Dry Erase Slate

find-price-button Ikan Production Slate 9 x 11

About time I had my own Dry Erase slate a.k.a Clapper a.k.a ClapBoard. I ordered this 9 x 11 dry erase slate from Amazon mainly because I had a gift card and shipping was free at the time. This one feels like it has some magnets on the top so as the clapper gets closer it actually snaps in place. Feels like a wooden top and the slate area is a thick acrylic. I personally think it also looks better than the other cheaper ones. If looks is of no concern, cheaper ones like the Pearstone go for about half the price of this Ikan over at B&H.

find-price-button Pearstone Dry Erase Slate

Cheapest of all the ones i've found is the very generic White 9 x 11 Director's Clapboard via Amazon (below).

find-price-button White Directors Clapboard 9 x 11

12 thoughts on “Dry Erase Slate

  1. I have the iPod filmslate app, but no way is it loud enough to make a spike in a remote mic.

    Doing all of this (behind camera) by myself, I'm finding it handy to have just the clappers (without the board). I can drop them into a pocket, ready for use at the start of the next take. I use the audio in the 5D2 for sync with external recorders. On computer, I can easily tell which take (they're in order), and haven't needed to put which scene, etc. as I name the takes (descriptive name in front of .mov number).

    I line up the audio spikes in nested Premiere Pro sequences (I don't use Pluraleyes). Here's the very well-made clapper I found:
    Filmtools carries some great stuff, but not always the least expensive.

  2. Dante L.

    I just got the Pearstone Clapboard, Pretty decent build, good price, I like the color bars that could be used for color correction on post, and in the back the stripes are black and white. Also brings the magnet in the clapper.
    It does the work and also helps me stay within my budget lines.

  3. I see that the Pearstone slate has some colors on the clapper hand. Do you think thats used for post color correction referrence like those white,gray,black PQcards or whatever their called.

  4. Emm

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    @Logicalnot - Yeah I thought about DSLR Slate but then the iPad is being thrown in the prompter too. I would need two.

  5. I've gone hi-tech.

    I like the iPad app "DSLR Slate". Does a nice 3-count and sync pop for you, has a little macbeth chart, dark/light modes, etc. Pretty cool, actually!

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