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Use your Kindle as a teleprompter

Image this… you’re relaxing comfortably in a lounge chair, reading a favorite ebook on your Kindle.  When suddenly, a video shoot breaks out right in front of you!  Making matters worse, the on-camera talent can’t remember his/her lines!  What a horrible (though incredibly unlikely) turn of events! Thank goodness you’ve got your Kindle on hand! Big thanks to Twitter tweeter @michaelbuddy for putting this eBookNewser story on my radar!

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iPad 2: Good and bad news for mobile Filmmakers

A couple days ago, Steve Jobs announced the iPad 2. I know, because I was sitting on set, reading all about it on my embarrassingly antiquated iPad 1. First, the good news: The iPad 2 proves that not all sequels suck. In fact, it joins an elite club of follow-ups that surpass their predecessors (I’m looking at you, Troll 2). That said, there are some pretty unfortunate missteps. Here we go! WIN: TWO CAMERAS The new iPad includes a rear-facing HD video camera, and a forward-facing VGA camera, similar to the setup in the iPhone 4. Naturally, the HD camera

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Best Gizmos for iPhone Filmmaking

The guys at MacBreak Studio just released another of our recently taped episodes. This time it’s all about awesome iPhone accessories that can help you take your mobile filmmaking to the next level… or to the same level, but with more shiny things in your bag. Check out the video below, along with a list of all the gizmos we groped.

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MacWorld ’11: Two New iPad Mounts from Monitors in Motion

We’re wrapping up our MacWorld 2011 coverage with a pair of iPad mounts from Monitors in Motion. They’re slick, silver, solid and sexy, and they’d both fit nicely in any professional environment. To provide an additional layer of security, the iPad Docking Station requires a key to remove the enclosed iPad — a nice touch for iPads that will be openly displayed and accessible (i.e. attached to a mobile production cart). When I saw these mounts, I immediately pictured them in a post production suite, a recording studio, a voice-over booth and on my bedside nightstand.  That last one has

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MacWorld ’11: Glif mounts your iPhone 4 on a Tripod

If you’ve somehow managed to avoid hearing about the GLIF, an awesome little iPhone 4 tripod adaptor, then you need to be brought up to speed (and you clearly need to get our more often). Check out the video below to hear a quick explanation from one of the inventors! You can also click here to check our our previous coverage. We’ve been playing with our GLIF for a couple weeks now, and intend to post our review very soon.  In the meantime, check out this video:

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MacWorld ’11: Mount your iPad anywhere with Vogel’s RingO System

Similar to the modulR setup we showed you last week, here’s Vogel’s new iPad mounting system.  Using the system’s various add-ons, you can mount your iPad just about anywhere. The primary difference here is Vogel’s use of a single circular plug that attaches to the back of their custom iPad case (instead of modulR’s four node system). Vogel calls this their RingO Universal Mounting System. I liked the feel of Vogel’s case, but it added some unwanted thickness to my iPad. Something else worth noting is that Vogel’s system allows you rotate your iPad in place, after it’s been mounted.

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MacWorld ’11: SubCostume creates custom iThing cases

While visiting MacWorld, I must have seen at least 1000 different iPhone and iPad cases, and that was just in one booth! The booth in question belonged to SubCostume, a new service that lets users design their own custom case. They had an infinite variety of samples stuck on their walls.  The variety was almost absurd. Using SubCostume’s web app or free iOS apps (for iPhone and iPad), users can build customs cases using their own photos and graphics, either uploaded from a computer or pulled directly from their mobile photo library. To be honest, I wasn’t blown away by the photo quality on many

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MacWorld ’11: Hands-Free iPad access with Defender Backpack

Assero Industries’ Defender Backpack seems tailor-made for assistant directors, unit production managers and production coordinators who must always have their iPads accessible, but would rather keep both hands free. It’s a 4-in-1 pack that provides multiple ways to tote your digital companion — the most obvious being as a backpack. What sets this puppy apart is how it functions when worn on your chest. A front compartment folds down in front of you, like a portable table, proving stable access to your safely mounted iPad’s touch-screen surface. You no longer need to hold the iPad while using it — it just

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MacWorld ’11: iRig Mic & iKlip

Here are a couple new products from IK Multimedia that should appeal to iDevice owning voice actors, voiceover artists, and soundtrack singers. The first is the iRigMic, a handheld microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone or iPad. It’s even got a headphone jack built in to the connector.  I tired it out at their booth, but the show floor was way too noisy to judge the iRig Mic’s sound quality.  Hopefully they’ll be sending a review unit my way.   They were demonstratingtheir mic with their recording app, VocaLive (not yet released in the app store).  It looks nifty, but

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MacWorld ’11: ModulR intros wildly Versatile iPad Case. Awesome for A.D.s!

When I’m on set directing, I don’t want any unnecessary distractions… like losing my iPad.  Which is exactly what happened a couple of months ago.  It turned up during a company move, but for those few hours it was missing, I was totally stressed.  I joked about making a custom strap, so I could sling my iPad over my shoulder like a laptop bag, or around my neck like Flava Flav’s watch.  Looks like someone beat me to it! If you’re an Assistant Director or someone who’s always running around set with your iPad, check out the modulR iPad case.

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