Touchcast is like having a television studio on your iPad. Not only can it shoot video, but you can insert graphics in real-time as you’re recording. That’s huge! Typically you would shoot your video, then import the footage into your computer and use editing software to add your lower thirds, over-the-shoulders, etc., before exporting the finished movie file. Touchcast can potentially eliminate the need for post-production work, seriously speeding up workflow.

And did I mention it’s free through the iTunes store?!

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Book by FiftyThree

LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this!

I love the Paper app by the same company, and when I first downloaded it I thought, “Boy…, wouldn’t it be great if you could order a printed copy of the books you create using this app?”

Well, I guess someone was listening. Or maybe that was their plan all along?

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The MacDaddy Teaser

Trying to push this new video podcast concept to the next level, I created an animated show open that would run at the front of each episode. I wanted there to be no doubt who these tutorials were being aimed at, and I think this animation achieves that in a fun, visually interesting way. With nods to Apple products – from the “powering up” sound effect at the beginning, to the stripping of the “genius” factor from the black t-shirt at the end – hopefully I’ve gotten across the message that this is a show geared toward the everyday Apple user and their families.

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The MacDaddy

The Birth of a Video Podcast?

My first blog was about my years as a stay-at-home-dad. Blogging was just becoming “a thing,” and Blogger made it easy to publish your own site. I found my niche in a great little SAHD community and maintained the blog for 5 years. Eventually – after my youngest entered kindergarten and I returned to a day-shift and thus couldn’t really call myself a stay-at-home-dad anymore – I stopped posting updates and the blog went dormant in April 2011.

At the same time, I had started North Haven News after falling in love with the video podcasting format. As mentioned in a previous post, North Haven News is still around, but not as a bi-weekly video podcast.

Recently I’ve been playing around with the idea of launching a new video podcast, but unless I can come up with a unique take on a subject, anything I do will feel like a waste of time. I love to bake and I experimented with a couple of cooking videos, but everyone under the sun has a cooking blog. I also love my Apple products, but tech podcasts are a dime a dozen.

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