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Predilux : iOS app for gaffers and DPs
Georges Harnack posted a topic in General DiscussionHi, We are two technicians working in the film industry in France (a grip guy and a gaffer) and we just discovered this very interesting forum. We particularly noticed that gaffers and cinematographers were asking questions about light output and what aperture is obtained at a certain distance. It happens that with the help of two IT engineers we developed an iOS app responding to this question about 2 years ago. First and for all, we’re not going to post messages everywhere on this forum to sell our app nor are we going to pollute your threads to gain in visibility. We just think some of you might be interested in what we created and since we’re a really small team working on off-time we can’t do any real advertising, so you probably wouldn’t know our app existed. Our app is called Predilux (for pre-diction and lux for light) and predicts the exposure as measured by a light meter, by choosing a light source and a distance. Or inversely predicts the distance to the light source by specifying the exposure. Predilux takes into account: Camera settings (FPS, ISO, Shutter angle) Source settings (Focalisation, Lenses, Grids, Dimmer, CCT, etc) Gels mounted on or close to the source (All ROSCO e-colour+ range) All results have been experimentally verified by us with a light meter in rental houses. For each source setting we made several measurements at different distances and this took a lot of time. So Predilux does not rely on constructor’s data, but on real data reflecting the state of the equipment as found in rental houses. Our data sometimes differs from the constructor’s data. Here is a quasi exhaustive list of the sources measured and included in the Predilux (12/2019) : Tungsten ARRI 150, 300 Plus, 1K Plus, 5K Fresnel, T10, T12, Rubylight (MFL lamps) Briese 77, 100, 140, 180 with lampes ranging from 650 W to 2K Mole Richardson Softlite 1K, MaxiBrut 16 (MFL lamps) Openfaces such as Redhead, Blonde, Desisti Renoir 5kW and LTM Cyclight 2K ETC Source 4, Dedolight, Zaplight, CMC 20K, etc. HMI ARRI AS 575, 1200, 4K, 6K, 12K, Arri M18, M40, M90, ArriMAX 12K & 18K K5600 JokerBug 200, 400, 800, Alpha 1600, 4K, 9K, 18K AFM 575, 1200, LTM Cinepar 2.5K Fluorescent KinoFlo 2ft, 4ft & 6ft LED ARRI S30, S60, S120, S360 KinoFlo Celeb 200, 250, 400, 450, 850 DMG SL1, SL1 mini, SL1 Switch, MaxiSwitch Mole Richardson Tweenie, Senior, Tener Aladdin Biflex 1x1, 1x2, Flexlite 1x4, 350 Dedolight bi90, Cineroid LMD400, Velvet V1 Balloon Airstar Gaffair 1200, Elipse 4000, PAD 9ft x 9ft, Tube 16K If any of the administrators of this forum wish to try out our app, we would be happy to give them one or several free life-time activation codes. For all the other users, our app is available on the Apple Store (). An Android release is planned. If you have questions or requests, don’t hesitate to contact us at this address firstname.lastname@example.org Thanks for reading this post and we hope you thought it was interesting, Georges Harnack for the Predilux Team
Android vs. iOS
Alexandros Angelopoulos Apostolos posted a topic in Off-TopicI had this impression, and now it looks like a lot more than that, for some time now that the apps for iOS are either better or exist exclusively for it. I thought, at least in a case of one particular app, that somehow Apple secretly incentivizes that app's developers to always make it better for Apple's devices and that they might have some kind of a secret contract that slows down Android development in favour of iOS. Then a few days ago I typed into Google "why are apps better for ios". This popped up in one of the results (it's from 2015): Young people I talk to with Android phones have them because it was cheap, or free, and their goal is to buy an iPhone a year or two from now when they have the money. They settled with an Android phone and now they’re settling with clunky implementations of the apps their friends had before them on their iPhones. I’m building for iOS because I want to target users with taste and buying power. :lol: at the Prada bag and BMW comments! Not that it's not true. :ph34r: Not much change in the recent few years, although I could say an iPhone in this sense is not what it once was. Also, on the other hand, the competitors just can't take this crown from Apple, no matter what they do, it seems. I think that another result even said that Google's own apps are better for iOS. :lol: :blink: :ph34r: In that iMac Pro thread I saw that Android vs. iOS popped up briefly. So I was wondering what are your thoughts and experinces, likes and dislikes, when it comes to both of these operating systems and their possibilities. Why do you prefer the one you use?
Any announcement from this year’s WWDC that you liked? :) Or did the conference perhaps disappoint you?
Apps for Cinematographers
Alexandros Angelopoulos Apostolos posted a topic in General DiscussionSeveral days ago, I asked Satsuki about how they knew the Sun will appear at a particular spot in one of the scenes in Satsuki’s reel. I was aiming to find out if Satsuki was using any of the Sun-tracking apps. There are a few which seem to be really popular, especially with photographers. One of them is PhotoPills, currently available only for iOS, but there is an Android version in the works (if I remember correctly, by the end of the year it will hit Play Store). The app is $9.99 in the App Store: http://www.photopills.com/ It looks gorgeous. Its competitor is the Sun Surveyor app, available both for Android and iOS. It’s $7.99 in the Play Store: http://www.sunsurveyor.com/ Looks great, too. Another similar one, available on both platforms is The Photographer’s Ephemeris, which also has a free Web app: http://photoephemeris.com/ Satsuki mentioned Sun Seeker. http://www.ozpda.com/ Then there's the Set Lighting Technician, $5.99, which provides specifications for most frequently used lights on set. Available for both platforms, though one commentator in the Play Store says that the iPhone version has more information. So I was wondering are there any other apps, of any other type, which you use and which are useful in your job?
Revamped Interface Offers Enhanced User Experience; Now Available on Android and Windows WOODLAND HILLS, Calif. (May 28, 2015) - Panavision has released a new and groundbreaking version of its popular PANASCOUT application. Adopted by industry professionals as an essential creative tool during preproduction, PANASCOUT was the first application to allow capturing and sharing of images encoded with the crucial metadata needed on location scouts. PANASCOUT is available for free on all mobile devices running iOS, Android and Windows platforms. A wide range of intuitive functions and a redesigned user interface make it even easier to record and share images and information with the entire creative team. PANASCOUT now offers video capture in PANAFRAME, a framing overlay that displays a choice of aspect ratios from true widescreen 2.40 (Anamorphic), to 1.85 (Super 35mm), 1.78 (16:9 HD), and 1.33 (4:3) and custom. Metadata automatically incorporates date/time, file name, focal length, aspect ratio, and any notes added by the user, which can be saved to a folder or the device's library. A "Map it" button allows photos to be plotted on a map identifying the exact location where they were taken. Additionally, by clicking the "P" button, users can find contact information for the closest Panavision office anywhere in the world. Additional features available via in-app purchases include: Video capture - now with PANAFRAME overlay and metadata Folder management - organize, rename and sort photos/videos Customization tools - create custom aspect ratios and control the transparency of the masking bars Additional image data - add GPS coordinates, compass direction, and sunrise/sunset to image metadata Sharing capabilities - send images and videos direct to Dropbox, YouTube, Tumblr or email Zoom and Prime lens controls - options for previewing with Zoom and Prime lenses, which includes a focal length display in the 35mm film format equivalent. Built in functionality automatically identifies each device camera and then converts the focal length to display the equivalent of the 35mm film format Audio notes -- add voice notes to photos, or text notes or tags to photos and videos For more information, visit www.panascout.com.
CREATING SHOT LISTS - THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT Create flexible shotlists for your next film with StoryFlow – available now on iOS for the iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch. Designed for directors and cinematographers working on independent and short films, the StoryFlow app lets you create lists of scenes and shots for an unlimited number of movies. Now you need never miss that important shot. Features include: * Easily reorder shots. * Create ‘shoot days’ and add shots to each, so you know which shots you need to get on which day. * When you’ve added all the shots for a scene, you can lock them. At that point, each shot has a fixed shot number. (Unlock at any time.) You can still reorder the shots according to the order in which you're going to shoot them, but the numbers won't change. * Number shots alphabetically (1A, 1B, 1C, etc) or numerically (1.1, 1.2, 1.3) – useful if you’re using some types of recorder, such as the Atomos Ninja. * View shots by the order in which they appear in the script, or in the order you want to shoot them on the day. * Create a new project by importing a Final Draft (.fdx) script via Dropbox. StoryFlow automatically creates the lists of scenes and shots straight from the script. * Export a Production (project) via email – for other people to import, or to use on another device. Exports include all data and images. Importing a Production file is done via Dropbox. * Add a photo to each shot for simple storyboarding. You can shoot a picture on your device or choose one from your photo library. * Mark each shot as ‘done’ while you’re shooting, for a quick check of your progress through the day. * Set highlight colours for productions and scenes – for example, to indicate the status of each. * Export your shotlists (in either script or shoot order) to a spreadsheet file and send via email – to your crew or yourself. * User-definable shot types (CU, MS etc) and lenses. Build and use these lists across all productions. You can also export them (via email) for use on other devices running StoryFlow. StoryFlow was created by film-makers for film-makers. All features are included in the one-off price of $7.99 - no in-app purchase or subscription required. Go to: http://www.zolascope.com/storyflow (where you'll find full online instructions) or find the app in Apple's iOS App Store at: http://bit.ly/storyflow.