A couple of days ago, I wrote a blog about the iPhone apps I used on our shoot last week. The response was huge and loads of film makers have added to my list. My original post is here… And below are some more apps as recommended in feedback to that first post.
Recommended by heaps of film makers. It simulates the cinematographer’s viewpoint from a professional cinema camera and is made by the lovely people at Panavision, so you know it’s the real deal . Darren commented on the blog ‘has been amazing on locations and being able to choose framing, aspect AND lenses….’
pCam FilmDigital Calculator (£17.99)
Recommended for DPs. Nicolai Amter said ‘it’s handy for calculating anything to do with focal lengths, shutter speeds, aperture, DOF and so on’. And reading the features list on their site, I can see that it does tons more too. Downloading now…!
There seem to be a lot of clapperboard apps floating around and I have no idea which is best, do you? iSlate was recommended by Ryan at Dotmov.com as you can add notes to slates and send those to your editor. But what is your favourite?
This is actually one of my own recommendations, not a film making tool, more a fun tool for film makers. It turns your iPhone camera into a Super 8mm camera, complete with scratches, flicker, weave and snagging in the projector. For my generation of film maker, this is seriously nostalgic. I smile every time I use it.
And while I have never used it, and wish I had on the shoot, DoddlePro offers a call sheet solution, so you can create and mail out call sheets to your crew from your iPhone. This makes HUGE sense to me as I ended up with PDFs on my phone which were ideal for print on A4 paper, but not so great to look at on a small screen. Anyone used it? Comments?
Kodak Cinema Tools (Free)
You’d expect a very slick app from Kodak, and that’s what we have got here. The app included a film footage calculator and a depth of field calculator as well as a detailed glossary of film terminology.
AJA DataCalc (Free)
Coming highly recommended by @2timesF is AJA DataCalc, for working our how much storage you will need for various media files. It’s a pretty comprehensive tool that has clearly been built for media professionals, and as its free, you’d be crazy not to download it. Now I can figure our EXACTLY how much storage space I will need for the next shoot. Very nice indeed.
An eclectic app that contains information on lenses, batteries, recording times etc, as well as a whole heap of official manuals for professional cameras, from Canon 5D MkII to Alexa and Red One. Free and recommended.
While I didn’t use this app on the film I just made, that’s only because I didn’t know it existed! Had I known, it would have been out through its paces. It’s a simple ‘key’ generator that you use with your iPhone props so that VFX people can more easily replace the iPhone screen in post production. It uses motion tracking points and any colour of ‘green screen’ etc.
So any more apps being used by film makers? Please leave your comments.