The No Budget Movie Slate for iPhone / iPad assists small video production groups slate their takes and sync video with audio.
Swipe left or right to slate. Swipe up or down on the scene/take/audio file to auto increment/decrement the field.
This iOS app was designed to present just the most pertinent information required when shooting a movie with a secondary audio source. The fields presented are the following:
Audio file name
Left/right audio channel labels
- Text size increases to improve readability on devices with larger screens
- Visual mark is more prominent
Ratings and Reviews
Almost perfect, with one critical flaw
Love all the functionality of this app, it's excellent except for one (important, though I'm hoping easy to fix) flaw: the "clap" (both beep and flash) is too long and takes multiple frames of video, especially if you shoot at a higher frame rate. This makes synchronization of audio and video impossible, which is precisely what a clapboard is supposed to do! (true, this app is called "slate", not clapboard, although it has both features, and it's a pity that one of them is unusable).
With the clap/synchronization feature unusable, I can only use this app as a slate that displays information (very useful in itself), but then I need to use a second app for the clap which is awkward and a bit ridiculous.
Take a look at Auto Clap, another free app, which allows the duration of the clap to be set to as little as 10 milliseconds - if you can set both the light flash and the beep sound to 10ms (allowing variable duration like Auto Clap does would be even better), you will have a true, fully functional slate/clapboard and the eternal gratitude of many filmmakers (and my 5 stars).
With anticipated thanks
Big easy to read fonts maximizing the screen real estate - love it! I think my only requests would be the option to close certain windows in order to fill the screen more with just the pertinent info (like if I'm not running audio) and maybe an invert option for black text on a white background. Otherwise perfect for a simple slate.
Cool but fails primary function.
The slating signals, both audio and visual, are far to long for this to be a syncing tool.
The snap of a clapper board is a very quick sound that fits inside of a single video frame or film frame. The clap of the arms (with magnet) is a precise visual moment that allows you to see the very frame so you can match to the audio frame. If either the sound or visual cue lasts for multiple frames, then you don't know which of the frames to sync to.
The audio beeps and visual color flashes in this app are not quick events, they're recorded over multiple frames is media.
Am I wrong about this?
What's wicked cool is the simple method of changing the slate information. I love it but it simply is not an accurate syncing tool. Am I the tool? Am I missing something??
With Family Sharing set up, up to six family members can use this app.