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 fairly good scenes and super crisp audio, but how are you going to keep all of that media organized when you get back to the editing space? You can dump it all onto your desktop like last week’s dirty laundry, but that’s not extremely efficient. Staying organized is as effortless as whipping out your iPhone or iPad and choosing up Movie Slate, a simple to use, complete featured slate that will rescue you from having to work through piles of fooage, and believe me, there will be PILES, just to find that 1 gem.
Film Slate initial and foremost is a slate, just like it says in the title, so great 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 needing to use your hands to clap in front of your talents face…uncomfortable. The moment you set your info and tap the clapper board it’ll start your take then open up a totally new set of choices for you to use.
The slate also comes with a handy dandy set of focus and color cards so you can verify your camera’s calibration and be confident your shot is crispy sharp and that your colors really pop.
The moment you’re rolling, the app enables you to take notes about the shot either for the duration of the shot, or right after you’ve completed it. You can remind yourself what is truly taking place in the shot, and you can even do that based on the timecode. So if you’re filming a lengthy interview and your talent says something mindblowing that you’ll undoubtedly want in your final cut, BLAMMO just select the timecode in your notes and start off typing. And if you just want to say “this shot is good”, just tap Circle and you will have a pretty small red circle on your shotlist, which can very easily be emailed the moment you are done shooting, making logging your footage insanely straightforward.
The app also has the capacity to log your camera settings on a per shot basis. So if you are seeking at one particular of your shots and think, “hey, this shot tends to make me appear like a boss cinematographer,” you can pull up the camera data and recreate everything you did to achieve that appear so you can continue hunting like a boss.
Making use of a slate is not 100% needed for amateur shooters, but it’s a great habit to get into and you will say “Thanks, me in the past” for helping future you keep so organized in post production. Film Slate can do all this and much more for $ 24.99, so choose it up on the app store and look like you know what you’re doing.