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  • iCinematographers Rejoice at The OWLE Video Mount


    Before you drop out of film school and scrap the side job you have to help pay for a professional video camera, don't expect the new OWLE (Optical Widgets for Life Enhancement) iPhone video mount to automatically transform you into the next Steven Spielberg. But becoming an iCinematographer is now possible thanks to the handy iPhone mount that modifies your iPhone into what would appear to be a functional professional video camera.

    Although the addition of video recording functionality was, indeed, a great moment in iPhone history, soon the masses began lining up to complain about both the quality of the video and the dismal audio that accompanied it. The new OWLE iPhone video mount arrives as a mechanism to help quell some of those criticisms.

    From Think Geek:

    Now the OWLE iPhone Video/Rig solves that problem using anodized billet aluminum, a mini boom-mic and a wide angle lens. Simply nestle your iPhone inside the metal and silicone case of the OWLE and get ready to shoot the best iPhone video you've ever seen. Still shots turn out great as well. The shoe mount on the top and screw mounts on the corners of the OWLE let you do things with the iPhone Apple never planned on.
    Although OWLE did a bang up job with this nifty iPhone modification accessory, the somewhat hefty $129.99 price tag is
    bound to leave some willing to simply wait until next year to see if the 4th generation iPhone comes with improved video and audio recording capabilities.



    For now, the device is pretty cool and can prove functional in a variety of ways. The four screw mounts, for example, located on the corners allow the device to easily mount to a tripod. Although no professional or semi-professional videographer would use the iPhone as a primary video capturing mechanism, this gadget certainly improves the user experience for amateur still photographers and videographers looking for a little more stability to the video shot on their 3GS.

    Image via Think Geek
    This article was originally published in forum thread: iCinematographers Rejoice at The OWLE Video Mount started by Michael Essany View original post
    Comments 31 Comments
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      sorry. guess i should have scoured the endless perameters of the internet before i gave my highly ignorant comment.
      My post was meant to compliment yours. I quoted you for continuity
    1. digeratti's Avatar
      digeratti -
      Actually, the mic is on a swivel so that it can either point forward, toward the subject, backwards toward the camera operator or anywhere in between these extremes.

      Lately, I'm using it to prepare web tutorials and find that pointing it backwards lets me add 'voice over' live, while I record the action.

      This really cuts down the production time as does the automatic compression which makes uploading finished, edited (in the iPhone) video a snap!

      Try to do all of that with a camcorder.
    1. hollow0's Avatar
      hollow0 -
      i would rather a real digital camera with better megapixel.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by digeratti View Post
      Actually, the mic is on a swivel so that it can either point forward, toward the subject, backwards toward the camera operator or anywhere in between these extremes.

      Lately, I'm using it to prepare web tutorials and find that pointing it backwards lets me add 'voice over' live, while I record the action.

      This really cuts down the production time as does the automatic compression which makes uploading finished, edited (in the iPhone) video a snap!

      Try to do all of that with a camcorder.
      You're just masking the shortcomings of video recording on the iPhone with features that only a select few will ever need/use. And why exactly can't you use the iPhone's built-in mic for live voice over? Besides, most camcorders have a mic jack, and a simple mic can be plugged in and pointed wherever you need it.

      I, and likely the majority, cannot see justifying spending $129 for a chunk of cut aluminum, a lens, and a microphone simply to turn my iPhone into a mediocre camcorder. For $129 and even less you can buy a camcorder that is far superior to the iPhone for video and still image capture.
    1. digeratti's Avatar
      digeratti -
      Everything is relative to what you want to accomplish.

      For it's price, this Owle which includes the much better sounding mic and wide angle lens as well as the solid, very protective grip/mounting frame (with shoe my plus 4, 1/4-20 attachments) is a bargain!

      It's best used for short, edited in the iPhone, compressed in the iPhone, uploaded from the iPhone,
      videos.

      Resolution is tv standard and is as good as that gets the NTSC standard is the limiting factor.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by digeratti View Post
      Everything is relative to what you want to accomplish.

      For it's price, this Owle which includes the much better sounding mic and wide angle lens as well as the solid, very protective grip/mounting frame (with shoe my plus 4, 1/4-20 attachments) is a bargain!

      It's best used for short, edited in the iPhone, compressed in the iPhone, uploaded from the iPhone,
      videos.

      Resolution is tv standard and is as good as that gets the NTSC standard is the limiting factor.
      Indeed, everything is relative, and that includes price. To accomplish what you just described, $129 is severely over-priced. $15-30 would be more appropriate, $40 tops.
    1. digeratti's Avatar
      digeratti -
      $40 tops for a multicoated WA aux lens plus a custom microphone plus 8" x 8" aircraft grade aluminum machined, drilled and tapped, plus an iphone case oh, and a threaded for an lens plus the filter step down adapter.

      Please, take my order for ten of yours at that price (which includes shipping, of course).

      ;-)
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by digeratti View Post
      $40 tops for a multicoated WA aux lens plus a custom microphone plus 8" x 8" aircraft grade aluminum machined, drilled and tapped, plus an iphone case oh, and a threaded for an lens plus the filter step down adapter.

      Please, take my order for ten of yours at that price (which includes shipping, of course).

      ;-)
      You're right, I wouldn't pay even $40 for all that just to make the mediocre video recording on my iPhone a tad less mediocre.

      Look, you can try to justify your $129 purchase all you want. But for those of us that aren't fools, you're not very convincing. If anything, your posts keep looking more and more like astroturf.
    1. digeratti's Avatar
      digeratti -
      Sorry, no time to waste on the snarky, off topic peanut gallery.

      To everyone else, have a Merry Christmas!

      Good bye.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by digeratti View Post
      Sorry, no time to waste on the snarky, off topic peanut gallery.

      To everyone else, have a Merry Christmas!

      Good bye.
      Well, if I'm in the peanut gallery, then that makes you a performer. So how much did you get paid for this performance?




      Astroturf.
    1. rwin84's Avatar
      rwin84 -
      I want to go to the bar order a beer and answer my phone with that monstrosity on it! LMFAO!