Over the next few weeks, we're going to be covering the best film making apps for a number of phone and tablet devices. Unfortunately, when it comes to Android, there aren't as many apps for android users as there are for iOS but we've still managed to pick out our favorites. Obviously, everyone loves a free app over a paid one so we'll talk about our 2 free apps first.
Kodak Cinema Tools (FREE)
This is by far one of the most popular film making apps available right now, and to make it even better, it's completely free! Kodak was designed to be used within any file format including super 8, 16, 35 and 65mm. It's depth of field calculator allows you to determine the settings you need to get the focus you want.
The app also features a film calculator which lets you quickly determine how many feet of film you would need to achieve a shot. For those amateur film makers out there, this app even includes a glossary of film making terms to help you communicate with your colleagues.
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Google Street View (FREE)
Some critics say this app is just for cinematographers but we think it works for all round film making. You can visit whatever location you like, take a 360 degree photo and the app will then index your photo and location.
You can then show this to the director and use your phone to turn around 360 degrees. Also, check out Google Cardboard which gives you an instant virtual reality location. These two apps are compatible with each other so it's worth taking a look.
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Light Meter Tools ($3.39)
This app uses your device's camera and light sensor to create accurate measurements. The bonus of this app is it lets you download a trial version so that you can make sure the app works on your phone before actually choosing to purchase it.
The developer is also very responsive and open to comments if you run into any issues. A sun calculator and depth of field calculator is also thrown in for free.
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SL Director's Viewfinder ($9.99)
This app allows you to simulate the view of a number of different camera's and lenses. The build in grid feature helps you with your overall shot composition and you can take photos in your phone and import them to your storyboard easily.
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Pocket AC ($9.99)
This includes a wide variety of features for filmmakers, the app was in fact developed by a camera assistant to help prepare and execute video.
It covers a number of cameras, some of it's tools include:
- Focus Chart
- Depth of field
- Split focus
- Field of view
- Mired shift and filter suggestions
- Screentime and run time
- Film stocks
- Filter factors
- Lens specifications
Storyboard Quick Direct
At $14.99, this is the most expensive of all our apps but some may say its worth it for features you get. Storyboard Quick Direct allows you to compose shots on your phone or laptop and create a storyboard. It includes a series of characters, multiple positions as well as directional arrows to help define action or camera movement.
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So that's our favorite film making apps for Android, we'll shortly be bringing you our top apps for iOS as well.