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iPhone 4, iPad 2 combo used for CNN citizen journalism

updated 05:10 am EDT, Sat March 19, 2011

Evidence of Steve Jobs' "post-PC" era?

Geek Squad co-founder Robert Stephens has used his iPhone 4 and iPad 2 to record and edit a live report from the scene of a gas explosion. The video embedded below was shot on his iPhone 4 before he used Apple's USB Camera Connection Kit to load the raw video on his iPad 2. He then used Apple's new iMovie app for iPad 2 to edit the clip with transitions and add a map, subtitles and a voiceover to complete his citizen news report.

Stephens, whose Geek Squad business was bought out by Best Buy, was on his way to work in Minneapolis when he saw the immediate aftermath of the gas explosion. Stephens says, "It was iPhone to connection kit to iPad to iMovie to CNN," all of which was completed in around four minutes.

Although iMovie for iPhone 4 was released around twelve months ago and is a powerful mobile app, its screen real estate is obviously limited. Stephens said that if this event had happened before the iPad 2, he would likely have just uploaded the raw footage from his iPhone to YouTube.

His video news report, although not quite on par with a professional broadcast, is nonetheless a very powerful illustration of the potential of mobile devices in the "post-PC" era. [via TUAW]

by MacNN Staff



  1. MyRightEye

    Joined: Dec 1969


    We're going to see a lot of this

    It may even lead to fair elections.

  1. Double_UK

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Why the vertical filming?

    Perhaps YouTube should support a vertical viewing modus for iPhone-material.
    Now the top and bottom has to be chopped off.

  1. facebook_Clarence

    Via Facebook

    Joined: Mar 2011


    Not YouTube's fault

    Perhaps iPhone users should hold their phones the right way instead? Even Steve Jobs says so.

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  1. msuper69

    Joined: Dec 1969


    Crappy video as usual...

    from people who don't understand the importance of keeping the camera steady. These iReporter videos are too hard to watch with the picture constantly jumping around all over the place. Nor am I interested in a shot of the 'reporter's' steering wheel or the driver's side mirror.

    And the narration should be added after the video has been properly edited.

    Sorry, fail.

  1. eldarkus

    Joined: Dec 1969



    Does anyone wanna give this guy c*** for shooting video while driving? News channels are constantly reporting about teen texting and driving and laws on cell phone use while driving.. Guess this doesnt apply to them

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