News, , , , , , , — September 30, 2011 12:06 — 19 Comments

A film-maker’s dream: why the iPad 2 is becoming more popular

iPad 2 shoot


While all the attention has been on the rise of the iPhone 4 as the ultimate mobile device for film-making, what about that other Apple product: the iPad?

With estimates of 40m units sold to date the iPad is also becoming a favourite with smart moviemakers.

Earlier this year Michael Koerbel from Majek Pictures recorded a first when he used an iPad 2 to film a Hollywood premier for Reelz Channel and as more accessories and apps are developed for it, shooting and editing on the popular tablet will be seen as a viable alternative to the smartphone.

Hand Held Hollywood recently featured a two-minute showcase The Latter, from film-maker Micah Moss produced entirely on the iPad 2. It is an excellent example of the cinematic quality you can get from the device.

Moss used a number of apps including Steady Lens, Movie Looks HD, Garage Band and iMotion ID.

Check out The Latter here:

The Latter from Micah Moss on Vimeo.

The Makayama Movie Mount for iPad 2

The Makayama Movie Mount for iPad 2

And if you want to get really serious about filming on your iPad 2, then check out this piece of kit: The Makayama Movie Mount for iPad 2, which promises to turn your iPad 2 into a complete studio by attaching tele- and wide-angle lenses, microphones and lights. You can also fit it to a tripod for more stable shots and the case becomes a handy desktop mount when you come to edit your footage.

Response so far has been encouraging with Engadget claiming it ‘turns your iPad into a serious video making machine’, and Mashable declaring it a ’filmmaker’s dream’.

See for yourself, here’s a demo:

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Tony Myers has written 866 articles for Smart Movie Making

Fooling around with the iPhone since 2010. Taking it to the next web by writing about new media, new technology, new wave cinema and the digital revolution.


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