Amazing Video App

Spark-CameraMainDid you know that Apple has a featured section of video and photo apps on sale right now? No? Me either, until I stumbled across it on the app store today! I usually get all my apps because of other people or blogs. I’m glad I explored today.

I found Spark Camera Small IconSpark Camera from IDEO’s Toy Lab. The app currently is on a 50% sale at $0.99! It’s a no-brainer if you want to highlight your students work from your classroom. Of course I’m sure you will end up sharing cute videos of your kids and family as well! We have to find easy ways to brag about those special people in our lives – plus these videos are going to end up as short 30second, high energy videos that anyone would love to watch!

This was released in Oct 2013 as their first app for adults.

The idea is simple – we like to create and share videos. The problem you probably have is the same as I do…. I’ve got lots of video that I have good intentions of editing one day and sharing. This app makes it ultra simple to shoot short videos and edit them together into a short 30 second clip and then share it with the world. Take 30 one second clips or 1 thirty second clip, you decide. After shooting the clip then you can edit the start and end points or delete the clip all together. Then you decide if you would like to add one of the included filters to jazz the clip up and you also may select a soundtrack. Last step… share it!Spark-CameraFilter

I did not think I would ever find an app that was simpler than iMovie until today. Recordings couldn’t be easier – touch and hold anywhere on the screen. Editing is as simple – the clip starts playing while you drag two handles to adjust the start and end points. The clip is playing inside of a circle and the handles are on the outside of the circle, kind of like clock hands. Rearranging the clips into the order you want is as easy as dropping and dragging the circles (which is how each clip is displayed on the edit screen). As for the soundtrack – not many options here – you select a song from the iTunes library. It’d be nice to be able to select which part of the song you wanted to include and to include fade ins/fade outs but that is possible yet.

The app records video at 720p. You will be able to share your creations on large screen devices. Mirror your iPhone to Apple TV to watch full screen HD quality montages.

Spark-CameraVideoOnce saved you can share to FaceBook, Twitter or Instagram. You are also able to email or message the video. If you would like to have several video’s that you are working on at the same time that is possible. You could be shooting video for Band class and then more video for Choir the next hour. Later in the evening you could then edit both.

“Our goal with Spark Camera was to develop an iPhone app that would make it fun and easy to create high-quality, high-impact, sharable videos,” Ideo’s Toy Lab wrote in a statement. “Throughout the development process, we took our inspiration from iPhone users. Our observations of their habits and preferences led to several key insights, which we addressed in Spark Camera’s final design.”

Readdle’s Printer Pro for iPhone is free for a very limited time!

Ever wish you had better printing capabilities from your iOS device?

Well, for a very limited time (like probably the next 12 hours?) Readlle has related its iPhone Printer Pro for free! Grab it now. I have not really tested this on my iPad and they do have an actual iPad version but I think the iPhone version would work. )

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/printer-pro-for-iphone-wirelessly/id410011612?mt=8&uo=4&at=10l7wS

 

Top Tech for my Band Room – Open Peoples Eyes!

Eyes OpenI have a very short list of the most important pieces of technology that I could not do without in my band room rehearsals. (This is above and beyond the technology associated with quality instruments!)

  1. My iPad (This benefits me but also my students. By keeping me more organized it helps me run a much more efficient rehearsal and therefore helps me teach to a higher degree of efficiency. The ways that my iPad helps are too numerous to list!)
  2. Recording capability – We record and evaluate those recordings on a constant basis. They are our check with reality – Many times we think we are doing better than we actually are!
  3. Of course #2 leads to #3 – an awesome sound system – This is a music classroom and should have playback capabilities superior to most other classrooms! (This one time, a principal gave me one of those one speaker, panasonic tape recorders and expected me to be happy!)
  4. Lastly – an overhead projector with a computer that is capable of handling multi-media projects easily, movies, sounds, and pictures! Internet connection is almost becoming essential! I could not believe it when walking into another band room last year that did not have a computer and projector! I had not even thought about that scenario for a long time!

 

During vacation I thought I would spend more time creating music than I did – I only created one piece of music this past week…. If you are interested take a listen and let me know what you think! The only app I used was NanoStudio – It was very interesting sitting next to my nephew, who now owns 3 iPads, while recording this piece! It was kind of like when I walked into that Band Room without the items listed above last year – He was very surprised at what I was doing and had a ton of questions – Things like – Why are you tapping on your iPad like that? What, that’s a drum kit? Can I listen? You did all that in one app?

It is our job to open people’s eyes to the possibilities available to us and our students – those eyes that need to be opened are our own eyes, our students, our parents and our administration. Even the tech people at our schools need to see what is possible in the music room using iPads and other tech!

 

 

Music Apps On Sale – Apps to make your recordings sound their best!

These are all awesome and they are on sale! Buy them! Not sure for how long either so act quick!

 

Great Music Apps Keep Coming!

Earhoof is one more amazing musical instrument that is innovative and opens up new possibilities!

Not only does this app support AudioBus and InterApp Audio, allows you to work with their presets you get when purchasing the app but it also allows you to get creative and create your own new instruments!

Here is a YouTube video of the instrument at work….

http://youtu.be/FdCiAAHFHFk

 

New iPad app for that final step in your recordings!

FinalTouch_MaximizerEver record your Band or Choir rehearsals? Want to take it one more step and really put a bit of a final touch on that recording? What about actually recording your ensembles and selling a CD? Then you or someone else absolutely needs to use an app like this, or you could spend a lot more money on other tools and do the same thing!

Final Touch Small IconFinal Touch, by Positive Grid, is a complete mastering system for iPad. It includes Maximizer, EQ, Dynamics, Stereo Imager, Reverb and Dithering all into one integrated app! What does that mean in layman’s terms? Your recording is going to have a huge, balanced, polished and professional sound! Now this is NOT going to make an amazing group out of a group that is not playing or singing well! (Don’t we wish!) BUT it will give your recording that last polish, push, and EQ that will help make it sound even better.

 

Here… take a listen to the difference – and I have no hardly any idea of what I’m doing but this sounds better to me! The first couple of recordings are from my HS Band getting ready for State Festival and the next couple are from a friend on SoundCloud who used the iPad Notion App to record some strings…

Loopy HD On Sale – Thanks to Billy Joel and Jimmy Fallon

If you have not sent the latest news of iPads and music in the big time news lately you must have not been paying attention!

Billy Joel was recently on the Jimmy Fallon show and they had a little do-wop, jam session using an iPad and a nifty app called Loopy HDLoopy HD. Loopy allows you to record loops – over and over until you have built up a song! The app is currently on a %50 off sale to celebrate it’s spotlight in the news. Get it now and enjoy some fun music making!

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