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iPhone Film Festival starts February 1st, 2013

We are so excited to see what movies win at the newest iPhone film festival out on the west coast on February 1st of this year.  The movie “Departure” has gained much media attention to be the first large scale movie to be shot completely on the iPhone using numerous apps.

HD iPhone film festival

HD iPhone film festival

Here’s a quick synopsis of the movie:

Police officer Deana Kashul traverses the corridors of an abandoned warehouse, not realizing she’s put herself in the line of fire of a desperate drug dealer. As the drug dealer raises his 9mm, for the perfect head shot—he’s shot from behind by an unknown source, releases a few rounds himself at the unknown source. Deana snaps herself around to uncover the dead drug dealer, along with Glen Starks, lying on the floor, in agony. Continue reading


Manage your iPhone cords with velcro cable ties

velcro iPhone cable wraps

Velcro iPhone cable wraps

As I was unwinding my iPhone cable from my iPad and Nook cables I realized it was time to find a better system. I looked around online for a simple way to manage the clutter of my white usb power cords and stumbled upon an image of someone using Velcro ties to secure their cords indepedently of each other.

The velcro concept is key here. As you know when you take your phone to the car, you usually need the cord to be a little longer, depending on the lcoation of the power socket. Even then once the perfect length is acquired you can hold that length using these velcro straps. I prefer the 6″ inch ones in a small 10 pack like you can find here. No need in buying a whole spool when you can just spend a little cash for these.

Another nice option for my iPhone 5 would be to have a small mat on my dashboard and have a little velcro on the back og my case.  This way I could toss my phone on the dashboard and know it would not slide around every time I stoipped at a stoplight or took a tight turn.

Of course, even more important is having an extra iPhone 5 8 pin lightning cable.  I am not paying full price of $19 from Apple for one of these things. I am still waiting for the CHinese to create a knock off for $5 so I can order 2 as a backup.  What do you do for wire management of your excess cables?

iPhone 5 Newest Features to Drool On

iPhone is fast becoming the topmost favorite brand of smart phones nowadays. Because of its cool designs and sleek features, one cannot simply ignore the lure of this electronic gadget. With the latest release of iPhone 4s, a fifth generation in the iPhone lineage, many people thought that having one is more than a luxury but a necessity as well. Cool unique features include rear and front cameras that are used for video calling or simply shooting self-portraits and uploading it to Facebook account. iPhone has 8 megapixel resolution which is quite higher than its earlier generation.

Apple develops iMovie for iPhone which is a special application that has Windows Movie Maker capacity. But unlike the latter, you will be free from the hassle of importing and exporting the videos to computer and vice versa. With iMovie installed you can edit, crop, and put titles to your self-made movies and directly send it to You Tube or Facebook for instant publication. Because of its high definition camera and video capacity, movie directors also used iPhone in film shooting at high speed action. Any moviegoer would not even tell a slightest difference between the scenes that are shot with real camera or iPhone camera. iPhone is also more an aesthetic display but also an intelligent virtual personal assistant.

iphone 5 features

iPhone 5 features will surpass that of Siri from the previous model

Powered by Apple iOS, Speech Interpretation and Recognition Interface (SIRI) becomes the latest trend in Smartphone technology. It understands and follows speech commands of the users like getting directions, reminding birthdays or appointments, arranging movie reservations, etc. The most amazing part is that SIRI speaks back in a conversational tone like a real personal assistant. With these cool features, no wonder that SIRI is already incorporated in a movie with the same title.

iPhone 5 HD video upgrade rumors

There are rumors circulating the internet that the newest iPhone 5 will have full 1080p high speed video recording capability at 100fps. So it’s hard to imagine shooting for an extended time with the faster shutter speed and HD but it would give you the ability to slow down movies smoothly up to 3x. That would allow for some cool special effects. Check out a skating video at youtube done in 1080 at 100fps, it’s sweet!!

Obviously a frame rate of 300fps, 600fps, or 1200fps would be amazing but I don’t see current technology pulling this off in such a small device. It would also be nice if they could add a 3x zoom in the new phone that wasn’t just a digital zoom. One can only hope I guess.

If you want to check out other rumors about the iphone 5 check out CNN’s post over here. Of course, if you are captuing high speed video then you need larger storage capacity.  It would be sweet if they offered an iPhone 5 with 256 gig of storage. One day technology will push us there and I am sure Apple will be more than happy to charge us a premium price to own one.

If this happens, it would just give independent film makers another tool to us for shooting extra angles for their movies. I also have found the first sneak peak at the new iPhone 5 and what the design will look like here.

iPhone 5 design high speed video

The new iPhone 5 design offers round curves and 100fps high speed video

The battery life of the iPhone 5 is rumored to be 2x as long as the old one… at least in standby mode….. it has some new technology that barely uses any juice while in standby. If you are using it constantly only expect a 25% improvement in battery life… BUT heck that is still really good. It’s worth it for me to upgrade if I only got a 15% improvement. What do you guys think?

When Apple launches this bad boy all of the specs can be found here.

Benjamin Dowie’s first HD iPhone 4S movie

Nobody could imagine that the new iPhone would be powerful enough to record video quality good enough for the big screen but Benjamin Dowie gladly showed us what was possible only 14 days with the release of his homemade HD video.

These were his words:
Holy cow. Time to throw my 7D in the bin* Got an iPhone 4S yesterday and got up this morning to go for a surf. No surf, so thought I’d shoot some stuff to see what the new camera is like on the 4S. Got home, looked at the footage, and couldn’t believe it came out of a phone. Was so excited so thought I’d quickly cut a vid to share the goodness.

It’s actually amazing. The automatic stabilisation seems to work wonders, and gets rid of most the jello. Depth of field is flipping awesome. Colours are really good straight out the camera, but I did give this footage a slight grade with the 3-way colour wheel in Final Cut. Music: ‘Blach’ by ‘Elks of Envy’

I think you’ll agree that the footage above is fantastic, especially when you consider that it came from a handheld smartphone. For many, myself included, the iPhone 4S will negate the need for a dedicated video camera when shooting home movies anymore. It already has made my digital camera pointless.

What do you think of the video quality from the iPhone 4S? Would you use it to record your next child’s birth?