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Apps & Accessories from my MojoFest Presentation

Thanks to everyone who came out for this year’s MojoFest in Galway, Ireland. It was an incredible event overflowing with talented, creative and friendly people from around the globe. I know I tend to speak quickly while on stage (there’s a lot to cover!), so I thought I’d share a short list of the apps and accessories I mentioned during my presentation. Several of these links are for iPhone/iPad versions of apps, however many of the apps are also available in the Google Play store for Android. It’s worth a search if that’s your platform of choice! Director’s Viewfinders

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Apps

Filmmaking apps for Androids

SmartFilming.blog has put together a terrific list of apps for Android-owning filmmakers. However, it’s only available in German… for now. Keep your eyes on that site for the soon-to-be-released English version of the list.

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Gear

New Adjustable GLIF Tripod Mount fits nearly any Smartphone and Case

Studio Neat’s Glif, one of the very first and most popular tripod mounts for the iPhone, just received a major update.  The new model is adjustable, and will therefore work with nearly any size smartphone, with our without a case.  Rather than mount along the iPhone’s edge, like previous Glif models, the new Glif clamps down on the top and bottom.  Using the included wrench, the Glif can be made shorter or taller, allowing for a wider range of sizes. According to Studio Neat’s website, the new version will fit any device between 58.4–86.4mm wide and 3.1–12.7mm thick. The new Glif ($30)

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Apps

Turn your Android into a director’s viewfinder with Cadrage

Tony Myers of smartmoviemaking.com has posted a succinct write-up of Cadrage, a new Android-only app that turns your smartphone into a director’s viewfinder (a tool used by directors and cinematographers to line up shots without having to lug heavy camera equipment all over the place). Cadrage isn’t the first Android app to offer this functionality, but at $10.99, it’s nearly one third the cost of Artemis Director’s Viewfinder (an HHH favorite available for Android and iOS). If you’re an Android owner, make sure to check out Tony’s post!  If you’d like to be notified when Cadrage hits the iOS platform, you can sign

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HHH’s New iOS Filmmaking Book is available NOW!

I’ve been waiting all year to type these words… Hand Held Hollywood’s Filmmaking with the iPad & iPhone is now available in bookstores everywhere (almost in time for the holidays)! This is the ultimate survival guide for the mobile filmmaking revolution. It exposes how Apple’s remarkable mobile devices can aid in nearly every aspect of film and video production. Covering everything from structuring story with virtual index cards, to shooting footage with specialized camera apps and accessories, to putting it all together with powerful editing tools, this book will bring novice filmmakers up to speed, and inspire working professionals to

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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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Apps

DV Rebel’s Guide comes to the iPad and Kindle

Like most directors, my shelves are lined with books about film theory, story structure, shot construction, and production techniques.  Among my favorites are Lew Hunter’s Screenwriting 434, Hitchcock’s Notebooks, Rebel Without a Crew by Robert Rodriguez, and Christopher Vogler’s The Writer’s Journey. Yup, I’ve bought a LOT of books for myself over the years.  But, there’s only one book I’ve bought for other filmmakers. In fact, I think I’ve purchased copies for about 15 friends so far.  I’ve done this because this book should be read by every filmmaker on earth. I’m talking about The DV Rebel’s Guide by Stu

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Apps

Artemis Director’s Viewfinder has come to the Android!

When I first got my iPhone, I didn’t think of it as a filmmaking tool.  But then I came across an amazing app, and suddenly my perspective changed completely.  I suspect that same revelation is about to hit the thousands of Android owning filmmakers around the world.  Why?  Because Artemis Director’s Viewfinder has come to the Android. Artemis ($29.99) is an awesome digital replacement for the traditional director’s viewfinder. I’ve been using it on set for well over a year.  Users simply select their camera type, shooting format, and lenses. Then, Artemis uses the Android’s built-in camera to simulate the

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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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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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