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Homemade iPhone 4 Steadicam

Our friends over at Palm Sounds (an awesome site for gadget loving musicians) just turned us on to a killer video by Spencer S. Watson, demonstrating how to construct an iPhone 4 Steadicam.  I imagine it works quite nicely for the 3Gs as well. The demo footage looks pretty swell.  It’s certainly not a replacement for a multi-function grip like the Owle, and it might not be as smooth as the Steadicam Smoothie.  Rather, it looks like a terrific (and inexpensive) addition to your camera kit.  Totally worth the $30 Spencer spent to build it.

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Gear

Can you squeeze Apple’s new iPhone into your Owle Bubo?

That sounded dirty. We’ve discussed the Owle Bubo many times on HHH, and we still think it’s the hippest accessory around. It smooths out your iPhone 3GS footage, adds a wide angle lens, comes with a directional microphone, offers plenty of expansion possibilities, and looks cool as hell. The iPhone 3GS slipped right into the Bubo’s custom carved slot, like a hand in a glove. But now, Apple has announced the iPhone 4. It features sharper angles, and a thinner body. Will its modified form-factor still fit properly in our existing Owle Bubos?

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Gear

Next Gen iPhone Shoots & Edits HD Video

Mobile media moguls just got an early Christmas present.  Apple has announced the new iPhone 4 with a sweet looking, built-in HD Video camera.  It will capture 30p video 1280 x 720 (not 1920 x 1080).  Disappointed it can’t record 1080?  I’m not… at least not yet.  I’ve got several consumer video cameras, all claiming to shoot 1080p… which the do… and they also suck great big bags of ass (I’m looking at you, Kodak Zi8).  So, what good is 1080 if the quality is terrible? I’m hopeful that Apple stuck to 720 because they know they can do it

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Gear

Students review the Steadicam Smoothee

In January of this year, HHH posted a story about Tiffen’s Steadicam Smoothee — a nifty looking camera stabilizer for your iPhone 3GS. We were only able to play with it for a few minutes, so we couldn’t conduct any proper tests. But thankfully, one of our readers has just contributed a full review. Bart Weiss teaches Video for iPhone at the University of Texas at Arlington.  We met during NAB a few weeks ago.  He and his students were recently given a Smoothee demo unit.  After putting it through its paces, they submitted this report.  Our thanks to Bart and his

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NAB ’10 – Blackmagic Videohub

I had seen it all — Stood in every line, tasted every bit of crap food, and tried not to stare at every scantly-clad booth babe.  Yes, I was done with NAB, and heading out the door… when suddenly I noticed this:  Blackmagic Designs was using an iPad to control their line of VideoHub routers! They hadn’t announced it, promoted it, or discussed it at all.  But, there it was, attached to the wall. Watch the video to take a closer look.

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NAB ’10 – WristShot

If you’ve got an OWLE or a DSLR, you might want to check out the new WristShot from Hoodman.  It mounts your camera right on your arm, which helps keep your footage steady, and allows you to relax between shots without dropping your gear. And as an added benefit, it makes you look like Robocop. Isn’t that nice?

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NAB ’10 – iPixPanel

Broadcast Pix has developed an iPad app called iPixPanel that can replace thousands of dollars worth of equipment. It’s another terrific example of the iPad being used to virtualize existing hardware, a trend I’m sure will continue in the future!

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NAB ’10 – ProPrompter HDi

Another tradeshow, another pair of wicked-cool announcements from Bodelin, the company behind ProPrompter, the current champ of teleprompting apps. First off, the ProPrompter app now supports two types of syncing, making remote control and multi-camera shoots a breeze.  Secondly, Bodelin was showing off their new ProPrompter HDi which turns your shiny new iPad into the ultimate through-the-lens teleprompter.

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NAB ’10 – Micro Remote

Redrock Micro has put out some innovative, well designed, and relatively inexpensive gear over the years. I’ve directed many shoots utilizing their M2 35mm lens adaptor, and I’ve always been impressed with their products. But after seeing their latest creation at NAB, I’m officially blown away. The Micro Remote is an iPhone controlled follow-focus that sports one of the sexiest interfaces I’ve seen. I could go on… but I’ll let Brian go on instead.

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Apps

How to edit video on the iPad. Step 1: get Video on the iPad

There’s no doubt that we’ll be editing video on the iPad in the very near future. Nexvio’s ReelDirector has already brought video editing to the iPhone, so it’s just a matter of time before the iPad gets the royal treatment. But, unlike the iPhone, the iPad has no built-in camera.  So, we’re going to need some other way of importing our footage. Introducing some other way.

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