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Baba Ali Interview: A Sneak Preview

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Here are some screen grabs from our interview with Baba Ali of Ummah Films, at the GPU 2010. The main interview was shot using a Canon HV20, but I had the idea of using the HD video function of my iPod Touch 4G to capture some B-roll, from which the following stills were grabbed. Though the quality is no where near ideal, I think it is sufficient for B-roll, and the graininess could even add some character?

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iPod Touch: HD Video Test Run

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I recently upgraded my iPod Touch, replacing my beloved, trustworthy first gen with a sleek, dare I say: sexy, 4th generation model, that finally features the same 720p HD video capability as the iPhone4. I hope to eventually create a short movie using footage shot on the iPod alone, as was done with the iPhone4 a few months back.

Here’s a three second clip I shot on the train home last night – no postprocessing, other than trimming. The guy in front of me was asleep, yet every so often he’d tap his feet. The funky shoes called to me.

Clearly, the quality isn’t good enough to warrant throwing out my Canon HV20! But I do like having a handheld device that can shoot better quality footage than my ancient mobile phone. It could be improved with some postprocessing jiggery-pokery. And of course, the provision of good lighting and a stable platform, (i.e., NOT an artificially lit, moving train carriage) would make all the difference too.

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