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Make Mine Makayama

Make Mine Makayama
by Gary Woods

The new iPad has a very nice lens for doing still and motion pictures. But, the problem with shooting motion pictures is that the image tends to bounce around. There's a built-in stabilizer with iMovie but even so I tend to move around a lot when I'm making movies so I really need a tripod.

The first device that popped into my viewfinder was the Makayama Movie Mount ( Retailing for $69.95 the Movie Mount straps to the back of the iPad and provides a wonderful platform for all kinds of devices which will enhance your iMovie experience.

Besides having a bracket to which a tripod can be attached there's also a "hot shoe" to which an external microphone can be attached or a light for enhancing interior shots can be secured. The case also has insets that can accommodate wide or telephoto lenses that overlay the iPad's own camera as well as a clip for other sensors.

I've already used the iPad to make quick movies of properties then posted them on YouTube with iMovie but to me the element that really marked the amateur look was the image bouncing all over the screen. I've tried holding the iPad close to my body or at arm's length but I still get that bounce despite the built-in stabilizer.

To me the Makayama Movie Mount is the accessory that will take my movies to the next level.

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Gary Woods is the Computer Trainer for the Santa Barbara Association of Realtors. And he is a Broker/Associate at Home Realty & Investments, Inc