Since the release of the iPhone and later the iPad, there has been a continuous rollout of apps or apps targeting the video production market. Some have come and gone, but many have now become an indispensable part of our kit, providing comfort and in some cases replacing high-priced production equipment.
Some of the most useful applications have been designed for use in pre-production and planning. It often takes the place of expensive desktop software and, in some cases, adds additional ease of use.
Scripting apps like script pro allow users to write scripts with the help of popup menus and shortcuts right on their iPad.
It is also compatible with industry standard software such as final draft. It also detects when an external keyboard is connected to iPad and removes the on-screen keyboard for an even bigger view.
Another extremely useful app is Hitchcock’s Storyboard Composer. This is a very well thought out storyboard app that allows the user to upload multiple images from their libraries, add music, notes and of course shot descriptions. It also emulates camera movements such as pans, tilts, and dolly movements. Your storyboard can be exported as a PDF or even played as a movie.
Perhaps some of the most popular applications are those used for production, such as the movie slate or DSLR slate, which replace the need for expensive clapperboards.
The movie clapper app does everything you need a clapper to do and then some. You can create full voice and image notes, export reports, and ingest shot data into editing platforms like Final Cut Pro. You can also sync timecode between cameras, between other iPads or iPhones, with the time on a clock, and even sync with a song from iTunes, if you are recording a music video.
Telepromptor apps are also gaining popularity. The pro promtor app allows you to edit the text of the presentation and has a customizable text scrolling screen where you can adjust the size and speed. Another useful feature is the ability to sync between iPads so your presenter can talk to multiple cameras displaying the same text.
There are also several editing packages available, such as iMovie, a portable version of the popular Mac desktop software. It’s surprisingly flexible with many of the usual features. Users can edit existing images or record more with the iPad’s built-in 1080p HD camera capability. Of course, this won’t be as good as a professional camcorder, but it’s very useful for planning shots, finding locations, and storyboarding.
And when you’re done, the sharing possibilities are endless. Upload to YouTube or Vimeo, a cloud or website, or even play it on a big-screen TV using AirPlay.
The iPhone and iPad have brought a lot of new possibilities to the world of video production, and for my part, I think video production is better for it.
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