This Netflix thing is more or less…

…designed for iPads, it seems: which is nice, because using the latter for an actually useful video editing platform is still hung up with the minor detail that I still can’t find an app that will let me translate the video from my Canon PowerShot SD1200IS into a form that iMovies can comprehend.

And this is why Apple has a niche in the market.  You’d think that their phones and mp3 players would have allowed them to exploit a breakout, but that isn’t going to happen.


  • Skip says:

    ok, that camera creates motion jpeg (mjpeg) movies, I think, and imovie wants either the apple formats or mpeg4. I think HandBrake will do that conversion, have you tried it?

  • Skip says:

    oh, I meant on your PC as an intermediate step – but it’s open source, you could always port it… 🙂

  • Moe, since iMovie for the iPad does edit videos shot by iPad 2’s, iPhones and the iPod Touch 4G, I’m thinking that Apple is creating a new genre of video shot and edited on-the-go — very casual. I think Apple is never going to cannibalize its laptop and desktop market for iMovie — and since those machines have more RAM and bigger drives to handle more sophisticated work, I have to say I see their point. Can you at least record video interviews with Facetime using IMCapture? Because if you record it using your iPad, then it’s in a format that the iMovie app can edit.

    • Moe_Lane says:

      Well, that’s the problem, Cynthia: the idea was to not take the eight hundred dollar and change, very visible tablet into situations where it was obvious that I was taping. The Canon Powershot that I use for video doesn’t look like a videocamera, particularly since people associate handhelds with Flips these days; and it’s a heckuva lot easier to replace if somebody gets stroppy.

      Not that I was planning to brave the tear gas and protesters in Tampa next year myself; but we’ll have people out there for sure, and I wanted a good platform to get their stuff out while it was steaming hot.

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