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June 14th, 2012

With the onslaught of apps for everything, what about apps specifically for film and TV industry? We discovered there were a lot of great ones. Here are five great digital time-saver apps for content producers out there.

#1: 1st Video Net
Maker: VeriCorder Technologies
Price (OS): $9.99 (iOS)

Can ten bucks really put “a TV studio in the palm of your hand”? If you work in a newsroom, 1st Video Net may be the ticket to media control. With your iPhone or an iPad rental you can record, edit and send podcast- and broadcast-ready video, simply and securely. Flexible enough for various newsroom systems, 1st Video Net supports cellular or WiFi transfer. (You need a VC Corporate Account, so contact first.)

#2: 3cp/Image Control Pro
Maker: Gamma & Density Co.
Price (OS): $399.99 (iOS)

3cP/Image Control Pro (“ICP”) enables color correcting, masking and cropping of images on a calibrated iPad screen, and creates a matching 3D LUT (LookUp Table) for post-production. Images can be sourced from the camera(s), the Photo Album or WiFi. Plenty of our PC desktop computer rentals are used for this work, but with ICP the iPad joins the “heavy lifting club.” All metadata can be e-mailed to post-production personnel, ensuring color-corrected dailies and reducing line costs.

Film TV Apps

#3: Acacia
Maker: Ephemerald Creative Arts
Price (OS): Free (Android)

A camera assistant’s app for Android, Acacia recently hit version 0.8.3, cementing its position as the “Swiss Army knife for filmmakers” by adding more features. Known for its Depth of Field (DOF) calculator and media-management tools, Acacia upped the ante with a new digital director’s viewfinder.

#4: AJA DataCalc
Maker: AJA Video Systems
Price (OS): Free (Android, iOS)

The AJA DataCalc app calculates video and audio storage requirements. Supported formats include Apple Intermediate and ProRes, Avid DNxHD, CineForm, raw uncompressed and many more. Video display standards include PAL, NTSC, 2K and 4K, 720p, 1080i and 1080p. In 2007, this app’s desktop ancestor ran on a Mac Pro rental, but today any Android or iOS device will work. You can calculate media durations of seconds, hours, days or even “frame rate” when using time code mode.

#5: M3s Movie Manager
Maker: OnSet Software
Price (OS): $4.99 (iOS)

A useful tool for many members of a film crew, OnSet Software’s M3s Movie Manager is a smart, organized app for integrating dailies with related assets. This means scripts, call sheets, camera/sound reports, production data and other PDF, PNG or JPEG documents. Viewing clips that are sorted by scene and take allows you to mark “circle-takes” (possible keepers) and view a slideshow of those selections. You can send an e-mail from within the app listing all circle-takes with accompanying comments.

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