If you’re serious about using your iPhone to record video, this app will unleash your camera’s true potential.
FILMiC Pro Review
by on October 20, 2011
Sometimes it’s easy to forget how amazing your iPhone or iPod touch device really is. If you love filmmaking, then the idea of holding in your hands a tiny high-definition camera that’s also capable of editing and uploading your clips is absolutely groundbreaking. Sadly, the Camera app bundled with your device offers merely rudimentary controls.
It’s great for novices – point the lens at something you want to record and hit the button – but if you like to have a little more input, then you need to look elsewhere… and grab yourself a copy of FiLMiC.
Quite simply, this app is amazing. It gives you complete control of the focus and exposure as you shoot, with overlays to show you which part of the image the app is gathering its information from (you can alter those settings while recording). But this is just the tip of the iceberg. You can set the white balance, control the flash, and when you tap on the app’s [SETTINGS] icon you’ll find a veritable treasure trove of options.rnrnYou can select the recording resolution, from the native 1280×720 down to 480×360, alter the frame rate from 30 to 1 frame per second, and even choose where to save your files: within the app or straight to your device’s Camera Roll.
Scroll further down the preferences to see various overlays, such as an audio meter, Rule of Thirds guides, or any other framing guides should your output be destined for a format other than 16:9. You can add colour bars at the start of your clip, along with a slate to ease the cataloguing process when you come to edit your film.rnrnProbably the best feature is the Advanced Encoding section: through it, you can choose either a lower video quality to preserve storage space, or a higher one to get the best possible shot out of your device. The same applies for audio: by default, the recording is highly compressed, saving space at the expense of quality. Switch audio compression off to get improved sound out of your iPhone.
Although FiLMiC Pro will work on an iPod touch, you will really appreciate the work that has gone into this app when using an iPhone, because its recording equipment is that much better. However, it will still improve the quality of your iPod touch shots.
When it comes to sharing you clips, you can upload them to social media sites including YouTube, Vimeo and Facebook, or you can also send them to a specific FTP server so someone can edit back home while you’re still shooting.
Download this app: FilmIC Pro for iPhone
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