As a Zoom F8 user, I have been living off my iOS device for 2 years using F8 Control. And now a lot of Sound Devices users are finding more and more uses for Wingman in their workflow. But over this same time I’ve discovered quite a few other apps that are incredibly useful on set.
Disclaimer: All links below are non-affialiate-links and I am receiving no money from any app makers or app stores. All reviews of these apps are independent and unbias… well I have a bias, thats why its a review. Because I liked it or not… so Ok, it’s at least independent.
TV Timecard makes it quick and easy for below-the-line crew members to keep track of your call time, meal break, wrap time and mileage…nothing else. The better you are at keeping up with your time card, the more OT you’re able to charge for.
#2 TeraCentral App
Teradek’s application to Discover, Configure and View video from Teradek Video Encoders. It’s named TeraView on the Android platform. This is great for remote wireless monitoring a scene when the production you are on is using a Teradek Vidu, Cube, or Clip. I worked on a 3 day short film shoot that used it, everyone on set loved it. If you’re the boom op, strap your iPhone/iPod Touch to your boom pole and you can check your frame edges and shadows without having to bother anyone.
#3 Show My White Space App
This app is developed by Spectrum Bridge Inc. This is another app that goes by two different names. In the Google Play Store it goes by the name “Show My White Space.” (NOTE: As of this article, the app can’t be found in the Google Play Store easily. Its very regionally locked and nearly impossible to find. The link below connects you directly to an automatic APK download. You will need to turn on “install from unknown sources” in your settings menu.) In the iOS App Store it goes under the name “micFrequency.” Both apps do the same thing, they use the GPS in your phone to see what TV signals are in your area. The iOS app is designed better and has a cleaner layout. As you can see from the pic above (taken from the iOS version) it displays not just the DTV signal ID but the VHF/UHF frequencies that they sit on. This doesn’t mean you should stop running your reciever’s scans when you arrive to a new location, it means that you now know which frequency blocks you should be renting/bringing to set. This is especially helpful if you are on a travel show like I am most of the year.
About the Author
Andrew Jones is a location sound mixer based in Los Angeles. He started in the TV and Film industry in 2004. You can email him at Andrew@HoldForSound.com