One thing has remained consistent in the shift from film to digital HD in the motion picture world, and that’s the need for the slate.
The slate was traditionally a board that you listed the film stock, scene number, take number, and other relevant information on. You then placed it in front of the camera so that the editor knew what was right there, and then you clapped the top of it so that you could sync the audio track to the video so that it became one. The motion picture process has gone through a whirlwind of changes in recent years, and for many people DSLR cameras like the Canon 5D Mark II offer the most affordable option for beautiful images. These cameras, even when taking still photos, require a close attention to settings and storage specifics that will then let the post-production personnel know exactly how to work with the files.
The iPad presented the perfect way to bring the slate and clapboard to the digital age, and there have been several great software options that allow you to enter in the information digitally and use things like a light flash to sync the audio and video. This syncing process is especially important since DSLR cameras do not capture usable audio and instead will require a separate sound line be ran. Now the new DSLR Slate app for the iOS devices has been released you can finally curtail your slate needs directly to the DSLR technology.
With DSLR Slate you can stack in the camera information so that you can go directly to the correct sequence and import settings when preparing an editing job. ISO speed, aperture, shutter speed, frame rate, white balance, lens number, focal length, are all placed alongside more conventional items like the scene and take number. This does not mean that they will all be easily visible, however, as the main items will still take the primary area of the visible display. One primary element that is nice for this app is the inclusion of the Memory Card, which now lets you label the clip according to what memory card it is being saved to. This will allow the editor to easily find the source file if there are problems with the captured footage.
The DSLR Slate app is also available for the iPhone, which is somewhat fine now that we are dealing with cameras of a smaller stature. You usually should place the slate so that it can be seen in some sort of reasonable focus, which means away from the camera. This will be much harder to see with the iPhone, and the iPad is really what has inspired this slew of new slate app releases. Though DSLR Slate does not redefine the property, it is among the best in the business and will absolutely meet your slate needs.