I’ve looked around online to see if there’s a way to use an iPad as a monitor when shooting video with a 7D, and other than something that requires jailbreaking the iPad (uh, no thanks), I’m coming up relatively blank.
It feels like this is something that should be doable, so I’m hoping that I’ve just forgotten how to use Google properly and that someone here knows how.
The new iPad can also make an excellent field monitor with the help of a Teradek Cube encoder. The Teradek encodes a camera’s video output and then streams it via Wi-Fi to numerous iOS devices and/or computers. For iOS devices you must download the TeraCentral app. There is a slight delay (less than a second) that is long enough to make it hard to use on-camera. It makes a great addition to a set that would otherwise have a number of people hovering around the camera operator trying to get a look. It can also be an invaluable tool for sharing content with a producer or director if you are using a camera in a situation where you cannot run wires from the camera, such as on a Steadicam. The Teradek can stream to one or two devices without a router, but if you plan on streaming video to a large number of devices you have to set up a Wi-Fi network with a router, so some networking knowledge is recommended.
Alternatively, you might consider buying an Android tablet for the same purpose, which is quite a bit easier to hook up. A smaller, 7″ tablet like the Nexus 7 could be far less than $200 and might work very well for your needs.
The goal was to bring an iPad home so it could be used with all our other devices. The ‘droid just wouldn’t work with anything (all Apple ecosystem here). And I’m lazy. I don’t want to have to learn another OS. 😉 Thanks though!
Looks like this might be a fairly affordalble solution with remote controls and no need for a router. At $299 this could be a nice Companion to a t3i but if you are shooting with a camera that supports high rez HDMI output for that price you might as well just get a regular monitore unless you need the wireless capabilities (up to 150 feet) and remote control which would be very nice to have in a multi camera shoot like a wedding. I believe it is saying you can controls focus in increments which could be very handy when trying to do a multi camera shoot with just one or two operators.