Today my girls made a short, 72 second narrated video on an iPad with photos we took using an iPhone. In this post I’ll share the applications we used as well as some lessons learned.
Since we were taking photos on a beach by the ocean, I didn’t want to risk taking these photos with a new iPad2 which could be readily dropped. An iPhone can be easily dropped as well, but it seemed like a better idea to take photos with a smaller rather than larger device. Taking photos on an iPhone and then wanting to create a narrated video with them on an iPad presents a file transfer challenge. I wanted this to be an “all-mobile” digital story which didn’t require use of a laptop or desktop computer. To wirelessly transfer images from an iPhone to an iPad, I used the applications Photo Transfer ($3) and GoodReader ($5).
On the iPhone, I opened Photo Transfer and selected the photos I wanted to send to my iPad.
I next opened the Safari browser on my iPad to the address provided by Photo Transfer. Use of this app requires all devices involved in a transfer be connected to the same wifi network. Unfortunately, it was not possible to directly save the images from Safari to my iPad photo roll, because of the way the Photo Transfer app formats its shared page. The zip file of images cannot open directly in Safari either. Because of these challenges, I opted to copy the local URL to the zip file to download it into GoodReader.
GoodReader is a very handy application since it supports file management as well as unzipping of compressed files like those created by Photo Transfer. I opened a dialog window in the GoodReader Web Downloads area, and downloaded the Photo Transfer zip file (containing all my selected photos) to the iPad.
I was then able to unzip the file in GoodReader and save each image to my iPad Photo Roll. With the photos now available on the iPad, my girls used the program Sonic Pics to create their short, narrated story. We tried using StoryRobe (currently free with a new version in development) but it kept crashing on our iPad running iOS 4.3. SonicPics is designed and sized for the iPhone but works great in doubled size mode on an iPad. SonicPics has a free and paid version, I think we paid $3 for the full version a few months ago. After selecting the images they wanted to use and recording their audio narration, I published the video from SonicPics directly to YouTube and emailed in to Posterous for a cross-post to our family learning blog, Learning Signs.
Posterous is the most powerful, flexible, FREE publishing option I’ve used to date for sharing a variety of rich media online. By using an email address it’s simple to add an embedded YouTube video to a post, thanks to the “auto-embed” feature of Posterous.
For more resources related to iOS photo, audio and video sharing, check out my (relatively) new site, Talk with Media. Also check out my full list of recommended apps for iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch!
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