November 30, 2017

18 Cinematography Smartphone Apps You'll Actually Use

If you want to make your life as a cinematographer easier and more efficient, there's definitely an app for that.

Obviously, smartphones have changed the way people live their lives, but they've also greatly improved the way filmmakers approach their projects. There are so many apps out there that can do everything, including giving your phone more shooting options, monitoring your scenes, and even tracking the path of the sun to make sure you're prepared for your outdoor shoot, but Sareesh Sudhakaran of wolfcrow shares 18 of his most favorite in the video below. Check it out:

While all of these apps on the list are really helpful, some of them may not apply to you if you don't use certain cameras brands, including Panasonic, Sony, and GoPro. Aside from those, however, the rest of the apps can assist any filmmaker in exposing images, monitoring, focusing, sound, and whatever else they need. (Although, SquareFit is more of a photography app.)

  • Panasonic Imaging app
  • Sony PlayMemories
  • GoPro
  • Mavis
  • VSCO
  • CineScope
  • SquareFit
  • Field Monitor
  • Focus Chart
  • RØDE Reporter
  • Red Tools
  • ARRI Photometric
  • Lee Diffusion
  • Flashlight
  • ARRI Skypanel
  • Sun and Moon
  • NIOSH
  • iMovie

I was surprised that FiLMiC Pro wasn't on the list, since it's such a powerful app that gives you control over your smartphone's focus, exposure, white balance, variable speed zoom, and frame rate (1-240fps) settings. It's a little pricey, but it's worth every penny.

What are some of your favorite smartphone filmmaking apps? Let us know down in the comments.      

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LumaFusion - hands down best editing app for the iPhone supporting multiple video / audio tracks, LUTs, multiple resolutions of export etc. Have done a rough cut of a 35 min film in 4K on my iPhone. Incredible.

November 30, 2017 at 9:59PM

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I just checked it out and LumaFusion seems like the best mobile editing app!
After a lot of searching I thought there are no apps like that one, but there are!
Too bad, it's for ios. Is there such an app for Android?

December 1, 2017 at 12:34PM

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ReinisK
Cameraguy, editor
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Rhino - Storyteller
iPerfocal
Adobe Capture
NoBuSlate

December 1, 2017 at 10:38AM

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Garrett Evans
Relevant Video Design
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sun surveyor is the best. not the free version.

December 1, 2017 at 11:15AM, Edited December 1, 11:15AM

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Why is everyone being so Apple-centric? I don't use Apple phones, and would like to see a review of Android apps for cinematography.

December 1, 2017 at 6:42PM

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AJ Bouchard
Just about anything.
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Cine Meter 2

December 2, 2017 at 12:39PM

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Josh Wilkinson
Music Video Director/DP
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Also the photographer’s ephemeris

December 2, 2017 at 4:58PM

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Josh Wilkinson
Music Video Director/DP
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Hollywood Camera Work, Green Screener app. Love your tips V, best part of NFS.

December 8, 2017 at 8:36AM

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James Schindler
Aspiring Film maker
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Movie Slate
pCam

December 8, 2017 at 11:16AM, Edited December 8, 11:16AM

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Robert Olding
Director of Photography
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Filmic pro is available for Android too but not my phone. (Vernee Thor). Access to flat colour profiles via Filmic sounds impressive. There are Android phones coming through now that use more than one lens to create a shallow depth of field. The next few years will see great changes (as they always do, I suppose)

December 8, 2017 at 1:39PM, Edited December 8, 1:39PM

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Julian Richards
Film Warlord
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January 7, 2018 at 4:39PM

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Philip Archer
Producer, Director
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Only TWO apps matter. CityMapper, and Invoice2go. Get me to work. Get me paid.

January 7, 2018 at 6:32PM

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Howard Davidson
gaffer
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thanks for sharing these best photography apps. Here i would like to add some apps from my own list of best camera apps for android : https://techuncle.net/best-camera-app-for-android and for ios : https://techuncle.net/best-camera-apps-for-iphone
do have a look at these and add them to the list :)

January 8, 2018 at 1:27PM

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January 8, 2018 at 5:37PM

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fillip muller
blogger
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This is good no doubt, https://plex.software/
https://luckypatcher.pro/
https://kodi.software/ but could have been ebtter

May 14, 2018 at 10:51AM

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iosman
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If you’re using ARRI lights, you could find their Photometrics app very useful. It gives you all important data on their light fixtures and what you can expect. If you want to estimate how many lights you need for a specific T-stop, this app will come in handy. It’s also constantly updated with their new additions.

June 30, 2018 at 5:21AM

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