FiLMiC Pro Updates Log Recording, Adds 10-Bit SDR Image Capture

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An update to the popular mobile filmmaking app brings improved log recording and adds full support for 10-bit SDR. 

FiLMiC Pro v6.13 brings significant changes for mobile filmmakers, adding 10-bit SDR on iPhone 12 and select Android devices while optimizing FiLMiC Log V3 for 10-bit SDR as well. 

Jumping from 8-bit color depth, which has 256 tonal values per RGB channel, to 10-bit and its 1,024 tonal values, shooters will have access to an improved color grading experience with less banding. For perspective, 12-bit has 4,096 levels per channel. With the update, the app allows you to choose between 8-bit, 10-bit, and Dolby Vision HDR under the resolution menu. 

If you have purchased the optional FiLMiC Cinematography Kit, it opens up new avenues of 10-bit recording including Log V3. FiLMiC suggests using Log V3 over Log V2 to get the most out of the 10-bit capture. Additionally, there are fully optimized curves under the gamma panel for Linear and HLG. 

The latest version also adds an updated Library and Imaging Panel that displays the selected bit-depth on the screen while filming. It is worth noting that when recording 10-bit with the Cinematography Kit, it is limited to 2K 30fps and above 1080p and 60fps. 

FiLMiC has also released an updated deLogV3 LUT on its website to quickly grade the log footage to Rec.709. If you're an iPhone user, the update is compatible with iPhone 12, 12 Mini, 12 Pro, and 12 Pro Max, while Android devices can be hit-or-miss, depending on if you have 10-bit recording. 

You can find more about FiLMiC Pro here.      

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I'm pretty sure Dolby Vision is 12 bit, so unless you have an absolute need for log footage, I feel like it would probably grade just as well if not better than 10 bit in certain circumstances. Real world examples will be interesting...

January 7, 2021 at 3:13PM

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Joseph Arant
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Does anyone know if you un-sharpen the image captured on the iPhone 12 using Filmic Pro or do you have to do that in post?

January 7, 2021 at 10:04PM, Edited January 7, 10:04PM

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Scott Maclean
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Can't hold your settings. Can't hold a frame-rate (set it for 24fps and you'll get anywhere from 21 to 28 fps, at random). Do not buy this app.

January 7, 2021 at 10:18PM

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