I am sorry I haven’t posted since my trip to NAB! We have been incredibly busy and here is why:
1. We surpassed our Kickstarter goal!
2. We had great responses from the NAB crowd! We could have sold a ton there!
3. We are finalizing the designs, yes designs. We are moving forward with not only the iPad mini version but also the iPad 3/4 and the iPhone 5!
Yes. Due to the amazing responses from you iOgraphers we are going to bring to market a full line of product. I am off to the engineer and mold company here in Southern California on wednesday. From that meeting I will have a clearer idea on the timeline we will have to get the products to you and the rest of the market. I am so very excited and hope you are too!
I am posting the box design we like for the mini. I really envisioned simplicity and making the line very Applesque.
More soon! Until then thanks for being iOgraphers! Cheers, Dave
After raving about Filmic Pro, my favorite video app for iOs, I have now switched sides. As NAB approaches and I peruse around the show floor interviewing folks for Post Magazine and FilmmakingCentral.com I will of course be using the iOgrapher mini. I have been testing out every and all types of audio equipment for the iPad and one thing that halted my using Filmic Pro was it wouldnt read my external audio devices. I am connecting XLR mics to the iPad using the iRig Pre and I am getting killer sound. I love it.
So now the quest to find the perfect video app for me to shoot with. And I found it. Its called Blux Movie. It allows for 1080p video, has some great movie looks you can shoot with such as black and white and you can even create color looks and save them as presets. Best of all my iRig and Sennheiser XLR mic worked like a dream! The audio and image were tremendous. I will be doing video tutorials on this asap.
So as the clock ticks down to April and Las Vegas I am now feeling warm and fuzzy knowing the iOgrapher will be well equipped with the perfect app and audio!
Please spread the word about our Kickstarter and help us reach for the stars!
See you all at NAB!
I had an opportunity to speak with host Richard Bliss on his Funding the Dream on Kickstarter show. We discuss ways to make your videos look and sound like the pros. I also chat about the project and the upcoming iOgrapherU. Enjoy!
As we approach launch day, I have spent the last few days mapping out the videos I will start creating for iOgrapherU. I love using my iPad to mind map, its such a useful workflow. If you havent done that try using MindNode. You start with an idea in the center and branch out like a tree. Soon you will have a great idea of what you want to do. Very productive.
As you can see the idea for iOgrapherU is to get content creators to really learn the tools, accessories, and apps needed to create great content. From mind-mapping, to script creation. From pre-visualization to pre production. From shooting content and effects (yes you can create cool special effects like the pros!) to editing and exporting. I will cover all these areas in great detail.
One thing members can rest assure about it the constant updating of content on the site. As we get better technology, applications, and workflows, iOgrapherU will make sure video tutorials will be made ready to tackle those areas.
I am so excited about this venture. Hopefully you the ready, user, influencer are too. I will need your help in the next 30 days to bring eyeballs to the Kickstarter, to share with your circles, to be my ambassadors of iOs filmmaking! Yes I ask a lot but I will return a great deal more. Onward! To success!
I get asked a lot ”why start with the iPad mini Dave?”. To me its a no brainer. Being the proud owner of every generation of iPad made I have seen a great evolution. From camera ability to processing speed to Retina display. Yes I know the mini doesn’t feature Retina yet but you must know it is coming. I have enjoyed every version of the Apple iPad and taken it to its fullest. Its the device that taught my son how to do ABC’s and basic math. I resumed sketching and drawing, something I loved as a kid. My wife uses it on scouts to show the director her production design ideas.
Back to the mini. When I saw this and held it for the first time, I fell in love like a high school boy meeting his first girl. The size was amazing. Yes I could even do all I was able to do with the “big” iPad and even better it fit into my pocket. (I took it to Disneyland and would always amaze people when I pulled it out of my jacket!)
Today on twitter I saw an article on MacRumors.com detailing the minis takeover of the iPad share. It added to my resolve. This is a game changing device for education and indie filmmakers. I am on a mission and the stake has been placed in the ground. I hope to see you on March 14, 2013 on Kickstarter.
On March 14th, my birthday, I will go where this man has not gone before. I will venture into the world of Crowdfunding. Yes, after developing something that I personally wanted and needed to further my teaching abilities, I am about to do my first Kickstarter Project. And its terrifying.
Being a high school media teacher and longtime film and video production guy I have seen the light shining in my face. The light is from an instrument of great power called the iPad. Back in my day, if I wanted to make a movie, I had to have alot of money to even rent a camera and buy film, lights, sound equipment. And don’t get me started with the film developing process – just a massive money sink. What if no one wanted the film I made? For starters, even thinking of getting it seen was way outside of the realm of most indie filmmakers.
Flash forward and the film gods spark an idea in the brains of the chosen few who have the power to create amazing new devices. One of them is the iPad – specifically, the iPad mini. See, for $329 I now have the power to shoot high definition video, edit that video and upload it to various websites like YouTube for the world to see. And from anywhere in the world for that matter. What about taking photos of something unfolding before my eyes and then editing those photos in Photoshop and then sharing them globally in seconds? Clearly, the game has changed.
So, I really became a champion of wanting to teach all those who were willing to learn how to use this device to it fullest. How to make great content. No longer did students need the $3000+ camera, the $3000 computer, expensive software and a way to distribute their products. It was all in the palm of their hand.
Next was my notion to solve the problem of “in the palm of their hand” – it’s not very stable. I needed an accessory that allowed me to grip the iPad better, and to stabilize the camera as I shot. With this, the iOgrapher concept was born. I wanted to build a support system for iOs devices. Photographers and videographers + iOs devices = iOgrapher.
My first plan is to tackle the iPad mini, and I have plans in place to quickly come to market with product for the iPhone and the iPad. All the designs are Patent Pending.
The next goal is to take this to the masses. Thus, I submitted my proposal to Kickstarter and was approved. It was a glorious yet scary day. I will be completely transparent with my entire process and update this blog regularly. I now share with you my preview page. What say you? Kickstarter Project Preview
I hope you see my vision clearly and I would appreciate feedback and support if possible. Please share this with everyone you know on the planet and lets get the iOgrapher made. Thank you for your time.