Filmic Pro for iPhone: Like Whoa, Your iPhone Video Camera Is All Professional Now

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OOOH your iPhone videos look SOO NICE. And it's true, the stock cam on the iPhone 4 does a decent job for quick videos but if you wanted to stop being an amateur and use some real tools for video recording, Filmic Pro is what you need.

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What's it do?

It's a video camera app that gives you a suite of features typically reserved for the pros. There's controls for screen resolution, frame rates, and framing along with focus and exposure locks so you can get the exact shot you want. Even more, you can monitor your audio, add some info to your video clips with a virtual "slate" and even encode your videos in a variety of formats. Basically, it's this whole toolbox of features that changes your dead simple cam to a "more realer" video camera (kind of like what Camera+ is for pictures, Filmic Pro is for videos).

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Why do we like it?

There's just so much in this app, I don't even know where to start. The different shooting modes (Super 35 matte, double reticle, single reticle) give you quick preset options to record a scene as best seen fit (action shots require different needs than a close up shot, for example). Obviously, it's not something pros will use to replace their gear but it will make your YouTube videos (or Facebook, Tumblr, Vimeo vids) look like something a pro did—but you did it on a smartphone. Having Filmic Pro's whole suite of pro features at your disposable is like having all the maximum customization that Apple never wanted you to have. Of course, you're still going to be limited in quality but you'll have enough tweaks to maybe overcome it.

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The Best

Lots of tweaks!

The Worst

Takes time to get used to

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DISCUSSION

Filmic "Pro" is one of those programs that is so near, and yet, so what.

If you lock exposure and/or focus before you roll video, your effort was for naught. You must lock either/both of these AFTER you start recording, in order to make them lock in. You can lock them while you preview, but as soon as you roll to record—poof!—the settings are completely lost.

The count down, color bars and slate are very nearly the most disruptive things you could have. Only the slate makes any sense, and you'd have to be shooting a professional production to ever need it.

Tip: Shoot a single scene with color bars. Then you'll have a copy on video. End of color bar helpfulness.

After shooting each shot, you MUST manually save it to your Camera Roll file for you to save it by connecting to your local laptop. Shooting the shot off to YouTube is easier than saving it right to your in-phone clip file. &^%$#@!!!

The reticles are nice. The many frame rates are nice. The different resolutions are nice. The framing guides are nice.

But the list of things it doesn't have—and that a true Master Camera should have—is huge.

1. Instant saving in your Camera Roll.

2. Focus lock that respects what you set before you rolled to record.

3. Exposure lock that respects what you set before you rolled to record.

4. White Balance lock that respects what you set before you rolled to record.

5. White Balance saved settings you can access.

6. All added header parts tied to the shot AFTER it has been taken.

7. Option to put Bars, Slate and count-down at the end of a take.

8. Contrast, gamma, exposure and colorimetry adjustments that can be memorized and/or carried over to additional takes.

9. Audio manual settings.

10. Live broadcast of camera to a nearby iPad.

More interesting things for the iPhone as video recorder here: [tinyurl.com]