Digital Clapperboard - Timecode Sync and Video Slate
By Matt Cowlin
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A FREE simple yet professional and advanced clapperboard app with accurate sync and clear audible beep
Digital Clapperboard is a professional clapperboard application developed by a real TV crew while producing a series of documentaries.
If you're a beginner or student filmmaker or work in the media, Digital Clapperboard is the perfect free clapper board app for professional use with high quality visual cues and clear audio cues.
Digital Clapperboard is primarily used with the audio and visual cues to sync cameras and sound recording devices during editing.
What's New in Version 1.1.1
Less intrusive signup - fixed skip bug
Do NOT be deceived by these bad reviews
I downloaded this app with a very pessimistic attitude because of the reviews posted from other users. It is true that the app does ask for your e-mail address so it can send you a secret key to activate the app, but in contrast to what others stated, I received my e-mail almost simultaneously when I submitted it through the app—virtually no wait time for the e-mail whatsoever. I entered the phrase that was sent to me and have had no problems with this app at all. It does not ask me to reenter the phrase to use the app when I re-launch it. I have also not received any spam e-mail from the app or its third-party sources (if any at all). If you’re worried about that possibly happening, you have the option to click the unsubscribe button in the welcome e-mail you receive once you enter the secret key that activates the app.
If you’re interested in a clapperboard app and do not want to pay for the others that are offered on the App Store, this app is a perfect option. I have no complaints from using this app. It may be because of an update to the app as to why I am not having any issues similar to those posted by other users, but all-in-all, this app very much deserves a solid five-star rating.
No way I'd ever go back to a regular slate!
I've tried (and deleted) quite a few slate apps but I use this one on a regular basis -- including today. Works quite well. The beep is loud enough to give the desired audio spike in the tracks for syncing external audio to the camera's. It has a Tail feature for those times you get so involved with shooting that you forget to use it in the beginning of shooting.
My favorite feature is the multiple slates. I usually have several ongoing projects, including assorted equipment tests, and being able to pull up a different slate for each is a real plus. It even keeps track of where you were when you bring up a previously used slate. Awesome!
I'd love a notes feature that's connected to each scene. I use the Notes app until that happens. There's a few other tweaks I'd like that I wrote the developer about.
Is it perfect? None of them are, but this app works for me.
Style without function, start from scratch every time?
Every time you open it insists on getting your email address for 5secs or so, then you can skip past it. Could never get to consistently open and close. Opens but won't close. Sound is a faint beep. Not a clap. Time starts upon open, not when it claps shut. Every time you strat the app you have sit through the opening. And worst of all start from scratch filling out the production and director, and other data. So you better track it on paper. What is up with that?