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#1 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:33 AM

Ok... I just don't get it....


http://www.filmtools...to-z-zg-ip.html


Who is seriously shooting video on the iPhone?
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#2 Chance Shirley

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:52 AM

When I saw the video feature on the iPhone 3Gs, I wondered how long it'd be before something like this showed out.

I think the basic rule is, if you can shoot video with it, someone will sell some kind of "grip" system for it.
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#3 David Auner aac

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 10:52 AM

I think the basic rule is, if you can shoot video with it, someone will sell some kind of "grip" system for it.


Second that. And advertise it with a couple of (usually blond) chicks who like they've never held a camera before!

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#4 Adam Garner

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:05 AM

The price is even more ridiculous. Nearly 300 bones for a handle?
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#5 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:09 AM

You can buy an iPhone for that much and do a 2 camera setup, get a used stand and a knucle. Voila, insta-tripod!
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:14 AM

The promotional video for it is pretty funny...

This seems to be a subculture of filmmaking which I can only really describe as the 'pimp-my-camera' crowd.

Edited by Will Earl, 14 July 2009 - 11:15 AM.

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#7 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 11:58 AM

I just cannot live without the lo-mode shots I can now get with my iPhone!
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#8 Jamie Metzger

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 03:12 PM

Apparently the chipset in the Iphone 3GS is "capable" of recording 720p....


Prepare for the attack of the N00bz
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#9 Adrian Sierkowski

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 03:43 PM

We need some good Wagner music to accompany the behind the scenes footage of these iPhone films.
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#10 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 07:51 PM

You can just buy a Cardellini for $50 and have almost exactly the same thing.
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#11 Adam Garner

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 08:34 PM

I'll bet Michael Mann is playing with himself watching this promo vid.

I mean, ok.. whatever... maybe you have iMovie and now you have an "hd" camera (iPhone) for "serious" moviemaking as they say in the promo. This could end up being a toy, but it's such a creative necessity.

I love that this is the PRO model.. and there's a CONSUMER one on the way. Talk about marketing. Blech.
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#12 Chris Keth

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 08:38 PM

I see my days of not taking zacuto seriously anymore are coming to a middle.
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#13 Paul Bruening

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:37 PM

How about an iPhone on a Worral geared head on a Fearless Panoram?
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#14 Patrick Neary

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Posted 14 July 2009 - 09:39 PM

I hate to rain on their parade, but you can adjust the knob like so on that expensive little gizmo to tilt up and down, or...

YOU COULD SLIGHTLY BEND YOUR WRIST!!!
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Posted 14 July 2009 - 10:25 PM

I hate to rain on their parade, but you can adjust the knob like so on that expensive little gizmo to tilt up and down, or...

YOU COULD SLIGHTLY BEND YOUR WRIST!!!

As my kids say to me - stop making sense!
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#16 James Steven Beverly

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 12:21 AM

I actually could see cell phone footage being used to enhance the look of portions of a film and to lend realism to certain scenes. There was a guy mentioned here on the forum a while back, relatively known film maker who was planning on shooting a feature on cell phones and there was this:

http://blog.taragana...l-phone-camera/

http://www.filmjunk....-phone-cameras/

and even this:

http://www.asiaone.c...1207-40143.html

I suppose IF I wanted cell phone footage for a feature, I would welcome something like this so the shots would be more controlled and steady, a DEFINITE PLUS when projecting such footage on the big screen. The point is not that the grip costs more than the camera phone, the point is that the grip helps make the authentic footage from the cell phone camera viable for use in a feature film that cost a LOT of money to make regardless of the camera used.

Edited by James Steven Beverly, 15 July 2009 - 12:24 AM.

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#17 Jonathan Bowerbank

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 01:54 AM

The promotional video for it is pretty funny...


The best part of that video is early on when they say "This is the iPhone ZGrip", and the Zacuto rep made sure to state that this was the "PRO" version, ha ha

Good stuff
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#18 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 03:21 AM

I actually could see cell phone footage being used to enhance the look of portions of a film and to lend realism to certain scenes.

True, but this doesn't really mesh with what you said below...

I suppose IF I wanted cell phone footage for a feature, I would welcome something like this so the shots would be more controlled and steady, a DEFINITE PLUS when projecting such footage on the big screen.

So, you want realism, but not realistic?
I'll ignore for the time being that this particular "stabilizer", or whatever they're calling it, won't make anything any smoother. The fact is, if the average person shot video on there cell phone it would look like amateur video. If you want to actually stabilize a camera, you may as well do it right. I can mount an iphone to my steadicam the same way I can mount a Arricam LT. I don't really care what kind of camera I use, but it won't look like cell phone footage shot by an average person, it will look like cell phone video shot by a professional steadicam operator.
Anyway, it's just some stupid thing they built to sell to stupid people. Not you James, just in general. Like I said, a $50 Cardellini is exactly the same thing, except it probably has a firmer and more secure grip on the phone.
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#19 Brad Grimmett

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 03:24 AM

The best part of that video is early on when they say "This is the iPhone ZGrip", and the Zacuto rep made sure to state that this was the "PRO" version, ha ha

Good stuff

The "PRO" version offers "angulation", whatever that means. That video is hilarious!
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#20 David Auner aac

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Posted 15 July 2009 - 04:18 AM

The promotional video for it is pretty funny...


Funny thing is I hadn't even seen the video before I posted my blond girl comment. And for dough you dish out for the grip and iphone you can get a cheap hd camera easily. Hell, you can even get one for the price of the grip alone! :blink: Strange days, these! :unsure:

Cheers, Dave
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