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If you’ve ever worked in linear tape-to-tape editing, there’s a good chance you’ve dealt with an edit controller device that has jog or shuttle wheels. With everything being software based now, many have simply reassigned to a keyboard the tasks that used to be associated with a console. Well, short of buying an expensive console to interface with your NLE or remembering dozens of keyboard shortcuts, what’s a video editor to do? That’s where Jeff Chow’s CTRL+Console iOS app comes in. Click through to check out the Kickstarter video. More »
As fellow NoFilmSchool and feature-film script writer Christopher Boone would tell you (you’re my boy, blue!), writing is something you have to practice daily. The hardest part sometimes is just motivating yourself to stop staring at the blank page and just write something. If you’re the type of person who enjoys a challenge, then perhaps a fun way to get a few good pages in every day is a free platform called 750 Words. Hit the jump for a full rundown on the site, and how it could be a boon to your screenwriting creativity: More »
There’s a lot in the way of Micro 4/3 news that’s been coming down the pike, mainly due to the upcoming release of the Panasonic GH3 and the passive MFT version of the Blackmagic Cinema Camera coming at the end of the year. On the GH3 side of things, there’s a hands on video of the GH3 smartphone app, new test videos, an official release date, and the first rumblings from the hacker community. There’s also a test video of SLR Magic’s new 35mm T0.95 and T1.4 lenses, as well as rumors of an active Micro 4/3 mount Blackmagic Cinema Camera: More »
RED’s new Meizler Module was recently introduced, and it does almost everything you think a module should be able to do. It’s wireless functionality and proxy capabilities are the main selling point, but RED is also developing their own app that allows control of a RED EPIC or SCARLET through an iPad, iPhone, or iPod Touch. Here is another video from Sean Ruggeri at RED giving a brief overview of the Meizler Module as well as the new REDsync app: More »
There are literally thousands of apps on the iOS and Android platforms, and plenty of them are actually useful for filmmakers. Having some of these apps is like having an entire production office or studio in your pocket. App developers have created tools for all different skill levels, so whether you are just starting your career or have been at it for a while, there is an app for you. Here are 5 that just might make your filmmaking experience more productive: More »
We’ve posted about these discounts before, but since both deals expire shortly, it’s worth mentioning one last time. Final Draft is selling its long-awaited Writer app for iPad at the App Store for $29.99 until Sept. 30, a 40% savings off the list price of $49.99. If you’re not a Final Draft user or you need to upgrade to Final Draft 8, The Writers Store is selling its Final Draft 8 Platinum Edition Package for $169 (32% off Final Draft 8 sticker price) and Final Draft 8 upgrades for $59 (40% discount). The Writers Store discounts also end Sept. 30, so if you’re looking to making the switch or upgrade to Final Draft 8, or add Final Draft Writer to your mobile arsenal, time is of the essence. Check out the video below for an overview of the new Final Draft Writer. More »
For those of you anxiously waiting for the Final Draft Writer app for your iPad scheduled to be released Sept. 4, wait no longer. Final Draft has announced that its long-awaited Writer iPad app is now available for $29.99 until Sept. 30, at which point (in theory) the price shoots up to $49.99 (Koo, you were right). To see a quick peek at what Writer has to offer, check out the video below: More »
For those of you out there using Final Draft 8 who have looked elsewhere to find mobile screenwriting solutions for your iPad, you will have to look no further on September 4. Final Draft has announced the company is (finally) releasing its long-awaited Final Draft Writer App for iPad on September 4 via the iTunes App Store (sorry, Android users, you’re still outta luck). Here are a few of the features of Final Draft Writer according to the company newsletter: More »
Augmented Reality has been slowly making its way into our lives, mostly in the form of demo videos, games, and Google’s forthcoming Glass project. But Aurasma is a cool little app that puts the tools to create AR content into the hands of everyone, and has implications that could put an interesting twist in filmmaking for the web: More »
We’ve all used shot lists on set (or most of us, anyway), and the one inevitability with all shot lists is that they’re going to change. Whether you’re way behind or way ahead, shot lists help you and the Assistant Director (if you have one) figure out where and when you’ll be shooting next. It’s usually a given that something will have to change with the shot list and it’ll be crossed out or erased and rewritten. It’s amazing that in 2012 this is still predominately how things are done for one simple reason: because it works. Well, a new iOS app called Shot Lister wants to change the way we’ve been doing things for the last 100 years of cinema, and it’s got a few tricks up its sleeve that just might convince you. More »
Sometimes, best intentions aren’t enough to get you to write your screenplay. Or perhaps you need to work under a tight deadline to churn out pages. But how well would you write if you knew your computer or iPad would start deleting your words if you stopped writing for too long? That’s the beauty/horror of Write or Die, an app available for your iPad and desktop that goads you into writing with negative consequences. Or as its tagline proclaims: “Putting the ‘Prod’ in Productivity”. More »
Ever need to send out copies of your screenplay to several people at once, but want each of them to know that your screenplay is for their eyes only? Maybe you’re having a staged reading of a work-in-progress, but don’t want to current draft to drift beyond the confines of the reading. Or maybe you’re an assistant at a production company who needs to share a script with talent and other producers, but who also needs to keep it under wraps. Earlier this year, John August and his team at Quote-Unquote Apps, Nima Yousefi and Ryan Nelson, launched Bronson Watermarker at the Mac App Store to do just that and more. Check out this video for more details about Bronson Watermarker: More »
Back in February, John August announced a new Mac app called Highland, a conversion utility allowing screenwriters to move between FDX, PDF and Fountain files. After a few months of private beta testing with his app co-developers Nima Yousefi (code) and Ryan Nelson (graphics), August has announced a public beta of Highland, which takes Highland beyond screenplay conversion and into screenplay editing. More »
First of all, industry standard screenwriting software Final Draft is $70 off until Sept 30. But thanks to @navesink on Twitter, I found out about a new screenwriting program that brings some appealing changes to the table. Movie Draft SE is available through the Mac App Store for just $30 (“for a limited time,” though I don’t know how limited of a time we’re talking) with some very promising features. It’s also available for Windows and Linux. Chiefly I’m interested in the modularity of the scenes and the navigation sidebar, as demonstrated in this video: More »
Ever since VisualHub was discontinued, there’s been a dearth of freeware transcoding apps on the Mac. I’ve since recommended MPEG Streamclip, but a true “everything to everything” program hasn’t been available in the free arena. As of a week ago you can grab the new version of Apple Compressor for $50, but they didn’t update the program to 64-bit or even change the interface from the last version (which I was never a fan of). Thus newcomer Adapter, while still in beta, looks promising: More »
I’m doing some basic design/planning for a new section of the Filmmaker Magazine web site, and I needed a screenshot of the current home page. If you’re on a Mac, you can hit just command-shift-4 — if all you want is the a shot of the top of the page. But what if you want an image of the whole site, top to bottom? Paparazzi to the rescue. Enter the URL of the site, hit Capture, and you’re done. Perfect for redesigns and mockups, and it’s free.
Enjoy this extra white space due to the long image. Think deep thoughts.
File this under “too good to be true, therefore it probably won’t last.” PdaNet is an application that allows you to use your phone’s data connection on your laptop. It connects iPhone, Palm, Android, Blackberry, or Windows Mobile phones to Macs or PCs (in my case, it’s an Android phone connected to a Mac). This means you essentially have internet everywhere; if you’re on a decent 3G connection it’s surprisingly fast. I ran a speed test and got 2.5 megabits/second (Time Warner cable internet in NYC typically peaks out at 5 megabits). Considering many carriers are soon going to charge you for tethering, the $30 one-time fee for PdaNet is more than worth it if you find yourself working on the road a lot (or in coffee shops and airports, where free Wi-Fi is still rare). While the connection is sometimes finicky, PdaNet has more than paid for itself; I’m writing this from an internet-free house in Queens, yet I’ve been able to FTP large video files to clients.
MacHeist is a website that sells a lot of Mac applications in a bundle for less than the normal price of one of the individual apps. In the case of the currently running “nanoBundle2″ promotion, it’s seven applications that would retail for $266, on sale together for a total of $19.95. These aren’t trial versions or crippled licenses; they are the full monty.
How can MacHeist do this? Well, the involved app developers get a lot less money for their app, but they’re getting less money from a lot more people. Plus they gain a larger userbase and get broad exposure from the promotion. The current bundle contains a number of handy-looking creative applications and is live until March 9th, so I thought I’d review the software contained therein from the perspective of a writer/designer/filmmaker/blogger. To get your money’s worth you’ve really only gotta find one of the seven applications useful; is the nanoBundle2 worth a Jackson? More »
I’m editing some behind-the-scenes footage from the upcoming Focus Features… uh, feature, Greenberg (dir. Noah Baumbach, stars Ben Stiller, Greta Gerwig, Mark Duplass). I’m handed a 500GB drive, from which I’m to grab interviews and other press kit-type assets. In total there’s about 400GB of footage to transfer. There are a few of ways to copy this footage over:
- Just copy the files over, dummy
- Use Apple’s built-in Disk Utility to “restore” their drive to my own
- Use a free app like Carbon Copy Cloner
- Use a paid app like… well, I forget
For testing purposes, I tried the first two methods; neither worked. Copying 400GB of footage is a bit more error-prone than your typical drag-and-drop operation, and given I’m copying it from a 2.5″ USB drive, the process will take 4-5 hours (during which anything can go wrong). As for option four, the reason I can’t remember which purchasable applications you can use for this kind of transfer is because Carbon Copy Cloner works perfectly… and it’s free.
While I tend to use Time Machine for regular backups, CCC also offers nice selective backup options (meaning, it just updates files that have changed since your last transfer), which makes it handy for making multiple off-site backups to avoid catastrophic data loss.
Link: Carbon Copy Cloner