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Apps

Movie★Slate 3 and the MamboFrame finally arrive!

Movie★Slate was one of the very first apps we covered on HHH.  Later, we interviewed the developer after the 2.0 release. It’s been a long time favorite of the filmmaking community, and was even featured in a recent iPad commercial, and at the Final Cut Pro X premiere in Las Vegas earlier this year. With the release of Movie★Slate 3, one of our favorite apps has received some nifty new features, and a host of refinements. While the cost of this universal app has increased slightly to $24.99, the upgrade is free for existing users.

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DataVideo’s iPhone & iPad Teleprompters

It was a slow year for iDevices at this year’s DV Expo in Pasadena (thought not as slow as last year). Overall, the DV Expo a great show, but it’s been a little light on iOS products.  Only one company snagged my attention.

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Is Amazon’s New KINDLE FIRE good for filmmakers?

Sure, we loves us some Appley goodness, but they’re not the only game in town. If you haven’t already heard, Amazon just refreshed their entire Kindle lineup, adding a very interesting looking android-based color tablet called the Kindle Fire.  It sports a 7″ display, a dual-core processor, and an 8-hour battery life. The best feature, however, is the price.  It lists for $199, a full $300 bucks lower than the Apple iPad.  On the downside, it has no cameras, and lacks 3G support (it’s wifi only).

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Makayama Movie Mount for iPad 2

Any filmmaker who owns an iPad 2 has, like myself, probably wanted to use that built in 720p camera more than they have. But the biggest problem with the thing is that it’s incredibly awkward to use. Unlike shooting video with the iPhone 4, the iPad 2 requires use of both hands, doesn’t respond well in low light, and has sub-par audio recording at best. Well, things are about to change.

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Apps

PROfile: Eric Haase turns two iPads into the ultimate interview accessory.

I’ve seen iPads used for storyboarding, iPads used as slates, but I’ve never seen this before… and it’s awesome! Eric Haase, an extremely talented Cinematographer, needed to capture some intimate interviews for a recent fund-raising project called Imagine 300. Since the project had no budget, he had to think outside of the box. I spoke with Eric to learn how he managed to turn a pair of iPads into a makeshift Interrotron! What’s an Interrotron, you ask? Read on, and prepare to want a second iPad. This is the fund-raising video we’ll be talking about: HHH: Start off by telling

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A great big bag of news!

A lot of cool stuff happened over the past few weeks. I was working long hours, and didn’t have the chance to post about it… until now!  So, here’s some stuff I missed, that you may have missed too. Stu Maschwitz (of ProLost) posted a great article describing how he uses an iPad app called Penultimate, along with custom designed ‘paper’ templates, to sketch out storyboards. Not only does he describe his process, but he also gives away all the templates you’ll need to get started! I’ve been using this app since it was first released over a year ago, and

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Gear

HandStand Case Perfect for iPads used on Set

Not all iPad cases are created equal. In fact, most are created craptacular. Fortunately, once in a while, a case comes along that really shines. And today, that shining case is the HandStand. Available for iPad 1 and 2 ($49.95), the HandStand allows users to strap their iPad to their hand — perfect for someone who is constantly on the go, but is always accessing their iPad. Unlike other hand-strap style cases, the HandStand feels rugged and built-to-last. Bringing any gear to a film set is a risky proposition. Things get knocked around all the time. That’s reason enough to

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FOLLOW-UP: SubCostume Custom Cases for iPad & iPhone

A few months back, I did a report from Macworld about custom iPhone and iPad cases from SubCostume. I thought it would be great for production companies to put their logos on their gear — a little self-promotion while you’re running around on set. While at Macworld, members of the press were given promo codes so they could order sample cases for free. So, I got two cases, one for my iPhone 4 and the other for my iPad.  It took a long time for them to arrive, but I’ve now got ’em both. So, should you get some for

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Pomfort tells the iPad Slate to Get Real!

Even though this isn’t officially a real product yet, it’s still officially really awesome! The guys at Pomfort (makers of SilverStack for desktop computers) have created this currently unnamed prototype of a REAL slate that holds an iPad running a slate app! I’m a big fan of using my iPad as a film slate, but there are some drawbacks. The complaint I hear most often is about the sound.  The volume of the clap can be too soft for some shooting environments. Additionally, some people simply don’t trust that the iPad will play the clap sound, and show the clap

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Cube Update: Your iPad is FINALLY a remote video monitor!

Hallelujah! The gang at Teradek has released an update to their amazing Cube that allows users to wirelessly stream live video directly to their iPad’s screen with only a 1/4 second delay! But wait… There’s more! Not only can it stream to your iPad, it can stream up to THREE iPads simultaneously (or two iPads, and a proxy server)! I would now like to add a few additional exclamation points to further demonstrate my excessive excitement!!!! (!!!!)

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