Last week we published nine really useful free apps that can help you to improve your filmmaking processes – be it color correction, cinematography or direction. Today we show you seven paid apps on the iOS platform which takes things to the next level.
1) PowerFinder HD ($29.99, iOS)
The app makes for a great director’s viewfinder. You can pick any camera sensor, any lens and any format along with choosing the pertinent aspect ratio to compose a shot exactly like your artistic vision.
The heads-up display delivers a comprehensive list of values from focal length, ISO, speed, dutch angle, compass heading, GPS, horizon, aspect ratio, sensor, third lines, color & lightness histograms and so on. You can then save the shot with all of the data embedded or visible in the frame into a custom album for your show.
First you choose the exact specifications for the lens you’ll be using while shooting – Arri, Canon, Cooke, Fuji, Panavision, Red, Rokinon, Schneider, Vantage, Zeiss, etc. Then match the sensor size to the camera you’re using for your shoot – Alexa, Arri, Blackmagic, Canon, Panavision, Red, Sony and more.
2) ProPrompter ($9.99, iOS)
is one of the pioneers in professional level teleprompting apps and is compatible with iPhone as well as iPad. Taken from the product description page:
“The ProPrompter App features professional settings for fonts, font sizes, background colors, scroll speeds, mirroring, looping, landscape, portrait and automatic orientation modes, adjustable countdown, cue points for fast re-cueing, support for international language fonts, editing, direct script creation, remote control and a complete help menu.”
3) ShotPro (iOS, $29.99)
is a powerful app to create immersive pre-visualizations on your iPhone or iPad. It lets you quickly build compelling 3D sets and scenes, animatable characters, props, highly controllable lighting, cameras, searchable notes and exportable movies. With pro grade features such as dynamic lighting and shadows, execution and planning of scenes can be done on the go without requiring a previz artist, and is indispensable for Directors and DPs.
4) Filmic Pro ($7.99, iOS)
gained worldwide recognition after it was used to shoot the entirety of a Sundance award winning feature film Tangerine on an iPhone 3. With the advent of iPhone videography, Filmic Pro fills the void for serious iPhone filmmakers with features like control over focus and exposure, white balance and frame rates. It also has a host of other professional features such as audio meters and aspect ratio overlays. Here are some specifications in detail taken from the app’s iTunes page:
Full Manual Controls for:
- Shutter Speed
- Pulling Focus
Up to a dozen different resolutions and aspect ratios including:
- Cinemascope (2.59:1)
- Super 35 (2.39:1)
- Letterbox (2.20:1)
- Super 16 (1.66:1)
- 16:9 (2K,1080,720, 540)
- 17:9 Digital Cinema Initiative (2K)
You could also check out the trailer for Tangerine, to understand the kind of power this app holds:
5) 3cP/Image Control Pro ($99.99, iOS)
is touted by its makers as the cinematographer’s color correction system. It can help save time in post-production, as it lets you color correct, crop and mask your images on a calibrated screen. You can then create a matching 3D LUT for all your color grading processes.
As per the product’s official description on the iTunes Store:
“Color correction tools include printer lights, curves, color wheels, RGB controls, and a Zone System ruler. Monitoring tools include waveform monitor, vectorscope, and histogram.”
DOP’s can use this app for accurate color and contrast values and also have control over the entire camera-to-post workflow.
3CP also has location scouting and pre-visualization features inbuilt. You can check out the full list at the product’s page.
6) Make-Up Continuity Pro ($49.99, iOS)
The first of its kind, Make-Up Continuity Pro is for the tech-savvy Makeup artist. It helps save paperwork and money by a sort of centralized hub for all your continuity needs. Here are its features in a nutshell, as per the app’s description on the product page:
- Run multiple projects simultaneously
- Organise continuity photographs and notes by character, scene number and story day.
- Bluetooth an editable sheet to another app user or email PDF copies for reference to other departments or members of your team.
- Easily edit, delete, backup and replicate sheets or projects.
- Quick view a character’s photographs, in scene order on one continuous page.
- Differentiate between lead cast and SA’s.
- Zoom into photographs for greater detail.
- Easily archive projects on your own computer or forward to production.
- Search any scene number, story day or character name to locate sheets quickly and easily.
- Autosave prevents loss of information if you are called away.
Great for costume and makeup designers as well as assistant directors and production assistants.
7) Cine3D Stereographer ($44.99, iOS)
is a must-have for any production crew shooting in 3D. The app provides a real-time depth simulation, thus acting as an intuitive stereo 3D calculator. Useful for directors, cinematographers and VFX professionals on set, this app can help reduce wastage of time and money by producing accurate values helping you to take precise,quick shots. Here is the entire list of features taken from the app’s iTunes product page.
There are a ton of other apps out there, and we just brought you the creme de la creme from each ‘department’. Do let us know your experiences in using them and also if there are any apps you think we should have included in this list.