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iPhone 5C? Yawn. iPhone 5S with 120fps? AWESOME!

Apple made a few major announcements today. They reminded us that iOS 7 (with iRadio) is just around the corner, and touted their iWork and iLife apps which are now FREE on all new iOS devices. More on that in a moment. Apple’s BIG news came in the form of two new iPhone models: the iPhone 5S and the iPhone 5C — neither of which should be surprising to anyone who’s read the news lately. The iPhone 5C is a colorful, plastic revision that contains much of the same technology that powered the iPhone 5. The 16GB model runs $99,

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Gear

60fps shooting returns to iPhone in iOS 7

At today’s WWDC Keynote address, Craig Federighi (Apple’s Senior V.P. of Software Engineering) walked audiences through the highlights of iOS 7 running on his iPhone 5. Aside from a clean new look, and several nifty new features, there wasn’t much for filmmakers to get excited about… until a keynote slide popped up behind Craig that listed several new APIs available to developers — including 60 fps video capture! This is major news! The last time iPhone users could capture true 60fps video was with an app called SloPro (covered in my book), but that particular feature was lost when iOS 6

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Gear

O.P.N. for June 7th, 2013

Today’s Other People’s News is more of a catch-up session than anything else. I’ve been offline for a while (working and then revamping the site), so I’ve fallen behind on a few stories. You may already know about this stuff, but just in case… Mashable reported on the Pocket Tripod a new portable iPhone “tripod” on Kickstarter that folds down to the size of a credit card. While it’s more suited to watching content than shooting it, I imagine it coming in handy. CheezyCam featured a pair of YouTube reviews of the Rode SmartLav, a lavaliere microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone,

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Gear

Just a little over 2 days left to grab XiStera (tripod mount & lens kit)

For a $25 Kickstarter pledge, you can get your hands on your very own XiStera multitool (but you’ve only got a few days left).  This little doodad will give your iPhone 5 portrait and landscape tripod mounts, as well as an external lens kit (fish eye, wide angle, macro). If that weren’t enough, the tool also provides a bottle opener, portrait and landscape stands, a key chain attachment, an ear bud wrap, a capacitive stylus, and even an option for an external LED light. If Dr. Frankenstein had an iPhone, and didn’t feel like getting a GLIF, olloclip, MicroLite, and

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Gear

The GLIF tripod mount and COSMONAUT Stylus are on sale

Studio Neat is celebrating Fathers Day and future graduates by offering a 20% discount on the GLIF (their awesome, pocket-sized iPhone tripod mounts for iPhone 4, 4S, and 5) and the Cosmonaut (their equally awesome, sharpie-sized stylus).  The discount also applies to their excellent book, It will Be Exhilarating — a fascinating chronicle of their experiences launching products on Kickstarter. To get the discount, just head to their website, and enter discount code DADS & GRADS during checkout. Make sure not to click the first PayPal logo, since that bypasses the screen where you can enter the code. As an added bonus,

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Gear

The Hoodi Sunshade for iPad comes to Kickstarter

I’ve got three questions for you… 1. Do you remember this year’s MacWorld/iWorld? Sure you do! 2. Do you remember the Hoodi magnetic sunshade? I hope so, because it was one of the coolest things I found on the show floor (even though it wasn’t officially being exhibited). In a nutshell, the Hoodi blocks the sun from reflecting on your iPad’s screen — making it an ideal accessory for outdoor shoots. Naturally, it can block indoor lights as well. Ok, last question… 3. Would you like a Hoodi of your very own? If you answered yes to these questions (especially

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Gear

ArchMount gives your iPad a secure, portable tripod mount

Once again, Kickstarter.com is proving itself to be a mobile filmmaker’s best friend. This time around, SerialKickers is pitching the ArchMount, a sturdy, lightweight, portable tripod mount for your iPad. There are other iPad tripod mounts on the market (such as The Padcaster and the MovieMount), but the ArchMount takes a unique approach. Rather than providing a solid frame in which to insert your iPad, the ArchMount snaps in place around your device using elastic cords. Is that a good thing? Well, according to its developer, the ArchMount is: Minimalistic in design Small in form factor Sturdy and secure Inexpensive

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Apps

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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Gear

Setting up a field monitor when shooting on an iPhone

Update 5/1/2019 DID A GOOGLE SEARCH BRING YOU HERE? For those of you who found this page while searching for a way to turn your iPhone or iPad into wireless field monitors, I have some great news for you! Accsoon has released the CineEye, a small, battery-operated gizmo that connects to your camera, and wirelessly transmits your video to any compatible iPhone, iPad, or Android device! I recently came across a great question on Facebook’s iPhone Filmmaking Community page. Jonny Cates asked, “Does anyone know of a way to adapt a monitor to an iPhone?” In other words, Jonny is

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Gear

MacWorld / iWorld 2013: Daylight Viewfinder for iPhone & iPad

In keeping with today’s theme of accessories that help you see your screen better, I’d like to RE-introduce you to the Daylight Viewfinder for iPhone and iPad. This portable eyepiece sticks to the surface of your device like a suction cup, and helps you shoot videos without any annoying screen glare. To make this magic happen, the viewfinder is paired with a free Daylight Viewfinder app. I first covered this gizmo back when it was the focus of a Kickstart fundraising campaign. Although the campaign failed to reach its funding goal, the project moved forward regardless and has resulted in a shipping product

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