January 16, 2017

New FiLMiC Pro Update Allows iPhone 7 and 7 Plus Users to Shoot Log

FiLMiC Pro will be more powerful than ever for smartphone filmmakers.

After Tangerine premiered at Sundance 2015, everybody and their mom was wondering how director Sean Baker managed to make a film shot entirely on an iPhone 5s look so damn good. As they soon found out, he got a little help from the FiLMiC Pro app, which is designed to give shooters more control over their smartphone cameras' settings, like frame rate, resolution, and shutter speed.

But even though FiLMiC Pro has helped filmmakers utilize their smartphones in new, more effective ways, they have set their sights on giving them more options and latitude once they head into post by including a Log/Flat picture profile in their upcoming update, a feature that is usually only found in more expensive, high-end cameras to give filmmakers and colorists more control over their color grade.

The newly updated version of FiLMiC Pro is currently out as a limited beta, and one of the filmmakers who managed to get their hands on it was Italian cinematographer Matteo Bertoli. Currently based in Salt Lake City, Utah, Bertoli made a short video that shows you just how beautiful shooting Log on your iPhone 7 can be.

An app that gives your smartphone the ability to shoot Log, that is a flat image with low saturation, contrast, and sharpness, is going to make it much easier for filmmakers to retain details in shadows and highlights, which is always a problem when shooting with your phone's camera. That lack of latitude is one of the reasons why many believed making a film with your smartphone was a complete joke

Bertoli talked about this, as well as the rest of his experience with the updated app in a blog post over at PetaPixel:

This will open up a lot of possibilities in post production for more creative color grading, but again, the biggest advantage is that we’ll be able to capture those details in the shadows and in the highlights that would otherwise be lost.

...this is a very interesting feature to have on the smartphone in our pocket, and one that will allow indie filmmakers to achieve much more amazing results.

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It'll be interesting to see what comes out of this new FiLMiC Pro update. The app was satisfying so many filmmakers before, surely more will decide to beef up their smartphones once they catch wind that they can shoot Log.

If you're interested, you can download the ungraded file of Bertoli's video here—take it for a spin in post and see how it grades!      

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I was looking for an anamorphic adapter for my iPhone 7 Plus. So far all the cases for it that can attach 37mm filters are super bulky and huge. Looking forward to compact solutions.
That beat grip pro is a bit much. I'd love something where I could keep my anamorphic lens in a case in my pocket, and be able to click it on quickly to my iPhone 7 Plus case.

January 16, 2017 at 11:30PM, Edited January 16, 11:37PM

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cee dee
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Have you considered the Moondog Labs lens ? http://www.moondoglabs.com/

January 17, 2017 at 1:53AM

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I'm well aware of this lens. There is no simple solution to use it on an iphone 7 plus. yet.

January 17, 2017 at 6:47PM

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cee dee
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The beastgrip pro is still your best bet and the moondog labs lens work with the 7 and 7 plus when using the wide angle lens.

January 18, 2017 at 4:51AM

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Hi cee dee, my company, Helium, has developed a compact iPhone cage that allows you to use the 37mm version of the Moondog Labs anamorphic adapter with your iPhone 7 Plus. It features a flippable lens mount, so you can use either camera on your iPhone. It will start shipping in about 4 weeks. You can read more about it here --> https://heliumcine.com/blogs/general/helium-core-iphone-7-plus

April 17, 2017 at 4:58PM, Edited April 17, 5:00PM

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> That lack of latitude is one of the reasons why many believed making a film with your smartphone was a complete joke

Who are those people who thought that? Amateurs? Because professionals in the industry would sure know that several award winning documentaries where shot in the 80s and 90s in video camcorders with worse latitude and image quality than a modern smartphone -- that also sold for $10,000 or more.

January 17, 2017 at 6:29AM

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Maybe "complete joke" is a misnomer, but if you shoot these days you sure appreciate having high bitrates and LOG, I remember the old days and you had to get it all in-camera. Watching stuff from the 80s and 90s, I have to say, unless it was shot on film it's pretty bad.

January 18, 2017 at 9:11AM

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Noah Leon
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yes but were not in the 80s or 90s now and most professional stuff from back then looks bad to be quite honest.

January 18, 2017 at 4:40PM

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If I purchase the app now will I get a free update once the log feature comes out?

January 17, 2017 at 8:51AM

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Sure looks great for an Iphone camera, but is it just me or has anybody else noticed how grainy most of the footage looks?

January 17, 2017 at 10:04AM

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Efrain Gonzalez
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Android has had log for like 2-3 years via the Cinema 4k App. That image appears to be far more Flaf than this one. I guess Apple Fanboys make so much noise that almost everyone else gets out-shouted.

January 17, 2017 at 10:56AM

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sandy sandy
Filmmaker
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Really? You're being sectarian about a *gadget*. Some things are important, but this isn't one of them.

January 17, 2017 at 5:49PM

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Blah blah blah Android blah blah blah. No just kidding. Android is wonderful and I'm sure you shoot all your movies with your HTC Whatever, but you can't blame us Apple folk for getting excited about using our phones for more than just looking pretentious.

January 18, 2017 at 9:13AM

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Noah Leon
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This is crazy. I wonder how long before we are utilizing the HDR photo mode in video a well.

January 17, 2017 at 1:49PM, Edited January 17, 1:49PM

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Sean Conley
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Actually pretty impressive considering 100Mbps. Here are some examples of a few of the shots pushed pretty hard in Resolve. And with some NR they clean up nicely. Not bad for a "telephone."

https://vimeo.com/199923806

Looking forward to playing with the real thing.

January 17, 2017 at 8:05PM

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On my color corrected screen the supposedly ungraded still looks correct as in not log but graded and the graded one looks like someone turned the saturation to 11. Talk about amateurs.

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January 30, 2017 at 1:20PM

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