Following the saying, “The best camera is the one you have on you,” many filmmakers and photographers have been investing more time and energy into shooting with their iPhone. The phone app Filmic Pro helped unlock a world of potential, allowing users to shoot in 24p and to lose the contrast-y digital color space the iPhone naturally shoots in. Filmic Pro has upped the ante by providing a LOG color profile. It won’t turn your iPhone into an a7S or Red camera, but the app really takes your footage to near professional camera levels.
“Gone are the days when your iPhone was limited to shooting mediocre low-resolution videos at 30fps with baked-in colors at the most. After a handful of upgrades and loads of neat professional video features added along the way, (arguably) the best professional filmmaking iPhone application Filmic Pro is going to bring another essential feature to the latest iPhone 7/7 Plus – a Log mode. The limited beta version of the software is actually out in the wild for some time now whereas the official release seems to be just around the corner. For those of you who are eager to see the results that you’ll be able to achieve with your iPhone once you enable the Filmic Pro Flat profile, here’s a quick sneak peek shot by YouTuber Matteo Bertoli.
It’s worth noting that the video was shot on the iPhone 7 Plus in 4K at 24fps using Log mode. The footage was then color graded in DaVinci Resolve 12.5. According to multiple resources, the dynamic range is only slightly improved when shooting in this mode. Nevertheless, it’s still a welcomed feature to have and the best part is that you can download the ungraded 4K clip and see for yourself how far you can push the grade.
For those of you using professional cameras on a daily basis this upgrade of Filmic Pro probably won’t be revolutionary by any means, but for newbie filmmakers and enthusiasts alike it’s a real no-brainer. For just $9.99 they can turn their favorite smartphone into a powerful video camera packed with a myriad of professional features that the early adopters of DSLRs could only dream of.
When you add the successful projects shot exclusively on the iPhone in conjunction with Filmic Pro and the way these all hold up on the big screen, I honestly don’t see a reason why you can’t intercut the iPhone Log video with some professional footage on certain occasions.
Sure, you won’t be able to get the full dynamic range that your Sony A7S II provides or just match the look of your iPhone videos with the exquisite visual aesthetics produced by the Arri Alexa, but it’s certainly a huge step forward, especially for those filmmakers and videographers who predominately use their smartphones for shooting all sorts of video reviews, vlogs, interviews, short films, or even some bigger projects and want to up the ante by taking their productions to the next level.”