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Back to Basics: How to turn on Airplane Mode

Recently, I gleefully posted about Apple finally making Airplane Mode (along with other settings) quickly available via iOS 7’s new Control Center feature. Turning on Airplane Mode prior to shooting video will prevent your otherwise awesome footage from being wrecked by the audio glitches that often accompany radio interference. After posting that story, I received several emails, asking how to turn on (and off) Airplane Mode in the current version if iOS. Not to worry, fellow filmmakers. It’s no big deal, and you should do it every time you shoot. Here’s how: On the iPhone 1. Lauch the Settings app

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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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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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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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GIVEAWAY: Close-Up Film Language Glossary hits 2.0

Close-Up Film Language Glossary ($2.99) (one of our favorite reference apps) just got a nifty 2.0 update, and we’re giving away 10 copies (more on that in a moment)! Along with several new glossary entries, iPhone 5 support, and some bug fixes, the app now offers an optional set of 17 intriguing film analysis tools (available via a $0.99 in-app purchase). These tools require a little additional explanation. Sometimes the best way to learn filmmaking technique is to study the work of others. For example, after watching a particularly effective scene, I’ll re-watch the scene multiple times (usually with the sound off

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Turn your Android into a director’s viewfinder with Cadrage

Tony Myers of smartmoviemaking.com has posted a succinct write-up of Cadrage, a new Android-only app that turns your smartphone into a director’s viewfinder (a tool used by directors and cinematographers to line up shots without having to lug heavy camera equipment all over the place). Cadrage isn’t the first Android app to offer this functionality, but at $10.99, it’s nearly one third the cost of Artemis Director’s Viewfinder (an HHH favorite available for Android and iOS). If you’re an Android owner, make sure to check out Tony’s post!  If you’d like to be notified when Cadrage hits the iOS platform, you can sign

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Oscar nominated doc partially shot on iPhone!

Update: Searching for Sugar Man has WON the Oscar! Are you one of those people who still doubt an iPhone can be used to shoot a “real” production? Well then, perhaps this will change your mind… When filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money to continue shooting and processing film for his new documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, he turned to his iPhone and a $1.99 vintage video camera app called 8mm. Sure, that’s awesome, but you know what’s even more awesome? Searching for Sugar Man is now nominated for an Academy award!Rather than yammering on about it, I’ll simply point

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Announcements

Touch Edit and Cine Meter at San Francisco SuperMeet TONIGHT!

If you’re in the San Francisco area (for Macworld, perhaps) and you want to check out two of the coolest new iOS filmmaking apps, make sure to swing by tonight’s 12th Annual SuperMeet. In addition to all kinds of brilliant guest speakers, awesome vendors, and a mind-blowing raffle, you’ll get to watch professional editor Dan Lebental, A.C.E. demonstrate his brand new video editing tool Touch Edit, an app that uses gestures and touch commands to capture the spirit of classical filmmaking while offering cutting-edge digital editing capabilities. But wait, there’s more! You’ll ALSO get to watch video pro and tech author

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Artemis Director’s Viewfinder gets a MAJOR update

Chemical Wedding has released a major update to their already indispensable Artemis Director’s Viewfinder ($29.99). Version 6 includes a welcome interface re-design, support for AirPlay (Apple’s wireless video protocol) and the ability to store meta-data filled snapshots in a built-in gallery. If you’re not already familiar with Artemis, it’s an app that turns your iPhone’s (or iPad’s) built-in camera into a full-blown, feature rich director’s viewfinder — a gizmo that directors and cinematographers use to line up shots without having to lug a camera all over set. Even though the app has received a lovely face-lift, existing users will feel right

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Vimeo’s iPhone app loses its editing tools. Hooray!

Vimeo, YouTube’s significantly better dressed cousin, has just updated its iOS app. Aside from adding background video uploading, easier sharing on social networks, and some welcome interface refinements, the big news here is that Vimeo ditched one of the app’s marquee features: video editing. HOORAY! Why is this a good thing? Because it’s a clear indication that iOS based video editing has evolved to the point where mediocre tools are no longer relevant.

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