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Picosteady: the NEW Steadicam-like Stabilizer for iPhone

Shaky shots got you down? Sounds like you need a stabilizer! Since the iPhone line added its own digital stabilization, we’ve enjoyed a general reduction in jittery videos, but there’s just no way to get smooth footage without the addition of a stabilizing accessory. We’ve covered many on HHH, and are working with a few more for the upcoming book, but here’s a new one that looks quite promising. It’s small, versatile, and sports a moderate price tag. The Picosteady will run you $139 (plus shipping) through its Kickstarter campaign. The price will rise to $179 once its Kickstarter campaign

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Gear

New on Kickstarter: Daylight Viewfinder for iPhone!

It seems like every 30 seconds, there’s another iPhone accessory launching on Kickstarter. Most are insanely silly, but every once in a while, a unique idea catches fire (the Glif is a great example). Now, Milwaukie’s Paul Anderson has introduced a Kickstarer campaign to fund his new iPhone accessory called the Daylight Viewfinder. The device attaches to your iPhones display, and allows for glare-free viewing while snapping photos, or more importantly, shooting video. The gizmo works in conjunction with a custom designed camera app. After glancing at the Kickstarter page, my first thought was “pffft.”  But, my second thought was, “Hey, wait

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Announcements

Vertical Video Syndrome – a new threat to iPhone filmmakers

Just because you CAN shoot vertical video with your iPhone, doesn’t mean you should. I have to admit, I cringe every time I see a tall skinny video on YouTube and Facebook. Just watching a minute or two makes me want to take a shower.  Thankfully, it appears I’m not alone. To combat the epidemic of improperly formatted smartphone videos, Glove and Boots have released this important PSA. Enjoy, and make sure to pass it along to your horizontally-challenged filmmaking associates. Thanks to HHH reader, Joseph L., for putting this on my radar!

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Gear

Gizmon releases clip-on lenses for all your iDevices

AppAdvice has a great post about three new clip-on lenses from Gizmon, including a fisheye lens ($35), a circular polarizer ($25), and something called a Three image Mirage ($25) – but should perhaps be called the Acid tab mirage. If you’re looking to add a little whiz-bang to your iFilms, check out their post!

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Apps

CinePro is the hottest new video camera app on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch

There’s a video camera app in town, and this one is a doozy! CinePro for iPhone offers an enormous degree of control, hidden behind in an absurdly intuitive interface, all for very little cash. In addition to controls for zoom, frame rate, ISO (say what?!), white balance, exposure, focus, and aspect ratio, the app also offers a huge selection of real-time filters (most of which require an additional purchase). Frankly, I don’t really care that much about the filters (even though I bought every one). I fell in love because of the clean layout, and ease of use. A recent update added

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Gear

Should you upgrade to the New iPad? A filmmaker’s perspective.

I’ve been banging on Apple’s newest iDevice since Friday morning, and I’m ready to offer my answer to this burning question: Should mobile filmmakers run screaming to the nearest Apple store to grab the new iPad? Answer: Yes. There. I just saved you the trouble of scrolling to the bottom of this post. You’re welcome.  With that out of the way, let’s take a quick look at Cupertino’s latest offering. RETINA DISPLAY The most significant aspect of the upgrade is the iPad’s new Retina Display. It contains 4 times as many pixels as its predecessor, for a total resolution of

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Announcements

Announcing the International Retro Film Contest for iOS filmmakers

Do you yearn to become the next D.W. Griffith? Are you itchin’ to release your inner Chaplin? Well, it’s time to unleash The Artist within you! Why? Because MacPhun, developer of Silent Film Director, has officially launched The International Retro Film Contest! You’ll find all the contest details below, but first let me tell you about the app that started it all. Silent Film Director for iPhone (currently $0.99, 50% off the normal $1.99) turns your iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch into an awesome retro-style movie camera capable of churning out footage that feels like it should be stored in a 90 year

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Gear

Mini iPhone mount Tiltpod makes its Kickstarter deal sweeter!

AppAdvice.com has just posted a story about a new mini iPhone tripod-ish mount called the Tiltpod. Here’s the short version: It’s a key-chain ready, mini mount that uses a magnetic quick-release. Looks like it’s best used on fairly flat surfaces. And, since the developer has temporarily lowered the funding price, it can be yours for 10 smackers. Check out the full story, or head directly to the Tiltpod Kickstarter page.

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Gear

iWorld 2012: Rokform V3 Mounting iPhone Case with Tripod Adaptor

I just got back from MacWorld | iWorld, and BOY, what a difference one year can make! In 2011, Macworld wasn’t much more than 20 isles of iPhone cases.  This year, I found boatloads of terrific apps and accessories for mobile filmmakers… along with 20 isles of iPhone cases. But not all of those cases were useless. In fact, some were downright awesome.  Here’s an example: The Rokform V3 iPhone Case features a small, clever mount that makes it extremely versatile, and suitable for sticking on the side of a road case or camera rig.

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Gear

DiffCase for iPhone adds tripod mount, sunshield, keyring, and kickstands.

AppAdvice.com has just posted a preview of the new DiffCase for iPhone.  It appears to be a new entrant into the iPhone tripod mount category. While there are plenty of other gizmo’s of this sort, the DiffCase has the added convince of a sunshield. That may not seem like much, but it’s something I’ve sorely needed when shooting on sunny locations. The case also features kickstands for tabletop viewing in both portrait and landscape orientations.  There’s also a key-ring hole in the case that’s useful for attaching the case to other things.  The DiffCase website suggests using a carabiner to

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