Archive for the ‘Technology’ Category

pCAM for iPhone

Saturday, April 4th, 2009

David Eubank’s pCAM and pCINE were great applications for the Palm OS. They helped you compute depth of field, hyperfocal distance, angle of view…. Together, they were like a computerized version of all those charts in the American Cinematographer’s Manual that you always referred to on set.

Now, Eubank has outdone himself with pCAM for iPhone, which combines the pCAM and pCINE applications in a new interface. If you have an iPhone and you shoot film or video, this is a supremely useful tool. At $39.99 it may seem pricey for an iPhone app, but in my opinion it’s well worth the price.

pCAM for iPhone [iTunes store link]

Inauguration Day

Tuesday, January 20th, 2009

Watching televised coverage of the inauguration, instead of being there, is probably like watching Dick Clark on New Year’s Eve instead of standing in Times Square. The difference, of course, is that today’s party is so historic that you might actually want to tune in.

With just a few hours until the main event, here’s Lifehacker’s Guide to Catching the Inauguration from Anywhere. After reading this, you’ll be able to tell your grandkids, “I remember the day President Obama was elected… I watched it on something called an iPhone.”

Self-Reliant Film on Facebook

Friday, January 9th, 2009

Via the new “network blogs” tool Self-Reliant Film can now be seen on Facebook. If you’re on Facebook, click the link above and join the page.

In addition to seeing some of the other readers of SRF, the SRF feed will start broadcasting on Facebook as soon as a four more readers (like you) join up and confirm that I am, in fact, the author.

joinmycrew.com

Thursday, December 11th, 2008

SRF reader Jeremy Parker recently alerted me to a website he’s been building called Join My Crew.

Just as it sounds, it’s a completely free website that hopes to help independent filmmakers find cast and crew for their next productions. The site Beta launched last week and will only get better as more and more filmmakers start to use the site.

iPhone Film Calculator application

Tuesday, October 14th, 2008

The folks at 2.1 Films have just released an iPhone Film Calculator. From the description:

Film Calculator has three basic functions:

Length & Time Converter: This function allows the user quickly convert length to time and vice versa for a variety of film stocks and speeds. Choose from Super-8mm, 16mm, 35mm or 70mm stocks and preset frames per second rates (12, 24, 25, 48) or enter your own. Then enter the time and you’ll get the length or enter the length and you’ll get the time.

Hard Drive Storage Calculator: Select a format and enter a time and this function will tell you how much hard drive storage space you need. Dozens of formats are included. Contact us to request more!

Script Supervisor’s Assistant: This function provides a stopwatch that counts both time and length. Select the stock and frame rate and then operate this like a regular stopwatch. Saves scripty’s from having to use a calculator at the end of each take. Always know exactly how much you’ve shot on a reel!

Read more about it here. Buy it (for $2.99) here.