iPad and iPhone apps for video production

Hey, Mike Gluckman here ... I keep my iPad with me almost everywhere I go. And while I use it for exactly what you would expect; watching movies and surfing the net, It has also become an invaluable tool for video production projects. While I still like to scribble notes and thoughts on printed paper scripts, there are several apps I find very useful for shoots.

Movie Slate

Movie Slate is just what you would think; A digital slate for syncing multiple cameras. As the DSLR revolution started, there was a need to turn back time to the film days and use an external sound recorder. While I find the sync sound of the app does not work quite as well as an old fashioned analog slate, the other functions like note taking and sound playback are great features. On low budget music videos, you can play back the music and sync the cameras all from one device. As an added bonus, you can use the app on your iPhone as an insert slate.

 
MovieSlate for syncing cameras

MovieSlate for syncing cameras

 

Easy Release

This is probably the app I use the most for video shoots. If you are creating a commercial, marketing video or even a video for social media for a business, you will need to get signed releases for each person that appears in the video. I am always forgetting to print out model or location release forms to take on location so having Easy Release on my iPad means I always have release forms with me. 

Easy Release allows for both model and property releases and it can store a custom release for each client. The built in iPad camera allows you to take a photo of your talent which is inserted into the release. This is great for matching names to talent later. At the end of the shoot, all the releases are exported as pdf files which you email to yourself and or your client.

 
Easy Release keeps you super organized.

Easy Release keeps you super organized.

 

Teleprompt+

Newscasters aren't the only ones who use teleprompters. Productions can require corporate executives and even professional actors to present long scrips to camera. The teleprompter allows your talent to read the copy and concentrate on their performance rather than remembering what they want to say. If the content is technical in nature, than precise wording may be needed. Since there is always a lot to get done on a shoot day, a teleprompter can help ensure that the performance is done is a timely matter. 

 
Sony FS7 with ipad teleprompter.

Sony FS7 with ipad teleprompter.

 

Teleprompt+ on the iPad along with a camera mounting system (like this one: http://bhpho.to/1SzrXuQ) is an inexpensive way to have a teleprompter on your shoot. This system is not as good as having a teleprompter operator who can start and stop the script to match the speed of the talent but it is much better than cue cards or trying to memorize a script. The key to a good performance is finding the right speed that works for each individual. With practice and a couple of read throughs your talent will be ready for the evening news.

Finally, photos and video look great on the iPad, so it's a great tool to show some of your work to clients or potential clients. Let us know some of your favorite iPad apps for video production.

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