SL Director's Viewfinder

SL Director's Viewfinder

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This app is designed for directors and DP's to block out and stage shots.

A director's viewfinder is a viewer used by film directors and cinematographers to frame a shot as seen through the camera lens. Like a traditional viewfinder, this app simulates various cameras, formats and lenses.

In order to support lenses wider than your device can display, the preview is shrunk in relation to the size of the actual lens. You can use this to gauge the extents of the frame.

Currently this app supports lens sizes from 6mm to 200mm, most aspect ratio formats, and the following cameras:

35mm Film
35mm Still
Super 35
Super 16
Red One
Canon 5D
Canon 7D
Sony 2/3" chip cameras
Standard DV 1/3" chip cameras
2-perf Techniscope
Four Thirds system format
Panasonic AG-HPX370
Arri Alexa
Lumix GH2

New in this version is the ability to add your own cameras and lenses. You can also edit the camera settings that ship with the app.

Never be without your viewfinder again!

Take pictures with overlays for safe frame and/ or safe title, rule of thirds, a 12 field chart and more.

You can snap a picture by pressing the camera button, dPad button, or touch the upper left corner camera icon. Because of the processing being done to the image, you must wait for the camera icon to be green before taking another picture.

Camera information will be added to the bottom of the picture. Any overlays will also be added to the final picture. A light screen is used to mask the area outside the chosen field of view.

All pictures are automatically added to the Gallery on your device.

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If there is a problem running this app after an upgrade, try uninstalling the app and reinstalling. This seems to fix most problems people have had with upgrading.

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Recently changed in this version

As always, please let me know if you experience problems with this app. I'm doing everything I can to make sure this works on all the supported devices.

Added the ability to add or edit your own cameras and lenses.
Fixed issue where photos would not show up in the Gallery app.
Improved speed of preview display and image processing.
All images are now saved to a folder called SL_DirVFinder on the SDcard

Lots of code improvements

Comments and ratings for SL Director's Viewfinder
  • (58 stars)

    by Chris Santucci on 09/01/2014

    The field of view is way off. Didn't check all cameras, but Alexa - way off.

  • (58 stars)

    by Michael Callahan on 17/07/2013

    This is seriously an outstanding app. Helps visualize shots easily. Lots of camera presets. Nice work!

  • (58 stars)

    by George Walker on 23/06/2013

    Excellent tool, worth every penny,would like to see camera aspect ratios, fx ,dx,also the golden ratio,logarithmic spiral. Regards he

  • (58 stars)

    by A Google User on 04/04/2013

    I would love to see more aspect ratios. 2.39:1 and 2.76:1 specifically.

  • (58 stars)

    by mattijuhani.nissinen on 19/01/2011

    Didn't work on my Samsung Galaxy Tab. Bad. Where is my money?