I’m an Android fanboy. I somewhat despise iOS and the smug “I’m better than all you other mobile users because I have an iPhone” attitude of iUsers. But one thing where iPhone users have us Androiders beat at, is the app choices. iPhone apps seem to hit every corner of every genre and are generally higher quality and more thought-out than Android apps.
But that’s ok…….kinda. We can have fun too! Here’s a list of useful Android apps for filmmakers. These are in no particular order. Some of them, I’ve used. Others, I haven’t.
Kodak Cinema Tools
Basically, a film calculator and a depth of field calculator. Both in one handy app.
SL Digislate is a digital slate on your phone. It costs $10, but if you’re always in need of a slate, it’ll be worth it.
SL Director’s Viewfinder
Another $10 app that proves it’s worth. This one is a director’s viewfinder with varying focal lengths to help stage a shot. Ideal for directors and DP’s.
SLR (Studio Light Rigger)
A 3D environment where you can plan lighting setups. Looks super clean with shadows and realistic light falloff. Comes in a little over $3.
Easy Release – Model Releases
Collect all data and signatures from your actors right from your phone. This app has loads of features, like emailing yourself a PDF of the releases. Pretty nifty.
DSLR Controller (BETA)
There are a few DSLR controllers in the market, but this one seems to be the most popular. Not all phones are capable of doing this, so make sure you phone can support it.
This is an app that lists and gives details about all the current Canon Lenses. Pretty nifty, I guess.
Yep, there’s even love for you Nikon shooters.
Photo Tools is alot of tools wrapped up into one app. DOF & Hyperfocal Distance Calculator, Field Of View Calculator, Exposure Reciprocation Calculator, Flash Exposure Calculator, Multiple Exposure Compensation, Minimal Shutterspeed Calculator, Light Meter, and alot more.
Filmcalculator is another app with a ton of features built in. This is aimed toward camera operators and DP’s. It’s a little steep, at almost $30, but the size of the database of lenses, film stocks, and lamps is nuts. Check it out.
Sun Locator Pro/Lite
This Sun Locator app is great for setting up timelapses and figuring out where the sun will be at any given time. This app also has an augmented reality mode where you can see all the details through your phone’s camera. Definitely a valuable tool when shooting in the field.