Apple's third-generation iPad includes decent camera hardware capable of shooting detailed, image-stabilized 1080p video. And its $5 iOS version of iMovie offers decent—if limited—editing capability. This leaves us wondering: can an iPad 3 be used as a complete portable HD production tool for families or other groups? We decided to find out, and were pleasantly surprised by the results. But while we think some users will be more than pleased with what they can achieve, we did discover some limitations along the way.
In order to gauge the iPad's suitability as a capture, editing, and publishing tool, we conceived, shot, and edited a 4-minute video which we then published to YouTube. We know dogs aren't always as Internet-lovable as cats, but my dog Dita volunteered to star in our experiment—a short docudrama about eating breakfast.