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MacWorld ’11: DryCASE lets you shoot underwater with iPhone

There were tons of iPhone cases at MacWorld this year.  TONS!  That said, a few cases really stood out because they offered additional functionality.  Here’s a perfect example: The DryCASE lets you take your iPhone underwater!  So the next time a great white shark is torpedoing in your direction, you can shoot some awesome iPhone video!  That will come in handy when the coroner’s office is trying to identify your body.

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Park Chan-Wook shoots film with iPhone 4

Just in case you were still wondering if the iPhone can really be considered a filmmaking tool, here’s a very interesting story: Acclaimed South Korean director, Park Chan-Wook just debuted a 30 minute short film shot entirely with the iPhone 4.  Sure, there’s been a TON of videos on YouTube and Vimeo, all claiming to be the first short, the first feature, the first music video… but Park’s “Paranmanjang” is claiming to be first cinema-class film. That’s a pretty bold statement considering the iPhone’s limited resolution, and lack of professional controls.  But, considering the $130,000 budget, and the director’s track record

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Mac|Life reports on DYI Teleprompter for Flip Camera

Using an iPhone (running the awesome ProPrompter app), a metal bookend, a Dynex Bracket, and some Velcro, Clint Bradford was able to put together a nifty little teleprompter rig for his Filp HD video camera.  Check out this Mac|Life Story for the details, and a link to a PDF containing the step-by-step instructions.  Or, take a look at Clint’s website.

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ShowBiz Expo ’10 – The Cube kicks Mountains of Ass

Super Awesomeness, thy name is CUBE! This is without a doubt the niftiest thing I’ve seen in a while. The Cube by Teradek is a real-time, camera-mounted video streaming encoder. In other words, it takes video from your camera, encodes it into h.264 video, then streams it over a wireless network to your laptop. The video is then immediately available for viewing via your iPhone, iPod Touch, and iPad running the Air Video app.  That means instant wireless dailies! SICK!

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Hovercam inching closer to reality! Hovercar still years late.

A while back, we told you about Parrot’s AR Drone Quadracopter, an iPhone controlled flying thing-a-ma-bob. One of its coolest features was the ability to wirelessly transmit video from two onboard cameras directly to the controlling iPhone.  In other words, it’s a hovercam! We speculated that under the right circumstances this amazing gizmo could be used to fly in, over and through just about any set or location in order to get relatively inexpensive aerial footage.

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One Filmmaker’s version of a carphone.

Just because you can tape your iPhone to a remote-controlled toy car, and drive it off concrete ledges, doesn’t mean you should. While this footage isn’t particularly good looking, it is an excellent example of how a filmmaker can utilize the iPhone’s diminutive size for capturing interesting shots. It’s also an excellent example of how a filmmaker can completely destroy their iPhone.

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Is this the Filmmaker’s Android?

It’s not often we get to excitedly report on anything Android-ish, but that’s about to change. Early this morning, Engadget posted the specs of a forthcoming LG smart phone.  It’s part of LG’s Android Optimus line, and it looks mighty filmmaker friendly. In addition to a 4″ screen and a dual-core Tegra 2 chip, this puppy sports an eight megapixel camera capable of shooting 1080p HD video. Apple’s current offerings top out at 720p. While there’s no doubt that Apple will eventually release a 1080p capable iPhone, it probably won’t be for some time. Naturally, all this means nada unless

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Record near-HD resolution video on your iPhone 3Gs

If you’re an iPhone 3Gs owner who’s been experiencing iPhone-4-HD-Envy, gather ’round, and prepare to be blown away. A self-labeled “CG Generalist/Photographer” by the name of Mike Pan has devised a way to shoot near-HD quality video on his jailbroken iPhone 3Gs! No Joke! …at least, I HOPE it’s not a joke.  By making a few small changes in a plist (preference) file, Mike was able to nearly double his iPhone camera’s resolution from 640×480 to 1080×800!  Sick!  Check out the embedded sample video below.

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Introducing the GLIF iPhone Tripod Mount

Looking for an easy and elegant way to mount your iPhone 4 on a tripod? Of course you are!  Sure, there’s a few awesome iPhone camera grips out there, but most offer tripod connectivity as a secondary feature.  So, what’s a filmmaker to do?  Get a GLIF! GLIF is a new iPhone tripod mount (iPhone 4 only) that doubles as a handy-dandy table-top stand.  It’s small, sleek, and coming very soon.  But, as cool as this accessory may be, the story of its creation is even cooler!

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