Use Your Cell Phone As a Video Slate


About: I'm a tinkering filmmaker who likes to build stuff for my films.

Intro: Use Your Cell Phone As a Video Slate

A very cool app on the Apple iPhone is an animated clapper slate that is used for marking scenes.  It looks just like a real slate and "claps" for sync sound purposes. I don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch and don't want to pay for either, but I do want a video slate always on me.  That could be very handy.

One program that should be available on any smart phone platform (droid, palm, iPhone) is a countdown timer.  I have one on my Palm Centro called BigClock.  This is a clock, alarm and timer with very large numbers.  I can use these numbers as slate information as opposed to just timing information.

In the example below, I've set the timer for 42 days, 13 hours and 38 minutes.  When I hold the phone up to the camera, it becomes "Scene 42, Shot 13, Take 38".  Very handy.

The original BigClock is still available for download, as is the newer, user compiled Treo 600 / Centro version.  Check the web for a countdown timer available for your phone.

Slate it!

Step 1: And Here's the Video Version...

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      8 years ago

      This video looks awesome but you don't have enough instruction besides your video in order for it to be a full Instructable. There are two things which you could do. 1) If you can get some screen captures from your video then you can actually create a full Instructable right from the footage that you already have. First you can create some more steps in your Instructable to explain your project. Then, you can add those step by step screen captures into your Instructable to explain the additional instructions. Once you've done that, you should be good to go, so at that point simply republish your project. 2) If you don't want to turn your video into a full Instructable, that's ok too. That just means that your project should be submitted as a video and kept in our videos section. You can use the same text and embed code that you already have in this Instructable to create a new video in our video section, so it should only take you a few minutes to republish your project. Thanks for your submission and let me know if you have any questions along the way.