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#1 Erwin Landau

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 08:50 PM

You are on set, the DP calls for an Iris pull and you give him... your I-Phone???


I came across that little piece of equipment/I-phone app:

http://www.plcelectronicsolutions.com/


Anybody heard about it or used it?

Sounds promising...
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#2 Alfeo Dixon SOC

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:09 PM

HOLY SHITAKE!!! I was on this site the other day and just breezed past the image looking for something else and even admired the simplicity of the hand unit, but didn't recognize it was on an iPhone.

I wouldn't want to trust it to a touch screen that is capable of loosing the shot cause grandma wants to know when your gonna spot in and see your aunt.
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#3 William Demeritt

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 09:19 PM

I wouldn't want to trust it to a touch screen that is capable of loosing the shot cause grandma wants to know when your gonna spot in and see your aunt.


While the easy solution to that is to turn off the cellular network but keep the wifi on, something still tells me you'd get strange looks on set. The good news is that you've got countless transmitter backups on set, what with the DP's iPhone, and both AC's iPhones, and a couple of the grips' iPhones, and those PA's playing Scrabble on their iPhones, etc.
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#4 Sydney Seeber

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 10:32 PM

There are a few broadcast cameras out there that have run off of remote PDAs for several years, I figured it was only a matter of time before it all came to the iPhone
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#5 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 10:35 PM

You are on set, the DP calls for an Iris pull and you give him... your I-Phone???


I came across that little piece of equipment/I-phone app:

http://www.plcelectronicsolutions.com/


Anybody heard about it or used it?

Sounds promising...



Holy crap, considering on Dexter there are 40 or 50 iphones...... that's 40 or 50 people that could pull iris! AWESOME!
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#6 Charles Papert

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Posted 27 October 2009 - 11:19 PM

I'd be curious to see how delicate the action is on that--when the DP wants it "cracked open a line", can you dial that in without it being "too much! too much!". Also wondering what kind of delay is involved.

Really cool tho'!

Now if only we could downloaded the Preston HU3 database to our iPhones.
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 12:36 AM

If my iPhone develops a problem, can I use my Preston to call Apple?

They should have called it the iStop
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 03:14 AM

If my iPhone develops a problem, can I use my Preston to call Apple?

They should have called it the iStop

Good One! :lol: :lol: :lol:

Can you imagine, that the dream of the geny operator is to be a Cinematographer and he don't like the picture......
Can you imagine crew members having own vision about how the picture suppose to look?
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Posted 28 October 2009 - 11:27 PM

....that's 40 or 50 people that could pull iris! AWESOME!


Then they'd all want monitors / feeds from us!

Sort out an averaging algorithm for everyone pulling iris that can ultimately be overridden / weighted toward the DP or an editor back at the post house.
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#10 Eric Fletcher S.O.C.

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Posted 29 October 2009 - 03:09 AM

....that's 40 or 50 people that could pull iris! AWESOME!


Then they'd all want monitors / feeds from us!

Sort out an averaging algorithm for everyone pulling iris that can ultimately be overridden / weighted toward the DP or an editor back at the post house.



It's not like the network doesn't turn the damn thing up to eleven when the broadcast it.....
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#11 Lee Kazista

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Posted 23 November 2009 - 07:33 AM

We have a demo unit here at Monster Remotes. It works really well. You can "crack it open a line" if needed, you can also use it for zooms.

The coolest feature is setting limits. You simply drag your fingers apart to limit the range until you only see the range that you want to use on screen, or expand the range by squeezing your fingers together.

In portrait mode you get your choice of what camera to control and when in landscape you get 3 cameras at a time. We have used motors by Preston and Scorpio with it. It should work with anything digital. The MDR is quite small, smaller than the battery charger that Preston uses for the HU3.

It does drive by wifi, if the DP were to use his iPhone, then he would want to go into airplane mode and only re-enable the wifi. What we are doing is sending it out with an iPod touch.

The App is not currently available to the masses, so no worries about anyone giving 'their opinion' about the stop.

Anyway, if anyone in the NY area wants to play, just give a call.

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#12 Lee Kazista

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 03:14 PM



Here is a YouTube video of the iPhone Iris working.
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#13 Afton Grant

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Posted 01 December 2009 - 05:26 PM

Probably the coolest application I've seen for the iPhone so far, and the closest one I've seen that might have a respectable function on set. I'm sure most of us have seen the iPhone slate, and the iPhone timecode generator - neither of which seem as though they're going to replace any traditional tool anytime soon. The phones aren't going anywhere, and they're only getting better, so I'm sure it's a matter of time before we do see them as viable tools in some way... but that way has yet to be seen.

Where the iPhones will always be at a disadvantage assuming the form factor remains the same (and by all accounts, it will), they lack any sort of tactile input. For something such as pulling focus or iris, it's largely performed by feel - knowing what sliding to close down a full stop, or turning to change focus from 25 to 10 feet feels like. I'm sure an AC or DP doesn't want to have to constantly look back and forth between the action (or monitor) and the device to make sure their finger and the virtual slider is in the right place.

I do love seeing the innovation, however.
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#14 Jason Torbitt

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 04:26 AM

Similar thoughts to you, Afton. A great app and innovation. As you say, in a 'real life' on-set scenario, or particularly for Steadicam work, it would be a challenge to pull by the 1st sliding their finger.

There also seems to be a bit of a latency - of a similar level to my older Fox & Genio kits. I'm sure if I put this side-by-side with my BFD, there would be a noticeable delay.

Interesting though...
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#15 Niall Chadwick

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Posted 02 December 2009 - 07:51 AM

blimey, thats impressive :)
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