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SCOOP: Movie★Slate teams with Timecode Buddy for dead-accurate iPad & iPhone slates!

“Wonder Twin Powers Activate! Form of: a Crazy-Awesome, Super-Accurate Timecode Slate!” You heard it here first, folks (unless you heard it someplace else first). PureBlend Software, makers of Movie★Slate ($24.99), one of our favorite iOS apps, has joined forces with Timecode Systems Limited, makers of the Timecode Buddy System, to ensure that your iPad and iPhone slates will ALWAYS have accurate timecode. This is BIG news! In the past, the Movie★Slate app could get its source timecode in a few different ways.  The most rudimentary method would be via manually entry (this never resulted in truly accurate sync). Thankfully, a later version of Movie★Slate added a far more

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Gear

Should you upgrade to the New iPad? A filmmaker’s perspective.

I’ve been banging on Apple’s newest iDevice since Friday morning, and I’m ready to offer my answer to this burning question: Should mobile filmmakers run screaming to the nearest Apple store to grab the new iPad? Answer: Yes. There. I just saved you the trouble of scrolling to the bottom of this post. You’re welcome.  With that out of the way, let’s take a quick look at Cupertino’s latest offering. RETINA DISPLAY The most significant aspect of the upgrade is the iPad’s new Retina Display. It contains 4 times as many pixels as its predecessor, for a total resolution of

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Gear

Nomad Brush lets pre-vis artists ‘PAINT’ on their iPad

Here’s another cool-as-hell iPad accessory I found at iWorld. The Nomad Brush is an iPad stylus that looks AND FEELS like a traditional paintbrush. Perfect for tablet toting previsualization artists who come from a painting background. I imagine it would be a terrific partner for painting apps like SketchBook Pro.

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Gear

Mini iPhone mount Tiltpod makes its Kickstarter deal sweeter!

AppAdvice.com has just posted a story about a new mini iPhone tripod-ish mount called the Tiltpod. Here’s the short version: It’s a key-chain ready, mini mount that uses a magnetic quick-release. Looks like it’s best used on fairly flat surfaces. And, since the developer has temporarily lowered the funding price, it can be yours for 10 smackers. Check out the full story, or head directly to the Tiltpod Kickstarter page.

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Gear

iWorld 2012: Anthro iPad Charging Cart

Here’s another interesting product I found while trolling the iWorld isles for free t-shirts. This is the Anthro Charging Cart ($1499). Basically, it’s a rolling, locking, charging station for a boatload of iPads.  I originally typed ‘buttload’ in that last sentence, but later remembered that HHH is a classy site. This cart may be just the thing for an iPad-powered production office looking to store and charge an entire crew’s worth of tablets between shoot days. As iPads become more tightly integrated into our workflows (wireless video-taps, anyone?), the need to efficiently store and charge them increases. The cart is quite versatile, and

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Gear

iWorld 2012: Rokform V3 Mounting iPhone Case with Tripod Adaptor

I just got back from MacWorld | iWorld, and BOY, what a difference one year can make! In 2011, Macworld wasn’t much more than 20 isles of iPhone cases.  This year, I found boatloads of terrific apps and accessories for mobile filmmakers… along with 20 isles of iPhone cases. But not all of those cases were useless. In fact, some were downright awesome.  Here’s an example: The Rokform V3 iPhone Case features a small, clever mount that makes it extremely versatile, and suitable for sticking on the side of a road case or camera rig.

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Gear

DiffCase for iPhone adds tripod mount, sunshield, keyring, and kickstands.

AppAdvice.com has just posted a preview of the new DiffCase for iPhone.  It appears to be a new entrant into the iPhone tripod mount category. While there are plenty of other gizmo’s of this sort, the DiffCase has the added convince of a sunshield. That may not seem like much, but it’s something I’ve sorely needed when shooting on sunny locations. The case also features kickstands for tabletop viewing in both portrait and landscape orientations.  There’s also a key-ring hole in the case that’s useful for attaching the case to other things.  The DiffCase website suggests using a carabiner to

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Gear

Time.com reports on short film shot on iPhone 4

Back in January of this year, we told you about a short film shot on an iPhone 4 by filmmaker, Park Chan-Wook. ‘Night Fishing‘ was the first large-budget project that embraced the iPhone as its primary camera. The camera crew also used an Owle Bubo iPhone mount, and the EnCimena35 35mm Lens Adaptor. Ever wonder what happened to the short? Check out Time.com fantastic report on this groundbreaking film. Thanks to HHH reader, Reese Golchin for putting this on our radar.

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Gear

iClapperBoard turns your iPad into a Movie Slate… Again!

Looks like Pomfort isn’t the only company getting into the clapboard business! A few days ago, HHH reported on the MamboFrame, a new accessory from Pomfort that brings physical clapping sticks to your iPad’s virtual movie slate. For many, this will be the much-needed missing link between the analog and digital worlds of film logging. It’s a brilliant, simple idea who’s time has come. And apparently, it’s about to come again (dirty sounding, but accurate).

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Gear

Filmmakers, meet iPhone 4S. iPhone 4S, meet Filmmakers.

Last week, Apple unveiled the iPhone 4S.  Pre-orders for the device began a couple days later, and by all counts, it looks like the newest member of the iPhone family is already a hit. The iPhone 4S comes with a new app called Cards for making bla bla bla bla bla. Whoops! Sorry about that. It’s got an auto-switching antenna that can bla bla bla bla bla.  Damn! Did it again. It also features an amazing new personal assistant bla bla bla bla. Truth be told, all that stuff is swell, but that’s not why you’re reading this post.  I’m guessing that

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