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O.P.N. for June 7th, 2013

Today’s Other People’s News is more of a catch-up session than anything else. I’ve been offline for a while (working and then revamping the site), so I’ve fallen behind on a few stories. You may already know about this stuff, but just in case… Mashable reported on the Pocket Tripod a new portable iPhone “tripod” on Kickstarter that folds down to the size of a credit card. While it’s more suited to watching content than shooting it, I imagine it coming in handy. CheezyCam featured a pair of YouTube reviews of the Rode SmartLav, a lavaliere microphone that plugs directly into your iPhone,

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Gear

Just a little over 2 days left to grab XiStera (tripod mount & lens kit)

For a $25 Kickstarter pledge, you can get your hands on your very own XiStera multitool (but you’ve only got a few days left).  This little doodad will give your iPhone 5 portrait and landscape tripod mounts, as well as an external lens kit (fish eye, wide angle, macro). If that weren’t enough, the tool also provides a bottle opener, portrait and landscape stands, a key chain attachment, an ear bud wrap, a capacitive stylus, and even an option for an external LED light. If Dr. Frankenstein had an iPhone, and didn’t feel like getting a GLIF, olloclip, MicroLite, and

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Gear

ArchMount gives your iPad a secure, portable tripod mount

Once again, Kickstarter.com is proving itself to be a mobile filmmaker’s best friend. This time around, SerialKickers is pitching the ArchMount, a sturdy, lightweight, portable tripod mount for your iPad. There are other iPad tripod mounts on the market (such as The Padcaster and the MovieMount), but the ArchMount takes a unique approach. Rather than providing a solid frame in which to insert your iPad, the ArchMount snaps in place around your device using elastic cords. Is that a good thing? Well, according to its developer, the ArchMount is: Minimalistic in design Small in form factor Sturdy and secure Inexpensive

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Apps

Oscar nominated doc partially shot on iPhone!

Update: Searching for Sugar Man has WON the Oscar! Are you one of those people who still doubt an iPhone can be used to shoot a “real” production? Well then, perhaps this will change your mind… When filmmaker Malik Bendjelloul ran out of money to continue shooting and processing film for his new documentary, Searching for Sugar Man, he turned to his iPhone and a $1.99 vintage video camera app called 8mm. Sure, that’s awesome, but you know what’s even more awesome? Searching for Sugar Man is now nominated for an Academy award!Rather than yammering on about it, I’ll simply point

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Gear

Setting up a field monitor when shooting on an iPhone

Update 5/1/2019 DID A GOOGLE SEARCH BRING YOU HERE? For those of you who found this page while searching for a way to turn your iPhone or iPad into wireless field monitors, I have some great news for you! Accsoon has released the CineEye, a small, battery-operated gizmo that connects to your camera, and wirelessly transmits your video to any compatible iPhone, iPad, or Android device! I recently came across a great question on Facebook’s iPhone Filmmaking Community page. Jonny Cates asked, “Does anyone know of a way to adapt a monitor to an iPhone?” In other words, Jonny is

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Gear

MacWorld / iWorld 2013: Daylight Viewfinder for iPhone & iPad

In keeping with today’s theme of accessories that help you see your screen better, I’d like to RE-introduce you to the Daylight Viewfinder for iPhone and iPad. This portable eyepiece sticks to the surface of your device like a suction cup, and helps you shoot videos without any annoying screen glare. To make this magic happen, the viewfinder is paired with a free Daylight Viewfinder app. I first covered this gizmo back when it was the focus of a Kickstart fundraising campaign. Although the campaign failed to reach its funding goal, the project moved forward regardless and has resulted in a shipping product

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Gear

MacWorld / iWorld 2013: CamRanger turns iPad or iPhone into Wireless Field Monitor

One of the questions I hear all the time is, “How can I turn my iPad or iPhone into a wireless field monitor?” Well, if you’re shooting with a Nikon or Canon DSLR, the CamRanger may be the answer. This small gizmo (about the size of a deck of cards) connects to your DSLR via USB, and creates its own ad-hoc WI-FI network. By connecting your iOS device to the CamRanger’s network, and running the free CamRanger app, you can view and change multiple camera settings (including focus) remotely. Your Apple device will also receive a live video feed from your

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Gear

MacWorld / iWorld 2013: olloclip’s New Case

I’m a long time fan of the olloclip, the adorable multi-lens widget that slides over the corner of your iPhone, empowering your camera with wide-angle, fish-eye, and macro lenses. In addition to recently releasing a new version of this attachment for the iPhone 5’s slimmer form factor, it seems the olloclip gang has cooked up something entirely new! Check out their new iPhone case that makes it easy for olloclip owners to use their favorite lens while keeping their iPhone protected.  It even adds a shutter release and tripod mounts! The audio is a bit funky at the head of

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Gear

New olloclip & Glif means your awesome iPhone 5 just got More Awesome!

Sure, the new iPhone looks simply fabulous since it lost all that weight. But the iPhone 5 is so thin, you might assume it’s sneaking off to the bathroom to purge after every meal (it’s not often you find eating disorder humor on a tech blog). This svelte form factor has rendered a lot of our existing 4/4S accessories utterly useless. Fortunately, two of the best filmmaking accessories have been updated to work with Apple’s new anorexic smartphone.

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Gear

Only days left to support the Stabil-i iPhone Stabilizer!

I’m not sure which is crazier: The fact that it’s been over a month since my last post, or that three of my last four posts (including this one) have been about Kickstarter.com campaigns!  Without further ado, let’s get to it! The Stabil-i needs your help if it’s going to make it to the marketplace. The product’s kickstarter campaign is rapidly nearing its end, with only a few days left. To learn more about the Stabil-i, read up on its history, and to “back the project,” visit kickstarter right now. Time is running out!The team at Austin’s Dynamo Innovations Group have

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