iPhone challenge

We completed the shot on iPhone challenge over two years ago. Our Amazon Go Store video was shot almost entirely on iPhone. As for us, we only did it because of the store policy forbidding real cameras. Which makes the motivation behind today's challenge all the more confusing.

I am going to be using our iPad Pro to edit a video. This video, in 4K off a Windows based file server. The idea really came out of our experience reviewing the magic keyboard for the iPad Pro. We concluded that the iPad Pro is now in every sense of the word, a laptop computer. And that now the discussion is really more about how to do computer type things, on the iPad Pro.

So, I replaced my work laptop with iPad Pro for a week. Unbreathed an external monitor and mouse, I did research, entered emails and worked for on files on our company server while editing thumbnails and videos. And as a notorious lunch break gamer, I even managed to sneak a little bit of entertainment and on the side with an Xbox controller. And why not? Since the iPad Pro's processor is more powerful than an Xbox one anyway. First off, the external monitor situation. iPad Pros have supported external displays since the 2018 model arrived with the USB type C port. But despite the massive progress made elsewhere in transforming the iPad Pro into more of a computer, surprisingly little has changed in the display department. 99% of the time, a connected monitor will simply mirror the iPad screen with its frustrating 10 by 7 aspect ratio in all.

The other 1% of the time you'll be able to expand the playback window in video editing apps, or play a game in full screen. But you're still not able to simply use a monitor as extra real estate to do with as you please like you can on a PC, or a Mac. We couldn't even find a simple list of iPad apps with external display support. We did find an app called Shiftscreen that lets you fill up the entire display but it's only compatible with a handful of apps. It forces you to use its weird build-in wed browser and it does something nasty to your refresh rate. So, it had us regretting the 14 dollars we spent on it but there could have been a big old box of 10 bytes buddy and it's no joke either.

Connecting a display requires some sort of dongle or if your monitor has a USB-C video input, you can connect your iPad Pro directly. We ended up using USB-C monitor. It has a USB-C connector that serves as a video input and the hub for the two USB 3 pots that are built into the back, which we were able to connect our accessories like an ethernet adapter or external hard drive. What you cannot use is a Thunderbolt three USB-C display or hub. We tried a couple of models that we have here in the office and none of them worked because the iPad does not support Thunderbolt.

So if you setting up your own iPad work station at home, you wanna stay away from Thunderbolts, just like real in life. Whatever set up you use, once you get used to the pillow boxing, the iPad Pro as a desktop computer is, surprisingly great. Chrome still needs you to specifically request the desktop version of a website everytime.

Board of Directors

PRESIDENT

Chris Littlefield
Kellogg Garden Products
Carson, CA


Director

Larkin Dupree
Harvest Consumer Products, LLC
Mooresville, NC


Director

Kimberly Rygielski
The Scotts Company
Columbus, OH

Director

Steve Liffers
Swanson Bark & Wood Products
Longview, WA


VICE PRESIDENT

Jim Weber
Ohio Mulch
Columbus, OH


Director

Mike Lange
Black Gold Compost Co.
Oxford, FL


Director

Kent Rotert
BASF/Colorbiotics
Ames, IA


SECRETARY/TRESURER

Byron Morgan
Mountain West Bark
Rexburg, ID

Director

Kay Yeon Jeong
Sungro Horticulture
Agawam, MA


Director

Joe Ertel
Oldcastle Lawn & Garden
Atlanta, GA


LEGAL COUNSEL

John Hazard, Jr.
Webster, Chamberlain & Bean
Washington, D.C.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR

Robert C. LaGasse
Mulch & Soil Council
Shallowater, TX


Director

Rick Mahoney
Garick, LLC
Cleveland, OH


Director

Randy Tyre
Waupaca Northwoods, Inc.
Waupaca, WI


Certification Administrator

Carol Ledbetter
Mulch & Soil Council
Douglasville, GA

Promoting common industry goals.

Council Goals

  • Goal 1: Promote Guidelines, Standards and Certification

    Market competition is good—if it is fair! The MSC has developed an industry consensus on product standards and guidelines and promotes these guidelines to retail buyers, specifiers and consumers of mulch and soil products. Though our standards are voluntary, they are viewed by many state governments and retailers as the primary product guidelines for our industry.

    To assist regulators, retailers and consumers in determining what products conform to industry guidelines, the MSC conducts a voluntary product certification program. Products qualifying for certification must pass product and label review, laboratory testing and periodic field inspection in order to use the MSC certification mark on bags.

  • Goal 2: Promote Ethical Business Practices

    Though the Council has no regulatory powers, it has requested state and federal inspectors intervention to help level the playing field when inequities appear in the marketplace. Wherever the association members see an inequity in the marketplace, the association responds by promoting open, fair competition.

  • Goal 3: Promote Fair and Reasonable Laws and Regulations

    MSC speaks with one voice to create or change laws that assure our industry’s right to do business without unfair regulatory burden. As a result, the MSC is the leading advisor to federal and state governments on mulch and soil products. `

  • Goal 4: Provide Industry Education & Training

    Each year, the MSC sponsors an annual meeting offering owners and key company managers education on important regulatory and business issues for the mulch and soils industry. While combining comfortable surroundings with recreational opportunities, our program is the major business meeting of the year.

    Meeting participants meet fellow producers who share their common problems and can offer advice on solutions. In addition to initiating business relationships, it provides education on marketing, product, and regulatory issues.

  • Goal 5: Promote Industry Growth

    The most important aspect of today’s competitive economy isidentifying new markets and expanding purchases from existing customers. The MSC understands this fact and channels its efforts to improve business opportunities for its members. A sampling of programs available to members includes:
    - Marketing brochures advocating mulch and soil product use, and
    - Consumer advisories on mulch and soil product selection

  • Goal 6: Collect, Coordinate & Disseminate Information

    The business environment for the mulch and soil industry has changed dramatically over the years. Regulations on packaging, quality and labeling are being implemented on federal and state levels. The key to remaining ahead of the game is having access to information. The kind of information that makes a difference in how you manage sales and production is provided by the MSC through:

    • MSC NNQ newsletter: In ten issues per year this publication conveys information on industry trends, Weights & Measures regulations, product standards, nomenclature, Association committee activities, safety information, and a variety of other topics.

    • Special Reports and Announcements: We can’t control when emergencies happen, but we can react to situations that demand immediate attentionby issuing special industry reports.

  • Goal 7: Promote Research and Industry Technology

    By tracking new developments and trends, the MSC can offer members insight into market changes and recommendations for processing or other technology shifts. New ideas are regularly explored at annual meetings. The MSC is the best way to keep up to date on new ideas and practices that can benefit your company and its bottom line.

  • Goal 8: Expand the Council

    The more producers the Council represents, the greater our voice for the industry. The MSC is constantly developing new standards and guidelines, influencing government regulations and marketing product quality to retailers and consumers. Your voice should be heard on all these activities, and the MSC is the only vehicle devoted to representing the interests of mulch and soil producers. Isn’t it time your voice was heard?

More Info.

  • How To Join

    The MSC truly is your resource for answers to problems facing today’s mulch and soil industry. Learn more about how the Council can make a better future for your business including info on membership categories, benefits, and annual dues.

  • Directory

    Download the latest version of the MSC Membership List for contact information.

    Producer Members listings include companies that produce mulch, consumer potting soils and/or commercial growing media.

    Affiliate Member listings include companies that provide processing equipment and supplies such as baggers, grinders, screens, plastic bags, fork lifts, palletizers and other plant operating materials.

    Associate Members include listings of companies that provide services for Regular Members such as horticultural distributors, design consultants, engineering consultants and transportation/shipping brokers.

  • Member List

    Please feel free to browse our links to Council member websites for product information.

    Producer Members listings include companies that produce mulch, consumer potting soils and/or commercial growing media.

    Affiliate Member listings include companies that provide processing equipment and supplies such as baggers, grinders, screens, plastic bags, fork lifts, palletizers and other plant operating materials.

    Associate Members include listings of companies that provide services for Regular Members such as horticultural distributors, design consultants, engineering consultants and transportation/shipping brokers.

  • Contact Us

    7809 FM 179
    Shallowater, TX 79363

    806.832.1810

    [email protected]

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