Posted on September 18, 2009
Using iPod Nano for video interviews
So you walk into someone’s home or workplace and do an interview. After you’ve finished taking notes, you whip out your iPod Nano and do a 2-minute video interview for the Web. This iPod is so small, you might lose it inside your pocket!
To test whether this new Nano (released last week) would produce usable video interviews, I tried it out with 10 of my colleagues in the College of Journalism and Communications. I wanted to keep the editing to a bare minimum, so I told each of them this: Name a place you have visited, when you went there, and one thing you did there. You’ll see and hear the different lighting conditions and sound quality.
I’ve been especially impressed by the audio, which is omnidirectional. I’m not wild about the image quality. My Canon PowerShot (still camera) does a better job with the visuals.
The biggest problems I had were stopping the recording (it does not want to stop!) and keeping the Nano steady. I’m pretty well practiced at keeping a little Canon PowerShot steady, but this was a lot harder. Let me know if you think it’s too shaky.
Here’s the Tech Specs page for this Nano — “H.264 VGA video, 640 by 480 pixels, up to 30 frames per second with AAC audio.” There are two models: 8 GB and 16 GB. Video capture runs at about 18 MB per minute. Battery life seems good so far.
The user’s manual for the Nano is online (PDF; 2 MB).