Guer­rilla Film­maker

Go man­ual with video con­trols

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The best cam­era, they say, is the one you have in your hand. With this in mind, Sotcha has cre­ated the Guer­rilla Film­maker app, and it’s ac­tu­ally rather good. It un­locks man­ual op­tions for the oth­er­wise au­to­matic fea­tures of your iPhone’s video mode – such as the cam­era’s fo­cus – though it’s not the first app to do that. But that’s ac­tu­ally just the be­gin­ning.

Yes, man­u­ally con­trol­ling the fo­cus with a slider to cre­ate rack­fo­cus-style shots is both easy to do and ex­tremely sat­is­fy­ing, but it’s the pro­gram­mable keyframe fea­ture that makes this app so in­ter­est­ing and po­ten­tially use­ful.

All the man­ual fea­tures can be pro­grammed to change their val­ues at pre-des­ig­nated in­ter­vals. That means if you have a track­ing shot and want to pull fo­cus be­tween two fo­cal planes you can pro­gram your fo­cus shift, hit record and let the app worry about hit­ting the marks.

For film­mak­ers, this is a truly amaz­ing fea­ture and one that many pro­fes­sional cam­era­men would wish their pro cam­eras had built in. Which, come to think of it, they re­ally should do.

This pro­gram­mable func­tion is pretty easy to use and, like the rest of the in­ter­face, is rea­son­ably well de­signed and in­tu­itive. Menus are dragged in and out of view with swipes and, when ex­panded, the man­ual con­trols ap­pear on-screen as sim­ple slid­ers.

That said, it’s not all per­fect. There’s no man­ual aper­ture con­trol on the iPhone, so depth of field is locked; and, though the icons look good, it would be a nice touch to have more of a real-world in­ter­face that would be in­stantly recog­nis­able to a video pro­fes­sional or DSLR owner. Alun Pughe

Guer­rilla Film­maker rep­re­sents su­perb value for money and real po­ten­tial for iPhone-lov­ing in­die film­mak­ers.

Guer­rilla Film­maker brings an­other level of con­trol to shoot­ing video on your iPhone.

En­ables man­ual con­trols

Pro­gram­mable fea­tures

Ex­cel­lent value for money

Frus­trat­ing aper­ture lim­i­ta­tions

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