APPS

Compiled by Susan Zwerman, AD/UPM

The author makes no warranties for any purpose with respect to companies or products. Participation or mention of any company or product in the handout does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the author.

* The applications below, although geared towards an iPhone and iPad, can be used as a reference tool for those with other mobile and/or digital devices. Check your digital operating requirements. 

AccuWeather ver 2.0
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/accuweather-for-iphone/id300048137?mt=8
Gives video forecasts as well as accurate weather information.  Can email weather report directly through your iPhone or iPad. (Free)

Action Log
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/action-log/id316992969?mt=8
Action Log is a film and television-logging tool, designed for use on location or in a studio with up to 25 recording devices. At the touch of a button the logging system keeps track of all reel names and time codes for each recorded piece of action.  For iPhone or iPad. (Free)

Align of Sight
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/align-of-sight/id385134018?mt=8
For Precision Photography, Visual Effects, Match-Moving and Location Scouting.  Record and log any view vector in space & time and align live camera angles to previously recorded Lines- Of-Sight and specific sun direction.  Used as a digital level on a camera.  For iPhone or iPad ($14.99)

Artemis
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/artemis-directors-viewfinder/id324917457?mt=8
A Digital Directors viewfinder.  For the iPhone (Free)

Artemis Remote for the iPad
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/artemis-remote-for-iPad/id372459098?mt=8
Directors Viewfinder and Remote – Use your iPhone 4 camera as a director’s viewfinder to plan out shots, and feed that information over Wi-Fi to your iPad.  You can select the lens size, ratio, etc.  For iPad. ($4.99)

Aspect Ratio Calculator
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/aspect-ratio-calc/id423170814?mt=8
Calculates video aspect ratios and pixel dimensions.  Presets are provided for common formats. Results can be copied to the clipboard or emailed.  For iPhone and iPad.  ($1.99)

MOBILE APPS FOR iPhone and iPad
Compiled by Susan Zwerman, AD/UPM

The author makes no warranties for any purpose with respect to companies or products. Participation or mention of any company or product in the handout does not constitute endorsement or recommendation by the author.

* The applications below, although geared towards an iPhone and iPad, can be used as a reference tool for those with other mobile and/or digital devices. Check your digital operating requirements.

AccuWeather ver 2.0
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/accuweather-for-iphone/id300048137?mt=8
Gives video forecasts as well as accurate weather information.  Can email weather report directly through your iPhone or iPad. (Free)

Action Log
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/action-log/id316992969?mt=8
Action Log is a film and television-logging tool, designed for use on location or in a studio with up to 25 recording devices. At the touch of a button the logging system keeps track of all reel names and time codes for each recorded piece of action.  For iPhone or iPad. (Free)

Align of Sight
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/align-of-sight/id385134018?mt=8
For Precision Photography, Visual Effects, Match-Moving and Location Scouting.  Record and log any view vector in space & time and align live camera angles to previously recorded Lines- Of-Sight and specific sun direction.  Used as a digital level on a camera.  For iPhone or iPad ($14.99)

Artemis
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/artemis-directors-viewfinder/id324917457?mt=8
A Digital Directors viewfinder.  For the iPhone (Free)

Artemis Remote for the iPad
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/artemis-remote-for-iPad/id372459098?mt=8
Directors Viewfinder and Remote – Use your iPhone 4 camera as a director’s viewfinder to plan out shots, and feed that information over Wi-Fi to your iPad.  You can select the lens size, ratio, etc.  For iPad. ($4.99)

Aspect Ratio Calculator
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/aspect-ratio-calc/id423170814?mt=8
Calculates video aspect ratios and pixel dimensions.  Presets are provided for common formats. Results can be copied to the clipboard or emailed.  For iPhone and iPad.  ($1.99)

CamCard
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/camcard-lite-business-card/id355472887?mt=8
Scans and reads business cards and convert to contacts. Can save contact information in Card
Holder or iPhone Address Book.  For iPhone or iPad.  (Free)

Camera for iPad
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/camera-for-ipad/id366129244?mt=8
Add a camera to your iPad – wirelessly.  Easily connects any two devices to send the camera from one to the other.  Simply start Camera for iPad on both devices, and they’ll find each other. Your iPad shows what the iPhone’s camera sees. For iPhone and iPad.  ($.99)

Celtx Shots
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/celtx-shots/id467370902?mt=8
Celtx Shots is the first app with both storyboarding and set blocking built-in, so you can create storyboards and block scenes in the field or on the set. For iPhone or iPad.  (Free)

Cineme– Storyboard Composer http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/storyboard-composer/id325697961?mt=8
Storyboard Composer is a mobile story boarding application.  No need to know how to draw. This app allows you to portray your vision to others in an easy controllable format.  Designed for Directors, Directors of Photography, Producers, Writers, Animators, Art Directors, film students and anyone who wants to be able to visualize their story. For iPhone or iPad.  ($14.99)

Daylight
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/daylight/id324528814?mt=8
Display sunrise and sunset times for your current location, at any point in time. For iPhone or iPad.  (Free)

Documents To Go (Office Suite)
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/documents-to-go-office-suite/id317117961?mt=8
Enables you to read and edit Word and Excel docs from your computer on your iPhone i.e. call sheet.  This app can also view PowerPoint, PDF, iWork, Text, and RTF files on both the iPad and iPhone. Need to sync iPhone or iPad with a Desktop application to use.  ($9.99)

Documents  2
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/documents-2-free-spreadsheet/id314894105?mt=8
Mobile app that lets you see any type of office document on your iPhone, iPad
Also can transfer documents to/from your iPhone via FTP or Wi-Fi, Google, or Email. For iPhone or iPad. (Free)

Doddle Premium
http//www.doddleme.com/registration/pro-preview/
Create Digital Interactive Call Sheets right on your iPhone.  Auto Update Weather and Emergency info for your shoot by just adding a location and date.  Get interactive Map locations by adding in set address.  If you make a change on your call sheet you can send out an email notifying the crew in your address book of that change.  For iPhone and iPad. ($2.99)

DOFMaster
http//www.dofmaster.com/iPhone.html
Calculates depth of field for photography and provides best f-stop and lens combination. For iPhone. ($1.99)

Dropbox
http//www.dropbox.com/iPhoneapp  or http//www.dropbox.com/ipad
Save and restore documents for moving to multiple devices. Bring your files with you wherever you go.  Easy to upload photos and videos to Dropbox.  For iPhone or iPad. (Free)

Easy Release
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/easy-release-model-release/id360835268?mt=8
Create release forms for talent. There are pre-canned release forms to get you started, simply fill in the blanks, save the form as a template.  Hand this form to your talent so they can sign with their finger.  Email the PDF to them and yourself. For iPhone and iPad. ($9.99)

Electronic Slate  – (Movie Slate)
http//www.movie-slate.com/
All-in-one digital slate, clapperboard, shot log, and notepad are used for film, TV, documentaries, music videos, and interviews.  It records both for the iPhone and iPad all of a shot’s production, GPS location, and time code data and is stored to the MovieSlate’s shot log history. This report can then be exported and viewed on your web browser. iPhone 3GS or later and iPad ($24.99)

Evernote
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/evernote/id281796108?mt=8
Evernote is an easy-to-use list maker that helps you remember everything across all of the devices you use.  This app lets you take notes, capture photos, create to-do lists, record voice reminders–and makes these notes completely searchable. For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

Fahrenheit
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/fahrenheit-weather-temperature/id426939660?mt=8
A weather application that uses latest technology to show the current temperature of any location.  This app gives you detailed weather information of unlimited cities worldwide with an easy-to-use user interface. For iPhone and iPad. ($.99)

FDX Reader
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/fdx-reader/id437362569?mt=8
Reader for Final Draft scripts for the iPhone and iPad.  Final Draft uses a file format called .FDX.  If you’ve ever attempted to open one of these files on iOS, you get raw XML.  With FDX you get a screenplay nicely formatted. For iPhone and iPad. ($7.99)

FiLMiC Pro
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/filmic-pro/id436577167?mt=8
This app gives you more control over iPhone movie recording.  It turns your iPhone into a full- featured HD video camera. For iPhone and iPad. ($3.99)
Flashlight w/double circle icon
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/flashlight-o/id381471023?mt=8
Works like a real small flashlight. This app helps you see when it’s night exterior inside or outside.  For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

Final Draft Reader
http//www.finaldraft.com/products/mobile/reader/
It precisely displays production scripts, including colored production pages exactly as they appear on your desktop – perfectly paginated. You can make script notes directly on your iPad. For iPad only. ($19.99)

Flipboard
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/flipboard/id358801284?mt=8
For both the iPhone and iPad. Internet access to web, Facebook, Twitter, Linkedin, etc.  Creates a personalized magazine out from shared files.  For iPhone and iPad.  (Free)

Genius Scan PDF Scanner
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/genius-scan-pdf-scanner/id377672876?mt=8
Genius Scan turns your iPhone into a pocket scanner. It enables you to quickly scan documents on the go and email the scans as JPEG or PDF.  For iPhone and iPad.  (Free)

GoodReader for iPhone
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/goodreader-for-iPhone/id306277111?mt=8
PDF reader with advanced reading.  You can read virtually anything, anywhere books, movies, maps, and pictures. The ability to mark-up PDFs opens up new doors to GoodReader users who can now use typewriter text boxes, sticky notes, lines, arrows, and freehand drawings on top of a PDF file.  This version is free for iPhone.  For iPad, get “GoodReader for iPad.” ($4.99)

GPS by TeleNav

http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/gps-by-telenav/id414817704?mt=8
3D maps with live traffic flow, turn-by-turn directions with manual re-routing, local search, and cheap gas price finder.  Now with Facebook integration & enhanced map discovery. For  iPhone 3GS, 4, 3G and iPad and iPad 2.  (Free)

Group Email
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/groups/id407855546?mt=8
Create and manage groups of contacts .  Email a group of contacts as well as attach images to your group emails. For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

Group Text (textPlus free texting & group text)
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/textplus-free-texting-+-group/id314487667?mt=8
Can use this app for free texting. . For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

Helios Sun Position Calculator
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/helios-sun-position-calculator/id311648870?mt=8
This application graphically predicts the path of the sun from dusk to dawn, on any given day, in any given place.  Good for Cinematographers and Still Photographers working in natural light.  For iPhone and iPad. ($29.99)

iAnnotate PDF
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/iannotate-pdf/id363998953?mt=8
This app has a fully searchable library to organize, find, and read your documents.  It is used for taking notes on lecture slides, annotating important business documents, revising screenplays, and grading papers. For iPad only. ($9.99)

IMDB
http//www.imdb.com/apps/iPhone/
Specifically for IMDB access on the web.  Internet industry database – large connection of movie, TV and celebrity info.  For iPhone and iPad (Free)

iMovie
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/imovie/id377298193?mt=8
Great way to do simple edits on the go.  For iPhone and iPad. ($4.99)

Instapaper
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/instapaper/id288545208?mt=8?partnerId=30
Save and access web pages to read later when you are without Internet connection. For iPhone and iPad ($4.99)

iSlate (ver 1.9)
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/islate/id295464071?mt=8
Simple slate and easy to use as a portable digital clapper board. Digital Slate for Red Camera. For iPhone and iPad. ($2.99)

iVideoCamera
http//itunes.apple.com/app/ivideocamera-record-video/id332166209?mt=8
Now with tons of effects, this app records videos for older iPhones as well. For iPhone and iPad. ($.99)

LightMeter
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/light-meter-free/id410228606?mt=8
A simple light meter.   For iPhone and iPad (Free)

LiVEPLAY
http//lightiron.com/services/live-play
Automated Video Playback – LiVE PLAY is a streaming playback tool designed to enhance existing VTR setups on the set.  With LiVE PLAY, iPads can be used as monitor for serving an unlimited amount of clips and are completely secure.  It lets users view, share, and comment on clips from their LiVE PLAY-equipped iPads.  For iPad.  ($34.99)

MapQuest 4 Mobile
http//www.macworld.com/appguide/app.html?id=113106&expand=true
FREE voice-guided, turn-by-turn, GPS navigation for iPhone. Your phone speaks to you, telling you when to make a turn. Easily search with a single click while on the go. Stay on schedule by checking live traffic en route. If you take a wrong turn, MapQuest re-routes you automatically. For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

MatchLens
http//itunes.apple.com/app/matchlens/id315223799?mt=8
This calculator computes the equivalent lens focal length to produce the same field of view between two cameras with different aperture/sensor sizes. It will do a “Match Lens” calculation, and produce the closest equivalent angle of view lens, in millimeters, for both vertical and horizontal frames. For iPhone and iPad. ($9.99)

Movie Magic Scheduling To Go for the iPad
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/movie-magic-scheduling-to-go/id428072812?mt=8
It only works with a file that is created in Movie Magic Scheduling 5 and can make changes with the touch of a screen.  Movie Magic Scheduling To Go provides a mobile companion solution to the desktop version of Movie Magic Scheduling 5 for use on the iPad.  It allows you to make changes to your existing schedule in a simple touch screen interface.  For iPad. ($29.99)

Movie Slate
http//www.movie-slate.com/
With each closing of the clapper, MovieSlate automatically creates a shot log with your production, timecode, notes, and even the GPS location of your shots.  For iPad and iPhone. ($24.99)

MyRadar
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/myradar-weather-radar/id322439990?mt=8
Regular MyRadar is free and fast and easy to use.  It displays animated weather radar around your current location, allowing you to quickly see weather patterns coming your way. For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

Notes to Store
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/notes-to-store/id364740608?mt=8
Create notebooks of unlimited pages, type text, import photos, draw on photos or sketch. For iPad. ($1.99)

OmniFocus
http//www.omnigroup.com/products/omnifocus-iPad
This is a personal task management app.  Keep it all up-to-date and take your to-dos to-in sync your devices.  Categorize your tasks by the tool, resource, or location required to accomplish them.   For iPhone ($19.99) and for iPad. ($39.99)

OmniGraffle
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/omnigraffle/id363225984?mt=8
Your iPad touch screen is your canvas.  It provides stencils full of objects for you to drag and drop, and it can magically organize diagrams so your ideas come to life. For iPad. ($49.99)

Orchestra to-do
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/orchestra-to-do/id459356540?mt=8
This app is a list maker.  If everyone has it, you can send out and update to-do lists wirelessly. Good for inter-department app.  Automatically syncs between the iPhone and the web for home/work, and can also create tasks with your voice.  For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

PanaScout –Lite
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/panascout-lite/id371341478?mt=8
For crews scouting locations.  This app shows the Cinematographer’s viewpoint from a professional cinema camera.  For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

PanaScout
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/panascout/id361799671?mt=8
This is more advanced than the Lite version, with zoom issue resolved.  It allows you to upload your stills to Final Cut.  360 Panorama – take location stills and stitch them together. For iPhone and iPad. ($9.99)

pCAM Film+Digital Calculator
http//www.davideubank.com/Good_Focus/pCAM_Film+Digital_Calculator.html
Many features for Cinematographers, Camera Operators & Assistants, VFX Supervisors, Script Supervisors and Still Photographers.  Calculates Depth of Field, Splits-Aperture Finder, Field of View (Picture Sizes), Focal Length, Exposure, and Running Time Length.
For iPhone and iPad. ($29.99)

PDF Expert
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-expert-fill-forms annotate/id393316844?mt=8
It lets you read and annotate PDF documents, highlight text, make notes, draw with your finger and save these changes being compatible with Preview and Adobe Acrobat. This iPad application can fill in PDF forms.  You can get PDF files from desktop computers, email attachments, documents on Dropbox, MobileMe iDisk, GoogleDocs etc.  For iPad ($9.99)

PDF Reader
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/pdf-reader-iPad-edition/id367816156?mt=8
PDF Reader can read all PDF files.  For iPhone ($1.99) and iPad. ($4.99)

Phone Aid
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/phone-aid/id293019352?mt=8
Phone Aid contains real-time slideshows with clear, intuitive pictures and voice instructions that guide you through CPR and how to help a choking person when it really happens.  You will also get an A-Z First Aid guide where you will find simple, straight forward advice on how to initially handle the most common injuries and illnesses such as, drowning, convulsions, burn injury, snake bite etc.  For iPhone and iPad. ($1.99)

Photosynth
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/photosynth/id430065256?mt=8
This is a panorama creation app that makes it easy to capture and share interactive panoramas of the locations.  Photosynth allows you to make a panorama from left to right, as well as up and down, thus enabling you to capture a full “sphere” (3D image of the location). For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

PlainText Dropbox text editing
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/plaintext-dropbox-text-editing/id391254385?mt=8
This app is a simple text edit and allows you to create and organize your documents in folders and sync everything with Dropbox.com.  For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

ProPrompter
https//apps.bodelin.com/
The universal app can sync between iPad and iPhone, so you can use your iPhone to remote control the iPad scrolling.  For iPhone and iPad. ($9.99)

Rdm+
http//www.rdmplus.com/
Remote desktop for mobiles.  This uses your computer on your iPhone if both are running. Works with both PC and MAC.  For iPhone and iPad. ($9.99)

ReelDirector
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/reeldirector/id334366844?mt=8
Video editor that can create and edit movies right on the iPhone/iPad and includes a drag-and- drop timeline. For iPhone and iPad. ($4.99)

Screenplay
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/screenplay/id322410822?mt=8
Writing scripts index card – write up index cards and group, color them accordingly. For iPhone and iPad. ($4.99)

ShotList – Movie Shoot Planning
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/shotlist-movie-shoot-planning/id424885833?mt=8
ShotList shows a production stripboard to your mobile device, allowing the planning and tracking of every scene of a shoot as it happens.  For iPhone and iPad.  ($11.99)

Speedtest (mobile speed test)
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/speedtest.net-mobile-speed/id300704847?mt=8
Tests Internet speeds  – one tap connection under 30 seconds to find out your upload, download and Ping speeds. For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

Squiggles
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/squiggles/id284927554?mt=8
This is a paint and image app that can create some sophisticated looking artwork with ease. Take a photo or select an image with your device and then doodle on it.  Decorate with many overlay images and special stamp brushes. For iPhone and iPad. ($.99)

Storyboards
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/storyboards/id392533504?mt=8
Storyboards allows you to create your movie’s storyboard without requiring any drawing ability. Hundreds of characters and props are included inside this library. The free version lets you create up to 2 storyboards of 10 drawings. For iPad.  (Free)

Sun Chaser
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/sun-chaser/id428454778?mt=8
SunChaser is an app to calculate sun’s setting and rising time with the use of iPhone that detects your location. For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

Sun Compass
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/sun-compass-for-iPad-ipod/id367001553?mt=8
This compass app determines your direction by calculating the current sun position.  Sun predictor, less advanced than Helios. For iPhone and iPad. ($.99)

Sunrise Sunset Pro
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/sunrise-sunset-pro/id319184913?mt=8
Displays sunrise/set times, dawn, dusk, solar noon, sun positions throughout the day.  For iPhone and iPad. ($1.99)

Sun Seeker
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/sun-seeker-3d-augmented-reality/id330247123?mt=8
Provides a flat view compass and an augmented reality camera 3D view showing the solar path, its hour intervals, its winter and summer solstice paths, and rise and set times.  Find the sun, even when it is hidden by clouds.  For iPhone and iPad. ($4.99)

The Weather Channel®
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/the-weather-channel-for-ipad/id364252504?mt=8
The Weather Channel for iPad combines interactive imagery with weather report.  Full screen, customizable weather maps. M Push alerts for severe weather in your selected location. For iPad only (Free)=

Time Card 24 Converter
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/time-converter-24-free/id444154009?mt=8
A simple application to help convert clock times into decimal times. For example 642pm to 18.7.  This helps in filling out time cards. For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

ToDoList
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/to-do-list/id293837047?mt=8
Keeps track of all your to-do lists.  For iPhone and iPad.  ($.99)

Toodledo
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/toodledo-to-do-list/id292755387?mt=8
Toodledo is a powerful task and note manager.  It will help organize your to-do list and notes. For iPhone and iPad. ($2.99)

Voxer Walkie-Talkie PPT
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/voxer-walkie-talkie-ptt/id377304531?mt=8
This is a Walkie Talkie app for smartphones.  Send instant audio, text, photo and location messages to your crew.  Your crew can listen to your message if their app is turned on and they are on Wi-Fi otherwise it will save like a text message for you to hear later.  For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

WiFi HD
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/wifi-hd-free-wireless-hard/id311170976?mt=8
Turn your iPhone into a wireless, mobile external hard drive. Works over any WiFi connection. You can now share, copy, and backup your files to and from your PC or Mac.  For iPhone and iPad. (Free)

WritePad
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/writepad/id293033512?mt=8
WritePad is a text editor that utilizes advanced handwriting recognition input for the English language as well as iPhone keyboard for text entry, and includes spell checker, context analyzer, and standard editing operations such as copy, cut, paste, etc.
For iPhone and IPad. ($3.99)

WriteRoom
http//itunes.apple.com/us/app/writeroom/id288751446?mt=8
This app allows you to write text files in focus.  It uses Dropbox to keep your documents organized.  Also has ability to use fonts & colors.  For iPhone and iPad. ($4.99)


 

Susan Zwerman, the author of this compilation, is a member of the DGA and a VFX Producer.
To learn more about visual effects, please check out her book “The Visual Effects Producer”.
http://www.amazon.com/Visual-Effects-Producer-Understanding-Business/dp/0240812638