Over the years we’ve seen smartphone filmmaking become an accepted medium of cinematic storytelling. Filmmakers like Sean Baker, Steven Soderbergh and Claude Lelouch have shown the industry that we can make great films without the most expensive gear. DoubleTake by FiLMiC Pro takes it another step further.
The app lets filmmakers record with two cameras simultaneously and supports iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS Max, XS and XR with iOS 13.0 or later. If you have an older device you can still download the app, but you will be limited to recording a single video stream. It's also worth noting multicam recording is currently limited to 1080p.
DoubleTake’s camera picker view to visualize all available cameras for your device. Use this view to help decide how to frame your shot and which cameras you will select.
To capture all the organic and intimate interaction between two actors or interviewer and interviewee. Traditionally, filmmakers would need to employ two cameras and place these in cumbersome ‘over the shoulder’ locations. You can place one device in between your actors and place the audience right in the middle of the conversation.
Capture two different focal lengths of the same subject at the same time. Recording using the ultra wide lens (iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro and 11 only) and the tele to capture both an establishing shot and a punch-in on your subject simultaneously. Or use any other combination of front and rear lenses for unrivaled multi-cam capture.
PiP or Discreet
The interface allows you to see both cameras of your video capture at the same time through the use of a Picture in Picture (PiP) window. You can move this PiP around the screen, tap to zoom in or swipe it away if it’s distracting (the second video will continue to record).
DoubleTake lets you decide if you want to record your videos as separate discrete files or if you want the video recorded as a composite video that includes the PiP window animated as you see it on the screen. Composited PiP or separate discreet video files recorded as .h264 .mov files are saved to its internal library which supports batch export to the iPhone's camera roll.
Doubletake also allows you to use any two cameras to create a 50/50 split-screen effect that is saved as a single video. This is useful for capturing engaging interviews or any scenario where two sides of the story need equal weighting on screen.
Focus & Exposure Controls
DoubleTake allows you to set and lock your focus and exposure on both cameras during multi-cam capture with our unified reticle. Just tap anywhere to set an area of interest with the reticle, then tap again to lock or unlock. The camera switcher lets you move between your A and B cams during a recording to adjust the focus and exposure for each independently of one another.
Watch the Tutorial
We interviewed the CEO of FiLMiC Inc, Neill Barham, about his take on the future of mobile cinema. He points out:
“What smartphones often mean for camera crews is less people managing one camera, and more people shooting with multiple cameras. Every smartphone production is instantly a potentially multi-camera shoot, with B, C and D camera options sitting in the back pocket of every crew member.”
- Compatible iPhone 11 Pro Max, 11 Pro, 11, XS Max, XS, XR
- Requires iOS 13.0 or later
- 24fps, 25fps, and 30fps (project dependent)
- Multicam only supports 1080p