March 20, 2019

Is This New iPhone App Filmmaking in Its Purest Form?

iPhone filmmaking goes minimalist with this cool new app.

Nizo is a minimalist iPhone app released in December 2018 from a Sydney-based developer. Named after a Super 8 camera, the app aims for simplicity and relies on intuitive gestures for navigation and use. It's also unique in its ability to both shoot and edit all in one place, rather than importing iPhone footage into another app entirely. The company is promoting Nizo as "filmmaking in its purest form" and "new wave filmmaking."

Within the app's video capture, there are options to shoot in 4K video (24 fps or 60 fps) or 1080p (24 fps or 120 fps). There are easy-to-find manual controls for ISO, shutter angle, and white balance.

The app also includes nine "cinematic presets" that change your clip's color and add film grain, if preferred. These filters are meant to mimic the look of old Kodak film cameras.

Nizo's UI is simple and intuitive.

When you shoot a video, its clip appears in a timeline overlay on the left. A tap enters the editing timeline, and a swipe up on each clip reveals audio options. This is also where you can add a dissolve transition.

If you tap and hold a clip, they can be dragged and dropped along the timeline, or deleted with a flicking motion.

Clips can be edited by dragging the small white vertical lines at the bottom of each clip. A tap will allow you to preview the clip or entire video.

The Nizo app editing timeline

The app also features a gallery of several filmmakers' Nizo-shot art films that can be viewed on your phone or online. (Be warned, a few are NSFW.)

Nizo is extremely easy to use, and within a few minutes the gestures felt natural, and the editing was simple enough to figure out. There seem to be enough options for both the casual video enthusiast and the more serious short filmmaker on the go. The app does have its limitations, but overall it's a cool idea, and updates could expand the choices of filters, transitions, and options.

Nizo is currently available for iPhones exclusively and can be purchased in the App Store for $4.99    

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This is legit

March 20, 2019 at 7:17PM

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Jason Hellerman
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A telephone is not a cinema camera.

March 21, 2019 at 6:01AM

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Jerry Roe
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a smartphone is not just a telephone ;)

March 21, 2019 at 7:47AM

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Vladimir Miketa
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Nice ad

March 21, 2019 at 1:31PM

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Tom
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Thanks Jo and No Film School! It’s such a privilege to see Nizo shared with the community. We’re passionate about encouraging people new to filmmaking to experiment with the medium. If anyone has any questions or comments, we would love to help!

March 21, 2019 at 10:12PM

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Vicki Tourtouras
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My question is how to tell when I am in 24fps in 4k vs 1080? The toggle in the app goes from 24 to 60 to 4K and repeats. When am I in 4K 24fps vs 1080 24fps? Also, I see no sign of 120fps. Otherwise very intuitive.

I'm using an iPhone SE with native slow mo capability of 240fps @ 720 or 120fps @ 1080 and also will do 4K @ 30fps

March 29, 2019 at 3:15AM

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Hi Paul, apologies for the delay and thank you for purchasing Nizo.
Sorry for the confusion with the quality and fps toggle;
'24' is 1080p at 24fps
'4K' is 4K at 24fps
Unfortunately 120fps is not supported on the iPhone SE. Nizo is processing the colour grades in real-time, and doesn’t have the power on this particular device to process at higher frame rates.

Please reach out any time if you have anymore questions or thoughts at support@nizo.co Thank you!

April 14, 2019 at 9:19PM

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Vicki Tourtouras
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How is this better than Filmic Pro which Soderbergh used for "High Flying Bird"?

March 23, 2019 at 1:16PM, Edited March 23, 1:19PM

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Sathya Vijayendran
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Hi Sathya! Workflow. Nizo’s unique differentiator is the user interface and flexible workflow it offers the filmmaker, along with simplicity and ease of use. With no visual distractions, you keep focused and present with your imagery. Many have described Nizo as a zen like experience. Thank you.

March 23, 2019 at 10:13PM

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Vicki Tourtouras
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Nizo app why would you recommend it if filmmaker if you are using Luma fusion I understand the simplicity but if you want create pro material but I thin k luma is the one and no need to look at any other editing apps. Nizo seems ok maybe for smaller projects but luma has more stuff to enhance your project period.

April 10, 2019 at 6:51PM

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Hi Mitchell, thanks for your comments. I think all apps suit different use case scenarios. Nizo is in a unique position because it is ideal for both the beginner who may feel intimidated by complex tools but equally appealing for an experienced filmmaker who wants something lightweight and fun to create a finished piece on the iPhone. We encourage you to take a look at the films created using Nizo. The film quality and creative is there. The films were shot and edited using Nizo by both experienced filmmakers and beginners. Cheers

April 14, 2019 at 9:32PM

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