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]