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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:

    Originally Posted by :
    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. BiGZeus's Avatar
      BiGZeus -
      o.0 u would have to be crazy to buy summit like that just buy a separate camera if u wanna be the new Spielberg
    1. exNavy's Avatar
      exNavy -
      You need a hell of a lot more than some goofball camera mount like this to be able to compose a picture (which the majority of American's can't even do). Don't even get me started on all the backlighting issues they have. This should come bundled with the idiot's guide to photography/movie making.
    1. DarkDragonAn's Avatar
      DarkDragonAn -
      ARE YOU FOR REAL, IS BUT SO MUCH YOU CAN DO WITH YOUR iPHONE. STOP ADDING USELESS HARDWARE TO THE PHONE.
    1. tudtran's Avatar
      tudtran -
      Holy ****. That thing look freaky
    1. Nukie's Avatar
      Nukie -
      Quote Originally Posted by tudtran View Post
      Holy ****. That thing look freaky
      Reminds me of an old View Master.
    1. billchase2's Avatar
      billchase2 -
      ...you've got to be kidding me.
    1. sk8ertim's Avatar
      sk8ertim -
      Guys, I see a Landscape springboard in the future just cause of this "thing".

      As you can see from the screen shots, the iPhone is held on "landscape mode" and neither the icons nor the status bar actually looks good, AND YOU KNOW HOW APPLE LIKES TO LOOK GOOD!

      I see in this a landscape springboard, AND I WANT IT!

      just my 0,02c
    1. zozodouce's Avatar
      zozodouce -
      Hahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahah ahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahahah ahahahahhahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahahahhahahahah ahahahahhahahahahahahahahahahahhahahahahahhahahaha hahahahahhahahahahahaha
    1. toyvan's Avatar
      toyvan -
      fail..
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      your left hand is going to be nestled right next to the mic. any time you make a slight movement it will pic up that noise. not usefull for the iphone. allthough cheaper than a lower end proffesional HD camcorder [easily $2,000-$3,000] why wouldnt you just invest that $130 towards a fully functional retail grade digital camcorder? [$300-$1000]
    1. Ichwohneinloche's Avatar
      Ichwohneinloche -
      I think this is cool for those who want to waste money. Otherwise if you need it that bad then you probably need to get a real video recorder and not a cell phone. My opinion, Fail.
    1. Rokesomesmeefer's Avatar
      Rokesomesmeefer -
      Quote Originally Posted by rhekt View Post
      your left hand is going to be nestled right next to the mic. any time you make a slight movement it will pic up that noise. not usefull for the iphone. allthough cheaper than a lower end proffesional HD camcorder [easily $2,000-$3,000] why wouldnt you just invest that $130 towards a fully functional retail grade digital camcorder? [$300-$1000]
      Or just buy one for less than 5 bucks more!!

      [ame=http://www.amazon.com/DIGITAL-HDVC5200-Megapixel-Digital-Camera/dp/B001WMEIU8/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=photo&qid=1261512672&sr=1-1]Amazon.com: COBRA DIGITAL HDVC5200 12 Megapixel 7-in-1 HD Digital Video Camera: Camera & Photo[/ame]

      Instead of buying a lesson in futility, there's much better that can be had at the same price:

      [ame=http://www.amazon.com/gp/search/ref=sr_nr_p_36_5?bbn=172421&keywords=digital+video+camera&qid=1261512639&rh=n%3A502394%2Ck%3Adigital+video+camera%2Cn%3A172 421%2Cp_n_condition-type%3A2224371011&rnid=386442011&low-price=129&high-price=129.99&x=4&y=9]Amazon.com: digital video camera, New, $129-$129.99 Camcorders[/ame]
    1. digeratti's Avatar
      digeratti -
      Owle works better than it looks.

      Actually made from a single piece of machined aluminum and adds enough weight to steady out any hand shaking.

      Add a mono pod to use as a boom and it is easy to do lots of things you'd never dare try with a camcorder! Hi angle, low angle and vehicle shots work fantastic.

      This little mic makes a huge improvement on the sound recorded, too!

      And the Wide Angle lens changes the iPhone from an also ran to a useable video platform.

      Instant editing, processing (compression) and email or posting is a treat.

      Forget the theory, these are the facts from actual use!

      No, I have nothing to do with the company or it's sales ... it's just one of the best add on's I've found so far for the iPhone. Cheers!
    1. badass1469's Avatar
      badass1469 -
      actually it wouldn't be any hand covering the mic, if you look closely the mic is re-directed to the back of the iphone.
    1. frail1's Avatar
      frail1 -
      Quote Originally Posted by exNavy View Post
      You need a hell of a lot more than some goofball camera mount like this to be able to compose a picture (which the majority of American's can't even do). Don't even get me started on all the backlighting issues they have. This should come bundled with the idiot's guide to photography/movie making.
      How did this go from an accessory review to a rant on all Americans are photographically inept? Love the generalizations though, keep it up!
    1. rhekt's Avatar
      rhekt -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rokesomesmeefer View Post
      Or just buy one for less than 5 bucks more!!

      Amazon.com: COBRA DIGITAL HDVC5200 12 Megapixel 7-in-1 HD Digital Video Camera: Camera & Photo

      Instead of buying a lesson in futility, there's much better that can be had at the same price:

      Amazon.com: digital video camera, New, $129-$129.99 Camcorders
      sorry. guess i should have scoured the endless perameters of the internet before i gave my highly ignorant comment.

      Quote Originally Posted by badass1469 View Post
      actually it wouldn't be any hand covering the mic, if you look closely the mic is re-directed to the back of the iphone.
      read my quote again. i said "nestled right next to the mic". if you knew anything about microphones, which you obviously dont. they tend to pic up sound very easily from things quite close to them. now in post production, if you also knew anything about that, you can compress those unwanted minor sounds out. however that can also then compress sounds you want to leave in. or in pre production you can have your mic running through a compressor and have it shelved to disallow any minor sounds from disrupting what you want the mic to actually be picking up. all of which this doesnt have the ability to do. but im sure you allready knew that.
    1. quidam_brujah's Avatar
      quidam_brujah -
      Silly people... ~$130 for that battery-less, light-less contraption... or ~$140 for a Flip Mino HD. True, you can't send your videos instantly over the 'net, but you can get an hour of 1280x720 HD video, and shoot in lower light than your iPhone can.

      Sometimes the gadgets make sense... sometimes they don't...
    1. bengo's Avatar
      bengo -
      everyone is trying to get on the iPhone gravy train. what can you expect...
    1. ecd5000's Avatar
      ecd5000 -
      well it does seem pretty useless and costly but another interesting idea for someone who will make more than enough off it, i do like how the mic appears to have a male jack for the headphone jack, that should really do sound wonders. has anyone ever tried this? im sure the look is awkward but probably works quite well

      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.



      read my quote again. i said "nestled right next to the mic". if you knew anything about microphones, which you obviously dont. they tend to pic up sound very easily from things quite close to them. now in post production, if you also knew anything about that, you can compress those unwanted minor sounds out. however that can also then compress sounds you want to leave in. or in pre production you can have your mic running through a compressor and have it shelved to disallow any minor sounds from disrupting what you want the mic to actually be picking up. all of which this doesnt have the ability to do. but im sure you allready knew that.
      i have your solution nestled right next to the mic....dont move your hand
    1. Buddy17's Avatar
      Buddy17 -
      Quote Originally Posted by digeratti View Post
      Owle works better than it looks.

      Actually made from a single piece of machined aluminum and adds enough weight to steady out any hand shaking.

      Add a mono pod to use as a boom and it is easy to do lots of things you'd never dare try with a camcorder! Hi angle, low angle and vehicle shots work fantastic.

      This little mic makes a huge improvement on the sound recorded, too!

      And the Wide Angle lens changes the iPhone from an also ran to a useable video platform.

      Instant editing, processing (compression) and email or posting is a treat.

      Forget the theory, these are the facts from actual use!

      No, I have nothing to do with the company or it's sales ... it's just one of the best add on's I've found so far for the iPhone. Cheers!




      hahahaha now thats funny!!

      registered: dec 2009
      post count: 1
      commenting how "badass" a really *** add-on is and claiming you DON'T work for the company...good one man