Filmic Pro puts your iPhone's video camera to work
The iPhone makes a great camera, but does it make a great film camera? Now, with FiLMiC Pro, it does. The app is somewhat like Camera+, only for video (and without all the fancy Hipstamatic-style FX).
FiLMiC Pro adds a bunch of options and functions to your cellphone camera which are more usually found on proper camcorders. The most obvious addition is the splitting of AF and exposure locks, letting you set them separately. Thus, you can choose to have one thing in focus, and use another part of the frame to set the exposure.
But there’s a whole lot more. You can set the frame rate, dropping things down as low as 1fps, or picking a film-like 24fps. You can also lock white balance, put an audio meter on-screen, overlay framing guides and pick the resolution and quality of the recorded footage.
You can even overlay a virtual “slate” at the beginning of each shot (with optional color-bars), to give you a visual cue when editing, and have the app count down before starting to record.
Finally, you can upload to YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Dropbox or the FTP server of your choice, and export to the camera roll (you can also record direct to the camera roll for immediate use in iMovie — yes, the clips work in iMovie).
I have been using FiLMiC Pro this weekend on my iPad (in pixel-doubled mode) and it’s way, way better than the standard Camera app, if only because it put the record button in an easy to press place. Best of all, though, is the price. At just $3, its cheaper than a cup of coffee.