How To Use FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote For Beginners

Meta Explains How To Use FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote For iPhone For Beginners

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How To Use FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote For iPhone For Beginners (Ver. 6.14)

Meta Reviews How To Use FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote on iPhone For Beginners.

FiLMiC Pro is the most advanced 4K Video and Audio Recorder App ever made for your iPhone. It’s filled with cutting edge features to help you make world class content, such as Full Manual Controls, Live Analytics and Smooth Workflow, plus Integration with DJI OM 4 Gimbal, Apple Watch and Shure MV88+ Microphone.

FiLMiC Pro unleashes the maximum dynamic range of your iPhone 12 with 10-bit SDR capture capability and a new 10 Bit LogV3 Gamma Profile that enables the ultimate color grading experience for Videographers.

When Shooting iPhone Videography, Meta uses FiLMiC Pro and FiLMiC Remote on an Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max protected by a Moment Case. This Special iPhone Case supports a Drop-in M-Series Lens Interface over all 3 iPhone Cameras, which can connect to Moment Lenses or a MoonDogLabs 52mm Filter Adapter. Meta uses a Variable ND Filter, a Circular Polarizing Filter and a Neutral Night Filter. She edits her 4K YouTube Videos using Filmora. FiLMiC Pro has Integration with the DJI OM 4 Gimbal, Apple Watch and Shure MV88+ Microphone.

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Apple iPhone 12 Pro Max 12.2 MP Camera Specs

Telephoto Camera (Top): 65mm /2.0 aperture.
Wide Angle Camera (Bottom): 26mm /1.6 aperture (Image Stabilization).
Ultra Wide Angle Camera (Right): 13mm /2.4 aperture (120° Field of View – No Focus).
The Standard Wide Angle Camera (Bottom) Has Optical Image Stabilization.

The 12.2MP Camera Produces 4032 x 3024 Pixel Images. 13.4” x 10” Prints at 300 dpi.

Meta’s Top 10 FiLMiC Pro Tips For iPhone For Beginners

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Meta’s Top 10 FiLMiC Pro Tips For iPhone For Beginners

1) Do Not Use Digital Zoom! Settings –> Hide Zoom Rocker –> Enable

2) Enable Director Mode. Settings –> Tap To Hide Interface –> Enable

3) To Record in Video Only – If You Add Sound or Voice Over Later.

4) File Management – Delete Unwanted Clips in FiLMiC Pro Before Exporting.

5) ISO – Keep as Low as Possible. Limit ISO to ISO 100. Add More Light if Needed.

6) Settings –> Orientation Lock to Horizontal (Prevents Vertical Switching).

7) Color Grading – Flat works the Best. Use Log V3 if you have a lot of light.

8) Audio Settings – Set Audio Level to the 2nd : Mark under the Time Code

9) Always Shoot in 4K for the Best Quality.

10) To Shoot in Black and White – Turn Down Saturation.

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How to Use DJI OM 4 Gimbal With FiLMiC Pro For iPhone For Beginners

1) Check Batteries – Check Free Space – Clean Lens and Filter – Wear Apple Watch.

2) iPhone Settings –> Airplane Mode (Disables Interruptions.)

3) Attach Variable ND Filter to iPhone on a MoonDogLabs 52mm Filter Adapter.

4) Balance iPhone on the DJI Gimbal. Open the DJI Mimo App. Run Calibration and then Check and Adjust the Level. Verify Level with the Apple App Measure.

5) In FiLMiC Pro –> Select and Load a Preset.

6) Enable Focus Peaking (A Button –> FP Button)

7) Slide Screen from Left Side to Display the ISO | Shutter Speed Arc.

8) Lock Shutter Speed at 1/60th and Lock ISO at the Lowest Setting. Exposure (Circle) is now Set and Locked.

9) Set Manual Focus by Moving the Focus (Square) around the Screen (Focus works with Wide and Telephoto Cameras Only).

10) Rotate Variable ND Filter to Adjust Exposur. If too dark inside, remove filter or add more lights.

11) If using Audio, Set Your Audio Level to the 2nd Colon Mark. Perform an Audio Check.

DJI OM 4 Gimbal Controls

M Button Controls
• Press and Hold M Button – Powers On | Powers Off.
• Tap M Button 1x – Checks Battery Status.
• Tap M Button 2x – Toggles Portrait Mode | Landscape Mode.

Rear Trigger Controls
• Tap Rear Trigger 1x – Returns to Pan | Tilt Mode (Blue Control Mode).
• Tap Rear Trigger 2x – Resets Pan | Tilt Orientation to Default.
• Tap Rear Trigger 3x – Toggles Rear | Front Cameras.

Side T | W Switch – Do Not Use (Too Buggy)
Press Up or Down to Cycle through the 4 FiLMiC Pro Control Modes.

Note: ActiveTrack 3.0 is NOT supported by FiLMiC Pro.

Reference: DJI OM 4 User Manual


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How To Use The FiLMiC Remote For iPhone For Beginners

FiLMiC Remote turns your Remote iPhone or Remote iPad into a powerful Remote Control Device of the iPhone Camera on the DJI OM 4 Gimbal. For More Info visit FiLMiC Remote.

iPhone Camera on the DJI OM 4 Gimbal. FiLMiC Pro –> Settings –> Device –> Remote Control –> Enable.

How To Connect Remote Device to Camera Device on the DJI Gimbal using Pier to Pier WiFi
• Disconnect Remote Device and iPhone Camera from any WiFi Connections.
• Enable Airplane Mode on Both Devices.
• Enable WiFi on Both Devices.
• Launch FiLMiC Pro on iPhone Camera on the DJI Gimbal.
• Launch FiLMiC Remote on Remove Device. FiLMiC Remote will want to connect to the iPhone Camera on the DJI Gimbal.
• If Connection Fails, Disable | Enable Remote Control on the iPhone Camera and Retry.

FiLMiC Remote has 3 Remote Modes: Control Mode (R), Monitor Mode (4 Squares) and Director Mode (Eye).

Control Mode gives you a Clone of FiLMiC Pro, so you can Control Focus, Exposure, White Balance, Record Operations, and Live Analytics such as Focus Peaking and Zebra Stripes from your iPhone or iPad.

Monitor Mode gives you access to a whole range of professional-grade analytic tools including waveform monitor, vectorscope and 4 selectable histograms: Luminance, Zone, RGB Channel, RGB Composite as well as a Video Preview so you never lose sight of your subject.

Director Mode offers a clean Video Preview for the director, producers, crew, or client to watch the scene unfold without the distractions of the camera interface.

FiLMiC Remote V3.3 User Manual


Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsUsing a Long Sturdy Monopod with FiLMiC Remote is a great way to get high up and low shots! You can clamp your 2nd Remote Monitor iPhone to the Monopod with this Bicycle Mount iPhone Holder, which allows you to Remotely Monitor and Control what is going on during shooting. A Monopod is handy to use with the DJI Gimbal.

DJI OM 4 Gimbal Button Changes Using FiLMiC Pro – Watch a Video

There are a few Changes and Feature Omissions to your DJI Gimbal User’s Manual when Controlling FiLMiC Pro using your DJI Gimbal’s Buttons.

Update the DJI Gimbal’s Firmware and Run Calibration using the DJI Mimo App before Operating. It may be necessary to Reset the DJI Gimbal’s Bluetooth Connection (Press and Hold – M Button – Red Shutter Button – Rear Trigger Simultaneously for a few seconds) when switching from the DJI Mimo App to FiLMiC Pro.

Reference: DJI OM 4 User Manual


Reference: FiLMiC Pro User Manual V6


Reference: FiLMiC Pro Training


Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsYou can Charge your iPhone from theDJI Gimbal when it is Plugged In and Charging. The shorter 18” Apple USB-A to Lightning Cable works very well. Remember to unplug your iPhone before Turning on the DJI Gimbal to prevent the USB cable from getting caught by the DJI Gimbal Arms.

Reset Gimbal Bluetooth Connection

To Reset the Bluetooth Connection from your iPhone to the DJI Gimbal, Power Off DJI Gimbal. Press and Hold – M Button – Red Shutter Button – Rear Trigger Simultaneously for a few seconds. This may be necessary if switching between the DJI Mimo App to FiLMiC Pro.

ActiveTrack 3.0 is NOT supported in FiLMiC Pro V6


Joystick Using FiLMiC Pro

In FiLMiC Pro Default Mode 1, the Joystick can be set to Tilt | Pan or Tilt | SpinShot. It is also be used to adjust the FiLMiC Pro Controls when in the other 3 Control Modes.

M Button Using FiLMiC Pro V6

• Power On | Off – Press and Hold M Button.
• Check Gimbal Battery Status – Tap M Button 1x.
• Toggles Portrait | Landscape Mode – Tap M Button 2x.

Rear Trigger For FiLMiC Pro

• Returns to Pan | Tilt (Control Mode 1) – Tap Trigger 1x.
• Resets Pan | Tilt Orientation to Flat Default – Tap Trigger 2x.
• Toggles Rear Camera | Front Selfie Camera – Tap Trigger 3x.

T | W Switch For FiLMiC Pro – Do Not Use – Too Buggy

• Cycles Through the FiLMiC Pro Control Modes – Press T | W Switch.

Meta Recommends Watching These FiLMiC Pro Training Videos

Guide to iPhone Filmmaking

FiLMiC Pro Settings Explained

FiLMiC Pro Training: iPhone Cinematography

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 1: Manual Focus

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 2: Exposure

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 3: Low Light

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 4: Low Light

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 5: FiLMiC Remote

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 6: Interviews

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 7: Filming with a Gimbal

FiLMiC Pro Training: Episode 8: Filming on Location


Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsAlways Lock the Shutter Speed at 2x the Frame Rate (1/48th or 1/60th). Keep ISO below ISO 100 to Prevent Overexposure. Attach a Variable ND Filter to reduce the amount of light. Meta uses ISO 100 Indoors and ISO 22 Outdoors.
FiLMiC Pro Interface

FiLMiC Pro Settings For iPhone For Beginners – Watch a Video

White Balance

Meta used to fuss around with a White Balance Card and set the White Balance for every shot. Then she realized that when Shooting Outdoors, the Sunlight White Balance (2nd Icon) Setting does a very good job and is a lot easier to use and setup. Just set it and forget it.

Gamma Curve – Natural or Flat works the best.

Note: White Balance, Gamma Curves and Color Behavior are saved in your Presets.

FiLMiC Pro Settings

Tapping the Settings Settings Button will reveal the Settings Menu (Diagram: Left).


Resolution

• 16:9 (Standard Wide Screen Format)
• 4K 2160p (3840 x 2160)
• FiLMiC Extreme (100 mbps)
• 10 Bit (iPhone 12)
• High Efficiency Codec (HEVC) –> Enable


Frame Rate

• 24 FPS / 1/48th (Cinematic Look)
• 48 FPS 1/96th FPS For Slow Motion (Cinematic Look Slow Motion)

• 30 FPS / 1/60th (Standard TV Look)
• 60FPS / 1/120th For Slow Motion (Standard TV Look Slow Motion)

• Auto Shutter –> 60 Hz Shutter (North America)


Audio

• Select iPhone Microphone
• PCM
• 48.0 kHz
• Bluetooth Microphone –> Enable (For Apple Earbuds)
• Automatic Gain Correction –> Enable
• Voice Processing –> Enable
• The Audio Level is set using the White | Below the Time Code. A good place to set this is at the 2nd Colon: 00 : 00 | 00.


Device

• Save To Camera Roll –> Enable (Easier File Transfer)
• Remote Control –> Enable (For FiLMiC Remote)
• Orientation Lock –> Enable (Lock in Landscape Mode)
• Snap Focus –> Enable (Quicker Auto Focus)
• Preview Active –> Enable (For FiLMiC Remote)
• Tap To Hide Interface –> Enable (Cleaner Look)
• Hide Reticles With Interface –> Enable (Cleaner Look)
• Hide Zoom Rocker –> Enable (Do Not Use Digital Zoom)


CMS (Content Management System): Standard and Advanced

• Time Code Track –> Enable
• Contact Management –> Enable


Hardware

DJI OSMO Mobile –> Enable (Allows FiLMiC Pro to be controlled by the Buttons on the DJI Gimbal).


Sync

Offers the ability to synchronize your Preset Files to your cloud storage account.


Community

Access Social Media.


Firstlight

FiLMiC Firstlight is a Still Photography Camera App from the makers of FiLMiC Pro. Tap to Switch Applications.


Stabilization (iPhone)

Disable iPhone Image Stabilization when using a Tripod.
Enable iPhone Image Stabilization when using a Gimbal.


Camera

Select which iPhone Camera to use. You can also use the Quick Lens Picker Icon if you have multiple cameras, such as the iPhone 12 Pro Max.
• Ultra Wide 13mm ƒ/2.4
• Wide 26mm ƒ/1.6 IS
• Telephoto 65mm ƒ/2.2
• Selfie 26mm ƒ/2.2


Overview

Displays Resolution, FrameRate, Bitrate, Hardware, Audio and Preset Information currently being used.


Torch (Rear LED Flashlight)

Tap on this to Enable the LED Flashlight on your rear camera as a Constant Light Source.


Guide

Enables the Rule of Thirds Grid (Helps Line up the horizon).


Presets

Meta uses these 3 FiLMiC Pro Presets For her iPhone Videography:

Preset:
Video
13mm f/2.4
Video
26mm f/1.6 IS
Video
65mm f/2.2
Capture Mode
Device Lens
Resolution
FPS
Shutter Speed
ISO
Focus
White Balance
OSMO Setting
Stabilization
Video
Ultra Wide
4K
30 FPS
1/60th
Lowest
Auto
Auto
Focus
On
Video
Wide
4K
30 FPS
1/60th
Lowest
Auto
Auto
Focus
On
Video
Telephoto
4K
30 FPS
1/60th
Lowest
Auto
Auto
Focus
On


On the iPhone 12 Pro Max, if you setup a Video Preset for each Camera, when switching Cameras, the ISO and Shutter Speed should remain constant if locked.

Note: Presets also include any settings you make to the Optional Cinematographer Kit, so be sure to set those before you Save Presets after adjusting these settings.

Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsWhen Launching FiLMiC Pro on your iPhone, Hold down on the App when Launching and you will get presented with your Preset List. This is a much faster way to Launch Right into your Presets.



How To Focus Pull in FiLMiC Pro

Open Manual Controls

Move Focus Wheel to 1st Focus Point
Tap the Focus Point Line on the wheel to set 1st Focus Point

Move Focus Wheel to the 2nd Focus Point
Tap the Focus Point Line on the wheel to set 2nd Focus Point

Tap the mark you wish to Start your Focus Pull From
To start the Focus Pull, Tap on the mark you wish to End the Pull
Alternatively you can Tap on the small arrow if available
Adjust the Focus Pull Speed using the Variable Speed Slider


Analytics Tray (Red “A” Button)

The Analytics gives you 4 options to monitor Under Exposure and Over Exposure. You can turn on Zebras, Clipping, False Color and Focus Peaking. Meta likes to use Clipping and Focus Peaking. Screen will turn Black and White when enabled for better viewing.

Lock Your Shutter Speed at 1/48th or 1/60th and Use a Variable ND Filter to Control Exposure

The Exposure Control uses a Combination ISO and Shutter Speed. Locking the Shutter Speed at 2x the Frame Rate (1/48th or 1/60th), the Joystick will Only Control the ISO. Keep ISO below ISO 100 to Prevent Overexposure. Attach a Variable ND Filter to reduce the amount of light. Meta uses ISO 100 Indoors and ISO 22 Outdoors.


Move Very Slowly

You can set the Movement Speed in FiLMiC Pro to Different Speeds for Pan and Zoom. Use the Slowest Setting.


Practice – Practice – Practice

Practice what you have learned – Take lots of Notes – Remember Film is Cheap. Get to know your DJI Gimbal and learn FiLMiC Pro BEFORE you begin shooting.

Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsExperiment with many Different Settings. Experiment with Different DJI Gimbal Moves, including attaching the DJI Gimbal to the end of a Monopod for the “Drone Effect”. Experiment with Slow Motion and Very Slow Motion. Experiment with Different Shots and Effects, including Shallow Depth of Field for a Blurred Background.


Plan Your Video Production

Planning and Storyboarding is Key to a Successful Video Production. Always Shoot to Edit – Keeping the Editing in Mind!

How To Save FiLMiC Pro Photos and Videos to your Mac

1. Connect your iPhone via USB to Lightning Cable to your Mac and Launch Image Capture.

2. Select the Photos and Video Clips 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 Photos or Video Clips from your iPhone by Selecting and pressing the Delete Key.


Reference: DJI OM 4 User Manual

How To Access FiLMiC Pro Control Modes on DJI OM 4 Gimbal – Watch a Video

To Access FiLMiC Pro’s 4 Control Modes with the DJI OM 4 Gimbal, Push Down on T | W Button on the Left Side of the DJI Gimbal to Cycle through the 4 FiLMiC Pro Control Modes. Each Control Mode is Color Coded with a Color Dot in the Cycle Indicator: Blue, Yellow x2 and Red.

Moving Joystick will display a Circle with a Thick Line around the Icon to show you what area you’re adjusting.

Note: Red is Locked | White is Unlocked.

Mode 1 – Pan | Tilt (Blue Dot) – Default Control Mode (Can Also Be Setup in the DJI Mimo App to SpinShot | Tilt)

Note: Tap the Trigger 1x to Return to Pan | Tilt (Blue Dot) – Default Control Mode 1.

Joystick Left – Pans Left.
Joystick Right – Pans Right.

Joystick Up – Tilts Up.
Joystick Down – Tilts Down.

Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsHow To Enable SpinShot in FiLMiC Pro Instead of Pan – In the DJI Mimo App –> Select Settings –> Press M Button –> Quick Menu. Press M Button –> Select Video –> SpinShot. Open FiLMiC Pro. Joystick Left now Rotates to the Left. Joystick Right now Rotates to the Right. To Reset Back to Pan –> Press M Button –> Video –> Tilt Locked.

Mode 2.1 – Reticle Control Mode – Lock | Unlock Manual Exposure and Manual Focus (1st Yellow Dot)

Joystick Left – Lock | Unlock Manual Exposure (Circle). (Allows Precise Movement of Manual Exposure Circle).
Joystick Right – Lock | Unlock Manual Focus (Square). (Allows Precise Movement of Manual Focus Square).

Joystick Up – Zoom-In. (Do Not Use Digital Zoom).
Joystick Down – Zoom-Out. (Do Not Use Digital Zoom).

Mode 2.2 – Auto Control Mode | Lock | Unlock Auto Exposure and Auto Focus (2nd Yellow Dot)

Joystick Left – Lock | Unlock Auto Exposure (Circle). ( Wide Auto Exposure).
Joystick Right – Lock | Unlock Auto Fixed Focus (Square). (Wide Auto Focus).

Joystick Up – Zoom-In. (Do Not Use Digital Zoom).
Joystick Down – Zoom-Out. (Do Not Use Digital Zoom).

Mode 3 – Manual Control Mode – Set and Lock Exposure | Set and Lock Focus (Red Dot)

Joystick Left – Decreases Exposure Arc (Circle) (Darkens).
Joystick Right – Increases Exposure Arc (Circle) (Brightens).

Joystick Up – Focus Arc (Square) (Infinity).
Joystick Down – Focus Arc (Square) (Close-Up).

Note: Swiping from the 2 Sides will let you set the Slider Sensitivity Speeds.
Note: Lock Your Shutter Speed (1/48th or 1/60th) in Manual Exposure Control Mode.

Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsLock Your Shutter Speed – The Exposure Control uses a Combination ISO and Shutter Speed. Locking the Shutter Speed at 2x the Frame Rate (1/48th or 1/60th), the Joystick will Only Control the ISO (Lowest is ISO 22). Keep ISO below ISO 100 to Prevent Overexposure. Attach a Variable ND Filter to reduce the amount of light.

How To Use The Timelapse Mode in FiLMiC Pro For iPhone – Watch a Video

FiLMiC Pro can be placed in Timelapse Mode in the FrameRate Settings (Standard | Timelapse). Timelapse is an alternate form of Framerate System by which FiLMiC Pro will take video images based on Seconds per Frame rather than Frames per Second.

Timelapse can be 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.

FiLMiC Pro Timelapse can record in one of 8 Preset Seconds per Frame Capture Intervals (1s, 2s, 3s, 5s, 10s, 30s, 45s, 1m) for playback at 24fps or 30fps. When in Timelapse Mode FiLMiC Pro 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 video.

Meta's Best iPhone Videography TipsAd • Anker USB-C Portable Charger – FiLMiC Pro’s Timelapse Feature will require your iPhone to be powered on for a long period of time. Your iPhone can be charged using the DJI OM 4’s USB-A Power Port. In the field, an Anker USB-C Portable Charger can charge your DJI OM 4 Gimbal, which in turn charges your iPhone.

Reference: FiLMiC Pro User Manual V6


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How To Use FiLMiC Pro With Apple Watch

You can use the FiLMiC Apple Watch App to Start and Stop Recording, View Current Time and Remote Video Preview from your Apple Watch.

The FiLMiC Apple Watch App is designed to automatically connect to the paired iPhone’s version of FiLMiC Pro. The FiLMiC Pro app on the iPhone must be launched manually. Allow 2 to 3 seconds for the pairing process to complete. At this point the Apple Watch app and the FiLMiC Pro app on your iPhone are ready to communicate with one another.

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