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mCAM camera enhancer for GS3

Posted by admin On November - 4 - 2012

The first ever camera enhancer for Android.

The mCAM allows you to shoot stunning photos and videos and share them with the world faster and better than ever before. The billet aluminum frame allows for better stability and empowers the user to shoot with confidence. Interchangeable lenses give you more shooting options and the ability to capture breathtaking images.

Four 1/4-20 holes and a cold shoe mount on top allow you to attach a variety of accessories to your mCAM.

Action Life Media, the manufacturer of the first camera enhancer for the iPhone has done it again with the mCAM for the Galaxy S III.

Now you can improve your mobile photos and videos from an all new platform.

Launch of mCAMLITE for iPhone 5

Posted by admin On October - 16 - 2012

The mCAMLITE™ for the iPhone 5 is a sleek and portable version of the mCAM™ by Action Life Media. The mCAMLITE™ allows you to shoot stunning photos and videos and share them with the world faster and better than ever before.

The aluminum frame allows for better stability and empowers the user to shoot with confidence.

Interchangeable lenses give you more shooting options and the ability to capture more stable, wider images than an iPhone 5 alone never would.

With the included macro lens you can focus much closer that you can with the iPhone 5 alone.

Mini Cart Released!

Posted by admin On August - 20 - 2012

ALM is proud to announce the release of its latest product, the ALM Mini Cart.

Take your videos to the next level with dynamic camera movement! The ALM Mini Cart is a 5″ x 8″ table-top dolly that makes your average static shots more compelling. The Mini Cart comes with an aluminum chassis, drilled with alternating 1/4″ and 3/8″ holes and a 1/4–20 slotted rail, attached to two adjustable axels. It works great for straight line, curved and even 360° shots. The cart rolls on four pro quality urethane wheels, allowing for maximum durability and smoothness. Although smaller and lighter than the Action Cart, the Mini Cart retains the same 8″ wheel base and stability.

mCAM to Shoot 1st Video to Edit

Posted by admin On July - 27 - 2012

If you are going to produce almost professional video with iDevices..you need a really good editing app. Well, Vancouver based VeriCorder has developed an app called 1st Video that provides a solid editing platform for iPhone and iPad. VeriCorder Technology Inc. calls it the world’s most advanced iPhone and iPad mobile media applications for recording, editing, and sending audio, video and photo files. A portable audio and video editing studio in the palm of your hand.

There are two versions (professional & Consumer) available for the iPhone at $9.99 and a truly powerful version for the iPad at $29.99..


Now that you have a powerful editing suite you need a gadget that will turn your iPhone into a solid shooting platform. No surprise, VeriCorder has just the ticket..The mCAM for iPhone 4/4S is an expertly-machined aluminum bracket which protects and gives your Iphone/Ipod extra stability. Once the Iphone/Ipod is snapped into the mCAM the Iphone/Ipod camera is boosted with an additional high-quality front lens that allows  more light and detail to be recorded. It makes holding an Iphone for long periods of time effortless and most importantly results in steady video sequences.



The mCAM and a host of accessories is available at the VeriCorder web store. All of this to support the growing field of Mobile Journalism or MoJo..In this age of 24/7 news, large news organizations are beginning to rely on citizen journalists..well equipped amateurs who are the new practitioners of MoJo. There are even courses available.


Christian Coulombe is a former Combat Camera Videographer & Producer with National Defence. For many years he had an office at Rideau Hall, where he worked as the Governor General’s photographer. He has travelled the world as a photographer covering wars and official State Visits. Prince Philip became a fan of Christian, while he and the Queen were staying at Rideau Hall during a State Visit to Canada. Christian is now an instructor and producer at the National Defence Public Affairs Learning Centre where he teaches videography, photography and now Mobile Journalism or MoJo,



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Christian Coulombe has a  blog dedicated to MoJo and his two passions: wine & the Boston Bruins. Check him out at: http://chrisonmojo.blogspot.com/

On Set With mCAM+iPhone

Posted by admin On July - 24 - 2012

Here is an iPhone 4s mCAM look at a new series called Olympia.
Dan Czerwonka shoots behind the scenes footage on the set of the new series “Olympia” using his iPhone 4s, Action Lite Media mCAMLITE, iPhone camera body and Rode VideoMic Pro while he gives motorcycle stuntwork instruction to fellow cast member Stephen McCain, who plays the role of Josh. (Dan is also a principal actor in the series in the role of Kyle.)

The iPhone 4s mCAM footage starts at 2:44

Olympia On Location – Motorcycle Lesson BTS and Scene Footage – Shot with iPhone 4S and mCam Lite from Dan Czerwonka on Vimeo.
All of the footage in this video was shot using Filmic Pro on the iPhone 4S inside an ALM mCam Lite camera body (actionlifemedia.com) with audio from a Rode VideoMic Pro (rodemic.com). All compilation and editing was done DIRECTLY on the iPhone. For the actual scene footage, I ran it through Magic Bullet’s Movie Looks HD app first to crop and apply the “Action” effect. Then I compiled and edited everything in iMovie. ALL on the iPhone! Yeah I’m a huge nerd, but I feel like a kid again!!
iPhone 4S
ALM mCAMLITE iPhone camera body
37mm threaded wide angle lense supplied with camera body (.45x magnification, no filter)
Rode VideoMic Pro with Dead Cat
ALM Mic Adapter (w/ audio playback monitor)
6″ chi-neric iPhone USB charge cable
Mophie Power Pack 4000mAh external battery
(All the above mounted on a quick-release cheese plate)
Gorillapod Focus with SLR Ball Head (used as tripod and as shoulder rig)
Movie Looks HD

Dan can be reached at danczerwonka.com

mCAMLITE Vehicle Mount

Posted by admin On July - 23 - 2012

Ever want to mount your mCAMLITE to a bike or moving vehicle? Here are some great tips how to do so from our good friend and professional iPhone filmmaker, Dan Czerwonka:

1.  If using a Gorilla Pod, I would recommend ONLY the GorillaPod Focus (the full-sized one for DSLR’s)—anything smaller will not be sturdy enough.

2.  You should also have a ballhead (like the GorillaPod Ballhead X) on it for adjusting the camera, and the adjusters need to be tightened down pretty well.

3.  You MUST safety-tie your rig so that you don’t destroy your gear or impair your ability to operate the vehicle if the rig falls off or gets dislocated because of vibration or bumps. For example, I had a different camera setup come unhooked and get stuck between the tank and a handlebar on a motorcycle before and it prevents you from being able to turn or avoid obstacles. Very scary. If it were safety-tied with a piece of cord, it would have just dangled harmlessly. I’ve also used a GorillaPod with mCAMLITE, external battery, shotgun mic etc. and because it wasn’t secured properly for bumpy gravel/dirt road, it fell off while in motion.

Luckily the mCAMLITE is rock solid and with the silicone bumper it will protect your iPhone amazingly well, but the rest of the stuff took a beating.

4.  If you don’t have access to other sturdier camera rigging (such as bar clamps, etc.), duct tape is your friend. Apply liberally. The GorillaPod is an outstanding tool, but you need to work within its limits and don’t ask it to do stuff it can’t handle. You really can’t hurt the mCAMLITE, so the other thing you can do is test your proposed setup beforehand—assemble your camera rig (whatever you’ll be putting on the GorillaPod) and weigh it. Then take it apart, remove the lenses from the mCAMLITE housing and then duct tape or gaff tape an identical amount of weight to the mCAMLITE body and screw it onto the GorillaPod and go for a test ride (again, safety-tie it). Make adjustments as needed, and of course, if you have something else with tripod threading, don’t use the mCAMLITE body for the test either, but if it’s all you have…

5.  For car use, I would suggest the Fat Gecko Dual Suction Cup Car Mount.  It’s $69 but it is super-solid and will let you mount outside of a car with piece of mind that it will stay there and stay solid at speed. STILL though, always SAFETY-TIE it to be safe. They have a cheaper $30 single-suction cup mount that I use occasionally in a pinch and it works just fine, but it is more susceptible to vibration.


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mCAMLITE Instagram

Posted by admin On July - 21 - 2012

An increasing number of photographers, video shooters and filmmakers are opting to work with the iPhone mounted in the mCAM. The flexibility, portability and broadcast-ability is unmatched with any other combination of technology. The mCAM and mCAMLITE continue to make it easy to be up and shooting on stable, professional gear in a matter of minutes or even seconds.

If you haven’t had the opportunity to try shooting with the iPhone/mCAM here is a risk free chance to see what all the excitement is about. Purchase your mCAM or mCAMLITE today with through this link and get a 100% satisfaction guarantee!

Check out more iPhone/mCAM, mCAMLITE pics on statigr.am

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mCAMLITE on Studio 5

Posted by admin On July - 19 - 2012

The mCAMLITE was recently featured on Studio 5 by Jessica Foust, from TopTenREVEIWS.

Jessica does a great job showing off the lenses that come with the mCAMLITE kit. She also highlights how the mCAMLITE’s sturdy aluminum frame increases stability and reduces shaky handheld videos.


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Homage to Steve Jobs

Posted by admin On July - 7 - 2012

“Finding a pair of sneakers isn’t as easy as it seems.” It’s a funny, warm homage to the late Steve Jobs.

‘992’ is a short film by Wonsuk Chin (‘e-dreams’ ‘Too Tired to Die’) about a man whose search for a pair of New Balance 992 leads him to an unexpected encounter with a mysterious shoe store owner. It’s a funny, warm homage to the late Steve Jobs. And fittingly, it was shot entirely on the iPhone 4S and world-premiered at Macworld/iWorld 5 years after Jobs introduced iPhone to the world at Macworld.

It stars the newcomer Danny Park, beautiful Korean star Yoonji Lee and the great Euisung Kim. The film was shot by Hyeonseok Kim (‘Poetry’) and edited by Saekyoung Moon (‘Mother’).

And stay hungry, stay foolish!


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For best results, please view it in 1080p. And for a Korean-subtitled version, visit: http://youtu.be/fflMsiwomPY (한글자막본은 여길 클릭해주세요)


iPhone 5 Rumors

Posted by admin On July - 5 - 2012

Excited about the upcoming iPhone 5? We are here at ALM!

Apple has yet to officially announce the next generation iPhone, but it’s pretty evident that they will be releasing their latest smartphone some time this fall. There is no lack of hype surrounding the release, from computer generated “leaked” photos to trash-talking half way across the globe, excitement is in the air about what Apple will surprise us with next.

ALM is looking forward to the new iPhone and we can’t wait to see what new features it will offer. As the in-house manufacturer of the mCAM and mCAMLITE product lines, we take pride in the fact that we can have the fastest turn around time for new modifications in the industry! Our design and engineering processes allow us to always stay on the cutting edge and never miss a beat.

Check back in regularly to see other features and the latest news about the iPhone 5 as we learn about it, and let us know your thoughts about the new device!

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