Above you see two time slates, essential movie tools which let you identify each shot and sync audio and video with the familiar clap action. The one on the left is the Deneke TS-3, a 2.35-pound dedicated slate that costs $1,350 (the cheapest Deneke makes). On the right you see the new Movie Slate clapboard app for the iPad. It costs $20, and weighs 1.5-pounds when installed.
Now, I’m no expert in clapboards, but Alex Lindsay, movie-maker, ex-ILM effects guy and MacBreak Weekly regular, is. Here’s his Tweet on the subject: “Digital Slate on an iPad… Deneke should to scared… very scared…”
The slate seems to do everything the Denekes do, and more. You can use it as a digital slate (write information on it to quickly ID your shots later) using the iPad keyboard and also store lists of frequently used settings. You can sync time-codes between iPads and iPhones running the software, as well as sync with the cameras’ time-codes.
Good use is made of the iPad’s built-in functions, too. For instance, the shot log will use the GPS to geotag the takes, you can shake-to-clap and you can of course email the lists to yourself in HTML, CSV tab-delimited or Final Cut XML formats.
If I was in the movie business, this would be a great excuse to buy an iPad and still save hundreds of bucks. I’m not in the industry, though, and I already have an iPad, but I’m still tempted just because it looks so cool. Maybe I could use it on my home movies?
Movie Slate [iTunes]
Fuente: Gadget Lab