In my last post I pondered the capabilities of my iPad. It has since changed the way I do things. It has been so impressive it actually stopped me from buying a Macbook Pro. Instead of editing family movies on iMovie I now use an app called Lumafusion. I bought an Apple Pencil to help with that since the screen is only 9.6 inches. The money I saved by not purchasing a new Mac allowed me to buy a GoPro Hero 7 Black and some accessories for my cinematic endeavors. The image stabilization should be a game changer and also keep people from getting motion sickness while watching my monthly videos.
Bookmarked websites in my browser on a Mac have all been replaced with individual apps on the iPad. I’m still re-training my mind when it comes to doing things but my entire workflow has been changed and surprisingly improved. I still have a long way to go but I’m astonished at this iPad’s capabilities.
If you asked me what I want the answer would be simple. A MacBook Pro. Thinking about what I actually need is not so simple.
The situation is this. I’m moving from a small house to a slightly smaller but new construction Condo style Townhome. For many years I’ve had a large desk and an iMac to work on. Now the iMac is gone and so is the desk. There’s simply no room for old school thinking in our new place. I want to see just how much I can trim down and apply the newest technologies to my process.
Everything is mobile now. Desktops are becoming a thing of the past, but that leaves one big question going forward. Can I really accomplish everything I normally do on an iMac using an iPad? For the next two months I’ll be staying with relatives while my new place is being built and I was going to get a MacBook Pro for all my computing needs. However this past summer I was given a brand new 6th generation iPad and this past month I began wondering what its limits were.
If I can do all the things I normally do on an iMac on an iPad than I don’t need a MacBook Pro do I? My first thought was how could I possibly live without a keyboard? After a week of testing I find that dictation has become so accurate I don’t actually need a keyboard anymore. In fact, I’m dictating this blog post on my iPad as I pace back and forth in the room. On the iMac I would open Safari and visit social network sites like Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube. On the iPad they are separate apps and so far I find that they work better.
Photo and video editing can be done using various apps and Google apps now work as they should on the iPad. For some time Google apps had problems clearing the cache on Apple products but as far as I can tell that has been fixed. I may need an Apple Pencil (stylus) for the video editing and a few other dongles for things like SD cards or external hard drives but at this point buying a few dongles versus buying a new MacBook Pro seems like nothing. Every day I think of something else I may not be able to do on the iPad and I search for an answer. So far all of my processes seem completely possible on the iPad. In some cases the process is improved by it.
The smaller screen is an inconvenience sometimes but not so much so that it would stop me from sticking with it. I’m very impressed at this point and I’ve got some time to decide but it’s incredible to think that I may be replacing a 27 inch iMac and a large desk with a keyboard and a mouse for a 9.6 inch iPad that can go anywhere.
Back in June my wife bought me a new iPhone and I toyed with the idea of Vlogging instead of Blogging. For one day I made clips as I did various things in my daily routine. By evening I was tired of trying to record every little thing and it took over an hour to edit it into a fairly decent Vlog that night. I was handicapped by security concerns and not showing our faces or including the details of who we are made the challenge less than interesting. If I were after fame or YouTube success I could see risking the safety of my family the way people do nowadays but neither of those things interest me.
Two months later in mid-August I had the idea of seeing if I could edit old family movies the way Vlogs are edited to make them more entertaining. I could simply make the videos unlisted on YouTube and share the links with family members only. So for the past few weeks I’ve been familiarizing myself with iMovie and editing the many video clips I’ve made over the past year into something more contemporary. So far I’m pleased with the results but I still have a lot to learn concerning video editing and movie making in general. Going forward it will be easier because I’ll have an end result in mind unlike the videos I’ve made in the past. For now I’ll just use the old videos for learning purposes. Perhaps someday I’ll make more of an investment in the gear and software I use but for now I’m satisfied with what my iPhone can produce and the results I’m getting with iMovie on my super charged Mac Mini.
I suppose the goal of this project is to leave something for posterity and share something more interesting with the family. At one time I thought I could put my life into a blog and someday someone would read it but twelve years later the blog is a monster that no-one will want to read. Traditional home movies of the family can also be tedious to watch but if I’m able to condense them and make them more like a Vlog they may stand the test of time.