Videos from 3rd sector social media convention

I spent today at the Third Sector Social Media Convention, and as you can see from the programme it was back-to-back keynotes and workshops, so I didn’t have a lot of time for video. Or maybe I just found it more interesting to listen and network than interupt people with a camera.

However, I took my iPad 2 along to see if it would be an improvement on the iPhone 3gs I usually use. In some ways yes: once I worked out how to hold it up without blocking my view of the other person while still be able to look at the screen it was steadier to hold and higher resolution. iMovie is amazingly good for trimming and fast export. Upload to YouTube is simple.

One big problem was audio. I thought I could just use the Griffin headphone extension that has a mic, as I do with my iPhone … but as you can hear it doesn’t seem to work to cut out background noise with the iPad. In one of the breaks I had a fascinating chat with Ravinol Chambers of Be Inspired Films (fourth video) and we used one of their powered mics … but listening afterwards I don’t think it by-passed the built in mic.

I did interview keynote speaker Allison Fine, who co-authored the excellent Networked Nonprofit with Beth Kanter, and also talked to Steve Bridger, the other keynoter from the morning. Both were terrific, as was Jon Snow, who chaired the session and brought his own experiences of social media. You’ll see I also caught up with Megan Griffith Gray, Paul Webster and Sophie Ballinger, and reflected on how the scene had changed over past five years …when we used to talk about information and communication technologies.

There was lively tweeting from the event, as you can see from the stream curated here by @nfpvoice, using Storify. I’ll be back tomorrow … maybe reverting to the iPhone.


  • June 14, 2011 - 8:31 pm | Permalink

    Thanks for the insights into the iPad and iphone – in the market. The conference sounds really good too – must see – next year….

  • Lorna Prescott
    July 2, 2011 - 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Hi David

    I’d be grateful if you could let me know if you find a solution to the iPad2 mic issue, as I’m keen to use mine for social reporting.

    Cheers 🙂

  • david wilcox
    July 2, 2011 - 5:12 pm | Permalink

    Hi Lorna – I discovered the iRig via Wes Fryer. It’s £38.99 on Amazon, and self-powered. Big, but does the job. The issue then is whether you need an assistant to hold the iPad or the mic … I’m still experimenting.

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