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iPad mini: what filmmakers need to know

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Apple’s iPad mini tablet is ideal for shooting and watching video

The new mini tablet impresses with its camera spec as Apple’s video editing software, Final Cut Pro, gets an upgrade

“Others have tried to make tablets smaller than the iPad and they have failed miserably,” said Phil Schiller, Apple’s senior vice-president of worldwide marketing, who introduced Apple’s new mini tablet, in San Jose, California on Tuesday.

The new iPad mini, which can be held in one hand, has a 7.9 inch (20cm) display, weighs in at 0.68 pounds (0.3kg) and is 7.2mm (0.3 inches) thick, a quarter thinner than the new fourth generation iPad which was launched at the same event, says Charles Arthur, the Guardian’s technology editor, who was in San Jose for the launch.

But smart moviemakers will be curious to see the if the new iPad Mini camera and screen is good enough to shoot, edit and watch video, to which the short answer is: yes.

The latest Apple handled device features a 9.7 inch multi-touch display with a resolution of 1024 x 768 pixels and 163 ppi – the same resolution as the iPad 2.

Other specifications include a dual core A5x processor and two cameras, on the front of the device is 1.2 megapixel FaceTime HD Camera, on the back is a 5 megapixel iSight camera with auto-focus, face detection and a f/2.4 aperture five element lens with backside illumination.

The iSight camera is capable of recording full HD video in 1080p it also comes with video stabilization, face detection and tap to focus whilst recording, there is also a 16.3 watt hour rechargeable battery which will give the filmmaker up to 10 hours of usage.

The iPad mini, which will go up for pre-order on the Apple website on 26 October and will launch on 2 November, also comes with WiFi, and a digital compass. There is also a 4G LTE capable model, and it comes in a range of storage sizes which include 16GB, 32GB and 64GB.

With the focus squarely on Apple’s attempts to dominate the fast-growing tablet market, there was also a quiet announcement of an upgrade to its video editing software, Final Cut Pro, reports tech website

Inside v10.0.6 users can find an array of new additions and improvements that will most certainly be welcomed with open arms by the FCPX crowd, making this the most notable update since bundling in those multicam and broadcast monitoring features. Among these new traits are RED camera support for native REDCODE RAW editing, the ability to add freeze frames to the timeline with a simple keystroke, novel audio controls for use while tinkering with multicam clips and a revamped “Share” interface for exporting projects. The Final Cut Pro update can be downloaded now from the usual spot, and, of course, it comes at no extra cost for those who’ve already shelled out the $300.

Back to the iPad Mini, and Arthur reckons that the price may prove a barrier for potential buyers considering it against its rivals: the iPad mini will start at $329 (£269 in the UK), against $159 for the cheapest Kindle Fire and $249 for the Nexus 7.

Even so, writes Arthur, Apple chief executive Tim Cook pointed to the momentum that Apple has built up in the tablet market, saying that two weeks ago the company had sold its 100 millionth iPad – “unprecedented for a new product in this category,” he said. The first iPad went on sale in April 2010.

Apple has had about 70% of the entire tablet market up to now, but the launch in the summer of Google’s 7in Nexus 7 tablet – estimated to have sold around a million in three months – and of the Kindle Fire, launched in the US in October 2011, has pointed to huge potential in the market, says Arthur.

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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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