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Catching Up #4: Card Tricks

8SQM_DE035D4D-861F-4C02-AF99-134F216B4D8A_largeOf all the infuriating we-know-better-than-you limitations that Apple place on iPad users, few annoy me more than the inability to copy anything else photos and videos from SD cards. I have two Zoom portable microphones that record to SD cards, but I can’t transfer these recordings to the iPad using the Apple camera connection kit (CCK).

However, I have discovered a useful workaround using a Kingston MobileLiteWireless (MLW) device. There’s a newer version available (which I haven’t tried), but you can get the original for less than £20 now.

Once you’ve installed the MLW software on the iPad and connected it to the device (fairly easy – just follow their instructions, basically the MLW acts as a WiFi access point), you can transfer files to Cubasis using the process describe below.

First, choose how the card is connected to the MLW – you can either put the card in the device or (as I have done in this case) connected the microphone to the device with a USB cable and turned on the mic’s card reader mode.

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Then you can browse the files – in this case I am using a Zoom Q8 so I have both audio and video files.

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Choose the one you want, and you can play the audio.

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Now if you tap the icon in the top right corner,  choose the “Open in” menu.

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Now choose Cubasis (or app of your choice). Bizarrely, you can open in iMovie, but not in Garageband.

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In Cubasis, go to the Media browser and you’ll find the file under “Audio”

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And finally, just drag it into your project.

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It sounds like quite a few steps, but is fairly easy when you get the hang of it. In some ways it’s actually better than using the CCK because:

  • you don’t need to take the SD card out of the microphone
  • you can preview the files before you copy them to the iPad
  • if you haven’t already got the CCK SD card reader, it’s actually cheaper to buy a MobileLiteWireless than a CCK.

The only disadvantages I can think of are:

  • the WiFi connection to the MLW can be a bit erratic at times
  • I haven’t worked out a way of importing the files into Garageband yet