Equipment and apps for Filming on Smartphones

Posted: April 9, 2012 in Uncategorized

Since filming on smartphones is becoming ever more popular, more and more apps and pieces of equipment are becoming available. It may have started with just simple software, but already gone are the days when one would need to use the lens from their DSLR because companies are already producing camera lenses made specifically for the iPhone. And it’s not just lenses, steady cam equipment is also available, if it carries on like his, how long will it be until the camera as we know it is completely obsolete?

Talking of his recent experiments filming with an iPhone, Leeds based write director Danny Lacey said he used an iPhone app called Super 8, which made his iphone behave like an old super 8 camera, It’s a popular application which has drawn strong approval ratings on the apple website

http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/super-8/id435739918?mt=8

“Super 8™ is the ultimate Super 8 camera emulator for your video-capable iDevice. Using Super 8™, you can make your own vintage movies and add lens, filter and shake effects, arrange clips and scenes the way you want them; you can even add your own credits.

And now with Version 2, you can publish your videos to Twitter, Facebook, YouTube and via E-Mail instantly! With the addition of one-shot movies, all you need to do is film a clip and then post it directly. No more need to go to the cartridge or library or render a movie to put it out to the world!”

The truly amazing thing about the iPhone camera accesories is the sheer variety of them. They range all the way from £14.99 external fish eye lenses which can be picked up off ebay in a matter of seconds, all the way up to $899 Sennheiser wireless mic kits that can be hooked up to the iPhone.

Here’s a link to a website that goes into great depth about the equipment currently avaliable http://www.smartmoviemaking.com/10-best-accessories-and-gizmos-for-shooting-a-film-on-an-iphone-4/

There’s a video on the site which features a a variety of different pieces of equipment either made exclusively for the iPhone of which can be adapted to work with one just as well. Here’s the list

Joby’s GorillaMobile for iPhone 4 ($39.95 retail, $29.29 on Amazon)

Suction Clip ($12.99)

The Glif ($20)

Owle Bubo ($169.95)

EnCinema 35mm Lens Adaptor ($200 and up)

LitePanels Micro Light ($297.99 retail, $259.95 on Amazon)

Sennheiser EW112PG3A Wireless Mic Kit
 ($899.99 retail, $599.00 on Amazon)

Grippit Smartphone Adaptor ($9.99)

TreeFrog Camera Accessory Kit ($49.95 retail, $38.79 on Amazon)

Zacuto iPhone Point-n-Shoot ($121.00 retail, $114.95 on Amazon)

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