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Plug an iSight into iPod and record video?

Jon Fortt writes about Apple’s recently announced Power Mac G5, iSight and upcoming Panther OS X. In the article, Fortt speculates using iSight with iPod for recording video.

“Slap the iSight onto a 15-gigabyte iPod and all of a sudden you’ve got a hard-drive-based camcorder that can hold hours of Quicktime video, plus play music.

Jobs didn’t have Apple build the iSight just to make a Web cam that mounts to the top of a monitor. If monitor mounting were his big stroke of creative genius, he could have simply asked a third-party developer to make monitor mounts. Jobs is thinking bigger than that, and Apple is staking out strategic territory. It’s focusing on audio, video and voice communication, which translates into MP3 players, camcorders and phones. If I were a betting man, I’d wager that an Apple-branded camcorder and an Apple-branded phone aren’t too far off.”

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“Slap the iSight onto a 15-gigabyte iPod and all of a sudden you’ve got a hard-drive-based camcorder”

That was my first thought when I saw the iSight announcement.

But does anyone think the current iPods are capable of compressing and storing video on the fly? Since they pulled the audio recording capability with the 2.0.1 update, I’m not hopeful.

Posted by KMC in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 10:04 AM (CDT)


Why would apple ever build a cell phone?  Why would they ever build a camcorder?  There are about a million cell phones and camcorders out there for a much wider market than apple seems to be able to reach . . .read the spec information about the iSight, they’re struggling to make it sound like the best camera out there.

Attaching it to an ipod would suck . .. it would be about as good as a gameboy camera . . .

MAYBE . . .MAYBE if WiFi was EVERYWHERE would an apple portable videophone make sense . . .


Posted by Mike in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 11:10 AM (CDT)


iPodlounger, that claim about ipod and isight seems to be a little far flung to me. I would prefer Apple to make an attempt at connecting my firewire CF card reader, and transfer my digital pictures to the hard disk, first. This only involves short bursts of data transfers, without the consistent bandwidth requirement.

How could they even think about video recording with steady stream of data?

Don’t get me wrong, I think it is a great idea, and thenks for sharing it. I just think Apple should take baby steps. Like on-the-go playlist on older ipods. That would be bombastic!

Posted by pbox in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 11:39 AM (CDT)


It sounds cute to plug your high end web cam into your lurvely music player, but (1) it’s stupid (2) it’s ungainly, camcorders have a lot of controls in nice places, etc, etc, and (3) does Apple making a camcorder really pass the laugh test?  Just ‘cause the ipod rocks, doesn’t mean that Sony is now Apple’s plaything.  They’d get killed.

Posted by Daniel in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 12:15 PM (CDT)


On the other hand, if you could plug your digicam into the ipod and then using the ipod controls empty your CF (or whatever) onto your ipod, that would be awesome.  Furthermore it doesn’t seem like it would require extra hardware for firewire at least.  Unfortunately most digicams use USB.  And the current USB spec doesn’t support plugging two hard-drive-like things into one another.  (This is being corrected, however.)

Posted by Daniel in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 12:18 PM (CDT)


Is it me or does it sound like he’s speculating about the ability to connect it to the iPod.  Anyone know what connector it uses?  Firewire?

Posted by Albert in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 1:22 PM (CDT)


Hey, maybe apple is going to make airplanes too!  And toasters and baby carriages and pinatas and deck furniture and bug repellent and ski goggles and double sided tape and extension cords and deodorant and latin text books and blah blah blah . . .

why don’t we stick with what apple should be doing instead of what they could be doing?  Sure, you could plug that camera into the ipod.  You could also use the Firewire/ac adapter from the ipod to plug your iBook into the wall . . .if you wanted it to explode . . .


Posted by Mike in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 1:36 PM (CDT)


some of you appear to have very short memories of the early 90’s and the mac clone disasters and the company nearly going bust.

Apple should and will keep focused on what they doo best producing great computers with great software. I’d be happy with that as for phones and ipod camcorders people let’s wake up and smell the coffee, they just don’t need to be done.

Posted by mac_gladdy in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 3:09 PM (CDT)


The iSight connects using a firewire cable.

Posted by mongoos150 in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 3:43 PM (CDT)


i really dont believe you could ever possibly just plug in the isight into your ipod and have it do anything.  the ipod doesnt have the software nor the hardware to be able to handle video and audio data all at once.  i mean really…. the ipod cant even record! (officially at least, and even unofficially isnt it only like 6 seconds or something on the new ones?)

Posted by wes in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 4:28 PM (CDT)


To anyone who’s doubtful about the iPod’s ability to record fat streams of incoming data: Plug your iPod into your Mac; Drag and drop a few thousand megabytes worth of files onto it.

You’ll notice it can handle that sort of thing just fine

Posted by ephraim in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 9:42 PM (CDT)


You’re forgetting - the battery on an ipod isn’t large enough to run the harddrive for extended periods. Sure, you’d have gigs of space, but only half an hour of battery time.

That being said, forget compression - that halfhour of video has lots of space to exist in.

Posted by Anonymous in Irvine, CA on June 26, 2003 at 9:59 PM (CDT)


even if it was possible, it would pointless as you’d have no way to see what what you are recording.  Your videos would come out looking like a 3 year old shot them :D

Posted by SNYder in Irvine, CA on June 27, 2003 at 1:34 AM (CDT)


LOL who cares?? calm the f down people. sheesh, whats the big deal? more portability and use for your ipod, the better! it’s not like suddenly your ipod will be a useless heap of metal.

i for one enjoy being able to use my ipod for more than playing music. maybe some people cant afford the luxurious camcorders. everyone chill

Posted by idiots in Irvine, CA on June 27, 2003 at 8:54 AM (CDT)



Posted by Sparks9 in Irvine, CA on June 27, 2003 at 3:45 PM (CDT)



Copying data to your ipod from your itunes is fast, it is certainly not guranteed bandwidth. For video recording you need guranteed bandwidth.


HDD need to do so called temperature calibration. As they heat up, the head needs to be readjusted. This happends about every 1-5 minutes on a 3.5” HDD. While it lasts only a few miliseconds, the IDE transfer is suspended for this time. It is totally OK when copying data to the HDD, since on average the slow down is unnoticable. While recording video, you would probably not appreciate a few missed frames every 1-5 minutes :-)

Posted by pbox in Irvine, CA on June 28, 2003 at 1:08 PM (CDT)


Hey, chill people.  No offense, but anyone who thinks that iSight will serve primarily as a camcorder needs to step back and think a sec.  Whoever “idiots” is was completely right- video recording on your iPod is just going to be another cool thing you can do with your iPod, and another cool thing that this webcam iSight can do, NOT the primary purpose of either device.
And as to why anyone would be doubting the possibility of video recording on an iPod is beyond me, as are the people who don’t want this cool little feature.  Well I can’t wait.  Take it easy peeps.

Posted by idiots wat right in Irvine, CA on June 28, 2003 at 2:40 PM (CDT)


hOLY dog shiT!

Posted by el pod're in Irvine, CA on June 28, 2003 at 9:06 PM (CDT)


On the topic of PHONES…

I read howardforums a lot.  The other day I saw a Sony Ericsson T610 (see thread) that was decked out in a shiny metallic skin with an apple logo.  The poster claimed that Apple was going to be rebadging these phones and selling them.  I sluffed it off as another apple rumor.  But this article makes me wonder.

With the integration of bluetooth and isync wouldn’t it make sense to sell a capable phone as an accessory to an apple computer?  Since the T610 is pretty much a full on PIM there’s no reason not to.  Lets also not forget Salling Clicker.  Which lets you use your Sony Ericsson phone as a remote, proximity sensor, etc for your mac.

It just all fits together too well…

Posted by Jon in Irvine, CA on June 28, 2003 at 11:17 PM (CDT)


Connecting iSight to iPod would be great people. I mean come on, the combo would be more portable than most camcorders on the market. Also, the idea is not to use it for video conferencing on the run (you could do that with an iBook) Rather, the benefit would be for short clips and alternate takes (imagine supplementing a skate video with an iSight held near the ground. For those who scoff at the picture quality w/o a viewing screen, I’m sure someone can rig up a cute little hatclip for you : ) (Look with your hands folks . . .)

Posted by jp in Irvine, CA on July 10, 2003 at 4:19 PM (CDT)

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