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TELEVISION, INTERNET & VIDEO ASSOCIATION OF DC, INC.

The Killer App for Video

10/05/2012 10:57 AM | Jerry Griffith

TIVA's program on "The Killer App for Video," got a late start when two presenters experienced vehicle troubles, but that didn't make the evening any less informative for the 25 professionals who gathered on October 4th at of Boston University's Center for Digital Imaging Arts (CDIA) in Georgetown.

It soon became apparent that there was way too much information for such a format, but a lot of us got some great ideas  Highlights are listed below, but we encourage everyone to offer comments and suggestions.

Director of Photography Alex Ibrahim and Director Ishu Krishna shared some of their personal favorites and professional stock photographer Robert Giroux demonstrated easy release, an app he wrote to streamline the process of obtaining appearance and location releases. 

While there are a lot of free apps to choose from, there is a real advantage to many of the paid products.

Here's a brief summary of the apps presented.  Most are available through the iTunes store or Google Play.  Please feel free to comment and add your own suggestions.

App

Description

Price

Photographers Ephemeris

GPS sun and moon calculator with GPS overlay. Shows angle of sun and other factors for any time and location,

8.99

Sunrays

Shows position of sun and angle above ground for any time and place

3.99

Sunseeker Lite

Solar compass – different interface sun position and elevation above horizon

Free

Sunseeker 3D Augmented reality

Allows you to look at a location and see 3d image of where sun will be at given time.

8.99

Easy Release

Customizable model release software. Allows signatures on iPads and emailing releases.

$9.99

Artemis

Detailed director's viewfinder - shows aspect ratios and framing

$29.99

LVR USA

Equipment manuals and lens information for many cameras and situations

Free

Barbizon

Detailed electrical calculations and guides for grips.  Allows you to order from Barbizon on line.

Free

The Grip App

From Michael Uva, author of the grip book.  Detailed info on any equipment or situation a grip is likely to encounter.

9.99

Set Lighting

Detailed information and calculations on almost all professional lighting equipment.  Allows you to estimate light levels in advance.

9.99

Pocket Light Meter

A surprisingly accurate reflective spot meter

Free

AJA Data Calc

Calculate storage rates, and other information for video files.

Free

Celtx Script

Syncs and updates popular free Celtx scriptwriting software

4.99

Celtx Scout

Location scouting and sharing software

Free

Celtx Shots

Powerful location stroyboarding and blocking application

1.99

Elite Prompter

Teleprompter with fixed speeds.  Compatible with Adobe story.  Controllable via Bluetooth

Free

Teleprompt+

Teleprompter with mirror imaging.  Playback can be controlled from separate iPhone.  One of best promoter software packages out there.

$14.99

Hukilau slate

Simple slate app

Free

Scripts Pro

Script writing & Updating

7.99

MovieMagic Scheduling

Scheduling and shot lists for large productions, similar to production boards

29.99

Parkopedia Parking

Directory to parking lots & spaces around the country.  Updates on number of spaces available from participating lots.

1.99

Goodreader

Reading and markup for PDF and other files.  Great for annotating scripts and other documents

4.99

Sketchbook

Drawing application – good for blocking

Free

Pocket Call Sheet

Generate detailed call sheets for cast & crew

6.99

KeeMe

Puts green screen and registration marks on your phone for keying and motion tracking. 

.99

Panascout

Scouting and director’s viewfinder.  Shoots locations in correct aspect ratio and records location and compass direction camera is pointing.  (Lite version is free)

9.99

Shot Lister

Professional shot listing application

13.99

Kata Data

Data rate and storage calculator

4.99

PCam

Detailed and very intuitive depth of field calculator

$29.99

Movie Slate

High end slate

$29.99

Kessler

Time lapse calculations

Free

Log Me In

Remote access to and control of your desktop PC or Mac

Free

Drop Box

File Transfer – on line transfer

Free

Cut Notes

Make time code synced notes as you edit.  Compatible with FCP

$7.99

Edit Calc

Fast and easy time code calculations

.99

TCoder

Time code based logging and notes

$3.99

Toland ASC

Powerful calculations and resources for cinematographers

$39.99

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