Thursday, January 20, 2011

Creating Apple iPad demos

I needed to create demos applications running on the Apple iPad. However, there isn't a way to display the iPad screen on a computer without jailbreaking. My Apple account representative uses the IPEVO Point 2 View USB Document Camera ($70 on Amazon) so I decided to give it a try.   The IPEVO is a camera which takes a picture of the smartphone or tablet screen and displays it on the PC or Mac using software that comes with the camera.   Once displayed on the PC, you can display it on an overhead projector or even include in a web conference. The one feature the included software doesn't have is the ability to record video.  Specifically, I needed to create a video of the iPad screen as I narrated a demo.   IPEVO recommended using Picasa and provided instructions on their wiki.  However, after fiddling with this for close an hour on three computers, I always ended up with choppy audio on one or more sections of the video. Desperate to get this project finished, I decided to give Windows Live Movie Maker 2011 a try.  It worked the first time and produced a high quality video.  I repeated the same process and in no time, the project was completed.

While it's too early for me to recommend the IPEVO, my initial impressions are positive.  I'll post an update next month once I get some additional experience under my belt.

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