Tuesday, March 9, 2010
iPod Nano video camera in professional development...who knew?
It's pretty easy to be a snob about video cameras if you went to film school. It's a Hi-Def, progressive-scanned, 1080i pixel resolutioned, cine-geek's wonderland! I have learned since then, most often by necessity, that good work can be done with the simplest tools at hand.
So when I was challenged by my friends at the recent Computer Using Educators Conference to present a Lights, Camera, Learn! workshop featuring the video camera on the new iPod nano , I was intrigued.
This new 5g iPod Nano is certainly cool, it boasts a video camera, FM radio, pedometer among its extra features and absent a world with flying cars, the new nano is strong proof that the future is here! It captures certainly 'good enough', cell-phone quality video and sound, but it's so light and small you wonder if a strong gust of wind might blow it away let alone allow you to shoot steady enough video to be useful for anything beyond goofing around at a birthday party.
If The Professor could take a couple of coconuts and make a nuclear reactor or McGyver disable a spy satellite with a shoelace and pack of gum then I can teach the Door Scene to a conference audience with an iPod!
Hold your camera with both hands, rehearse your shots & have fun with some of the effects was all this group really needed to team up and run with our 3 hour mini-film school in Palm Springs. A few basic moves and the iPod's easy download to a recently refreshed iMovie made for a surprisingly productive and downright fun workshop for everyone. This one project in particular I think made excellent narrative use of the Nano's on-board effects suite. Have a look, I hope you ordered your Door Scene 'extra creepy'!
Moral of the story is a parable for teaching and learning in the digital age. It's not the size of your mega-pixels that matter, it's what you download with them that counts!
Posted by Frank Guttler