iPad video journalism comes of age at NAB 2012

iNEWS and iPad

iNEWS and iPad (photo courtesy of Avid)

Ever since I saw the 3rd-generation iPad (2012), I began to have visions of its use for video journalism. Many of ProVideo Coalition magazine readers sent me private enthusiastic comments about my pre-NAB iPad articles like Avid now lets you edit video on your iPad for US$4.99. Should you?, Why an iPad is like a 4-5 view camera, and why you’ll need a black “focusing cloth” and later part 1 of my review called 1st handheld dynamic microphones with hybrid XLR/USB/iPad connectivity from Audio Technica. While I was translating/localizing brochures for Avid Latin America just before NAB 2012, I became aware that they were going to launch iNews Command for iPad. On the NAB 2012 floor, I saw several iPad video journalists. Ahead you’ll find several photos, a few videos, and comments about various iPad video accessories.

Mounts for iPad 2012

Back in Why an iPad is like a 4-5 view camera, and why you’ll need a black “focusing cloth” I mentioned that via Amazon, Abesco & Co. offers this tripod mount specifically for the iPad (2012) for US$69.95. In just the few weeks that have passed since then, the price has dropped to US$56.95. At NAB 2012, I saw at least two other such mounts in use with the iPad (2012): First I saw the Makayama Movie Mount for iPad2:


As stated above, the Makayama officially works with the iPad2, although the gentleman I photographed had managed to use it with the third-generation iPad (2012). For US$99.95 (at publication time), the Makayama also includes a .45x wide angle adapter.

Finally, I discovered the Padcaster (the following three videos are courtesy of ThePadCaster.com):

Crawfish boil from Manhattan Edit Workshop

Upcoming iPad video journalism articles

Upcoming iPad video journalism articles will include :

  • part 2 of my review called 1st handheld dynamic microphones with hybrid XLR/USB/iPad connectivity from Audio Technica (part 1 is available here)
  • Why iPad video editing apps like iMovie for iPad and Avid Studio for iPad currently work better for traditional broadcast news than for new age Internet news
  • More microphones and preamplifiers for iPad

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Allan Tépper

Allan Tépper

Born in Connecticut, United States, Allan Tépper is a bilingual consultant, multi-title author, tech journalist, translator, and language activist who has been working with professional video since the eighties. Since 1994, Tépper has been consulting both end-users and manufacturers through his Florida company. Via TecnoTur, Tépper has been giving video tech seminars in several South Florida’s universities and training centers, and in a half dozen Latin American countries, in their native language. Tépper has been a frequent radio/TV guest on several South Florida, Guatemalan, and Venezuelan radio and TV stations. As a certified ATA (American Translators Association) translator, Tépper has translated and localized dozens of advertisements, catalogs, software, and technical manuals for the Spanish and Latin American markets. He has also written many contracted white papers for tech manufacturers. Over the past 18 years, Tépper’s articles have been published or quoted in more than a dozen magazines, newspapers, and electronic media in Latin America. Since 2008, Allan Tépper’s articles have been published frequently –in English– in ProVideo Coalition magazine, and since 2014, he is is the director of CapicúaFM.com. His website is AllanTépper.com.