Using an iPad on a tripod for Video Footage
On New Year’s Eve I was broadcasting from a hospital A&E unit. We wanted to drive listeners to the pieces by promoting on the BBC Health Unit’s Facebook page so I was asked to film a short promo. In the past I’d have used a Video Journalist camera, then had to upload to my laptop, edit, compress and file. This time, it was a bit easier. Here’s a shot showing an iPad mini, slotted into an iographer tripod mount. It has three hot shoe (well, cold shoe to be precise). I’m using a wide angle lens that has a 37mm thread which screws onto the iographer. Next there’s a Manfrotto Klyp light and a Sony Radio Mic Receiver which plugs into the headphone socket on the iPad. The whole lot is sitting on a cheap tripod.
This next shot shows the screen side of things.
I filmed it using Filmicpro for two reasons. Firstly the upload capability includes dropbox – so I can send it to a shared dropbox that others can get access to. Secondly, because I was self-filming this, I needed to see the picture I was setting up. You can’t swivel an iPad round to have a look at the shot. Filmic Pro has a sister app called Filmic Remote. It makes a connection between the iPad app and the one running on your iPhone. This way I was able to stand in front of the camera and look at the shot on my iPhone and adjust myself accordingly. I should have lit up my light to so apologies for the dark shot but it was terrible weather – which the iographer doesn’t offer any protection for.
And here’s the finished promo which I warmed up a bit using Videograde