Top 5 free Android apps for filmmaking

Many filmmakers have a limited budget and shooting movies, commercials or any kind of video making can be expensive, so looking like a professional on a production sets can be difficult.

But you can save a lot of money with these great free tools for Android enabled tablets and phones, which can boost your production to the professional level. Let's take a look of some of the best free Android apps for Digital filmmaking available and found on Google Play.


For a whooping $80,000 you can buy this camera.
For a whooping $80,000 you can buy this camera.

Now, let's talk about FREE stuff!

Let's begin with our list of cool apps...

1. Digital Clapper

If you shoot your videos with multiple cameras or using external sound recorder such as Zoom H4n or Sound Devices recorder you probably know how difficult is to get those separated tracks synchronize back together in post-production. Well, this great looking app will help you out. The main feature of this app is to generate a time snapshot for the editor, a pin-point sound beep, just like using an ordinary clapper boards (or clapping hands together like some indie filmmakers).

But not just that, every shot you’ve made is saved to a list, which can be easily uploaded to server or even exported to variety of different formats and shared with others, so you will never lose your precious shots metadata. This app has some great additions like Color chart, Timecode generator and together with a shot rating and report list, this app becomes a necessary tool for all kinds of film and video making.


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Excellent! The application is very good and performs its function clapper synchronizing multiple cameras and microphones without any trouble

— Vitor Rogério
Digital Clapper's UI interface
Digital Clapper's UI interface

Update

Digital Clapper has grown into much more than just a Clapper. A new 2.0 version features a completely new logging and data management system for your productions, with complete control over your camera meta data. Now you can create unlimited projects with unlimited shots, use GPS to locate production location and much more in a completely redesigned UI interface.

With more than 44,000 active downloads, this app is one of the best available for free. Also, there are some other clapperboard and slate apps, but none of them have an option for beep tone alignment, which is essential for perfect synchronization in post-production.


2. Aperture Meter

In a production, you always need a good light measuring device to calibrate light sources. But why buying external and expensive light meter, when you can have it in your pocket. There are many light meters available on Google store. Some apps can only calculate exposure, shutter speed and ISO, when others can also read data from your phone sensors. This app is a simple and yet very powerful intensity (lux) meter and calculator for your device. Aperture Meter also reads and displays a light color temperature (Kelvins), but be sure your device is equipped with RGB sensor. Most Samsung devices, like NOTE 4, S5 and others can handle RGB readouts. Once you take all scene measurements, you can then easily check light ratios.

You can also calibrate your device sensors, with a build-in multi point (non-linear) calibration. With this unique calibration method, you can correct lux or light temperature sensor errors in specific points (eg. at 1000lx, at 2000lx...), so your readings can always be accurate. The app can measure illumination levels from 0 to 20,000 lux, and color temperature up to 10,000K.

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Aperture Meter's UI
Aperture Meter's UI

Aperture Meter is not only free, but comes without any adds!


3. Kodak Cinema Tools

Although Kodak is facing some financial problem, this cinema toolbox is every photographer wet dreams. And it's not just that, it's also free and easily adapted to film productions. This handy app has everything from Film length Calculator, accurate DOF (depth of field) calculator and even Glossary library containing all sorts of filmmaking language like densitometer, film density, cinemascope etc. Just type in and find out what they all mean.

It will also help you determine the run time for any length of film in any format, such as Super 8mm, 16mm, 35mm and 65mm. You can enter film length in meters or feet.

Kodak Cinema Tools user interface
Kodak Cinema Tools user interface

4. Remote Prompter

This teleprompter also comes from a 3d motion design and film production - QuArt Studio like Digital Clapper and it's a great little tool helping acting talents, TV reporters, journalists and video bloggers, who can't remember all text lines. Remote Prompter allows you to load and scroll any text file, change scroll speed, font size or even edit text using HTML tags to color, bold and underline special words. The great little feature of this app lets you attach any keyboard you have laying around. Just connect it via USB and use it as a remote to control all functions wirelessly. Position your Android device under your camera or use it under a prompter mirror and let the words fly.

With a recent upgrade 1.1.0, the app got many bug fixes, plus a new cleaner and much faster user interface.

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Easy to use and read There are not too many prompter apps on google play, and unfortunately most of those are seriously flawed in one aspect or another. This app is THE exception. Everything about using the app is simple and straightforward.

— Sakarías Ingólfsson

5. MyScreenplays Free

To make a good play you have to have a good scripting. This film screenwriter app for Android mobile devices can easily turn your ideas into professionally written scripts. Whenever you get the idea for a great story, it's always right under your fingertips to write it down. The integration with Dropbox and Google Drive and the ability to import and export into many different formats like HTML, PDF, DOC, Word and Celtx makes mobile writing even more fun.

That's it. I hope you will enjoy these apps as much as making digital entertainment.

© 2013 Frle

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If you found a great app... tell us about it... 5 comments

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FullOfLoveSites 3 years ago from United States

Whoa... I am a devoted Android user but I didn't bother to explore the Play Store that much. Thanks for posting! :)


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reviewstop 3 years ago from Spain

I believe that to make films it is best to have a tablet. With a regular size screen I find it difficult.


Anders 3 years ago

Also check out this one for calculating data rates

http://goo.gl/oCbLHT


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redfive 3 years ago from California, USA

Off to download some of these apps -- and it's all thanks to you! Thanks for writing this hub, pal. Voted up :)


Bubbi 23 months ago

Sharp thngiink! Thanks for the answer.

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