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Month: June 2013

Apps

iOS 7? pffft. whatever. Take a look at this new hotness!

If you’ve read my book (you’ve ready my book, haven’t you?), than you likely remember Jesse Rosten — a gifted filmmaker who once used 9 iPad screens to light a photo shoot! He’s also the guy who directed the much-loved Fotoshop by Adobé. Well, Jesse has just released a new video, and it ties in quite nicely to all the recent iOS 7 hoopla. No spoilers here. Just sit back, click play, and enjoy the film’s subtle message. (Video not playing back? Jump to youtube.)

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Apps

The new Control Center in iOS7 will save your recordings

After watching the WWDC keynote for a second time (yeah, that’s how I roll), I realized that iOS 7’s new Control Center feature will be awesome for filmmakers!  Here’s why… This new feature provides quick and easy access to useful toggle switches (i.e. Wifi, Bluetooth, Flashlight, etc.) without having to launch and navigate through menus in Settings.  Among these toggles is a switch to enter Airplane Mode (very subtly pointed out in the screenshot above). In case you didn’t already know, you should always shoot in Airplane Mode (unless you’re live streaming).  If you forget to enter Airplane Mode, there’s a decent

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Gear

60fps shooting returns to iPhone in iOS 7

At today’s WWDC Keynote address, Craig Federighi (Apple’s Senior V.P. of Software Engineering) walked audiences through the highlights of iOS 7 running on his iPhone 5. Aside from a clean new look, and several nifty new features, there wasn’t much for filmmakers to get excited about… until a keynote slide popped up behind Craig that listed several new APIs available to developers — including 60 fps video capture! This is major news! The last time iPhone users could capture true 60fps video was with an app called SloPro (covered in my book), but that particular feature was lost when iOS 6

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Gear

O.P.N. for June 7th, 2013

Today’s Other People’s News is more of a catch-up session than anything else. I’ve been offline for a while (working and then revamping the site), so I’ve fallen behind on a few stories. You may already know about this stuff, but just in case… Mashable reported on the Pocket Tripod a new portable iPhone “tripod” on Kickstarter that folds down to the size of a credit card. While it’s more suited to watching content than shooting it, I imagine it coming in handy. CheezyCam featured a pair of YouTube reviews of the Rode SmartLav, a lavaliere microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone,

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Apps

Map Camera puts location scout maps right on your photos

Map Camera is a new app for iPhone & iPad that inserts maps directly on your photos, which is very handy when location scouting. While the default iOS camera app captures GPS metadata with each photo, if doesn’t present that information on a map until you view the photo in an application designed to display maps. With Map Camera, the photo’s origin is visible the moment you glance at the photo. Very handy! Looking for a location (or tech) scouting app with more power? Check out these alternatives in the directory. SOURCE: SeeSawApps https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id

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Gear

Just a little over 2 days left to grab XiStera (tripod mount & lens kit)

For a $25 Kickstarter pledge, you can get your hands on your very own XiStera multitool (but you’ve only got a few days left).  This little doodad will give your iPhone 5 portrait and landscape tripod mounts, as well as an external lens kit (fish eye, wide angle, macro). If that weren’t enough, the tool also provides a bottle opener, portrait and landscape stands, a key chain attachment, an ear bud wrap, a capacitive stylus, and even an option for an external LED light. If Dr. Frankenstein had an iPhone, and didn’t feel like getting a GLIF, olloclip, MicroLite, and

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Announcements

Welcome to Hand Held Hollywood 3.0!

Because the site is rapidly approaching its 4th anniversary, I decided it was time to give the code a much-needed overhaul. Just adding a little chrome siding wasn’t going to cut it this time. When considering the new design, I thought about all the sites I enjoy reading most. I’m not talking about content — I’m just talking about the experience of reading. Most of the sites I enjoy reading are clean, simple, and generous with space. They feel lightweight. By comparison, the old HHH design felt bloated and heavy, and never looked ideal on iPhones and iPads. So, I

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Gear

The GLIF tripod mount and COSMONAUT Stylus are on sale

Studio Neat is celebrating Fathers Day and future graduates by offering a 20% discount on the GLIF (their awesome, pocket-sized iPhone tripod mounts for iPhone 4, 4S, and 5) and the Cosmonaut (their equally awesome, sharpie-sized stylus).  The discount also applies to their excellent book, It will Be Exhilarating — a fascinating chronicle of their experiences launching products on Kickstarter. To get the discount, just head to their website, and enter discount code DADS & GRADS during checkout. Make sure not to click the first PayPal logo, since that bypasses the screen where you can enter the code. As an added bonus,

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