Using iDevices during Filmmaking
From time to time we hear other film-makers talk about different apps (and/or hardware) for iDevices that are used during the art of independent filmmaking. We have decided to compile a list of apps (and hardware) that we use during filmmaking or ones that we have heard good things about; hopefully this will help you guys out in the future.
We use Celtx for writing and keeping track of all of our scripts. We also use Celtx Script on our iPhones and iPads; this helps us work on scripts when we are out on location, at the airport or just out and about. It also features a “Cloud” based storage system so that everything stays up to date and current.
Celtx for PC/Mac is free for the base level, $14.99 for Celtx Plus, Celtx Script for iPhone/iPad is $7.99.
Other Script Apps
There is also a couple other Script writing apps such as Screenplay and Scripts Pro. Now we have tried both apps and personally, we didn’t feel that Screenplay lived up to our expectations. Scripts Pro on the other hand, pretty much has the same functionality as Celtx Script. It also has the ability to output the files as txt files, Celtx files and Final Draft files.
There are only two slate apps that we have found to use with our iPads.
First is DSLR Slate which runs $9.99 and honestly, it’s a really good program for the price. If you are filming with a DSLR camera, it is definitely worth looking into. It allows you to record all of your camera settings as well as memory card, scene, film and time code data.
Movie Slate is the other option. At a cost of $24.99, it may deter most micro or very low budget filmmakers; but it does have several different features. It includes everything that you would expect of a ‘normal’ film slate, but also includes shot history and the ability to export reports. You can also buy additional plug ins such as the Sound Department plugin and a Timecode Sync Plugin.
Made by professional teleprompter manufacturer Bodelin Technologies, ProPrompter software allows you to use your iPhone or iPod touch as a smooth scrolling professional teleprompter. Scripts can be loaded via email copy/paste (OS3) or via the FREE ProPrompter Producer site for unlimited script management and greater security than email or local networks. Scripts can also be created directly in the application. You can also edit any script loaded in the ProPrompter software.
Telepropt+ for iPad
Teleprompt+ is a simple yet powerful professional teleprompter for the iPad. Perfect for presenters, lecturers, students, teachers, broadcasters, podcasters, filmmakers, sales and marketing professionals, or anyone who would benefit from having a powerful visual aid while engaged in a speaking activity.
Although we are not the biggest fans of using an iPhone or iPad to do the actual filming, there is an app that will let you do so and can give wield better results than just using the ‘video’ feature.
Filmic Pro allows you to zoom, change frame rates (minutely), hold focus, manipulate the exposure and white balance, meter audio, change resolutions (up to 1080 (tested on a iPhone 4s)), change aspect ratios and upload to [youtube, vimeo, Facebook and dropbox]. The app itself is under 10mb in size and only runs $4.99 (for Filmic Pro 2). Depending on the situation at hand, it might be worth a look.
Finally for now we have (for higher budgeted projects/productions) the Teradek Cube. This puppy allows you to wirelessly stream your live video feed from your camera to an iPhone, iPad or a laptop in resolutions up to 1080p. It does have a slight lag in the video (approx 1/3 of a second) but depending on your setup and goals, it can be overlooked. The only real downside that we see in using this setup is the price. Depending on your preferences and options, the cube will set you back almost $2,000.