Category: Gear

Do-It-Yourself OWLE Bubo Neck Strap

Last week, HHH reviewed the OWLE Bubo, a new iPhone camera grip. Shortly after, an HHH reader asked if the OWLE came with a neck-strap. I’m guessing that once the Bubo takes off, there will be an abundance of accessories. But until then, I present the “Do-it-yourself, incredibly-easy, down-and-dirty, dirt-cheap OWLE Bubo Neck-strap.” I took a trip to the local hardware store, and picked up a couple 1/4″ x 2.5″ Eye Bolts. They’re a bit long for my taste, but the store was out of the 1/4″ x 1″ bolts I wanted. I screwed the bolts into the holes on

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OWLE may be the coolest camera grip ever

Yup. The brand new OWLE Bubo might be the coolest camera grip ever… but not for the reasons you would think. A couple weeks ago, we received one of the first units off the production line. Since then, we’ve been putting it through its paces… and we’ve got the video to prove it.

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Product Spotlight: The ProPrompter Wing

A few weeks back we posted a story featuring apps that can turn your iPhone into a handy-dandy teleprompter.  Our favorite application was (and still is) Bodelin’s ProPrompter ($9.99). It’s flexible, loaded with features, and scrolls text smoothly.  Despite the convenience of a teleprompter in your pocket, one problem remained.  How do you keep your iPhone close to your camera lens while shooting?

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DV EXPO: Autocue QTV Teleprompter

While traversing the expo isles, I came across a new handheld teleprompter from Autocue Qtv. It looks pretty solid, plays nice with your iPhone, and I’m sure it would give your on-camera talent a boost. That’s the good news.  The bad news is the high price ($899). For many pros, the expense is worth it. Aaron Brady from Autocue Qtv can tell you more about it. This is the first teleprompter hardware I’ve mentioned on HHH that employs beam-splitting glass (the technique used in most professional situations). If you want to learn more about this sort of teleprompter, watch the end

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DV EXPO: Zacuto ZGrip

Shooting video with the iPhone 3Gs typically yields some pretty shaky results. That’s why you might want to consider adding an iPhone grip to your equipment list. There are two grips that have crossed my radar in recent days: The OWLe (which is just now entering production), and Zacuto’s ZGrip. Fortunately, Zacuto had a booth at the expo, so I was able to get my hands on the ZGrip Jr. and Pro. They both felt solid, and very well made. Both improved the stability of my shots, though not by an enormous amount (it’s still an iPhone, after all).

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What can you do if your perfect production is made a little less perfect by some lousy audio? Very often, an actor’s lines will be unusable because of extra noise, background sounds, or a variety of technical glitches. But, don’t despair. You can easy replace that bad dialogue with the help of your iPhone, and we’re going to show you how.  This tutorial also demonstrates the use of the FourTrack recording app, and an external mic named Mikey.

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