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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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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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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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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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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 – 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 – 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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CES: The Suction Clip Can help you grab cool shots

I went to CES in search of the coolest gizmos for iPhone obsessed filmmakers…and I found plenty. But I also found something totally unexpected. A suction cup. Yes… a suction cup. Why are you looking at me like that? Stop yelling at me! No, it doesn’t need batteries. No, it doesn’t require an instruction manual. But, YES, it can help you get some mighty cool shots from your iPhone 3GS. Trust me, this thing might be one of the coolest additions to your iPhone camera rig.

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