Apps for Filmmaking Android and iOS
Android Apps For Filmmakers
A slate(clapboard) intended for use in professional film productions. Designed for anyone that needs a digital slate for their production. $9.99
Available from SL DigiSlate on Google Play
SL Director’s Viewfinder
This app is designed for directors and DP’s to block out and stage shots. $9.99 Available from SL Director’s Viewfinder on Google Play
DSLR Controller is the first and only app that allows you to fully control your Canon EOS DSLR from your Android device with only a USB cable. No computer or laptop required. $7.73 DSLR Controller on Google Play
Includes: – DOF & Hyperfocal Distance Calculator, – Field Of View Calculator, – Time Lapse Calculator, – Timer, – Light Meter (using Camera & EXIF) and a ton more. Free
Photo Tools on Google Play
iOS Apps For Filmmakers
Shot Lister can work from pre-production to the minute by minute decisions on set. It’s designed to deliver a solution that can build, organize, schedule and share shot lists digitally. $13.99
Shot Lister at iTunes Store
Calculate and compare the depth of field of various f-stops at a glance. $4.99
VisualDOF at iTunes Store
MovieSlate® (Clapperboard & Shot Log)
All-in-one digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and notepad $24.99
MovieSlate at iTunes Store
Works in much the same way as a traditional directors viewfinder but more accurately and with loads more features. Perfect for location scouting or making storyboards. Camera formats included.$29.99
Director’s Viewfinder at iTunes
DSLRs and High Dynamic Range Imaging (HDRI)
This can also be done with one camera such as Canon T2I with Magic Lantern.
High dynamic range imaging (HDRI) is a way to achieve a much higher contrast ratio (the range of values between light and dark areas) than normal photo techniques can typically achieve. The goal of HDRI is not to create an unnatural image, but one that accurately records the wide dynamic range of maximum black and the whitest white that occurs in one image.
For instance an image can have extreme contrast differences, but most photo and video technology cannot record these extreme differences. If you exposed for the darkest areas, you would over-expose the highlights and vice versa. Choosing what to expose properly and what to let go – ether under or overexpose is a judgement call of the photographer and is an important element of the art of photography. It applies equally to cinematography and videography.
If you took one photograph and exposed for the darkest areas and then from the same vantage point you took more photos and exposed for the lighter areas and selectively superimposed these photos into one image, you would get an image with remarkable dynamic range. So instead of allowing the windows to “blow out” or overexpose while keeping the room properly exposed, you can do both. This was the old way of doing this by combining the different shots in Photoshop or another program after the fact.
Taking different exposures with differing f-stops is called bracketing and is a time-tested technique in photography. Instead of taking three separate photos, each exposing for a different light value, today’s DSLRs can do this automatically. By taking just one shot, the camera will automatically take several different shots at different exposures.
Is it cheating? Well, perhaps in the same way that auto focus and auto iris are also cheating, not to mention all the other auto functions in today’s cameras. It’s really just another tool at your disposal.
While most video camcorders cannot process multiple images for each frame, the Red camera and Arriflex have both been working on digital sensors that can capture HDR video. The operator can choose 1 to 3 stops an additional contrast range. This gives them lots more options in post for beautiful images.
In the more affordable arena, DSLRs can capture multiple images per frame if the rate is much less than 30 frames per second. Time lapse video fits that bill because it has typical frame rates of 1 frame per second and less.
As TV sets are now featuring enhanced dynamic range, it won’t be long before TV and other video applications will find it commonplace.