Adam Wilt has done it again. His new Cine Meter II is an essential app for every cinematographer. I just downloaded it from the Apple App Store. Adam’s original Cine Meter app for iPhone and iOS was brilliant. This one is even better.
The new Cine Meter II app turns your iPhone, iPod touch, or iPad into a shutter-priority reflected light meter, an RGB waveform monitor, and a false-color picture monitor. Here are some of the new features:
- Cinematographer-friendly controls let you set shutter angle, ND filter compensation, and arbitrary filter factors.
- Use the front-facing camera for “lightmeter selfies” – aim the iPhone camera at yourself (not available on iPhone 3GS).
- The spot meter zooms in up to 15x (requires iOS 7 or later on iPhone 5, iPod touch 5G, iPad Air, iPad mini 2G, or later devices).
- Add a Luxi photosphere for incident-light readings ($30 from ESDevices for iPhone 4/4S or 5/5S; support for other devices coming soon).
Cine Meter II doesn’t use WiFi or mobile data — it runs natively on your iDevice. This is good to know when you have to explain to your family why you absolutely must have the next, new iPhone 6, and why your perfectly fine iPhone 5s will not trickle down to them but will instead be pressed into service as a stand-alone Cine Meter II.
- The light meter displays T stop in decimals (e.g. 3.2) or stops and fractions (4.0 ⅓). You can set shutter speed or shutter angle (11.25º to 360º) and add neutral density filter corrections and other exposure compensations.
- The waveform monitor shows how light levels vary within and across a scene.
- False-colors show shadows that may be under-exposed and highlights that may clip.
See the Cine Meter II webpage for more details. Cine Meter II works on any iDevice with a camera running iOS 5.1.1 or higher.
Cine Meter II costs $19.99 and is now available on the App Store.