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The iPad is a photographer and videographer’s best friend. Not only is it an amazing digital and interactive portfolio device, but the applications for video producers are constantly expanding. Here are nine that have saved me money while serving a production need.

1. ProPrompter ($9.99)

This app turns your iPad (or iPhone) into a teleprompter. Just be sure to use it properly. You have to place the iPad directly under the camera lens, then position the person reading the teleprompter far enough away from the camera that it doesn’t look like they’re looking below the lens. If they’re too close to the camera, it will be very evident they’re staring below the lens. Find the app here.

2. iMovie ($4.99)

iMovie was engineered to work well on the iPad for basic home movie making. You’ll be able to add transitions, cut clips down and add text. However, adding layers of video is not possible with this app. If you’re making a simple video such as an interview or demo video or home movie of your kids, it’s a great app. Find the app here.

3. Cinemek Storyboard Composer ($14.99)

Cinemek offers a pricy, but very effective storyboarding app. Good video production planning is essential to having a quality final video. This app will help you lay out the scenes, dialog and camera angles and much more. Find the app here.

4. Voice memos (free)

This app is pre-loaded on iPads and iPhones and has been one of my go-to apps for voice recording on the go. I’ve always been impressed with the sound quality and have used the iPad app on several professional projects for voice over work. Just be sure to record with the mic close to your mouth and in a perfectly quiet space. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cl2RZwPm-UM

5. Pinnacle Studio ($12.99)

Editing more complicated videos on your iPad is now possible with the amazing little app. I won’t go into all the features, but you can watch Luma Touch’s video tutorials. Prepare to be amazed! Find the app here.

6. iSupr8 ($1.99)

Want to record some video clips with that signature Super 8 film look? This handy app gives you vintage looking video with the iPad or iPhone to use in your productions. Find the app here.

7. iFilmSlate ($2.99)

If you’re filming a scene that requires multiple takes, you’ll be grateful for this app. Use iFilmSlate to mark your clips on camera as you are filming so when you get into post-production you have a visual cue for each take. Find the app here.

8. ASMP Releases (free)

If you’re producing your videos for commercial or promotional use, you always need to have release forms for the people in your video. The American Society of Media Photographers has created this handy app for creating release forms. Find the app here.

9. JotNot Signature+ ($4.99)

If you have a .pdf or other document that needs to be signed (photo or video release forms) you can use this app to carry them around with you on your iPad or iPhone on every shoot. Then, just have the person sign the form with their finger and even email them a copy. Find the app here.

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The Apple iPad is ideal for your photography or videography business and is available from Apple starting at $499.

I stopped by the Apple Store this evening to check out the iPad. The ultimate gadget geek that I am, I just had to pick one up and play around. And, being the gadget geek I am, my mind churned over all the possible reasons I needed one. Those of you with your own photography or videography business know the drill, another piece of equipment your heart yearns for, so you desperately begin searching for a reason, any reason, to expense it.

Alas, I didn’t come up with a significant justification for buying one to actually fork out the money. (Wife would have killed me anyway) But, I did get a better understanding of how it would benefit me, particularly as a photographer and videographer.

*Thanks to Michael Sherlock for the video demo.

Salesperson’s best friend

The iPad, with its convenient size and shape would be a great sales tool. The display and touch interface make it fantastic for flipping through photo portfolios, zooming in and out with a pinch. I can’t imagine a bride or commercial client that wouldn’t have fun flicking through your best work with this tablet in hand. I met so many of my brides, along with the fiancees and mothers, at local coffee shops. This tablet PC would be perfect for looking through proofs and sampling my best wedding videos. The 9.7 inch (diagonal) display is a perfect compromise between portability and a comfortable viewing experience. The iPad also features speakers, though in a noisy environment you’ll need headphones.

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Apple's iPad Camera Connection Kit goes for $29

You can download photos directly to the iPad from your camera using the iPad camera connection kit ($29). The iPad supports standard picture formats including .jpg and RAW. This would make it ideal for proofing photos on the go and sharing them with friends, clients or fellow photographers. (more…)