artemis Director’s viewfinder hits 2.0

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Chemical Wedding has just released a significant update to its criminally awesome iPhone app, Artemis Director’s Viewfinder.

Version 2 brings additional formats including RED One 4k 2:1 Ana, Canon 5D Mk II and the Canon 7D. Additionally, it can now simulate wider angle lenses in full screen mode. That’s great news!  And, in my opinion, this version has a much prettier interface.

If you’re not familiar with Artemis, or just want to learn more about director’s viewfinders in general, check out this interview we posted last month. It was shot at the DV Expo, just prior to the release of version 1, and includes some info about their other app, Helios.

Artemis Director's Viewfinder

by Chemical Wedding

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Artemis Director's Viewfinder

Artemis Director's Viewfinder reproduces any camera, aspect ratio and lens combination. Included is a comprehensive list of commonly used motion picture and stills cameras and a Custom Camera function that allows for any new or exotic camera to be added.

Used by established directors, cinematographers & VFX supervisors worldwide, Artemis works in much the same way as a traditional directors viewfinder but more accurately and with many additional features. It's perfect for blocking, location scouting or making storyboards, as some of our users attest....

Roger Deakins ASC, BSC (Cinematographer: Unbroken, Prisoners, Skyfall, The Company of Men, The Shawshank Redemption)
"It’s great having Artemis on my iPhone. Since I always have my phone with me, I always have a viewfinder at hand. Not only convenient but extremely accurate."

Richard Loncraine (Director: The Special Relationship, Firewall, Richard III, Wimbledon)
"Artemis is an accurate, compact professional viewfinder that in my opinion cant be beaten. I used it on "Ruth and Alex" with Morgan Freeman and Diane Keaton, where it dramatically shortened the time it took to get our set ups. I have used everything viewfinder available over the last 40 years but non of them compare to Artemis.”

Phedon Papamichael ASC (Cinematographer: Monuments Men, Nebraska, The Descendants, Sideways)
“Artemis is always in my pocket - no more need for a PA carrying a large case of lenses up a mountain on a scout. It's changed the way we do things!”

Terry McDonough (Director: Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels, An Adventure In Space And Time)
"When in prep, it’s hard to be in the same country with your heads of department let alone the same state let alone the same room, Artemis makes it feel like you are."

Bruno Delbonnel ASC, AFC (Cinematographer: Big Eyes, Inside Llewyn Davis, Amelie, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince)
"Artemis is a great viewfinder. I use it a lot when scouting. And since it's very accurate you can show a frame to whoever needs to see what the shot will be or could be....and discuss it."

Yves Bélanger CSC (Cinematographer: Dallas Buyers Club, Laurence Always, Ma Fille, Mon Ange)
"Artemis is the best invention for film people since the expresso machine!"

Barry Ackroyd BSC (Cinematographer: Captain Phillips, Hurt Locker, United 93)
"Artemis makes me feel smarter than I was without it. It’s the sharpest tool on my iPhone."

Linus Sandgren FSF (Cinematographer: American Hustle, Promised Land, 6 Souls)
"Artemis is an amazing Swiss army knife style lens kit that has helped me frame up countless shots in any format in an instant.”

Sean Bobbit BSC (Cinematographer: 12 Years a Slave, Oldboy, Hunger)
"I never leave home without Artemis. It is the one app I can guarantee will be used everyday on the job."

Roberto Schaefer ASC, AIC (Cinematographer: Quantum of Solace, The Kite Runner, Stranger than Fiction)
“I agree with what every other DP on the planet says about Artemis. They are all correct. Nothing comes close to Artemis for a convenient pocket size viewfinder, even on my iPad mini which fits in my cargo pants pockets."

Larry McConkey SOC (Steadicam: 12 Years a Slave, World War Z, Hugo, The Bourne Ultimatum)
"Artemis has made my life much easier. Instead of carrying a traditional viewfinder with lenses and a monitor, I can use Artemis with iPro on my iPhone for accurate scouts and rehearsals anytime, anywhere. I use Artemis HD on my iPad when I need a larger image that groups of people can see easily. With Artemis, I can set marks during rehearsals and be confident that when I have my Steadicam on ready to shoot, the frame will be exactly as I planned."

David Franco (Cinematographer: Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, The Bridge, The Whole Nine Yards)
"Since I discovered Artemis, there is never a day at work that I don’t use it. Whether in prep, making story boards or lining up shots with the director, Artemis is a workhorse tool.”

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  • iDirector

    Wide Angle Lenses! HOORAY!

  • Todd Cannon

    It’s crashing a lot. Is anyone else having issues?

  • Taz Goldstein

    I had a few crashes when I first started playing around with the new version. I think it all cleared up after I added a few additional lenses to my set, and then pulled them back out. I guess it just needed a little refresh. Works great now.

    I emailed the developer this morning, just to see if they’ve heard any problems. They’re aware of a minor bug that just surfaced (shouldn’t effect most users), and are already working on the fix. I really like the guys at Chemical Wedding. Their products are well thought out, and they listen to their users.

    Anyone else using the update yet? What are your experiences?

  • Taz Goldstein

    Artemis 2.1 has just been released. It squashes a few of the bugs introduced in version 2.

  • Jiri Fiala

    So, how does this work anyway? Does it work on 3GS only, or is it for older generation iDevices too? Does it require you to take photo and then superimposes the frames on top of that or does it paint it live? I can’t seem to find any video demonstration on youtube, vimeo or even the developer’s website.

    Thanks for any info!

  • Taz Goldstein

    Hi Jiri,

    Artemis works on ANY iPhone model running iPhone OS 3.1. It won’t work on the iPod Touch since it has no camera (yet).

    It’s a live camera, with live superimposed framing guides (based on lens sizes you specify). In addition to the normal view, you can choose to fill the screen with any of the saved lens sizes (also a live image). It does not work with photos.

    Hope that helps!


    P.S. I searched around on YouTube. I’m amazed no one has posted a video demo. If time permits, I’ll try and whip one up.

  • Jiri Fiala

    Great Taz, thanks! I would really like a video of Artemis.

  • Julius

    For over several decades the box camera was the gadget of choice for the typical amateur photographer. This is because it was cheap and simple, yet still capable of excellent results under most conditions. Box cameras were usually fitted with a single-element lens, a limited range opening control, and a single-speed shutter.

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