For this week's Reel Rebel video production, Stephen Schweickart gives an overview of a great mobile app for Apple iOS devices called Movie Slate. Essentially, Movie Slate acts as a digital slate and video production organization tool for videographers and filmmakers. It features a digital clapper board and functionality to take notes and logging video footage as you shoot.
Movie Slate App Features: Digital Slate, Clapperboard & Shot Log
With the Movie Slate app, you can label your video shots, takes, directors, cinematographers, etc… and use it as a digital clapper board. Additionally, it also comes with a set of focus and color cards to help you check your camera's calibration. You can also take notes during a shot or after you complete it and even do it based on the timecode. It even has the ability to log your camera settings on a per shot basis which can help make it easier to replicate your favorite video shots.
Overall, we think this is a great app for video production if you like staying organized while you're shooting and during post-production.
Question: What other mobile apps have you used that you find helpful for video production?
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So you’ve got your fancy new DSLR, and your audio is set up to record to an external device. You’re ready to capture some pretty images and super crisp audio, but how are you going to keep all of that media organized when you get back to the editing room? You can dump it all onto your desktop like last week’s dirty laundry, but that’s not very efficient. Staying organized is as easy as whipping out your iPhone or iPad and picking up Movie Slate, an easy to use, full featured slate that will help keep you from having to sift through piles of bad takes, and believe me, there will be PILES, just to find that one gem.
Movie Slate first and foremost is...well, it’s a slate, just like it says in the title, so nice job app namers. It lets you label your shot, take, director, cinematographer, and most importantly is a digital clapper board so you can look all pro when preparing your shot to be synced by not having to use your hands to clap in front of your talents face...uncomfortable. Once you set your info and tap the clapper board it’ll start your take then open up a completely new set of options for you to use.
The slate also comes with a handy dandy set of focus and color cards so you can check your camera’s calibration and be sure your shot is crispy sharp and that your colors really pop.
Once rolling, the app allows you to take notes about the shot either during the shot, or after you’ve completed it. You can remind yourself what is actually happening in the shot, and you can even do that based on the timecode. So if you’re filming a long interview and your talent says something mindblowing that you’ll definitely want in your final cut, BLAMMO just select the timecode in your notes and start typing. And if you simply want to say “this shot is good”, just tap Circle and you’ll have a pretty little red circle on your shotlist, which can easily be emailed once you’re done shooting, making logging your footage insanely easy.
The app also has the ability to log your camera settings on a per shot basis. So if you are looking at one of your shots and think, “hey, this shot makes me look like a boss cinematographer,” you can pull up the camera data and recreate everything you did to achieve that look so you can continue looking like a boss.
Using a slate isn’t 100% necessary for amateur shooters, but it’s a great habit to get into and you’ll say “Thanks, me in the past” for helping future you stay so organized in post production. Movie Slate can do all this and more for $24.99, so pick it up on the app store and look like you know what you’re doing.