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« on: May 28, 2010, 03:00:10 pm »

Where the iPad Video Out Fails, the IPEVO Point 2 View Comes to the Rescue

If you’re frustrated because the iPad’s video out isn’t a universal feature in all apps, there’s another way to share your presentations.TUAW has posted a creative way to solve the problem of video out on the iPad. Using Apple’s iPad Dock Connector to VGA Adapter or one of the video out cables (composite or component) is pretty great -- except when you realize that only apps written to provide video out work with them. But there’s another inexpensive option for sharing your videos, particularly handy for educators or business presentations that use the iPad (or for that matter, the iPhone or iPod touch as well).The workaround comes in the form of a $69 USB camera from IPEVO called Point 2 View (or P2V for short). TUAW notes that the camera “has remarkably good resolution, and comes with a stand that is perfect for doing demos.”Set up the Point 2 View by loading the software onto your computer and plugging the USB cable into an available port on your system. The P2V application will launch and begin displaying video from the slender camera, which has a resolution of two megapixels -- better than Apple’s now-defunct iSight, which downsamples the 1.3 megapixel, 1280 x 1024 resolution to 640 x 480 for most applications. The P2V software lets you tap into resolution settings between 320 x 240 and 1600 x 1200.As you can see from the embedded YouTube video below, one of the great features of the P2V is the adjustable stand that comes in the box, which uses a heavy base with a rubber pad to keep it in place. Coupled with the camera’s autofocus, you can aim the P2V at your presentation on the iPad and blast it onto a bigger screen by way of your computer, where you can project it via full screen.TUAW also notes that the Point 2 View makes an ideal solution for sharing your iPad screen with live streaming solutions such as Ustream Producer, or for showing the display simultaneously with live video, side by side.The Point 2 View is available direct from IPEVO’s website, and seems to makes quite a handy device even for non-iPad users.
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