Video recording on my new iPad


Hi again guys.

So I’m looking for you guys to tell me what I want to hear, that I did the right thing here. As you might know by a recent post I made, I just got a refurbished iPad.

I wanted to create a new video for my YouTube channel, and I thought, what the heck, why not try using the iPad, since it records at 1080p, and the device I normally use (which is the only thing I have) is a Flip recorder, which does 720p. (Not knocking it; it’s nice for what it is, but they don’t even make these things anymore.)

But, wow. Have you guys ever tried using a tablet like this? It’s a bit … awkward? I have a mount/adapter that lets me put the iPad on top of my tripod, so I did that. It actually works, but … then I had to figure out how to orient the darn thing, which was more awkwardness, because it’s this big flat slab instead of an ordinary camera.

So I ended up recording some video, and it worked. Now for some more fun. Transferring it to my PC.

I installed iTunes, but no matter what, I could not get either one of my Windows 10 PCs to establish a connection with the iPad. What worked: Uploading the video to iCloud, and downloading it again on the PC.

Success. And the video quality is … okay. Kind of grainy. (Don’t know if that’s my fault or not.) Can I just chalk this up to the fact that this is a mobile device? I can only assume that maybe video recording on a tablet is usually an afterthought.

But then I had an epiphany later that night. I just decided, what the hell, why don’t I check out Best Buy’s website to see if there’s a new digital 1080p camcorder I can afford. And sure enough, there was an entry by Sony just under the $200 mark that had positive reviews everywhere I looked. Ordered it.

I guess the point is … I can only assume that getting the right tool for the job is the way to go. The quality MUST be better. And more straightforward to import/manipulate.

I pick it up tomorrow — looking forward to it very much.

I *am* doing the right thing, right? Right? 🙂

P.S. Still love the iPad.

Comments (3)

3 responses to “Video recording on my new iPad”

  1. jimchamplin

    One nice thing about working with video on iPad is that you can get software to edit it without Xfering it to PC.

  2. Gregory Steeno

    Naive question:

    Are you recording facing the front camera (720p) or rear (1080p)?

    Might not be ideal, but there are third-party add-ons / lenses that *might* help and would be cheaper than a separate camcorder.

    And there are plenty of tutorial sites for ipad owners.

    Good luck!

    • ErichK

      In reply to SteenMachine:

      Pretty sure I used the rear, but it's moot now since I picked up the Sony camcorder Sunday afternoon and have already set it up and tested it. Works great!

      It's better this way anyway, as I've been kind of wanting a proper 1080p recording device for some time now.

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