Friday’s workshop: Beth!

This is our last stop in the Friday workshop cycle. Yes, I did skip myself, but I have posted the blogs and websites I follow in a previous post. You can also find them on my awesome new wordpress sidebar (which just means they are to you right when you come look at this blog.

So. Without further ado, here is our IT guru herself giving us a glimpse of an exciting new app.

Collaboracam: Collaborative Mobile Multicam Video Production

Or in layman’s terms, a way of using five iPads connected collaboratively to make one movie.

Here are my notes:

  • You have to be on the same network and that is the only restriction.
  • Beth found a cool application for editing photos
Whoah. That’s it? I must have been too struck by the awesomeness of Collabracam  to actually write anything down. How it works is easy. Basically you have a master camera that gives orders (yes, just like Stalin) to its little iPad army. Pan left, iPad 4! To the right, iPad5! It then compiles the footage from each camera and puts it into one movie, which you can edit?
Wait. Let me check that last part out…
Here is what the description says:
You and your crew will produce exciting, dynamic videos with minimal post-production. As the director, you can view, record and edit from up to four live-streaming iOS cameras in real-time while also having the ability to silently cue the camera operators to perform pan, track, dolly or tilt camera moves or request a high or low angle.Video clips are recorded and saved to the cameras and transferred to the director at the end of a session. When you call it a wrap and save your session, the clips are transferred from the cameras to the director in a matter of minutes.The rough cut movie can be viewed in the app and exported to your Camera Roll in three sizes. Video clips can be exported to your Camera Roll to edit in a video editing app or saved via File Sharing in iTunes to edit on your computer … or if you’ve exported clips to your Camera Roll but not had a chance to edit in an app yet, then open iMovie on your computer, plug in your device and it will automatically ask to download the clips! With minimal time and effort, you can assemble and trim clips and add transitions and music to complete your movie’s final cut.

CollabraCam on the go with a corded or battery-powered wireless router, an ad-hoc (computer-to-computer) wireless network on a laptop, a mobile HotSpot device or with iPhone HotSpot. An internet connection is not required for any of these solutions to broadcast a WiFi network for use with CollabraCam.

While making her lovely slides for her presentation, Beth came across a nifty little app for photo editing.


Price: $1.99

  • Lets you do basic editing
  • for example, when you take a screenshot with your iPad, you can crop it/
  • In order to match the background colour with the background of the image, Beth took a screen shot to get the colour she wanted, then used bucket tool in photopad which lets you swap colours.
  • When you save the picture it goes to your photo album and the you can bring it in to your app.

C’est tout mes amis! Well, for the workshops, that is. There was a whole Part Two of the iPad day where we discussed what we wanted to get out of the iPad. But perhaps I will leave that discussion for another day…


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