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  • Footage of Gas Main Explosion Edited in Four Minutes using iPhone and iPad


    Geek Squad founder, Robert Stevens was driving to work the other day, when he witnessed a giant fireball in the sky. Apparently, a gas line exploded in St. Paul Minnesota and he was able to shoot video of the event as he drove by. Luckily, he had his iPhone 4 with him and was able to drive and shoot video at the same time.

    After shooting the video he pulled into a local drug store parking lot and transferred the iPhone footage to his iPad 2 using Apple's camera connection kit. He then edited the video using the latest version of iMovie and added a voiceover. Later he tweeted, “That video shot on iPhone4, copied to iPad2 via camera connection kit, and edited in 4 minutes with the new iMovie.”

    After uploading the footage to YouTube and CNN’s iReport, other news agencies soon began requesting permission to use the footage as well. "I'm not a journalist, but I was quickly working with major news organizations," Stephens said. "That's why I tweeted permission." "It was iPhone to connection kit to iPad to iMovie to CNN."

    After the incident he later said, “I wouldn't have gotten so close to the explosion.” If not for his quick thinking and Apple gear, the world might have missed this dramatic event. Luckily, no one was hurt as a result of this explosion.

    Source: TwinCities.com
    This article was originally published in forum thread: Footage of Gas Main Explosion Edited in Four Minutes using iPhone and iPad started by Wiley John Wright View original post
    Comments 43 Comments
    1. CX3NT3_713's Avatar
      CX3NT3_713 -
      Quote Originally Posted by djarkiz View Post
      This can all be done on iPhone 4, why do u need the iPad 2 to edit movies, everyone should get "ReelDirector" - way better then iMovie !!!!
      True that... Better fonts too
    1. thetoothfairy's Avatar
      thetoothfairy -
      Love these iDevices.... we can capture things like this and also videos of bullies beating on others, and the bad guys out there etc... no one can get away with anything because of such iDevices!
    1. Obi1unome's Avatar
      Obi1unome -
      Wow. Great footage!!


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    1. nautical79's Avatar
      nautical79 -
      imovie its the razon that i buy a mac.
    1. sammo123's Avatar
      sammo123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by nautical79 View Post
      imovie its the razon that i buy a mac.
      really? hah
    1. RICO_'s Avatar
      RICO_ -
      Drove closer to see if anyone had dialed 911? Whatever!

      You drove closer because you're either (1) an Apple Employee who saw an opportunity to market the iPad2 and relative Apps, or (2) you're a rubber-necking pyromaniac who had to get a little closer to get your fix.

      The guy obviously was putting more effort into filming rather than "seeing if anyone had dialed 911."
    1. sammo123's Avatar
      sammo123 -
      Quote Originally Posted by RICO_ View Post
      Drove closer to see if anyone had dialed 911? Whatever!

      You drove closer because you're either (1) an Apple Employee who saw an opportunity to market the iPad2 and relative Apps, or (2) you're a rubber-necking pyromaniac who had to get a little closer to get your fix.
      He wasnt an Apple Employee but I could see your second guess being a very viable reason as to why he got so close hah.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by sammo123 View Post
      He wasnt an Apple Employee but I could see your second guess being a very viable reason as to why he got so close hah.
      No, but he is CTO of Best Buy, and founder of Geek Squad...

      Best Buy sells iPhones and iPads; along with Macs, and a myriad of accessories for all of them...

      I'd say the "ad" motivation is still there.

      Cool video though, now that I got to see it.


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    1. chizzle187's Avatar
      chizzle187 -
      Fire is one of the most amazing looking things in this world but, so damn treacherous ........ About a yr and a half ago the same thing happen about 2 blocks from my house in Baltimore. It blew the man hole cover like a couple hundred ft in the air, it was crazy !! That was some pretty good footage though and looked really clear.. I too use ReelDirector on my iphone 4 and had it on my ipad until i sold it to get the new one witch im still waiting for Bestbuy to call me to pick it up, cant wait ! Missed it on release day by 5 mins and that hurt ......
    1. romeo_herman's Avatar
      romeo_herman -
      This video was awesome.....
    1. gQstatus05's Avatar
      gQstatus05 -
      Quote Originally Posted by CX3NT3_713 View Post
      Lol geezz,, Im just glad he wasn't driving around, shooting this with his iPad 2? LOL I read it wrong!! nice video tho!!

      If he was shooting this on the iPad 2 I would have declared it a hoax. The ****** cameras would have probably ruined the awesomeness.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Couldn't really stand around. Shortly after they evacuated several blocks because it had intense heat. Yes explosions do have heat but this one was very, very hot and could be felt blocks away as if standing next to the fire.

      Seems to be we started an annual thing with gas explosions. Had one last year too. Also need to watch out for those sidewalk gobbling you up here too.
    1. itsmejdn's Avatar
      itsmejdn -
      Yup. I was late to work because of that. Damn it. Lol.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Couldn't really stand around. Shortly after they evacuated several blocks because it had intense heat. Yes explosions do have heat but this one was very, very hot and could be felt blocks away as if standing next to the fire.

      Seems to be we started an annual thing with gas explosions. Had one last year too. Also need to watch out for those sidewalk gobbling you up here too.
      Don't forget the bridges throwing you in the river!

      I still get a pucker when I cross bridges in MN.


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    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      Yep, can't forget about that. Or the collapsing stadium roofs.
    1. Goof's Avatar
      Goof -
      Geez, I want iMovie, but it would take years for me to save the money.
    1. GmAz's Avatar
      GmAz -
      IMO give the guy a ticket for being a lookyloo instead of staying away. But oh ya, he went over to see if anyone had dialed 911 about the GIANT ******* FIRE BALL. Plus, he was using his cell phone while driving. Give him a 2nd ticket for that.
    1. Cer0's Avatar
      Cer0 -
      In Minnesota it is only illegal to text and drive. Not sure of the laws for driving and video taping lol.
    1. steve-z17's Avatar
      steve-z17 -
      Good video quality.
    1. CynicalDriver's Avatar
      CynicalDriver -
      Quote Originally Posted by Cer0 View Post
      Yep, can't forget about that. Or the collapsing stadium roofs.
      I'm from Wisconsin... That was a good thing, lol.


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