Cine Meter II for iOS is released

Shameless commercial message: my latest iOS app for camerapeople, Cine Meter II, has just been released for sale by the App Store:

CMII-luxi-portraitCine Meter II turns your iPhone®, iPod touch®, or iPad® into a shutter-priority reflected light meter, an RGB waveform monitor, and a false-color picture monitor. Cine Meter II works on any iDevice with a camera running iOS 5.1.1 or higher. It expands the original Cine Meter app with several added features:

  • Cinematographer-friendly controls let you set shutter angle (essential if you’re shooting with a Digital Bolex or Blackmagic camera) or shutter speed, ND filter compensation, and arbitrary filter factors.
  • Use the front-facing camera for “lightmeter selfies” – use yourself as the model when lighting a set (not available on iPhone 3GS).
  • The zoomable spotmeter lets you measure light precisely from a distance (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).

See the Cine Meter II webpage for more details. Cine Meter II costs $19.99 and is now available on the App Store

Sorry, it’s not an upgrade to the original Cine Meter (which remains available), it’s a whole different app. If you need what it can do, you’ll have to buy it anew, but if Cine Meter is already doing all you need, why, you’re all set.

I’d tell you to go buy Cine Meter II because it’s brilliant, but I have a clear conflict of interest, having written the thing. All I’ll say is that Jon Fauer seems to like it.


Disclosures: I wrote Cine Meter II, so yes, if I can convince you to buy it, I’ll make money from it. And if I can convince enough of you to buy it, I’ll be rich… rich… rich beyond imagining, bwahahahaha! Or, at least, I’ll be able to pay some bills, which is nearly as good.

As to Luxi, I added it to Cine Meter II of my own accord, and if you buy a Luxi from ESDevices, they get the money and don’t send any of it to me. Darn it.

iPad, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. App Store is a service mark of Apple Inc. Luxi is a trademark of Extrasensory Devices.


About The Author

Adam Wilt is a software developer, engineering consultant, and freelance film & video tech. He’s had small jobs on big productions (PA, “Star Trek: The Motion Picture”, Dir. Robert Wise), big jobs on small productions (DP, “Maelstrom”, Dir. Rob Nilsson), and has worked camera, sound, vfx, and editing gigs on shorts, PSAs, docs, music vids, and indie features. He started his website on the DV format,, about the same time Chris Hurd created the XL1 Watchdog, and participated in‘s 2006 “Texas Shootout.” He has written for DV Magazine and, taught courses at DV Expo, and given presentations at NAB, IBC, and Cine Gear Expo. When he’s not doing contract engineering or working on apps like Cine Meter II, he’s probably exploring new cameras, just because cameras are fun.

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