FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote Users Guide For iPhone Cinematography For Beginners
Photos By Meta Reviews FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote For iPhone Cinematography
Photos By Meta Reviews FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote For iPhone Cinematography
FiLMiC Pro (V 6.17.3 Reviewed)
FiLMiC Pro Version 6 offers full support for 10-bit SDR on iPhone 12 series and Apple ProRes capture on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max. Works with the DJI OM 4 Gimbal and Apple Watch.
FiLMiC Pro is a Video Recording Program – It does not take still Photography.
White Balance – Tap to lock the White Balance icon to prevent color shifts.
Focus Reticle – Position the Focus Reticle on the focal point of your shot. Tap to Lock Focus.
Exposure Reticle – Place the Exposure Reticle over the highlights to prevent blown out highlights. Tap to Lock Exposure.
Color Profiles – Select from Nature, Linear, HLG and Log V3 Profiles.
RGB Histogram – You can use a histogram to identify if your video exposure is evenly balanced and make any corrections necessary. By tapping the time code counter medallion you can cycle between three different imaging histograms.
Multiple Bitrates – Get precise control over your quality.
Anamorphic Lens Support – Desqueeze your shots.
Timelapse – Manual controls for shooting 4K time-lapses.
Integration – Works with:
Ad • DJI OM 4 Gimbal
Ad • Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal
Ad • Apple Watch
Reference: FiLMiC Pro Users Manual
FiLMiC Pro Video Turtorials – “The Making of DEAD EYE” by UK Filmmaker Cassius Rayner
1) Watch a Video on Gear
2) Watch a Video on Framing Shots and Working With Actors
3) Watch a Video on Gimbals
4) Watch a Video on Slow Motion and External Lenses
5) Watch a Video on Color Grading
6) Watch a Video on Series Finale
Meta shoots Nature Photography and Macro Photography in Apple ProRaw with an Apple iPhone 13 Pro and an Apple iPhone 13 Pro Max.
Variable ND Filters – When shooting video, your Shutter Speed is determined by the 180° Rule, which states that your Shutter Speed should be set to 2x your Frame Rate (24 fps or 30 fps), as this ensures that the motion blur looks natural. In FiLMiC Pro, your Shutter Speed should be locked at either 1/48th or 1/60th of a Second.
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Photos By Meta Reviews The iPhone 13 Pro Camera System
iPhone 13 Pro 12.2 MP Camera System Specifications
Telephoto Camera (Top): 77mm ƒ/2.8 aperture (IS). 3x.
Wide Angle Camera (Bottom): 26mm ƒ/1.5 aperture (Sensor Shift IS). 1x.
Ultra Wide Angle Camera (Right): 13mm ƒ/1.8 aperture (IS, 120°, No Focus). 0.5x
Photos By Meta Reviews FiLMiC Pro Looks
FiLMiC Pro Film Looks offers 4 Film Packs containing 4 unique looks available as an optional in app purchase under the Imaging Panel for about $1 for each look.
The Infrared Pack
Empire chanels the aesthetic of InfraChrome but moderates foliage saturation in order to preserve detail.
Claret is a false-color simulation that subtly embraces the color palette of the Kodak Aerochrome film stock. Diverging somewhat from Aerochrome, Claret shifts green and blue hues while keeping saturation perceptually normal.
Inanna is a false-color filter intended to invoke the aesthetic of modern digital cameras whose color filter array has been modified to allow the sensor substrate to record light in the 1,300 to 3,000 nanometer wavelength.
Corsica playfully hybridizes elements of Lomochrome Purple and Turquoise to create an IR false color palette that selectively desaturates ochres and paints the sky in vibrant shades of teal.
The Adamant Pack
Atlas is an interpretation of the Kodak Vision3 50D that has a digitally stauration boost. It delivers warm greens and saturated flesh tones that makes this Look appropriate for outdoor scenes lit with natural light.
Fitz is an amalgamation of orange and teal looks, designed to accentuate skin tones and blue skies.
Steam is based upon Eastman EXR 200T / Bleach bypass process. This Look is globaly desaturated save for the upper mid-tones and flesh. This filter is appropriate for somber or intense scenes.
Miami is inspired by Kodak Vision 2383 that has been heavily graded for a teal and orange look.
The Charcoal Pack
Laszlo is inspired by panchromatic B&W film with an orange filter. This moderate contrast monochrome film simulation renders skintones in a pleasing way while darkening blues. This is a versatile panchromatic look for people, architecture, and landscapes.
Puffin is inspired by panchromatic B&W film with a yellow filter. Puffin is a low contast film that employs a warm celluloide substrate. This is simualtion is designed to render a wide variety of skintones in a pleasing manner.
Vernanzo is based on panchromatic B&W film with a deep red filter. This high contrast film simulation employs a subtle ochre substrate. Blues are rendered a deep obsidian. Magentas, reds, and yellows are flattened into a subtle gradient range.
Pharos is based on panchromatic B&W film with a red filter. This moderate-to-high contrast film simulation deepens shadows and adds luster to highlights. A cobalt celluloide color-cast contributes to an aesthetic well suited to evening and nocturnal scenes.
The Novus Pack
Dreams is based on Velvia film stock. This high-contrast film darkens blues and purples. It emparts an intense vibrancy to cyan, magenta and green.
Delphi is inspired by Kodak Vision3 500T. Delphi render the scene with cooler tones and parchment skintones.
Bel Air is based on Kodak Vision3 500T that has been slightly overexposed. This is a well balanced film that renders saturated, natural skintones.
Richmond is inspired by Kodak Kodachrome 16mm Cine film. It delivers old school retro vibe with raised shadows and smooth skin tones.
Photos By Meta Reviews How to Use FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote For iPhone Cinematography
FiLMiC Pro Video Settings
Aspect Ratio –> 16.9 (Standard HDTV) or 2.39:1 (Anamorphic)
Quality –> 4K 2160p
Format –> 10-bit Capture or ProRes 2020 (iPhone 13 Pro Models Only)
Standard –> 24 fps or 30 fps (Lock Shutter Speed at 1/48th or 1/60th of a Second)
Auto Shutter –> Enable
iPhone Mic (Stereo)
Bluetooth Microphone –> Enable If Using Apple EarBuds
Voice Processing –> Enable If Voice Recording
Save To Camera Roll –> Standard iPhone Location
Remote Control –> Enable If Using FiLMiC Remote
Orientation Lock –> Disable (Can Create Sideways Videos)
Preview Active –> Enable
Tap To Hide Interfact –> Enable
Hide Zoom Rocker –> Enable (Hides Digital Zoom – Not Used)
Volume Keys Trigger Recording –> Enable
Setup Video Presets For Each of the 3 iPhone Lenses
Time Code Track –> Enable
Content Management –> Enable For Large Productions
DJI OSMO Mobile –> Enable For DJI OM 4 Gimbal Functions
1.33x Anamorphic Adapter –> Enable If Using an Anamprphic Lens
Stabilization –> Enable Image Stabilization Even If Using a Gimbal
Selects Between 4 iPhone 13 Pro Cameras
Ultra Wide 13mm ƒ/1.8
Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5
Tele 77mm ƒ/2.8
Front Selfie 26mm ƒ/2.2
Touch –> Turns on Rear Flashlight
Guide –> Enable For Rule of Thirds Guide Lines
White Balance –> AWB
Adjust White Balance Tap the Imaging Panel icon to adjust the white balance manually or use a gray card or white sheet of paper under the scene lighting conditions and press AWB to lock the White Balance. Pay special attention to the White Balance Setting when switching Camera Lenses.
Set Focus before Exposure, Focus performs best in all available light. Always stop down Exposure after Setting Focus if possible.
You can use a Histogram to identify if your video exposure is evenly balanced and make any corrections necessary. By tapping the time code counter medallion you can cycle between 3 different imaging Histograms:
1) Tap once to access a dynamic full luminosity histogram.
2) Tap again to access a histogram with composite and RGB layers.
3) Tap again to access a Waveform monitor. This plots luminance values on the vertical axis and the width of the current frame across the horizontal axis.
Variable ND Filters (Recommended)
When shooting with a Wide Open Aperture (ƒ/1.5 – ƒ/2.8) your video will often be over exposed. Try using a Variable ND Filter to reduce your exposure. This will dramatically improve your chances at catching your shot correctly. Variable ND filters make it possible to maintain your desired exposure settings, while still reducing the amount of motion blur being produced by a slow shutter speed (1/48th for 24 fps or 1/60th for 30 fps). Variable ND Filters can be helpful for shooting timelapses or very slow motion that requires additional tools to perfect that shot. The Variable ND Filter now controls your Exposure.
FiLMiC Pro Video Presets
The preset controls allow you to configure, save and update presets for most of FiLMiC Pro’s settings. This allows for quick recall of a particular shooting style. Select the desired frame rate and then Save as a Preset.
How To Save FiLMiC Pro Videos to your Mac
1. Connect your iPhone via USB to Lightning Cable to your Mac and Launch Image Capture.
2. Select the Files you want to Save to your Computer. Click Save To... and select a directory on your Mac.
3. After File Transfer, you can Delete any Files from your iPhone by Selecting and pressing the Delete Key.
Photos By Meta Reviews How to Use FiLMiC Pro – TimeLapse Mode For iPhone Cinematography
How To Use The TimeLapse Mode in FiLMiC Pro
FrameRate –> TimeLapse –> Set Time Interval Seconds Per Frame (2s – 5s)
FiLMiC Pro can be placed in TimeLapse mode. This is an alternate form of framerate system by which the app will take video images based on seconds per frame rather than frames per second. Timelapse is used to create beautiful, smooth clips that capture over a long period of time and play back at an accelerated pace. Shoot a sunset scene or capture the hustle and bustle of an entire day’s downtown traffic in one small finished video clip.
FiLMiC timelapse can record on one of eight pre-defined capture intervals and playback at one of the standard broadcast video frame rates (24fps, 25fps and 30fps). When in timelapse mode the app will display ‘ TL’ in the timecode medallion and use the third segment of the counter to count off frames taken. The first two segments of the counter will display as minutes and then seconds of final footage.
Photos By Meta Reviews How to Use FiLMiC Pro For iPhone Cinematography – DJI OM 4 Gimbal
FiLMiC Pro For iPhone Cinematography – Watch a Video
DJI OSMO Mobile: This setting allows FiLMiC Pro to be controlled by the Hardware Buttons of the DJI MO 4 Gimbal.
Note: FiLMiC Pro’s setup is a lot more complex than Moment Pro Camera.
iPhone Bluetooth –> Enable.
Hardware –> DJI OSMO Mobile – Enable.
A drop-down box of available OSMO devices nearby will be displayed. Select the OSMO Model Gimbal you would like to connect to. The Bluetooth connection should be active now.
DJI OM 4 Gimbal Integration
There are 4 Buttons on the DJI OM 4 Gimbal that can be used to control various FiLMiC Pro functions:
Circular Joystick Control: Serves as the mode selector when used with FiLMiC Pro.
Record Button: Used to start or stop a FiLMiC Pro recording.
Rear Trigger Button:
Tap Trigger Button to return to Mode 1 Screen
Double Tap this trigger to Reset your DJI OM 4 Gimbal Orientation
There are 3 Modes of Operation when using FiLMiC Pro with the DJI OM 4 Gimbal. Tap the Large Shutter Button to cycle through each mode.
Mode 1– Blue – Pan/Tilt: Mode 1 is the Default Launch Mode when connecting FiLMiC Pro to an DJI OM 4 Gimbal.
The Circular Joystick button on the DJI OM 4 Gimbal can be used in this mode to Control Panning and Tilting.
Double Tap the Rear Trigger Button to quickly Reset the pan and/or tilt to the Default Orientation.
Mode 2 – White – Reticles: Mode 2 Offers the ability to Lock and Unlock the Focus and Exposure Reticles and perform Slider Pull Capabilities.
Press the Circular Joystick button to the Left to Lock the Exposure Reticle. Press Left again to Unlock the Exposure Reticle.
Press the Circular Joystick button to the Right to Lock the Focus Reticle. Press Right again to Unlock the Focus Reticle.
Mode 3 – Magenta – Manual Focus / Exposure: Mode 3 Offers Manual Exposure and Focus Adjustment.
Slide the Circular Joystick Left and Right to control Digital Focus in and out. (Use For Focus)
Slide the Circular Joystick Up and Down to Control Exposure (ISO) Light to Dark. (Don’t Use – Lock ISO at ISO 50)
Variable ND Filters – Lock your ISO as low as possible. Meta uses ISO 50. Lock your Shutter Speed at 2x the Frame Rate, either 1/48th of a Second for 24 fps or 1/60th of a Second for 30 fps. Use the Variable ND Filter to adjust your Exposure. The only thing you need to adjust is the Focus.
Photos By Meta Reviews How to Use FiLMiC Remote – iPad or 2nd iPhone
FiLMiC Remote (V 3.7 Reviewed)
FiLMiC Remote Version 3 turns your iPad or 2nd iPhone into a powerful companion application that opens up avenues of creativity that have traditional cost production crews thousands.
FiLMiC Remote offers 3 distinct modes: Control Mode, Monitor Mode, and a Director Mode.
FiLMiC Remote is a separate application that can control all aspects of FiLMiC Pro from a separate device running the remote.
Remote Control –> Enable if you would like FiLMiC Pro to be discoverable by devices running FiLMiC Remote on the same WIFI network or using FiLMiC Remote’s WiFi Network.
Apple iPad For Display – For a much larger remote viewing screen, Meta uses her Apple iPad Mini as a Remote Viewing Device rather than her 2nd iPhone 13 Pro.
Photos By Meta Reviews How to Use FiLMiC Pro – Apple Watch App
FiLMiC Pro With Apple Watch App – Watch a Video
When paired with the FiLMiC Pro on your iPhone, the Apple Watch App allows the wearer to remotely call FiLMIC Pro’s start and stop functionality as well as preview the video feed.
Pre-Record State – Pause for Stitch Recording. Disabled until recording commences. Current Time Video Preview Initial Start of Recording. Tap to start recording.
Active Recording State – Pause for Stitch Recording. Tap to pause recording using Stitch Mode.
Active Recording State Stitch Clip Paused – Paused Stitch Recording. Tap to resume recording using Stitch Mode. Active Recording, Paused in Stitch Mode - Tap to stop recording.
Apple Watch Display – The Apple Watch display quickly goes to sleep to save the Apple Watch Battery. Open the Apple Watch Settings. Tap Display and Brightness. Tap Always On and Set Wake Duration to 70 Seconds. Go back to General – > Return to Clock. Scroll down and tap FiLMiC Pro App.
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