iPhone Apps For Lighting Professionals

September 16, 2009 by Derrick Faw · 10 Comments
Filed under: Computing, Equipment, Internet, Lighting 

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I came across several applications for lighting professionals while researching our recent post iPhone Apps For Filmmakers. Lighting engineers can enjoy a full array of sophisticated apps to assist in their work.

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PowerCalc by West Side Systems, LLC (Cost: $0.99)

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PowerCalc performs basic electrical power calculations with watts, volts, amps, and motor power factor. More Info

Luminair (DMX Remote) by Synthe FX, LLC (Cost: $99.99)

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Luminair enables you to wirelessly control, view, record and manage intelligent DMX lighting fixtures, consoles, media servers and other software directly from your iPhone or iPod touch. Using Artistic License’s Art-Net protocol over your device’s built-in Wi-Fi connection, Luminair communicates with other compatible hardware and software nodes on your network. A gorgeous user interface provides desktop-calibre features and performance, all on a mobile platform. Use Luminair as the ultimate remote focus tool, for advanced architectural lighting, or simply as the centerpiece of your intelligent lighting rig. Video Demo   

User Manual   
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DMXCalc by West Side Systems, LLC (Cost: $0.99)

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Entertainment lighting equipment uses a control system called DMX512. DMXCalc is a simple and elegant calculator which does address arithmetic for DMX equipment. More Info

DMXtoolSet by Holger Blümler (Cost: Free)

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Most features and functions of this app require external hardware interface at docking connector. This hardware receives audio output signal that carries the DMX data. This works like a modem via FSK (frequency shift key). But the app also works without external hardware. In this case you can use the DIP-switch tool. It calculates DMX channels to DIP-switch settings. The DMX hardware interface may be purchased separately at hmb-tec.de or futuresoundfactory ebay shop.

iSwitch DMX by Michael Zinman (Cost: $4.99)

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iSwitch DMX is an easy to use binary DIP switch utility for stage lighting electricians, technicians and programmers. Selecting a DMX address updates the DIP switch graphic with the correct DIP switch settings. You can also select an offset for your next DMX device to display the next subsequent address & DIP switch settings.

iSwitch by Michael Zinman (Cost: $4.99)

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iSwitch is an intuitive binary DIP-Switch calculator for engineers, technicians and programmers. Selecting a Device address updates the DIP switch graphic with the correct DIP switch settings. You can also select an offset for your next device to display the next subsequent address & DIP switch settings.

Light Calc by Michael Kohler (Cost: $4.99)

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Light Calc is a photometric calculation tool for professional lighting designers and theatrical electricians. It allows you to carry a pocket database of commonly used theatrical lighting fixtures that you can quickly access in the field. Light Calc allows a user to select a type of lighting fixture, choose one of several lamp types, and set a throw distance. The calculator will then return a beam diameter and field diameter, in feet, as well as center field illumination, in footcandles.

Light Calc Lite by Michael Kohler (Cost: Free)

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Light Calc Lite is a simple beam calculator application for Lighting Professionals. Simply enter a beam angle or a field angle and a throw distance to calculate the expected diameter.

PocketLD by Michael Zinman (Cost: $19.99)

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PocketLD is a photometric database and calculation tool for theatrical and TV/Film lighting professionals. Simply enter your throw distance, than select manufacturer, fixture and a lamp to calculate beam/field diameter and fc/lux. More Info

ML Finder PRO by Michael Zinman (Cost: $39.99)

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For lighting designers, stage electricians, programmers and techs, ML Finder PRO is the perfect companion to any toolkit. ML Finder PRO is a complete list of parameters and channel assignments for over 500 lights, LEDs and media servers. For the tech addressing a light plot, a designer determining the functionality of a moving light, or a programmer building a profile for their lighting console. This information is nicely integrated into one app. More Info

ML Finder by Michael Zinman (Cost: Free)

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For the stage lighting tech addressing a light plot. ML Finder displays the DMX footprint for over 500 moving lights, LED’s and media servers. Know how many DMX channels each device uses, in any mode. Simple to navigate and FREE to download!

GelCalc by Michael Zinman (Cost: $4.99)

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iSwitch DMX is an easy to use binary DIP switch utility for stage lighting electricians, technicians and programmers. More Info

Gel Swatch Library by Wybron, Inc. (Cost: $19.99)

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The Gel Swatch Library by Wybron, Inc., lets lighting production personnel browse, search, and compare more than 1,000 gel color filters. More Info

CXI Color Calculator by Wybron, Inc. (Cost: $4.99)

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The CXI Color Calculator from Wybron helps lighting production personnel find and program colors for the CXI dual-gelstring color changer. Scroll through two overlapping gelstrings of cyan, magenta, and yellow to blend the ideal shade, then plug its numerical values into your lighting control console to have a CXI color changer move to that color. The Color Calculator also gives you the values needed to replicate several colors from the GAM, Lee, and Rosco collections of theatrical filters.

ShowTool LD by Daniel Murfin (Cost: $3.99)

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ShowTool LD is an easy to use, yet powerful suite of utilities for Lighting Designers and Electricians.. More Info

BeamCalc by West Side Systems, LLC (Cost: $1.99)

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Use BeamCalc to calculate the geometry of spotlight beams. Enter the height of the fixture above the focus point, the horizontal distance between the fixture and the focus point, and the fixture’s beam angle. BeamCalc displays the resulting throw distance, elevation angle, and beam width at the focus point. Adjust the position to achieve a specific elevation angle. Adjust the position and beam size to achieve a specific width. For use in architectural, display and entertainment lighting design.

ProjectorCalc by Michael Kohler (Cost: $4.99)

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ProjectorCalc is a program for professional lighting technicians and projectionists. Its primary purpose is to determine the size of a projected image given various information about the projector and it’s location. ProjectorCalc allows users to enter details for a projector and its location in relation to a projection surface.ProjectorCalc will calculate image width, image height, diagonal length, brightness in Nits, total projected area, and how many pixels per inch the projected image will be. Additionally, ProjectorCalc can give you an estimate of how much keystone distortion will occur by calculating the length of each side of the distorted image.

Moiré Gobo Library by Wybron, Inc. (Cost: $9.99)

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The Moiré Gobo Library from Wybron, Inc. lets lighting production personnel browse, search, and experiment with more than 3,600 different A-size gobos. More Info

iGobo by Richard Williamson (Cost: Free)

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Rosco iGobo for iPhone and iPod Touch is the perfect tool for lighting designers, technicians and creative directors on the go. Containing the entire Rosco gobo library of more than 2300 images, iGobo makes it easy to browse, compare and select steel, glass or effects gobos, black and white or color, no matter where you are — in your studio, at the tech table, in a design meeting or even in transit. More Info

Black Steel Gobo Catalogue by HILLA Limited (Cost: Free)

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GOBOLAND is an independent, specialized manufacturer of high quality glass and steel gobos for all lighting fixtures.Easily browse the award winning Black Steel Collection™ gobos. The App doesn’t require an internet connection while you browse the 1200+ gobo patterns available in high quality Black Steel or Glass.

Light by Digital Film Tools (Cost: $1.99)

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Light can be added to a scene where none existed before just as if you were adding light at the time of photography. Realistic lighting and shadow is introduced using digital versions of the gobo library created by Gamproducts. More Info




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iPhone Apps For Filmmakers

September 8, 2009 by Derrick Faw · 124 Comments
Filed under: Computing, Equipment, Filming, Internet 

One of the hottest commodities on the market today is the iPhone and iPod Touch. It is expected that Apple will have sold 80 million iPhones by 2012. The uses for this mini computer are growing everyday. Currently there is over 65,000 official applications available at iTunes for the iPhone. At the current growth rate this number could top 100,000 by the end of the year. This is not counting a vast amount of web based applications, over 1700 alone registered with Apple.

iPhone apps exist in many flavors, everything from simple games to complex software for professional task. Most apps are very affordable, if not dirt cheap or free. Filmmakers have not been left behind in the app frenzy. While searching the web for some tools to help us, I was astonished by the amount of software available. Here is a list of apps for the iPhone and iPod Touch apps I was able to dig up.

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Native Apps

A native app is a software that is installed directly to the iPhone. The iTunes store host all the apps approved by Apple.

Hitchcock by Cinemek inc (Cost: $19.99)

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Cinemek® Hitchcock for iPhone and iPod Touch is a mobile storyboard and pre-visualization composer designed for Directors, Directors of Photography, Producers, Writers, Animators, Art Directors, film students and anyone who wants to be able to visualize their story. More Info

pCAM Film+Digital Calculator by David Eubank (Cost: $39.99)

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A Motion Picture and Still Photography calculator for Directors of Photography, Photographers, Camera Operators, Camera Assistants, VFX Supervisors, Script Supervisors, Gaffers, Grips, Editors, Production Designers, Art Directors, Film and Photography Students. Created by the same Hollywood Camera Assistant who created the widely used Palm version. More Info

iTC Calc by KPL Production Services, Ltd. (Cost: $9.99)

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iTC Calc is the perfect companion for any producer, post-production producer, editor, Flame or After Effect artists and everyone who need to deal with timecode and frames. More Info

iTC Calc Light by KPL Production Services, Ltd. (Cost: $2.99)

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iTC Calc Light is the perfect calculator for any producer, post-production producer, editor, flame or After Effect artists and everyone who need to make quick timecode calculations. More Info

TCCalc – Timecode calculator by Jean-Luc Pedroni (Cost: $4.99)

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TCCalc is a powerful time code calculator. With its two views, horizontal and vertical springboard, you can choose between basic timecode operations, or more sofisticated operations and features. More Info

TimeCodeCal by Daniel Maskell (Cost: $2.99)

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TimeCodeCal is the most flexible time / timecode calculator available. With it’s user configurable frame rate from 1 to 100 frames per second, plus hexadecimal mode it is aimed at anyone performing time based calculations, from the casual user to professionals in the broadcast industry. The hex mode was included with developers in mind looking at memory dumps of data. More Info

FreeTime Pro by Javier Hernanz Zajara (Cost: Free)

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A powerful timecode calculator. Conversion and editing modes. Formats include NTSC, Drop Frame, PAL, Film edgecode (3:2 pulldown), and real-time. User preferences control behavior with field overflows, illegal (dropped) frames values, and key click sound.

TC Calculator by Javier Hernanz Zajara (Cost: Free)

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TC Calculator is a simple calculator for operating with TC’s (Time Codes) and frames. It can add, substract and convert TC’s between different speeds. It may be very useful for people working on video or film. Currently not available in iTunes US Store.

EditCalc by Brad Brooks (Cost: $0.99)

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EditCalc is a frames, footage and timecode calculator app for the iPhone and iPod Touch. More Info

time:calc by WattenEarth (Cost: $1.99)

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time:calc is a time calculator that does conversions and calculations of time. It also works with timecode enabling calculations of frame rates for TV and film. More Info

timecoder app by zinc Roe Inc. (Cost: Free)

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Timecoder converts video timecode between two different frame rates, from timecode to frame number and from frame number back to timecode. You can leave out the hours, minutes or seconds when they’re not necessary. You can also use large values that will “roll over”. For example, you can enter 90;00 (90 seconds) and Timecoder will automatically convert it to 00:01:30;00 (1 minute and 30 seconds). You can choose from a list of common framerates (frames, 24, 25, 29.97 and 30), or enter any framerate you like. Timecodes and framerates are rounded for display, but the conversions are accurate to more than three decimal places.

Film Editor’s Calculator by Michael Koperwas (Cost: $0.99)

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The Film Editor’s Calculator is a valuable tool for any film editor which allows you to calculate feet and frames for 35mm motion picture film. The calculator’s database also gives you information such as manufacturer and film stock based on the keycode’s prefix. The keycode calculator interface is very simple to use and is helpful when working with film at the bench or working with telecines on an editing system.

Film Calculator by Noah Harlan (Cost: $0.99)

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The 2.1 Film Calculator is a multi-purpose tool for filmmakers to aid in common tasks of film conversion and counting in pre-production, production and post-production.** On Sale! Now only $.99 until we release the new version in a couple weeks. Enjoy! ** More Info

Action Log Pro by Andris Ltd (Cost: $29.99)

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Action Log is a film and television logging tool, designed for use on location or in a studio with up to 25 recording devices. At the touch of a button the logging system keeps track of all reel names and timecodes for each recorded piece of action. More Info

Action Log by Andris Ltd (Cost: $5.99)

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Action Log is a film and television logging tool, designed for use on location or in a studio with 1 recording device. At the touch of a button the logging system keeps track of all reel names and timecodes for each recorded piece of action. More Info

Movie★Slate by PureBlend Software. (Cost: $4.99)

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Movie★Slate is a digital slate, clapper board, shot log, and shot notepad— designed for use with film, television, documentaries, interviews, and home movies. Movie★Slate provides an easy way to log footage and take notes as you shoot— saving you time later when you capture and edit the footage on your computer. More Info

FilmSlate by Idea Engine, Inc. (Cost: $4.99)

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FilmSlate puts a portable “Smart Slate” in your hand. FilmSlate was developed by professionals, for professionals, and is designed to be used on set as an insert slate, a run-and-gun slate, or a portable backlit slate in your pocket. More Info

iSlate by ibuiltthis (Cost: $2.99)

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iSlate is an easy to use portable digital clapper board that can help video enthusiasts add a touch of hollywood magic to their videos. Possible uses include video blogs, online video postings, and various video projects. More Info

iSlate Lite by ibuiltthis (Cost: Free)

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Free Lite version of iSlate the portable digital clapper board.

AClapBoard by Rolf-dieter Klein (Cost: $4.99)

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A digital clapboard/Slate and client time measurement system. New features: timecode calculator and color charts, 2-pop sync. The application combines many functions useful for film makers but also in general for free lancer. More Info

ClapBoardLT by Rolf-dieter Klein (Cost: $0.99)

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A digital clapboard and client time measurement system. ClapBoardLT is the smaller version of AClapBoard which has more features like color chart and timecode calculator.
More Info

LlamaSlate by Scott Lawrence (Cost: $1.99)

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LlamaSlate is a filmmaker’s tool to help with the editorial process. LlamaSlate is a simplified digital version of a traditional “clapper board” or “slate”, which is used to mark the beginning and end of every shot filmed. LlamaSlate can also help you to sync multiple cameras easily. More Info

Pocket DIT by Clifton Production Services LLC (Cost: Free)

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RED Camera users, this is your cinematography “cheat sheet”. More Info

iSee4K by Edward Watkins (Cost: Free)

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With this nifty little app spend your time ‘getting the shot’, rather than pouring over manuals and reference tables. Although primarily developed to aid users of the RED® Digital Cinema Camera, iSee4K is highly configurable and allows users to calculate DoF, FoV and Lens equivalence for virtually any camera and lens. More Info

DoF by Michael Neuwert (Cost: $1.99)

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DoF is a small utility for Photographer or Videographer allowing to calculate the depth of field. More Info

DOFMaster by Donald Fleming (Cost: $1.99)

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Use DOFMaster to calculate the depth of field in your photographs. You’ll be able to select the lens and f/stop combination that provides the zone of sharpness you need. Use it to calculate the hyperfocal distance for landscape photography. More Info

DOF Ruler by Devin Hartman (Cost: $1.99)

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DOF Ruler is a Depth of Field calculator with a unique sliding ruler interface. It is a quick and easy way for Photographers to calculate Depth of Field. More Info

f/8 DoF Calculator by Thorsten Kramp (Cost: $3.99)

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Photojournalists have a saying, “f/8 and be there,” meaning that being on the scene is more important than worrying about technical details. Yet with f/8, the depth-of-field and hyperfocal distance calculator for the iPhone and iPod touch, you’ll be there with the depth of field spot-on, too! Anywhere, anytime! More Info

MatchLens by D Matthew Smith (Cost: $9.99)

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This calculator computes the equivalent lens focal length to produce the same field of view between two cameras with different aperture/sensor sizes. It will do a “Match Lens” calculation, and produce the closest equivalent angle of view lens, in millimeters, for both vertical and horizontal frames, between the original camera’s focal length and the current camera’s focal length. More Info

ShootPad by David Brewster (Cost: $6.99)

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Made for the guy shooting home video or the videographer shooting with their own camera. As the professional video guy is pausing and starting his video camera, he’s supposed to make notes for the starting and ending of cuts for later editing. More Info

Animation Timer by Randy Cartwright (Cost: $4.99)

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Animation Timer is a simple stopwatch designed for animators. More Info

FrameTime by Patrick Spizzo (Cost: $0.99)

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FrameTime is a simple animation timer that lets you time events down to fractions of a second. Use the simple controls to start the timer, then add keyframes based on the action you are timing out. Once you are finished, the timer controls conveniently move out of the way so you can see as many of the keyframes as possible. More Info

FPS Calculate by Wes McDermott(Cost: $0.99)

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An animation timer is being added so that you can time movement and convert that into a given frame count! More Info

Screenplay by Black Mana Studios (Cost: $2.99)

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Black Mana Studios’ Screenplay is the world’s first fully-functional mobile screenwriting application. It allows professionals and hobbyists alike to write complete movie and television screenplays directly on the iPhone or iPod Touch. More Info

hollywoodhelperHollywoodHelper by differential enterprises (Cost: $2.99)

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For actors, Hollywood Helper / Broadway Buddy helps you learn the lines of your scripts without lugging around printed scripts, whether you aspire to screen or stage. More Info

Sync Points by Jon Lay (Cost: $0.99)

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Sync Points is a calculator for composers for film, video, or any medium where precise synchronization to picture or SMPTE timecode is needed. With this app, you can calculate hit points from tempo or beats, generate an exact tempo in BPM and FPB for a given number of beats or timing, and compute a number of beats given a tempo and timing. More Info

FiRe – Field Recorder by Audiofile Engineering, LLC (Cost: $5.99)

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FiRe is the world’s first professional field recorder built exclusively for iPhone and iPod Touch.. Combining powerful, elegant and uncluttered audio utilities with unparalleled technical support. More Info

PowerCalc by West Side Systems, LLC (Cost: $0.99)

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PowerCalc performs basic electrical power calculations with watts, volts, amps, and motor power factor. More Info

LightMeter by Frank Bauer (Cost: $2.99)

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Turn your iPhone 3G-S into a exposure meter.More Info

Helios Sun Position Calculator by Chemical Wedding (Cost: $29.99)

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Helios is a Sun Position Calculator that graphically represents the position of the sun from dusk to dawn, on any given day, in any given place. More Info

Focalware by Spiral Development Inc (Cost: $9.99)

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Focalware calculates sun and moon position for a given location and date. Use the interactive compass to determine the path and height of the sun or moon. Photographers and filmmakers who are always asked by their clients for the sun, moon and stars, can now deliver. More Info (with Video Demonstration)

MagicHour by Vela Design Group (Cost: $3.99)

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MagicHour™ (formerly VelaClock) is a world clock that can quickly display the time of sunrise, sunset, three kinds of twilight (civil, nautical, astronomical) for dawn and dusk, moonrise, moonset, duration of daylight, current phase of moon, date and times for the next four moon phases, countdown to the next sunrise or sunset and next moonrise or moonset, and more. More Info

iFilmmaker Pro by Katha Films LLC (Cost: $4.99)

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For the movie making beginner, expert filmmaker or “been-there-done-that indie enthusiast”, iFilmMaker is loaded with 1500 questions, tips and tricks of the film making trade, presented in a very entertaining, and educational manner. With iFilmMaker application, you can learn about different aspects of filmmaking like editing, directing /producing, scriptwriting, acting, and cinematography with easy to answer questions, and click to live web links for detailed information about the particular subject. More Info

iFilmmaker Pro Lite by Katha Films LLC (Cost: $1.99)

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For the movie making beginner, expert or “been-there-done-that indie enthusiast”, iFilmMaker is loaded with hundreds questions, tips and tricks of the film making trade, presented in a very entertaining, and educational manner. With iFilmMaker application, you can learn about Editing, Directing/Producing, ScriptWriting, Acting, and Cinematography with easy to answer questions, and click to live web links for detailed information about the particular subject. More Info

Clz Movies by Bitz & Pixelz BV (Cost: $9.99)

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This app is a supplement to Movie Collector software by Collectorz.com. Movie Collector is a must have for anyone with a large film collection. It is by far the most complete and versital database software available on the market. Clz Movies application for the iPhone allows your to take your movie collection with you on the go. More Info



Web Based Apps

Web applications (or web apps) combine the power of the Internet with the simplicity of Multi-Touch technology, all on a 3.5-inch screen. iPhone and iPod touch let you easily flick through news on Digg, play Sudoku or Bejeweled with a finger tap, and quickly check movie times, train schedules, and favorite blogs.

When you find a web app you like, you can put it front and center on your Home screen. Just open the web app on your iPhone or iPod touch, tap the plus sign, and then tap “Add to Home screen.” A Web Clip will be added to your Home screen automatically for easy, one-tap access. You have up to nine Home screen pages for all your Web Clips and you can organize them however you like.

Footage Calc by Digital Rebellion (Cost: free)

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Enables you to calculate the amount of disk space required for various video codecs at varying frame rates. It offers an easy-to-use interface that allows you to quickly and easily view the required information whilst on the move – perfect for those awkward on-the-spot questions from clients. Along with the iPhone Version there is also a full browser version. Also available as an offline application.

Film Rate Calc by Digital Rebellion (Cost: free)

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Calculates the relationship between film reels and shooting time. Use this calculator to work out how many rolls of film are required for a certain shooting ratio, or alternatively calculate how many minutes have been shot for a certain number of rolls. This is a useful tool for any script supervisor or producer. Along with the iPhone Version there is also a full browser version. Also available as an offline iPhone application.

Aspect Ratio Calculator by Digital Rebellion (Cost: free)

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Allows you to calculate the aspect ratio, width or height of an image or video. Also displays extra information such as the film or video format that the aspect ratio is normally associated with. This enables you to work out the correct frame size to use when creating CG shots that will be broadcast or intercut with live action footage. Along with the iPhone Version there is also a full browser version.

Depth of Field Calc by Digital Rebellion (Cost: free)

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This tool will calculate the depth of field for a given sensor or film type, aperture, focal length, and subject distance (the distance from the camera to the person or object you are focusing on). A lower number means that a large proportion of the background will remain in sharp focus and a higher number means that a smaller proportion (if any) will be in focus. It also includes presets for popular video cameras. Selecting a preset will automatically change the sensor type to fit your camera. Please be aware that this tool is designed for cinematographers, not still photographers. Along with the iPhone Version there is also a full browser version.

Pixel Aspect Ratio Calculator by Digital Rebellion (Cost: free)

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This tool will help you calculate pixel aspect ratios (PAR) of video formats. It also enables you to work out the proper resolution for a still image placed into a non-square pixel timeline. The source resolution is the square pixel resolution (ie. the dimensions of the still image) and the target resolution is the non-square resolution (ie. the final resolution of the image upon adding it to the timeline).
Along with the iPhone Version there is also a full browser version.

Lens Angle Calculator by Digital Rebellion (Cost: free)

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Use this calculator to calculate the lens angle or focal length for a given sensor size. This is useful for planning out camera placements in advance, which is particularly invaluable for visual effects work. Along with the iPhone Version there is also a full browser version.

Power Load Calculator by Digital Rebellion (Cost: free)

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Use this calculator to calculate the lens angle or focal length for a given sensor size. This is useful for planning out camera placements in advance, which is particularly invaluable for visual effects work. Along with the iPhone Version there is also a full browser version.

RED StrorageCalculator by Alex Boerger  (Cost: free)

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Batch resize your photos with Apple Script

August 14, 2009 by Samantha Halfon · 2 Comments
Filed under: Computing, Photography 

We usually take a lot of photos when traveling. After we return, the photos go through the following work fow:

  1. Copy the photos from the Compact Flash or SD cards to the computer.
  2. Sort/Edit them manually to keep only the greatest ones
  3. Archives the raw material (all the photos before editing) and the selected ones in a folder (which is later on backed up)
  4. Resize the selected photos for Internet sharing (with family and friends only on a private website)
  5. Select and tag some of the above photos for upload to Flickr.

We are probably not the only ones wanting to share photos with our non geeks mothers via a photo gallery online and the resizing step is usually necessary to make their browsing experience more comfortable. We use Simple PHP Gallery Manager for Internet sharing. I use an Apple Script to automatically resize the photos for the Internet Gallery (thanks to MacOsX Hints for sharing the code)

Simple PHP Gallery Manager

Simple PHP Gallery Manager

Batch resize photos Apple Script

The script is located in my Library/Scripts folder. To resize photos, I only have to select them in the Finder and drag them on the script file. The script will then generate an image called export_<Name_of_the_original>.jpg for each selected photo. Of course, Apple Script is Mac only. I have a similar script for Windows/Linux laying around (based on nconvert). If interested, please leave us a comment and I’ll post a follow up to this article.

The interest of Apple Script resides in its ability to pilot other applications (like the Finder in the following example) to automate tasks (in the same way as Photoshop tasks). And the power of the Apple Script Editor is the ability to record what we are doing and turn that into a script (using Automator for example).

The code

on open some_items
repeat with this_item in some_items
try
rescale_and_save(this_item)
end try
end repeat
end open
to rescale_and_save(this_item)
tell application “Image Events”
launch
set the target_height to 600
– open the image file
set this_image to open this_item
set typ to this_image’s file type
copy dimensions of this_image to {current_width, current_height}
if current_height is greater than current_width then
scale this_image to size target_height
else
– figure out new height
– y2 = (y1 * x2) / x1
set the new_width to (current_width * target_height) / current_height
scale this_image to size new_width
end if
tell application “Finder” to set new_item to ¬
(container of this_item as string) & “ex” & (name of this_item)
save this_image in new_item as typ
end tell
end rescale_and_save

Use the script

  1. Open Script Editor (in Application or using Spotlight)
  2. Copy/Paste the code in the editor
  3. Edit the target_height variable to whatever you need (in pixels)
  4. Save the script to your Library/Scripts folder

Download

The script is available for download.

Thumbnails

Some Internet gallery (inclusing SPGM) also need a thumbnail file. It is of course possible to modify this script to generate two pictures (one for display, one as thumbnail) for each selected photo.

Apple Script

Apple scripting allows you to automate most recurring tasks and customize your Mac OS X experience. I’ve recently spanned through an Apple Script Book I got at our local library called “The Missing Guide“, it seems very powerful. For more information on Apple Script, check out there resources:

Mobile version of World Wide Angle Blog

March 29, 2009 by Samantha Halfon · 2 Comments
Filed under: Computing, World Wide Angle 

I came accross a WordPress plugin to offer a mobile interface for iPhone/iPodTouch visitors called WPTouch. If you visit this blog using such a device, here is what you will see:

World Wide Angle Mobile

World Wide Angle blog as seen on the iPhone

 

You can always deactivate the Mobile theme option in the page footer to see and browse the full browser version.

A WordPress Index Page Template

January 7, 2009 by Samantha Halfon · 14 Comments
Filed under: Computing, Internet 

wordpress_logoAfter a few weeks of writing content for our blog, quite a bit of information has accumulated. Sometimes, we find it necessary to look at our pasts posts in order to get a piece of information. Browsing back in time has become more and more tedious as we have more content archived. On the very same day, Derrick and I both had the idea that we needed to create an Index page allowing instant access to any posts.

I worked on a template page for WordPress over the weekend in order to display such an index. Our main goal was to simply display a list of posts by date, but as I started to work on this I realized it could be a nice feature to also offer a list grouped by categories and tags. Since the list of posts was bound to grow, I decided to make each section title collapsable while still offering a view all link to display every posts title if so desired.

wwa_archives

Before going ahead with the code, I did a quick Google search to see if anyone had worked on this before. What I found was an impressive graphical view of a blog past developped by Vladimir Prevolac based on the default archive page of Tumblr called Snazzy Archives. I really liked Vladimir’s work and decided to integrate that option as well  in my Index page.

snazzy_archives

As I started working on this, I decided that I would make my work more valuable by making it generic enough to be used by other people. To do so, I knew that I had to make sure of the following:

  1. Use WordPress core functions
  2. Not rely on the pre existence of the Snazzy Archives plugin as not everyone would want to use i
  3. Test my index page with at least three different WordPress installations

It was the first time I tried to extend WordPress, and after a quick Google search I found this function reference page on the WordPress Codex. The documentation, though still being worked on by the community, is easy to read and understand and makes it quite enjoyable to work with the WordPress code. In the end, the only function I had to write was the one returning me the list of months during which at least one blog post had been written. Still, I found the code I needed within WordPress, I just had to adapt it to what I was doing.

Like I said, I really liked Snazzy and wanted to add it to our blog but my Index Template Page couldn’t rely on it to be installed as it might be temporarely disabled or some other user might not want to show it. I simply tested the existance of the plugin before placing the link to the Snazzy Archives in the page.

In order to test, I tried my template on three installations of WordPress. Two running WordPress 2.6 and one running 2.7. I also ran some tests enabling or not the permalinks options as it changes the url handling quite a bit. Regarding this question of URL, I decided not to use Ajax as WordPress front-end doesn’t use it, I decied to make my Index page match the rest of the blog engine on that aspect as well.

All in all, after a few hours of coding and experimenting with WordPress, I had completed my own template page. So far it has worked fine for us, but feel free to report any bug or share your comments with us on this page.

Live demo:

You can see the result in action by visiting our archive page. You can also see it running on my other blog World Gone Web.

Download:

You can download the template here.

Installation process:

  1. Download the template
  2. Upload the template archives.php to your theme directory (i.e. <wordpress>/wp-content/themes/<theme_name>
  3. Make sure your script file can be read
  4. Adapt the page structure of the template to match your blog theme structure (i.e. copy the beginning and th end of your blog theme index.php page like the content div and sidebar declaration)
  5. Enter your wordpress administration and write a new page
  6. Enter the title you wish to see in your menu (be carefull, “index” might generate problems, choose another name)
  7. Do not enter any content
  8. Find the page template menu and select “Index Page”
  9. Publish this new page
  10. You’re  done, go to your blog and test it

If you wish to use Snazzy Archives as well, you also need to:

  1. Download SnazzyArchives and upload it to your plugin directory
  2. Go to your administration page and enable the plugin
  3. Refresh your blog archive page, the link to snazzy archives should appear

We hope you like it!

Streaming FLV videos #3

December 29, 2008 by Samantha Halfon · Leave a Comment
Filed under: Computing, Internet 

I’ve described in an earlier post how we play videos on our site using the JW Media Player. We created a playlist that begins with our animated logo then shows some of our latest videos. The logo animation will play automatically when the page loads. The user is then presented a menu allowing him to watch the videos.

wwa_playlist

Jw Media Player on WWA

This menu only displays a sample of our videos, which means that some of our movies are not available from our main page. This is something I intend to fix shortly. The real limitation of this system was that we could not provide a direct link to any of these videos to people who might want to easily play a given movie or link to it from their own website. To handle direct links, I wrote a PHP script which generates the playlist.xml file used by the jw media player. If a movie is requested via the url, it will be the first one in the playlist and will automatically play, the other videos of the default playlist are added to the playlist.

If you wish to create a similar feature for your site, here are the main steps of the procedure :

  • Create your PHP script file (for example playlistgenerator.php).
  • In this file, declare an array that will contain the information about each video of the playlist. Here is an example of the array structure  I used:
$videos = array (
0 => array (
“default” => 1,
“name” => “wwa logo”,
“title” => “World Wide Angle animation logo”,
“url” => “world_wide_angle.flv”,
“thumbnail” => “thumbnails/world_wide_angle.jpg”,
“author” => “World Wide Angle”,
“date” => “”,
“description” => “World Wide Angle animation logo”,
“link” => “”
),
1 => array (
“default” => 1,
“name” => “second_video_title”,
“title” => “Title of the second video”,
“url” => “second_video.flv”,
“thumbnail” => “thumbnails/second_video.jpg”,
“author” => “World Wide Angle”,
“date” => “September 20, 2008″,
“description” => “description of the second video”,
“link” => “http://www.alinkaboutthissecondvideo.com”
)
);

I use the default attribute (value is 1 or 0) to define whether the video should be added to the playlist at all times, or only when it has been requested. If you want all your videos to always be in the playlist, set this attribute to 1.

Next, copy (and feel free to adapt) the following code in your script:

function appendVideoToXml($video, &$xml) {
$xml .= ‘<item>’;
$xml .= ‘<title>’.$video["title"].’</title>’;
$xml .= ‘<media:content url=”‘.$video["url"].’” type=”video/flv” start=”00:00″ />’;
$xml .= ‘<media:thumbnail url=”‘.$video["thumbnail"].’” />’;
$xml .= ‘<author>’.$video["author"].’</author>’;
$xml .= ‘<description>’.$video["description"].’</description>’;
$xml .= ‘<link>’.$video["link"].’</link>’;
$xml .= ‘</item>’;
}$xmlheader = ‘<rss version=”2.0″ xmlns:media=”http://search.yahoo.com/mrss/”><channel><title>World Wide Angle video gallery</title><link>http://www.wwangle.com</link>’;
$xmlfooter .= ‘</channel></rss>’;
$selected = $_GET["title"];
$xmlselected = “”;
$xmldefault = “”;
foreach ($videos as $video) {
if ($video["name"] == $selected) {
appendVideoToXml($video, $xmlselected);
} else {
if ($video["default"] == 1)
appendVideoToXml($video, $xmldefault);
}
}
$xmlcontent = $xmlheader . $xmlselected . $xmldefault . $xmlfooter;
file_put_contents(“jwmediaplayer/playlist_custom.xml”, $xmlcontent);

As it is, the script expects the video name to be passed as the “title” parameter.

  • The script being PHP, you need to be sure that your server can run PHP, if so, upload the script to your server
  • In your main page, call the script in order to generate the playlist
include(“jwmediaplayer/playlistgenerator.php”);
  • Finally, modify the page containing the player in order to use the generated playlist instead of the hard coded one
function initMediaPlayer() {
var so = new SWFObject(‘jwmediaplayer/player.swf’,'mpl’,’560′,’420′,’9′);
so.addParam(‘flashvars’,'&file=jwmediaplayer/playlist_custom.xml&playlistsize=280&autostart=true’);
so.write(‘player’);
}

That’s it, it worked for us and allowed us to give artists a direct link to their videos that they could add on their own website: to see the scrcipt in action, you can follow the links below to discover the videos about Michael Johnston an Nassim Al Amin vernissages we filmed last month at chezGrace.

Hope this will help some of you out there.

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