Movie★Slate 3 and the MamboFrame finally arrive!

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Movie★Slate was one of the very first apps we covered on HHH.  Later, we interviewed the developer after the 2.0 release. It’s been a long time favorite of the filmmaking community, and was even featured in a recent iPad commercial, and at the Final Cut Pro X premiere in Las Vegas earlier this year.

With the release of Movie★Slate 3, one of our favorite apps has received some nifty new features, and a host of refinements. While the cost of this universal app has increased slightly to $24.99, the upgrade is free for existing users.

Optional Sound Dept plugin

Among the many new bells & whistles, the Movie★Slate 3 update lets users increment numbers by swiping, zoom the timecode display to full screen, and add their own production logo to the slate. The update also includes userbits display, double-letter entry, and a CDL field (for color correction workflows)…and that’s just scratching the surface. There’s a long list of improvements in the App Store.  Keep in mind that all of these additions are on top of the app’s core logging functionality. Also, if you need to generate sound logs, the app now offers a new Sound Dept plugin as a $49.99 in-app purchase. This joins the existing Timecode Sync plugin (also $49.99).

Of all the new whiz-bang wows in the 3.0 update, my clear favorite is the compatibility with Pomfort’s new MamboFrame!We first reported on the MamboFrame, during the NAB Expo in Vegas (the frame was unnamed at the time).  Back then, Pomfort wasn’t even sure if their design was going to become a real product.  And, it appeared that the frame would only work with their own slate app (and not Movie★Slate).

Well, that was then and this is now. Pomfort is now accpting MamboFrame pre-orders at $379 a pop, and they are actually recommending their frame be used with Movie★Slate.

Movie★Slate 3 will work with MamboFrameThe MamboFrame addresses the two biggest concerns about using an iPad as a clapper.  For one thing, sound recordists have complained that the clap sound generated by Movie★Slate (or any slate app) is way too low. There have also been concerns about the accuracy of the clap sound. Editors have wondered if the sound always falls on the correct frame without fail. By using the MamboFrame’s real (loud) sticks, sound recordists will no longer struggle to hear a full-volume smack, and assistant editors will be able to sync up the clap with an always accurate visual reference of the physical sticks slamming shut.

When you clap the MamboFrame, Movie★Slate 3 senses the closure (via sound and vibration), and begins to log the shot at the current timecode — just as if you tapped the virtual sticks on screen.

In short, this combo gives you the best of digital and analog worlds. Together they have potential to be a fully slavable, timecode logging, always accurate, music playing, wirelessly syncing, bad-ass clapboard.  I’m looking forward to testing it out.  More to come!

Check out the video below of the two in action:

MovieSlate® 8

by PureBlend Software

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    Photo & Video

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MovieSlate® 8

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“MovieSlate® is the the Rolls-Royce of slates” says A convenient, all-in-one digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and notepad is used for film, TV, documentaries, music videos, and interviews, this professional production tool is the easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot— saving you valuable time later when capturing/editing footage, and creating reports. All at a mere fraction of a bulky digital clapperboard’s cost.

Tap a field to edit production info. Choose info from default/custom snippets, contacts, or saved history. Enter new info with the keyboard. Use the optimized keypad to quickly enter numeric info like: roll, scene, take, timecode. Or swipe up/down on fields to increment/decrement numbers.

Entering timecode is easy with our optimized keypad. Sync to clock time, or an iTunes song (Music Video mode). With optional PRO Features in-app purchase: LTC/WiFi sync with: compatible cameras, recorders, generators, Timecode Systems Hubs, wireless timecode slates; and other MovieSlate apps.

To begin a shot: photograph the slate’s production info, then tap the clapper sticks. Sticks open & clap closed, creating an audible/visible marker. All slate data is logged to history. Optional credits animations briefly display each production field, full screen.

For each shot, you can: circle a take; rate sound/picture quality; write multiple shot notes; record voice notes; take picture notes. Example: when shooting interviews, create notes to timecode-mark when a particular question was asked, or something remarkable was said. Enter notes using the microphone, camera, keyboard— or insert snippet phrases (such as “Interview”, “Question”, or “Tail Sticks”).

Get fast, searchable access to shot info, without wading through hours of footage. For each shot: all production, GPS location, and timecode data is stored to the app’s Shot Log History, where you can view, edit, or rate shots. History/Notes can be exported/emailed as: HTML, XML, CSV formats. Supports multiple projects.

Choose behaviors, layouts, sounds, themes (clapper/hinge designs, backgrounds, fonts, colors)— even your production logo on the slate and in reports.

With MovieSlate: lost clapper boards are a thing of the past. Your shot history is always ready to view, review, edit, or send.

• Landscape/Portrait; lockable
• Standard FPS rates
• Customize behavior, appearance, sounds
• Detects external claps (using compatible cases)
• Color/Gray/Focus charts
• Credits animations

PRO FEATURES in-app purchase: $9.99/month (auto-renewable) or $299.99 one-time
• Timecode Sync - with compatible gear via WiFi/headphone jack.
• Denecke TS-TCB - sync claps/timecode/data.
• Sound Dept - data/notes logging/reports for up to 32 tracks.
• Sound Recorder Sync - with Sound Devices 6-Series.
• Reality MultiCam - data/notes logging/reports for up to 26 cameras.
• Camera Sync - with ARRI + RED cameras.
• KeyClips - keyword-based logging for FCPX.
• MovieSlate Cloud Pro - advanced backup/restore/sharing.
• App-to-App - sync and remote control.

SCRIPT DEPT SUBSCRIPTION in-app purchase: $24.99/month (auto-renewable)
• Includes Script Dept features and all Pro Features

Listed prices are $USD. At purchase confirmation: payment is charged to your iTunes Account; any unused portion of free trial period is forfeited. Auto-renewable subscriptions are billed monthly through the App Store. Subscriptions automatically renew unless auto-renew feature is turned off at least 24-hours before end of current subscription/trial period. Your iTunes Account is charged for renewal within 24-hours prior to end of current period. To manage subscription auto-renewal see



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  • RaGa

    One word – Plural Eyes 🙂 – no slate, no fancy frames – just shoot & sync.

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