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New ultra-portable slider could be perfect for mobile filmmakers

A new low-cost, super portable motorized Slider has appeared on IndieGoGo this week, and it’s looking pretty sweet! Seems ideal for mobile filmmakers and journalists! I just picked one up, so I figured I’d share. Check it out here: https://igg.me/at/SliderMini/x/23029 According to the IndieGoGo page, the slider offers: Super thin & ultra-lightweight Quality material & real unibody design Excellent load capacity up to 33 LBS Preset timelapse modes & customizable library 3 shooting modes: video, timelapse, stop motion Smooth & steady sliding, silent mode available Controlled either by smart APP or by hardware button I already grabbed one. Sure hope

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Announcements

Apps & Accessories from my MojoFest Presentation

Thanks to everyone who came out for this year’s MojoFest in Galway, Ireland. It was an incredible event overflowing with talented, creative and friendly people from around the globe. I know I tend to speak quickly while on stage (there’s a lot to cover!), so I thought I’d share a short list of the apps and accessories I mentioned during my presentation. Several of these links are for iPhone/iPad versions of apps, however many of the apps are also available in the Google Play store for Android. It’s worth a search if that’s your platform of choice! Director’s Viewfinders

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Apps

Video: The HHH Mobile Filmmaking presentation at LACPUG

Just in case you missed my Mobile Filmmaking presentation at the Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group back in July, here’s a (low angle) video of the whole enchilada! It’s PACKED with apps and accessories you need to know! Check it out! And as always, if you dig it, share it!

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Announcements

It’s Mobile Movie Making Night at LACPUG in Hollywood!

LACPUG (Los Angeles Creative Pro User Group) is hosting a Mobile Movie Making Night at the Barnsdall Gallery Theater on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:45pm! It’s shaping up to be a killer event! Karl Lee Soule will be showing off Adobe’s impressive mobile apps for video production. Dave Basulto, the creator of the massively popular iOgrapher, will be presenting some terrific iPhone and iPad accessories, and I’ll be exploring the latest, greatest, and most empowering new apps for film and video production. I may also throw in a few of the more exotic accessories currently available. If you’re new to mobile

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Gear

The New GLIF tripod mount looks awesome!

UPDATE – MAY 30, 2017: Having successfully wrapped up its Kickstarter campaign, the GLIF is now available for purchase directly from the Studio Neat website! The GLIF will run you $28, while the full set with hand grip and wrist strap will set you back $55. The GLIF, one of the first iPhone camera accessories is still one of the best. And it’s about to get even better! Just in case you’ve been avoiding every article ever written about mobile filmmaking, the GLIF is a pocket-sized tripod mount for your iPhone.

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Apps

The Apple Watch Can Now Control GoPro Cameras

After months of user anticipation, GoPro has finally a major update to their iOS app.  This new version brings many slick tweaks, but the most exciting new feature is the ability to control your camera (and preview its shots) directly from your Apple Watch! NoFilmSchool.com has published an overview of the new update: While this certainly isn’t the cheapest way to operate a GoPro, if you’ve already got an Apple watch, it’s definitely one of the more convenient ways instead of pulling out your phone — though you’ll still need that for uploading footage if you choose to do that right away. Check our their full

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Apps

How I use my iPhone to charge all my other batteries. Wait. What?

Want to hear a funny story? Not too long ago, I drove 4 hours to a last-minute, geographically isolated, commercial shoot with an SUV full of professional camera and audio equipment, only to discover that most of my gear’s rechargeable batteries were nearly dead! Oh wait, I meant “a horrible story,” not “a funny story.” Thanks to a very resourceful gaffer, I survived the day (and the shoot), but vowed never to be surprised by another dead battery. I set out to find a solution that would allow ALL of my batteries to be fully charged on short notice, but

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Gear

Bandshell Case turns your iPhone up to 11! REVIEW & GIVEAWAY

This giveaway has ended. Thanks to everyone who entered! Thanks to its stunning Retina display, Apple’s iPhone makes a perfect portable screening room. I use mine to view dailies while on location, to reference rough cuts while working with sound effects designers, and so on. I’ll even use it to show-off relevant videos while giving impromptu elevator pitches. Unfortunately, as awesome as the iPhone’s screen may be, its audio playback sorta blows…specifically, its low volume. However, one company has created a clever iPhone case that can help turn things up to 11. Allow me to preface this completely unbiased iPhone case review

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Gear

iWorld 2014 – iPad and Macro lenses from olloclip

No stranger to iPhone videography, olloclip has been producing clip-on lens accessories for years! Their signature product is the 4-in-1 clip-on lens system for iPhone 5/5S and 4/4S. To use it, you simply slide the clip over the edge of your iPhone, positioning one of the olloclip’s four lenses (Fisheye, Wide-Angle, 10x Macro, 15x Macro) over the iPhone’s built-in lens. Easy peazy and fasty wasty! This year, the company was giving sneak peeks of their soon-to-be-released clip-on lens system for the iPad! Same variety of lenses, new iPaddy goodness! Olloclip was also showing off their clip-on macro lenses. Most macro

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Gear

iWorld 2014 – Hoodini iPad Shade

Whenever I’m directing or producing in the field, my iPad is always by my side. In addition organizing my shot lists, storyboards, blocking diagrams and budgets, my iPad also serves as a handy wireless video monitor! I’ll use it to review dailies (footage taken at a previous time), view rough cuts sent over from my editor, and even use it as a live field monitor when shooting with the Teradek Cube, an amazing transmitter that can beams a video camera’s signal straight to your iDevice. In short, the iPad is an ideal way to view video while on location. That

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