Apple have just release their latest set of figures to show their product sales over the last quarter, showing that in the past 90 days they have successfully sold 35.1million iPhones. This shows a substantial 88% growth in the sale of iPhones compared to the same time last year.
So, does this mean there will be more cinematographers, videographers and editors using these types of devices to capture and edit film footage to create films? We can only hope so!
The mobislyder bag is available in two sizes; normal or large, to suit both the regular and longer rail. Each bag has a handy pouch to store the various mounts in. Handy for keeping your mobislyder safe when you are on the go.
mobislyder is the world’s first portable camera slider designed specifically for a broad range of small video-enabled devices such as iPhones, smart phones, compact cameras and small D-SLR cameras. Stylish and compact, mobislyder adds controlled flowing movements to your production, letting you create a variety of shots in an effortless and elegantly simple way. mobislyder comes with five different mounts so there are numerous ways to attach it to your device, and now a hand neorprene bag to keep everything in.
Already own a mobislyder? Then treat yourself to this handy bag to keep everything safe.
mobislyder are proud to announce that we are official sponsors of this year’s Beverly Hills iPhone Film Festival (IFF3).
Film producer Ruben Kazantsev came up with the inspirational idea of creating the iPhone Film Festival as he walked past a building where his friend runs a local film festival – iPhone in hand of course. The idea of a film festival coupled with the smartphone sparked the idea of creating a film festival specifically for iPhone users.
The iPhone Film Festival aims to give an outlet channel for thousands of talented film makers that don’t have the resources to create a big budget production like many film companies, but do have talent, creativity and an iPhone.
Do you think you have what it takes to win the iPhone Film Festival (IFF3) ?
There are just a few simple rules you need to follow:
- The film must be shot fully with an original iPhone, iPhone 3Gs, iPhone 4, iPhone 4s, iPod Touch or iPad or iPad2 to be eligible.
- You can use any software to edit your video and audio.
- You can use any software to colour correction or special effects.
- You can use external microphone, lens attachment, tripods, lighting etc.
All submissions must be made by April 27, 2012.
If you fancy taking part in IFF3 but are not sure where to get started, read over our ‘How to make a movie on a smartphone‘ blog post.
This is a handy blog for all you videographers out there who are looking to make a movie with your smart phone but are not sure what you need. Smart phones have the great ability to allow you to do almost anything, from capturing your footage to postproduction special effects.
BBC Click created a fantastic ‘How to make a movie on a smart phone’ video, detailing step by step which pieces of equipment and apps you need to create a mobile masterpiece.
Which phone to choose?
Currently most postproduction apps and external hardware attachments are made for the iPhone. Although the iPhone may not capture the best footage, it will give you more options when it comes to deciding which attachments to use to maximise the quality of footage captured and which apps to pick for editing and applying postproduction effects.
So now you have your weapon of choice, you are ready to begin shooting. Smart phones are as they say – ‘Smart’, and try to be as helpful as possible but this is not always handy when trying to capture video footage. While you are filming, your phone will automatically change the exposure and focus, which can leave you with unprofessional looking shots. To combat this, try out the Filmic Pro app – this clever little app allows you to choose your exposure and focus mode then lock this, so you capture smooth footage.
How do you want your film to look?
There are many lens attachments that you can buy to help you capture a range of shots. To create a professional look, try out a telephoto lens like the vTec iPhone 4 x12 Telephoto Lens. To ensure the footage captured, BBC Click decided to use our famed mobislyder – the world’s first portable camera slider specifically designed for small video enabled devices. The mobislyder allows you to capture smooth-tracking shots while gently gliding your phone across the dolly.
If you are looking to capture footage while moving, try out the Steadicam Smoothee. This stabiliser will counteract the shake of your movement, giving you a smooth shot as you move with your smart phone.
But what about the audio?
In-phone microphones don’t pick up good quality audio but by plugging in the iRig Mic you can capture professional audio recordings anywhere with your iOS device.
Now if you are creating a sci-fi film, like BBC Click were, then you will want to use the free Action Movie FX app. Action Movie allows you to add in Hollywood FX to your footage to create explosions, missile attacks and car crashes.
One of the main issues with shooting a film on your smart phone is the huge amount battery power required, so make sure you have something similar to the Eix Power Case which plugs into you iPhone and charges your phone while you are on the go.
BBC Click also discovered that the huge amount of memory needed for the film shots ate up the iPhone memory, and found themselves periodically dumping the film footage onto a laptop to free up the iPhone memory.
Now your footage is captured with good quality audio, it’s time to take your footage into postproduction. To apply a video filter across raw footage, try out Movie Looks HD -this handy app applies a colour grading to you footage. For any shots that require a different video effect, try out the CinemaFX for video app to apply filters such as ‘Night vision’.
Now to stitch your mobile masterpiece together! If you fancy editing the footage on your iPhone you can try out iMovie, or if you can’t face editing you footage on such a small screen, then YouTube offers a simple editing function.
Et voila, you will have a film fully captured and edited on your smart phone!
What’s the deal with 4G?
You’ve either heard people talking about it online, in conversations or you know about it anyway because you’re clued up on all things tech. Chances are 99% of you have heard about 4G mobile phone service.
But what exactly does 4G mean for mobile phone users?
4G stands for Fourth Generation, or fourth generation of mobile phone communications. 4G will be the successor of 2G and 3G and is rumored to be up to ten times faster than current 3G speeds.
4G consists of three different technologies:
HSPA+ — this is more like an upgrade to regular 3G. HSPA+ offers faster speeds, which take advantage of the same infrastructure. T-Mobile’s ‘4G’ network in the U.S. is HSPA+. Likewise, the first stage in AT&T’s 4G roll-out includes HSPA+.
LTE — LTE, or Long Term Evolution, doesn’t fully comply with 4G requirements. But it is what most people consider 4G. This is the system being adopted by Verizon, Metro PCS and AT&T in the U.S. Most European carriers have also committed to LTE. It is upgradable to LTE Advanced — so once that kicks in, it will be easy to upgrade an LTE phone into full-on 4G.
WiMAX — This is what Sprint, Nextel and Clearwire are using in the U.S. It’s also the dominant service in Canada. Sprint’s 4G network combines the Clearwire 4G data network with Sprint’s 3G voice network.
The three definitions above were taken from a blog last year posted on the Zomm News website.
Should I buy a 4G phone?
Only if you like being an early adopter should you buy a 4G phone just now. Both Sprint and Verizon have 4G compatible phones, which could be upgraded to actual 4G when it eventually comes out.
What are the benefits of 4G on my phone?
- 10 times faster download speeds
- Faster data transfer
- Smoother video streaming
- Improved gameplay
- Improved video journalism
What does this mean for me?
It means that you can instantly share videos you’ve shot using your mobislyder without having to have a Wi-Fi connection. You can shoot a really weighty video and upload it wirelessly without the aid of Wi-Fi. Effectively, you’ll always have a perfect internet connection. You’ll be able to stream HD movies with no stalling or stuttering. If you’re gamer then your possibilities of playing with friends online from your mobile device will be significantly increased. From a work perspective you can indulge in better video conferencing without fearing that your network will become busy and gridlocked. Reporters in the field will be able to stream on-the-scene reports without a pixilated face ruining the drama.
The smartphone and 4G were made for each other; one gives all the applications your mobile life craves and the other offers the kind of streaming capability only previously available at home or at work.
Phone Artistry: Online art and craft iPhone centre
Ever wondered how you can get your iPhone working to the best of its ability when it comes to art and craft? Step forward phoneartistry.com – a website dedicated to showing you the best art and craft apps for your iPhone. Phoneartistry.com reviews apps for you so that you don’t have to waste your time trawling for apps only to find that they weren’t what you were looking for.
Phoneartistry.com is brought to you by the same people than own and run Digital Outback Photo. Digital Outback Photo has been around for about 12 years but has really been making strides recently. Phone Artistry is a great little website for useful hints and tips on getting the best out of your iPhone. Recently they offered hints on photo beaming apps (sending images directly from one iPhone to another), sketch club painting apps and a pro camera app. They also review videography apps and accessories for shooting / filming with your iPhone.
Phone Artistry and Digital Outback share social media platforms – the Facebook page can be found here and the Twitter account is accessible here. The Twitter account is actually the account of Uwe Steinmueller, the website’s owner and creator. Uwe also has a Vimeo page that he uploads lots of video to on a regular basis.
We love it when we stumble across websites like Phone Artistry and Outback Photo – these are the people that make videography really fun to share with. Uwe has also created a gallery for all the shots that he has taken. This is a great idea as it gives people inspiration for their next photo shoot or video filming session.
Uwe sums up his thoughts on iPhone art beautifully: “If we look at the iPhone we always have to balance the simplicity of the handling versus getting the results we want. There is also the “fun” factor when using the iPhone. Fun is a key motivation in taking photos in the first place. Making things too complicated can easily take the “fun” away. iPhone photography is the early 21st century equivalent to Polaroid: instant, fun and expressive at all times.”
Uwe also reviews products for designers and inventors. His experience of working within the photography / videography industries gives him excellent experience to review products with impartiality.
So if you have a spare few minutes, why not check photoartistry.com or Digital Outback Photo out for yourself. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.
First look: Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V
At mobislyder HQ we pride ourselves on keeping up to date with the latest smartphones and small digital cameras. Last week we gave you the lowdown on the Samsung Galaxy Beam, now it’s the turn of the new Sony digital camera: The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V
The Sony Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V looks very sleek and stylish. The lens is hidden internally so you have a smooth, polished glass exterior that makes your camera look like the latest smartphones on the market. The ‘is it a smartphone, is it a camera’ style is going to be in this year, my sources tell me. This bad boy is very easy on the eye.
- Think this camera could be up your street? Check out the specs below to help make up your mind: Ultra-HD 18.2 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. This can capture up to 10 frames per second.
- Autofocus that can lock on in 0.13 seconds
- 3.3 inch touch screen display
- Waterproof (up to 5 meters) and dustproof
- Bionz Processor
- Full HD 1080/60p video
The DSC-TX200V has some great little features, too, such as new picture effects, GPS, compass, soft skin mode and a personal favourite of ours, an anti-blink function.
The HD 1080/60p video records crystal clear movies at the highest resolution available with capabilities for 60p in 1080.1 This provides stunning, fast motion video with less distortion for playback on your HD TV.2 With dual record of stills and movies, you can shoot both at the same time. This is a great feature and will go down really well with budding videographers who like the stills, too.
Currently only available on pre-order, it should be available around 30th March for £315 / $499. The Cyber-shot DSC-TX200V will work perfectly with a mobislyder. Both are small and compact enough to pack with you wherever you go, no matter if it’s for the day or for a two-week holiday. We love seeing more and more stylish compact camera designs coming on to the market – it just means more people will be able to enjoy a new camera and a new mobislyder at the same time.
Pinterest and YouTube: A match made in heaven
This is a handy little blog for all you budding videographers out there who have been trying everything under the sun to increase your YouTube views but just can’t seem to get the numbers to budge. Have you started a Pinterest account yet?
Pinterest, a social bookmarking site that lets users collect and share things they like on the web, is too hot right now to ignore and with categories such as Photography already installed as a pre-programmed dropdown on Pinterest, lots of people will be adding / looking for cool pictures, which can lead on to them seeing your videos.
Pinterest enables users to create online bulletin boards, or “pinboards,” for popular categories such as home decor, food and wedding inspiration. Members can use the “Pin It” tool and iPhone app to save things they see online and offline, and explore and repin the images their friends collect via their personal newsfeeds.
Ever since the launch of their YouTube channel on January 3, 2012, independent film and entertainment studio Lionsgate have found that Pinterest has been their most successful traffic generator. Liongate’s digital brand and content manager says that within five days of February 1, 2012, which is when Lionsgate introduced video content to their Pinterest profile, Lionsgate BeFit’s YouTube activity doubled, from 200,000 to 400,000 views.
“I think we are reaching our audience in such a way that makes them highly, highly engaged with our product,” says Campbell.
Pinterest has helped referral traffic numbers soar in recent months. Pinterest users are turning that traffic into video views, and video views into business opportunities. The good thing about the video views on any Pinterest account is that videos are embedded, i.e. you don’t need to leave the vicinity of Pinterest to watch them so it fits seamlessly into your social browsing experience.
You don’t use Pinterest if you’re not going to click on a board so you know you’ll get genuine video views. The added interest from your Pinterest account is that your videos will appear in search results, up in featured and higher in suggested videos .
Evidence from the use of Pinterest so far suggests that the social website adds some personality to your social media efforts. The Lionsgate example above says: “I’m a person and this is what I want to do to get my body looking as good as it can”.
You can now apply that same way of thinking to your own category. Take videography, for example. Your Pinterest account could easily say: “These are some examples of work I’m passionate about and these are fellow videographers I admire.” Instantly, you are adding a social and personal connection that you just can’t get on Facebook or Twitter, no matter how hard you try.
The megapixel mystery: How much is enough?
So we wrote a blog last week about the Nokia 808 Pureview, which has an incredible 41 megapixel camera. Since its launch every tech blogger or columnist has been talking about the Pureview and asking: Is 41 megapixels really necessary?
To the ordinary Joe Public (who is unfamiliar with photography terms) the guiding principle is the higher the number of megapixels, the better the camera, and therefore the better quality the picture. If this were really true, then the 808 Pureview would replace almost every professional camera around at a tenth of the cost.
In laymen’s terms, a megapixel refers to the number of dots (pixels) that your camera can capture. One megapixel is the equivalent of 1,000,000 pixels, which, when seen on a screen, is 1,000 pixels wide by 1,000 pixels high. You would think that the more megapixels you had, the better your image would turn out. This is in fact correct, but only to an extent. The truth is, though, that 6 megapixels is enough to make a very nice 8 x 10″ print. However, in fact most people take these pictures on their phone and never print them out so high megapixels become redundant.
Compare the 808 Pureview to any other smartphone and a professional camera. Smartphones have an average of 8 megapixels, while professional cameras (D-SLRs) that are used to film large print adverts have roughly 25 megapixels. So when you’re choosing a small handheld digital camera or even a new smartphone with a built-in camera, you should be concentrating more on the lens type, the size of the lens, the lens sensor and things such as image stabilization. Image stabilization is probably a more important factor than megapixels in small handheld cameras, as your hands shake more than you think.
The reason for the massive increase in pixels is so that people can become familiar with an industry term called ‘oversampling’. This is where 41 megapixel images are compressed to around 5 megapixels after the image has been cropped, zoomed and edited without fear of your image becoming fuzzy and losing the original quality.
Even though smartphone designers such as Samsung, Apple and HTC seem to be constantly increasing the number of megapixels your built-in camera has, the market trend is actually going against this. Apps such as Instagram and Hipstamic are now offering ageing effects to give our pictures that old and weathered vintage look. An artistic photo taken on your phone that has been made to look like it was taken in the 1920’s can be more popular than a really sharp image now. This will probably change over time and people will get bored of old-looking images and want the clearest HD images around.
Alastair Brown? Q & A
Ever wondered what the background of an inventor is before they start their new walk of life? Wonder if they think the same was a you? Look no further – below is a quick question & answer session with glidetrack / mobislyder inventor, Alastair Brown.
Occupation before starting Glidetrack?
I have had a weird and twisted work life. At various times have been a….
Bank Clerk, Car Restorer, Computer builder, Videographer, Injection Moulder, Medical Technician, Wedding Videographer
How did you come into this line of work? By accident!
Reason for Starting Glidetrack?
No master plan. Just made something to make my own life easier and improve my own videos. People liked the idea and started asking me to build them for them. Pretty soon, everybody wanted one and the rest is History!
Interesting fact about yourself?
I am a born tinkerer. Never happier than when I have a project to work on.
Favourite thing about running your own company?
Have been able to spend WAY more time around my kids than a normal job would have allowed.
What’s your favourite film / movie?
Changes week by week. Ones that I remember from being younger are The Shining and Silent Running. Young Frankenstein, The Jerk.
Who’s your icon? Er….nobody.
None. So many creative people out there that make truly inspiring video.
Do you have a favourite video / picture you’ve taken / shot yourself?
I have a soft spot for the very first Glidetrack promo video as it was the one that really started it all.
Any videography tips your have for the Glidetrack family?
Do a search for Glidetrack on Vimeo. You will find over 5500 user videos that are sure to inspire you.