It's no secret how much we enjoy the FiLMiC Pro app at No Film School. The versatile tool is a must-download for any mobile filmmaker who wants more manual control over the native cameras found on smartphones.
With v6.12.7 of the iOS app, it now supports 10-bit Dolby Vision HDR on the iPhone 12 series.
Whether you're just starting out creating content or looking for a low-budget way to shoot your next short, FiLMiC Pro has the essential tools to help dial in your image. The intuitive app has options to adjust white balance, focus, exposure, resolution, frame rate, and even aspect ratio. Want to shoot 2.76:1 or 2.39:1? No problem, the app can do both.
If you're looking for more advanced features, it has options for focus peaking, a histogram, zebra lines while supporting flat/Log gamma curves, anamorphic lenses (like the Blue Flare lens from Moment), gimbals from DJI, Movi, and Zhiyn, and Bluetooth microphones. You can even record using a clean HDMI output for livestreaming or to an external recorder. So, yeah, it's versatile.
With Dolby Vision coming to the app, it allows creators to get familiar with HDR from the comfort of their smartphone.
The High Dynamic Range format is obviously not new, but there still isn't a universal standard across brands. HDR10 is said to be the more open standard for HDR development, but there are other players in the game including Dolby, HLG, and Advanced HDR.
Dolby Vision is supported by Netflix, Amazon, and Apple iTunes, so it didn't come as a big surprise when it was announced the iPhone 12 series supports it. The drawback to creating Dolby Vision HDR content is that you need a compatible display to watch it, so at the moment, not everyone is going to see your punchy blacks and sweet highlights. But at least as a creator you can start learning the benefits of HDR as an image pipeline.
With the FilMiC Pro app, content is limited to 4K 30p and 1080p 60p. It's also not compatible with the optional Cinematographer Kit in-app purchase from FiLMiC.
The update is free to existing users. For new users, the app has a $15 price tag.