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RunPee (One of our favorites) hits 2.0!

Sure, there are apps to help you carefully craft your latest masterpiece, but here’s an app that helps you truly enjoy the efforts of others. Of course I’m speaking of RunPee Mobile, the app that tells you when it’s safe to go to the bathroom while at your local cineplex. No, I’m not kidding, and yes, it’s awesome. Best of all, it’s free (but I would have paid for this one). Simply launch the app before the lights go down, pick the movie your about to watch from a list of current releases, and start the built-in timer when the

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NAB ’10 – Doddle

It’s 1am, you’re trapped on set, and the director just called for a two-headed giraffe.  Where are you going to find one at this hour?!  Fear not!  A new company called Doddle has developed a complete production guide for your iPhone.  You can look up all kinds of production resources using a variety of search criteria. They’ve got big plans for the future.  I’ll let them tell you all about it. Check out the video:

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PocketLD turns 2

Is that a lighting director in your pocket or are you just happy to key me? Thank you! Thank you! Try the veal! Tip your waitress! Goodnight! With the world’s greatest joke out of the way, I’m happy to tell you that version 2.0 of Zinman Software’s PocketLD has just hit the app store. In a nutshell, this app helps lighting pros calculate FC/LUX and Beam/Field diameters for a ton of fixtures and lamps.  And if you understood that last sentence, I bow to your wisdom.

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Moviola’s Pro Video Guide Reviewed

Moviola Studios has kicked-off 2010 in grand style with their Pro Video Guide, a nifty new app that should live on every media-maker’s iPhone and iPod Touch. In a nutshell, Pro Video Guide is a well organized, fact-filled reference manual that covers all the important technical aspects of a modern digital workflow. It’s not perfect but priced at a very modest $1.99, it’s twenty bucks cheaper than the last reference guide I purchased (which had less useful information). The guide is broken down into five sections: Library, Glossary, Organizations, Bookmarks, and History. The Library offers useful, easy-to-understand explanations of complex topics (i.e.

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I.M.D.B. on the I.P.H.O.N.E.

When I heard that the Internet Movie Database (IMDB) finally had its own iPhone app, I must admit, I was pretty unenthusiastic. There are already a ton of apps that searched the database, some of which I like quite a bit. But after trying out the official IMDB app, I’m hooked.

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DV EXPO: iKeysToGo for Final Cut Pro 7

I admit it.  I’ve been using Final Cut Pro for years, and I still only know about 20 keyboard shortcuts.  Maybe 25 if I’ve had a Redbull. The worst part forgetting the those commands is having to look through the manual (or PDF). It’s never as quick and easy as it should be. There’s usually a lot of page flipping and time wasting involved. Enter iKeysToGo: Final Cut Pro 7.  It’s a searchable, well organized list of keyboard shortcuts. That might sound unimpressive for $2.99, but you’d be amazed how handy this app really is. There’s a lot of time

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Don’t Just sit there! Read a script, and sit there!

The next time you’re hankering for something to read, look no further than your iPhone. Reading screenplays can be entertaining, arduous (if they’re crap), and most importantly, educational. After all, the best way to learn about screenwriting is to read scripts. All it takes is a mobile web browser and a URL or two. You’ve got the gadget. We’ve got the links:

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Are you suffering from Lame Name Shame?

Chip Landmass? Viva LeTruckstop? How about Blunter “Golden Fists” Lighswallow, III? Even though these are all clearly brilliant character names, drenched in dignity and depth…they may not be right for your current project.  And you can only name so many characters Bill and Sarah.  You want your characters to have the appropriate moniker, right?  So, where can you turn for a little name inspiration? Baby Names Plus by SchatzisoftFor years, I’ve turned to my trusty, pastel balloon covered Baby Name book.  I can always flip a few pages and find something unique and evocative.  I’ve been using the same book for the

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