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There really are some amazing apps coming out for the iphone. I am using it so much these days (not as a phone) but as a crazy gadget. Got my polaroid app, tilt shift app (yes most of them are based around the camera).

Now for film-makers, budding DPs or anyone with a fascination with cinematography this app is an absolute must have! it’s a director’s viewfinder and it’s called Artemis.

For the 5dmkII and 7D select digital still cameras. For me this was the winning part!!

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Currently these are the formats that it covers:

Standard and Super 16mm
Super 16mm Anamorphic
Standard and Super 35mm
35mm Anamorphic
65mm
35mm Digital (D-21, RED, F35, Genesis)
3/4″ Digital (F23, Viper)
1/2″ Digital
1/3″ Digital

and 5dmKII and 7D.

So what does this director’s viewfinder app do? In it’s simplest terms it uses the iphones camera to show you what each lenses shot would be for each different focal length from where you are standing. You can then even take a photo of it using that “lens” and import it into the superb storyboard application by Cinemek called Hitchcock, more of this below.  It’s been out for about 3 weeks but very buggy. They have just released V2 and it’s awesome. It’s $30. A steal at that price. Especially if you are learning about how different focal lengths work and what you will get with each one.

The one issue it currently has is it cannot display anything wide than 35mm full frame equivalent as that is as wide as the iphone lens goes. I understand a hardware add on to give the iphone a wider lens to open up the app to the whole range of lenses is in the works.

I cannot recommend this enough. Now please Chemical Wedding. Update it for the GH1 please and put it more lenses for the DSLRs!

Buy it here:
Artemis Director's Viewfinder USA STORE

Artemis Director's Viewfinder UK STORE

Oh and it only works on OS 3.1

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Cinemek’s Hitchcock is another Genius bit of software. It’s a mobile animated storyboarding for the iphone and it works superbly. Check out these demos below…

Buy from the iphone store below:
HitchcockUSA
HitchcockUK

Cinemek Hitchcock Demo from Jesse Rosten on Vimeo.

Hitchcock in action! from cinemek / Hitchcock on Vimeo.

This is a real-time demonstration of how Hitchcock works.
Get it here http://www.itunes.com/apps/hitchcock

Hitchcock Mobile Storyboard Composer from cinemek / Hitchcock on Vimeo.

Hitchcock is the first of our suite of iphone apps. it is currently available in the iTunes app store. http://www.itunes.com/apps/hitchcock In case you are curious, this is how it works.

Comments

  1. Toskian says:

    Looks like a great app!
    By the way, on the website (http://www.chemicalwedding.tv/artemis.html) it is said to support 7d and 5d:

    “What cameras are covered?
    [...]
    Standard and Super 16mm
    Super 16mm Anamorphic
    Standard and Super 35mm
    35mm Anamorphic
    65mm
    35mm Digital (D-21, RED, F35, Genesis)
    2/3 ” Digital (F23, Viper)
    1/2″ Digital
    1/3″ Digital
    Canon 5D and 7d”

    1. pbloom says:

      thanks, my mistake. it was under still cameras of course!

  2. Aaron Pinto says:

    Is it worth getting an iPhone just for the apps? I’ve been thinking about the Touch but I want the camera so I can use Hitchcock from Cinemek. Rumor was touch was coming out with camera at last big Mac announcement but it didn’t happen. Apparently problems in production. Getting tired of waiting.

    1. pbloom says:

      yeah i would mate. the apps are amazing! that directors viewfinder app is amazing!

  3. Dave Dugdale says:

    That is a cool app for the iphone – I am glad I am an iphone owner.

  4. dom Bridges says:

    Jonathan houser showed me Hitchcock a while ago he’s a lovely bloke and a legend! great app but the viewfinder looks amazing! very useful and stops you looking like a wannabe!

  5. Eric Chamboné says:

    Maybe I’m to bitchy but €24 for an app like that is a bit to much.
    Were most prices on iphone apps are low other apps are to high priced and I don’t get why. €4,- would have been more like it I think.

    There are a lot of apps out there so I’m letting this one go because of the price. My itunes bill is getting bigger and bigger and I don’t even wanna talk how much money on apps will be spent when the Itablet comes out! :P
    Its a nice app so I’m not saying its bad just that the price is to high in my opinion :)

    Anyway thnx for the tip Philip much appreciated.

    1. pbloom says:

      Hi Eric

      You are spoilt by the price of some of those iphone apps! Do you have any idea how much a real Director’s Viewfinder costs. This is a brilliant app and worth every penny!

      P

      1. Eric Chamboné says:

        “You are spoilt by the price of some of those iphone apps!”

        Also I’m Dutch so you can’t blame me for being cheap… just kiddin :P

    2. Kai says:

      It’s expensive for an App, but it’s a directors finder, not Tetris.
      It’s dirt cheap compared to other finders.

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  7. Do you think the directors viewfinder app would be something you would use on regular basis and it would speed your workflow on set? For some reason I have a little reservations on this… If it had DOF simulator that would be a big deal :)

    1. pbloom says:

      can’t imagine how it could give you a DOF simulator. I think this is brilliant and will use all the time

      1. No it couldnt do DOF of course, thats why it’d be a biggie :) but yeah, I cant really justify this one since I only use 4 lenses and it’s pretty easy to choose between those without and app. If you’re constantly changing cameras and have more then 5-6 lenses maybe then I can see the point.

  8. Abraham Duenas says:

    cant wait til they add it for android

  9. Jiri Fiala says:

    According to Artemis devs, we can expect an update with more lens choice (including DSLRs) in a few days now.

    1. Ben Bunch says:

      M4/3 support would be nice…although it’s not that hard to do if you just pick 5D mk II and then double all your focal lengths…

  10. svenson says:

    would be so great if “hitchcock” would work as a desktop-app as well.
    i find it much more intuitive and helpful and faster than all the other storyboard software i found out there…
    does anybody know, if it is planned to bring hitchcock to the desktop?

  11. hc says:

    I’m switching from Blackberry to iphone just for these amazing gadgets.

    Does anyone know if these apps are compatible with a 16gb 3G iphone, or do I need a 3GS?

  12. Tim Barrett says:

    Great iphone apps.

    You might want to check out REMOTE DSLR from ON software. Lets you take full remote control of your canon camera and sends a live preview or proxy of photos back to your iphone.

    Also functions as an intervalometer!

    Regards,
    Tim Barrett

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  14. Harry says:

    Hi

    Would like to know do we have similar View Finder App for BB(I got Strom2)

    1. pbloom says:

      no chance…as a BB owner myself their apps suck

  15. charlie says:

    philip, what does V Angle vs. H Angle toggle indicate?

  16. ADC says:

    Really useful post and bit of gear. I’m on a reccy this weekend and couldn’t find my directors viewfinder in time so I’ve downloaded this app.
    And after just a quick play I can tell it’s going to be very useful to me this weekend as I won’t have a DoP with me.

    Philip, if you read this, I wondered what setting would best suit the Sony F3 and the 35, 50 & 85mm kit lenses that come with it?

    Of the settings in the Artemis program, I saw these and wondered if they were close:
    35mm Digital (D-21, RED, F35, Genesis)
    2/3 ” Digital (F23, Viper)

    Cheers and thanks for a great informative post once again!
    ADC

  17. ADC says:

    Ah, it’s ok – I have found the answer here, via your post about focal length and filed of view:

    http://www.abelcine.com/fov/

    The site has been updated and interestingly you can compare the field of view with the 7D and Panny 101. The F3 is pretty much the same as the 7D and the AF101 doesn’t lose as much as I thought.
    Brilliant chart. Thanks for the post Philip!

  18. Artemis Directors Viewfinder is now available for Android phones. There are some great new features. https://market.android.com/details?id=com.chemicalwedding.artemis

    Chralie – H and V angle indicate the horizontal and vertical viewing angles of the specified lens and camera set.

  19. i discover this app recently… amazing !
    anyone found a way to set artemis for the AF-100 ?
    thanks

  20. jake says:

    these settings are working for me.

    camera name – AF100
    width – 1005.00mm
    height – 565.00mm
    camera distance – 812.799mm
    focal length – 14mm

  21. tarunn says:

    hello, try this app. I like it better than artimis. It supports a external wide angle adaptor and compensates for it so you can see what your wide angle lenses will frame.

    http://www.direstudio.com/viewfinder

    Late reply. 3 years late. New to video and just found out about you.

  22. Paul says:

    I uses a 7D and am a serious photo hobbyist.
    Think I can use your Directors Viewfinder to help me better.
    I uses now a iPhone 4S and having that inside the iPhone wuld be nice and handy !!

    Is the directors viewfinder compatible with mine iPhone 4S ??

    Payment :
    Yu accept PayPal ?
    If YES , your Paypal adress ?

    Thanks a lot

    Paul Yahya
    Jalan Cipinang Jaya 4 , Block C 8, Jakarta 13410 , Indonesia

    1. Philip Bloom says:

      hi i do. what do you need my paypal for?

      1. Paul says:

        Initially I thought you are selling this gadget.
        Got the info, I need to get it from I Tunes.
        Thanks , will proceed to ITunes.

        Paul