February 13, 2019

P-Cam Pro: Meet the Swiss Army Knife of Cinema Apps

P-Cam Pro
The popular P-cam app gets “Pro” update with more cinematography tools.

First released years ago and originally developed by those working in the camera technician field, the new updated P-Cam Pro app continues to be a handy tool for filmmakers on sets big or small.

If you’re looking to preview field of view, calculate focal length matches, or just access the numerous reference charts which you might need out on a shoot, this “swiss army knife” cinema app has you covered.

Let’s take a look at some of the P-Cam Pro’s updated features.

Depth of Field

Depth of Field

As a highly helpful and practical hand-held depth of field calculator, the P-Cam Pro gives insights into percentage distances, user-definable camera formats and focal length changes.

  • Near, Far, Total, Hyperfocal & Percentage Distances
  • Unlimited user-definable Camera Formats & CoC
  • Automatic server updates to new Cameras
  • Incremental +/- distance & focal length changes
  • Camera, Lighting, and Favorites lists with reordering

Field of View Preview

Field of View

The P-Cam Pro also helps with your shot-to-shot production as a preview device for setting up your compositions and working with your field of view with a focus on different focal lengths, distances and camera positions.

  • Match shots based on Distance & Focal Length
  • Portrait and Landscape camera positions
  • 8 Preview Illustrations
  • Adjustable safe area masks, 90% - 92% - 95%

Reference Charts

Reference

And as a favorite of DPs and ACs on every set, having handy reference charts at the ready can be a huge help and save you from lugging around papers and folders everywhere you go. (Just don’t get caught looking at your phone any time other than to check the app!)

Reference charts included:

  • Technical charts, lists and tables
  • False Color/Exposure Change
  • Cine Lens Manufacturers
  • Zone System
  • Miniature Shooting
  • Safe Panning Speeds
  • Cine Film Stocks
  • 2018 Camera comparisons

The Rest of the P-Cam Pro Tools

Tools

But there’s definitely plenty more to get out of the P-Cam Pro as the device has a wide array of uses and tools at your disposal. Including:

  • Splits - Aperture Finder
  • Focal Length Match
  • Relative Size
  • Exposure
  • HMI Flicker-Free
  • Insert Slate
  • Eye Light - Chroma Key
  • Light Effects
  • Mired Shift - Gel Selector
  • Conversions
  • Test Charts (siemens)
  • Triangulate
  • Running Time to Length
  • Shooting to Screen Time
  • Color Correction
  • Time Lapse
  • Scene Illumination
  • Light Coverage
  • Underwater Distance
  • Diopter
  • Macro

You can purchase the P-Cam Pro on iTunes for $29.99 here.     

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6 Comments

Only available for i-devices. Stupid marketing move aimed at Apple fanboys.

February 15, 2019 at 5:25AM

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Jerry Roe
Indie filmmaker
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Considering that 95% of the Assistants and DP's use iDevices it's not a stupid marketing move

February 16, 2019 at 8:01PM

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Eric Fletcher
Steadicam/Camera Operator and DP
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For BOTH iPad and iPhone...wooow!
lol...

February 15, 2019 at 5:29AM

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Jeroen Rommelaars
Animator - Videographer - Motion Tracking
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No cameraman needs such crap. On set, all the numbers are worthless. There is anyway no time on set for "fancy apps".

You know the shot, you know which lens may fit, you know the distance by experience.

February 15, 2019 at 6:23AM

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JeffreyWalther
Steadicam Operator/Owner
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Ummmm You know not of what you are talking about. You have diopters memorized? How about depth of field? Mired shift values? How about matching size?

Not only is there a need for "Fancy Apps" but they are used daily on the big shows.

February 16, 2019 at 8:00PM

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Eric Fletcher
Steadicam/Camera Operator and DP
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The ONLY app I use on set these days is Shotlister. Once they came over to android it was all over but the crying. Only on I-stuff....pffft. Zoom has pissed me off with this maneuver for their F8 app as well. I get that it's easier to program for apple because of limited hardware combinations but I'm done supporting things that are ONLY apple.

February 15, 2019 at 7:13AM

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Dylan Sunshine Saliba
Cinematographer
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