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Shoot Your Own Videos with Your iPad

The iPad 2 was the first iPad with a camera — two cameras to be more precise. The rear camera can record video up to the high-definition techie standard of 720p and at 30 frames per second (fps), or as full-motion video. That’s a fancy way to say that the video ought to play back smoothly.

Apple equipped the third-generation iPad with even better cameras. The 5-megapixel iSight camera takes terrific stills and lets you capture 1080p video, or the highest of the high-definition specifications. Another bonus is that it has built-in video stabilization, which helps compensate for a slightly jittery videographer.

The front camera can also perform at 30 fps, but the VGA (video graphics array) quality isn’t quite as good.

Now that we’ve dispensed with that little piece of business, here’s how to shoot video on the iPad:

  1. Tap the Camera icon on the Home screen.

  2. Drag the little onscreen button at the lower-right corner of the display from the camera position to the video camera position.

    The video button is labeled in the figure. The camera button is for stills.

    You can’t switch from the front to the rear camera or vice versa while you’re capturing a scene. So before shooting anything, think about which camera you want to use and then tap the front/rear camera button at the bottom-right corner of the screen when you’ve made your choice.

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  3. Tap the red Record button on the middle right side of the screen to begin shooting a scene.

  4. Tap the red Record button again to stop recording.

    Your video is automatically saved to the Camera Roll, alongside any other saved videos and digital stills.

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