Death to ipads

Mobile Reporter

Ahh the ol’ live Facebook (do have a look at the link below). Despite my age and proficiency with email, I am certainly not a digital native. This made the mobile reporter role rather testing. In this position, you’re required to complete the live interview and in some cases shoot and edit a video package ‘on location’ using your mobile kit.


My newest nemesis: the iPad.

Look at those mobile professionals

Luckily, the topic and talent were fabulous and I managed to have some fun in the process of interviewing and filming. Cheers Craig the Incredible Hula Boy and Mierco from the Spiegeltent.

A quick play-by-play of the major issues:

  • Storage – spent a solid hour figuring out how to fully delete old items to make room for new footage.
  • Connectivity – made three attempts to film the live interview as the wireless kept dropping out.
  • Being ‘on location’ – having trouble finding a quite space to record voice-overs and edit. Plus parking is a wang in the Gong.
  • Editing and filming video on an iPad – this is my idea of hell. Issues with audio/video quality and my stubby fingers struggling to manoeuvre around iMovie.

Basically all my problems could have bee solved, once again, by understanding my hardware and software better. I know some of you out there, like me, have an aversion towards Apple products (and prices) but it’s just not worth the pain. Practice with it, learn it, use it.

I must say, the whole sweat-stress day was quite a learning experience. And, I finished on time for once.


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