© Brooke Clarke 20
Stand Alone Apps
Belkin Live Action Camera Grip
I won this iPod (different from the
iPad) touch 8GB in an Agilent contest related to bench top power supplies
. I was about to
sell it new in the unopened box when I found out that it works
with my home WiFi network
. And does
not require a cell phone account. Comes with a USB cable and
This is a 4th
generation 8 GB iPod touch model:
It arrived loaded with OS 5.01 but
the home page screen said that OS 5.1 was available and it
included the ability to link to an HD TV. Since I've got a
very nice WiFi enabled TV and 7.1 sound home theater
system I'd like to do
this. But pressing the update now button did nothing.
Apple support said I needed to load the current iTunes software on
my PC, which was done. Connecting the iPod to USB cable to
my PC started iTurns, but I could see no provision to do the
software update. After turning off iTunes I was able to make
the update to 5.1 (with the USB cable connected to the PC) by
pressing "update now" on the iPod.
If you hold your finger on one of
the icons for a number of seconds, all the icons will start
wiggling. This is the indication that you can now move
an icon to a new location or if it has a red "X" you can delete
it. To stop the wiggling just press the home button.
Web Surfing (Safari)
So far I haven't got this to
work. Can enter a URL, but pressing GO on the keyboard
screen has no effect.
I tried entering the URL as PRC68.com and www.PRC68.com and
http://www.PRC68.com all the time spelling out dot C O M as
individual letters and when GO was pressed nothing happened.
It's possible by tapping on the top bar to open another bar that
contains a Google search engine on the right. Entering PRC68
in the search engine then searching brought up a Google search
results page with PRC68.com as the first result. Clicking on
that link opened my PRC68.com web page. After this Safari
worked when a URL was manually entered, so there's some type of
initialization bug in OS5.1.
I've enabled larger type and screen
magnification (double tap with 3 fingers, scroll with 3 fingers)
that way I can use the iPod.
The squeeze and spread gestures with the thumb and index finger
There are cameras pointing to the
back and front that can be configured either for still or HD video
recording. It remains to be seen if the video will work in
So far I haven't found a way to get a video out of the iPod if
it's more than 100 G Bytes. Apple support has suggested
buying iMovie and splitting it into smaller scenes that could then
be stitched back together on a computer.
Took still photo using iPod then using the Photos app
selected that photo.
At the bottom pressed the AirPlay icon (a rectangle with
an up arrow at it's bottom),
then on the pop-up menu selected AirPlay instead of
Note I can do this three rooms away because the house
Wi-Fi is carrying the signal.
This is a hardware device that
connects to my HD TV using an HDMI cable (and maybe a TOS fiber
optic audio cable). It allows the iPod to make a wireless
connection to the TV. Note my TV now has WiFi connectivity
and I watch Netflix streaming using it or using the WiFi
connection on the Blu-ray player, but there's some Apple
proprietary aspect to this so you need the Apple TV hardware.
One of the features is the ability to view .tif still images,
which my neither the TV nor Blu-ray player now support.
Maybe (but probably not) there will be support for 16 bit tif
still images and hepfully a future upgrade will support DNG
(Digital NeGative) still images that are equivalent to the RAW
files like NEF that have 16 bits per color rather than the 8 bits
per color supported by .jpg images. This all relates to high
quality still images.
OS5.1 supports some neat interaction between the HD TV and the
On order 23 March 2012 & should be here in a week or so.
More to come.
The AppleTV needs to be configured using a networked computer
running iTunes and using the hardware remote both to your AppleID
and the network ID and password.
Then when in the movies app on AppleTV you have the option of
paying for a movie using your Apple store account.
|This is the main menu for
Apple TV (March 2012).
One of the key apps for me is the Lower Left Photo Stream.
Before you can use it you need to select what files to
allow using iTunes on a network connected computer.
I have a flat file with thousands of still photos from the
Nikon cameras, but it's
virtually impossible to navigate
a large flat file since only a thumbnial image is shows
and the data of the selected photo is shown, NOT it's file
So to experiment I'll need to make some folders that have
a small number of photos or different folders for the same
in different formats.
Note: After turning on the TV and Surround Sound audio boxes (Home Theater
) and selecting the
HDMI-1 input nothing will happen because the AppleTV turns off
after some time delay. But when you select a still or video
to view on the iPod or in iTunes, then the AppleTV automatically
turns on and it's image is displayed.
My iPod is the smallest memory model ( 8GB) and I just drove to
the post office with it on in video mode. More than 17
minutes was recorded.
In iPod Settings/About it shows 6.4 GB capacity and 4.8 GB
available. Very efficient video coding.
Note: It's possible to take a video with the camera upside
down, not a good idea. Don't know how I did that since now
can't do it again.
31 March 2012 - When you connect the iPod touch to a PC and look
in My Computer you will see all the still and video files you have
created on the iPod.
If the file size is below 100 MB (my best guess) then it's no
problem to transfer the file, but above that file size the
transfer gets to 100% complete then after some time fails.
"The following problem occurred while copying pictures: the
I/O operation has been aborted because of either a thread exit or
an application request."
Senior level Apple support knows about this problem and a solution
may be to use some ixxxx application on the iPod to split the
video into smaller files that can be moved.
Note: If a video is selected on the iPod at the bottom one
of the icons is a rectangular box with a right arrow (different
than the rectangular box with an up arrow) that is for uploading
the file to YouTube. I think the old Youtube starting file
size limitations were10 minutes on run time and 100 MB on file
size, but in 2009, in order to support HD video, they increased
the file size limit to 2,000MB. Maybe Apple did not hear
21 May 2012 - While talking to apple advanced support I learned
that there are some issues with WIN XP computers and the Apple A4
chip used in the latest iPhone and iPod. It may be that I
need a new computer that's at least a dual core, like the Apple Mini
Displaying .tif Images
This is the reason I bought the Apple TV.
Once you have the Apple TV connected to your home network and have
Home Sharing turned on in iTunes and in the Apple TV you're ready
to see fantastic photos in .tif format.
The thing that's so great about seeing .tif images is that tif is
a container format that allows a host of options that are not
available with .jpg images. .jpg images are limited to 8
bits per color channel and sRGB color space whereas .tif supports
either 8 or 16 bits per color channel and either sRGB or Apple RGB
as well as color profiles.
First in iTunes (on up to 5 different computers) under the
Advanced tab you turn on Home Sharing and then also under the
Advanced tab you Choose Photos to Share.
Note: You must have iTuns running in order to use this feature
(it's the server program).
Note: You can select a folder that has photos or a higher level
Note: on the Apple TV you will only see thumbnails i.e. there are
no file names displayed, so you need to use folders to separate
images that appear the same otherwise (like that use different
numbers of bits per color channel or have other differences like
color spaces or profiles.
Photo Stream will NOT work with WIN XP.
21 May 2012 - When trying to displaying a half dozen of the flower
photos from the Ukiah
Garden Club show
only 2 of 6 displayed the others shows up
as a small gray square. While working with Apple support it
looked like the two that did display had file sizes that were
under 60 MB whereas the photos that didn't display had file sizes
over 60 MB. Modifying a file from 300 DPI to 250 DPI reduced
it's file size to just over 50 MB and now it displays OK.
This software running on a PC (or
MAC) allows loading music from your CDs into the iPod, i.e. the
functionality of the iPad. It also is the server for
displaying any number of media using Home Sharing so must be
running to do that.
Note: iTunes starts automatically when you connect an Apple
handheld device via a USB cable to a computer. One of the
"features" of iTunes is that it can synchronize your computer and
handheld device. If you have two computers and a pop-up menu
askes if you want to sync be very careful how you answer because
if you say yes it may erase your handheld device and sync it to
the current computer but you may have wanted to retain all the
media you you had loaded from another computer. I think this
problem is solved by eCloud, but am not sure of the details on how
to get that to work.
Some apps are stand alone.
That's to say that you just need to load the application using the
App Store (even if it's a free app) and run it.
Belkin LiveAction - see below for
There is a built-in email app in the
iPod touch, but it requires linking to an email account.
This is an Apple free text messaging
app but it only works between Apple devices running OS5 (or
These should allow communicating with
other devices. Unfortunately the descriptive material does
not tell you the system requirements.
For example I tried Viber, but although I've been able to install
it I'm not able to communicate with Mobil phones. I think the
other person also needs to have Viber.
Skype - this works. It allows
making and receiving either audio only or video + audio calls to
other people who are running Skype. But you need to pay to
be able to make a voice call to someone's phone number (i.e.
someone who does not have Skype or you don't know their Skype
There are a number of SMS apps, but
again it's not clear if they work with a plain cell phone with SMS
capability or if they need the same app installed on a smart
Note you can email an SMS message to any phone that will receive
an SMS by using the proper gateway address format (Wiki).
- for my very old dumb cell phone that can send/receive SMS
and is with AT&T Mobil the gateway is: <area code +
- for a friend who is with U.S. Cellular the gateway is:
<area code + phone number>@email.uscc.net
Apple TV - a hardware device that connects to a wireless or wired
LAN and has an HDMI output to drive a home theater or HD TV set.
iTunes - A software program that runs on a PC or Mac computer and
auto starts when an iPod (or other Apple portable device) is
connected to a USB port.
iPod - hardware device that looks very much like the iPhone, but
only connects to a Wi-Fi network (no phone capability)
Photo Stream - A built-in feature of Apple TV for displaying photos
or videos from some computers (WIN 7, Mac)
Computer - a built-in feature of Apple TV that includes:
Music, Movies, TV Shows, Podcasts, iTunes U and Photos (this is how
you can display .jpg and .tif images) which are stored on up to 5
Home Sharing - a built-in feature of Apple TV and iTunes that allows
up to 5 computers to feed the Apple TV various media.
iCloud - similar to home sharing - not yet sure of the differences
.MOV - the file format generated by the iPod touch when making
videos which are 1080p HD
Because the iPod touch is very
similar to the iPhone they share many accessories. These are
available on eBay from China at very low cost.
||Tripod Bracket has 1/4-20
threaded socket on bottom.
Great for mounting iPod on camera tripod or light stand.
AC to USB 5 Volt adapter & USB to iPod (iPhone) cable.
Cigarette Lighter Plug to iPhone charging cable.
[Another option would be a Cigarette Lighter Plug to USB 5
& then use the above USB to iPod cable.]
The iPod touch can figure out it's
location based on WiFi hot spots and their locations. But it
does not have an embedded GPS receiver. There are after
market GPS receivers that can be plugged into the iPod and apps
for GPS navigation.
Telephoto Lens - Do Not Bother
When taking talking head videos it
would be nice to have more of a telephoto lens. Got this one
for a few dollars on eBay, but it's got a couple of
problems. The minor problem is that the amount of telephoto
effect is very small, nowhere near 2X. The big problem is
that in order to attach the lens to the iPod touch you need to use
the included ferrous washer and it's double sided tape.
That's because the metal iPod case is non magnetic. After
carrying the iPod around for a couple of days the washer had moved
smearing the sticky stuff over the lens. Also the washer no
longer does a good job of holding the lens, i.e. the lens will
lean forward and fall off.
Note the lens is so close to the corner that the washer has part
hanging in the air, making it easy to get pushed in. You can
see the goop to the lower right after I pushed the washer back
where it started out.
Application, Jun 3, 2011, Apple, Video Chapter
Access and License Renewal
, 345/173 -
Application, Jul 8, 2011, Apple, HIGHLY
PORTABLE MEDIA DEVICES
, 439/628; 439/675 - small media
player, with long battery life
Application, Oct 19, 2011, Apple, DATA PORT
CONNECTOR AND HOUSING
439/357- for very thin devices
Magnetometer accuracy and use, Nov 22, 2011, 33/356 -
Controlling a display device to display portions of an entire
image in a Display Area, Jan 31, 2012, 345/660; 345/672 -