iPhone app: FieldMonitor

This is why I’ve been kinda quiet of late

Aside from the photo gallery of the PNW Lens Summit, I haven’t been very active here recently. This is why: I’ve been busy building a “new” iPhone app, FieldMonitor.

FieldMonitor

FieldMonitor lets you wirelessly monitor Panasonic GH5s, GH4s, and similar cameras (as long as they talk the same Wi-Fi protocol). It provides exposure, color, and focus controls, along with video start/stop and still photo triggers. FieldMonitor also has a full range of engineering ’scopes—WFMs, vectorscopes, and histograms—a false-color display, and anamorphic desqueeze.

I say it’s a “new” app because it’s version 3 of an older app, Wi-Fi WFM, that provided monitoring and ’scopes for Teradek transmitters. That proved so wildly popular that it sold 47 copies over 18 months. 47 copies! Teradek monitoring is, apparently, a somewhat esoteric market. No worries, though: the new version keeps the Teradek capability alongside the new stuff.

So if you shoot with Panasonic hybrid cameras, you might want to have a look. There’s lots of information on the website, so it’s not a completely blind $20 leap of faith to try it out.


Disclosure: Yes, I wrote the danged thing, and I stand to profit from its sales. Preferably more than 47 sales in 18 months, at that. So, yes, you should be suspicious when I tell you it’s the greatest thing since 10-bit internal log recording, especially since I’m not telling you that at all. I’m just saying, “here it is.” What you do with that info is up to you.


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Adam Wilt

Adam Wilt has been working off and on in film and video for the past thirty years, while paying the bills writing software for animation, automation, broadcast graphics, and real-time control for companies including Abekas, Pinnacle, Omneon, CBS, and ABC. Since 1997 his website, adamwilt.com, has been a popular reference for information on the DV formats. He reviewed cameras for DV Magazine and started its “Technical Difficulties” column, and taught classes and led panels at NAB, IBC, and DV Expo. He co-authored the book, “Optimizing Your Final Cut Pro System”, part of the Apple Pro Training series. He currently writes for ProVideoCoalition.com and DVInfo.net, and creates iPhone apps like Cine Meter II and FieldMonitor.

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scottsimmons
scottsimmons

So if the just using the built-in wifi from the GH cameras? And I ask this as a Sony Alpha owner who’s Sony Alpha also has built-in wifi (I think ….). Any chance it would work with the Sony Alphas?

Adam Wilt
Adam Wilt

The current version speaks Teradek and Panasonic Lumix. But I have the Sony Wi-Fi SDK, and I hope to make FieldMonitor speak Sony Alpha in the next couple of months. Stay tuned…

ColePat
ColePat

I was about to ask this same question. Thanks for taking the time to make this. Will definitely be purchasing.

DutchAussie
DutchAussie

Thanks Adam. I will be waiting for the Sony App.

Adam Wilt

Starting with version 4.0, FieldMonitor supports Sonys!

However, Sonys don’t allow you to use Picture Profiles and remote control at the same time, so no remote-controlled log shooting, darn it. That’s a Sony limitation, not a FieldMonitor bug. Sorry about that!

Lowell Sherris
Lowell Sherris

It’s a great App. I wish you could port this to Android.

Adam Wilt
Adam Wilt

I wish there were three of me, then perhaps I could send one of me off for several months to do so!

Nicholas Murphy
Nicholas Murphy
Dude this app smokes Panasonic’s one. Only thing is during manual (lens)l focus pulling during recording the menu button borders and “Camera Busy” text flicker in and out constantly. This is quite distracting, so maybe just have them fixed rather. Also this app is so cool that I’d love for it to be a massive success being a GH4 user myself. I’m also a professional designer who has worked on a few app and web UX projects so I’d like to update your app icon look for free, giving it a more modern design that fits with Apple’s app style… Read more »
Adam Wilt
Adam Wilt
Thanks for the kind words! If you find the “camera busy” info distracting, tap the screen once and all the camera control gumpf and UI chrome will fade out, leaving just picture, markers, and ‘scopes. Beyond that: do you still need to see onscreen status? I might consider a “passive” mode showing status info but without control capability; that would eliminate the “busy” changes during camera control operation. (I can also look at ignoring the camera’s “busy” status, but as the comms are fairly fragile even when playing by the rules, I fear that sending commands during busy periods will… Read more »
Nicholas Murphy
Nicholas Murphy

Thanks for the help on that one works great. Cool I’ll ping you a few designs next week. Last one, How would I load LUTs onto my Apple device for the app?

Thanks
Nic

Adam Wilt
Adam Wilt

LUT-loading instructions in the app’s Help, as well as here: https://www.adamwilt.com/fieldmonitor/howto.html#ImportLuts

Paul T
Paul T

This app seems great!
One feature I would love to see is pulling of focus between two values.

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