Video-in on iPod Touch

Discussion in 'iPod touch' started by OwenHughes86, Nov 4, 2008.

  1. OwenHughes86 macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Hi there,

    I work as a broadcast cameraman in the UK - and for those of you who don't know broadcast camera viewfinders work in black and white. This can be problematic when lighting certain situations and you want to check colour balances etc. Usually a colour monitor would be used but these can be big heavy things that frankly I don't want to lug everywhere with me (the camera is heavy enough!).

    I got to thinking that the iPod Touch's hi-resolution screen would be perfect as a lightweight solution to this. I was wondering if an app exists where-by I can connect my ipod to the camera using the available composite or component cables and view video-in (as opposed to the video-out that said cables are designed for).

    I'm not even sure if that is logistically possible; but thought it's worth an ask. Especially if it means I can carry a preview monitor around in my pocket as opposed to the big back breaking things I currently use.

    Thanks in advance.

  2. M. Poirot macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2008
    I don't believe it's possible officially or un-officially. I have to say that it would be fantastic if it did work!
  3. OwenHughes86 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Yeh - would be awesome. Anybody have the ability to officially or un-officially make this happen?
  4. equenox macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2008
    i got exactly the same question - is there any way?
  5. M. Poirot macrumors member

    Sep 7, 2008
    might happen as I've just seen a japanese video of someone who's hooked an external keyboard to an iPhone. If you can get text input, maybe someone will be able to get video input.
  6. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Mar 26, 2008
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    Text input is a lot easier to do than video input. It's not likely you can do it with video; the bandwidth is high.
  7. 840quadra Moderator


    Staff Member

    Feb 1, 2005
    Twin Cities Minnesota
    The only thing that I can think of that comes close to this, is using VNC to wirelessly view an other computer's video output.

    The technology exists to stream video wirelessly, however I think Sync problems would be the issue. I doubt that the video subsystem is wired to accept video input (turn the iPod into a monitor), however there are many products on the market that do have this functionality. Sadly, it would mean carrying an other device with you though!

  8. OwenHughes86 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 4, 2008
    Yeh - the streaming idea is something that someone had suggested but it isn't really practical for location filming.

    I've spoken to some guys who develop applications for the iPod Touch and they tell me that (from their perspective at lease) it is very unlikely that something could be developed, as Apple do not give software developers access to the hardware of the device. So I guess only Apple could do this.
  9. 4DThinker macrumors 68020

    Mar 15, 2008
    Although the Touch isn't going to be the solution, there are 5" to 7" and larger LCD monitors out there that could be used. Most use 12vDC as they are intended to be used in cars. I use a 7" LCD as my monitor when videotaping, and power it with an AC>12vDC adapter I found at Radio Shack. I found it very easy to mount on my tripod as it's designed to be mounted in a car.

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