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CES: MiLi Pico Projector for iPhone

The Mili Pico iPhone Projector (and iPhone charger) by Hali-Power scores big points for slick & sexy industrial design. There’s no doubt this gizmo is a head-turner, but unfortunately, it was difficult to see if the unit actually worked well while being demonstrated inside the Hali-Power booth. The Mili packs some nice controls, several inputs and an on-board speaker (something the previously mentioned Microvision SX lacks).  

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CES: The Suction Clip Can help you grab cool shots

I went to CES in search of the coolest gizmos for iPhone obsessed filmmakers…and I found plenty. But I also found something totally unexpected. A suction cup. Yes… a suction cup. Why are you looking at me like that? Stop yelling at me! No, it doesn’t need batteries. No, it doesn’t require an instruction manual. But, YES, it can help you get some mighty cool shots from your iPhone 3GS. Trust me, this thing might be one of the coolest additions to your iPhone camera rig.

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CES: SHOW WX Laser Projector for iPhone

At times, it felt like little video gnomes had snuck into CES, and stashed tiny iPhone compatible projectors all over the place! …and most of them sucked — out of focus, colors from hell and the luminance of a black hole. But then I found the Microvision Show WX, and my faith in video gnomes was restored. The Show WX boasts some decent specs:  WVGA (848×480) resolution, 120 minute battery life, and sharp images from 6 inches (or less) to 16 feet (or more).  And since it’s laser based, there’s no need for a focus knob. It’s always in focus.

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CES: Quikswipe lets filmmakers accept credit cards

For decades, filmmakers have been using their own credit cards to finance their projects. Isn’t it time you started using other people’s credit cards? Well, now you can! MacAlly has announced the Quikswipe, a credit card reader for the iPhone and iPod Touch. What’s that you say?  How is this a filmmaking tool? Watch the video, and find out!

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CES: Blue Updates the Mikey

Long time readers of HHH know that I’m a huge fan of Mikey, the external mic manufactured by Blue Microphones. It was even featured in one of our very first articles about performing ADR in the field. Well, Blue is back! And they brought a whole new Mikey with ’em. Here’s the short version: it looks goooood. They’ve added some great features, but I’ll let Blue’s William Merchan tell you about ’em.  Check out the video for all the details.

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CES: Tiffen’s Steadicam Smoothee

Pew! Pew! Not only does the new Steadicam Smoothee look like an imposing sci-fi weapon, but it also keeps your iPhone 3Gs nice ‘n’ steady while shooting video. I only had a moment to play with the Smoothee, but it was a good moment. The hardware felt VERY smooth. And from the looks of it, I’m guessing it’s aimed at higher-end customers.  No price info yet.  Stay tuned. Check out the video to hear more about the Smoothee, and see it in action! …you may even catch of glimpse of Elvis.

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CES: Quirky’s Beamer Shines a light on iPhone Videos

Think you can’t shoot iPhone video once the sun goes down? Think again! The Quirky Beamer is an iPhone case with a built-in LED light. So, when you need a little extra light, just hit the button! Poof! Instant light. Honestly, I had NO idea that Quirky was going to be exhibiting at CES this year. So, it was quite a treat finding them in isle 10,400,185. They say the Beamer is about 3 weeks away from shipping.  Hooray!  

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CES: iRecord Pro records video straight into your iPhone!

Now here’s a handy-dandy little contraption. The iRecord Pro let’s you take any incoming video signal, and record it straight to your iPhone and iPod touch. That means you don’t have to waste time encoding, copying and syncing through iTunes.  Just hit record and go.  Pretty neat!

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CES: Did Parrot Invent an iPhone controlled hovercam?!

3D Televisions? Pffft. Tablet Computers? Whatever. eReaders? So 2009. This year, the hottest item on the show floor was a toy. A kick ass, iPhone controlled, flying quadrocopter! This is the Parrot AR Drone, and it is awesome. But what does it offer the HHH filmmaker? How about two on-board cameras for starters. They haven’t released any availability or pricing info yet. Check out the video for details about those 2 cameras!

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Attaching a 35mm lens to an iPhone

In case you missed it, Gizmodo ran a story yesterday about an ILM Research Engineer who used DVD player parts, PVC piping, and duct tape to mount an 18-55mm zoom lens on his iPhone. You can read all about the Phone-O-Scope on the creator’s blog. While this isn’t the first experiment of its kind (OWLE did something similar), it is additional evidence that we are inching closer to a palm-sized camera capable of shooting big-screen worthy vids — shallow depth of field, and all. Good times!

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