The iPhone camera is such a capable filming device, and it can get even better, thanks to the plethora of software enhancements in the App Store. Video Filters is a brand new video effects app that may be the most deluxe video app around with the detailed feature set from i4 Software. First off, Video Filters includes 100 real time video filters to apply to your videos, and you can see how they will look in real time with gradients, vintage, polarizers, sepia, sketches, and more categories. You can also apply those filters to existing camera roll footage, and there just are so many choices.
Though the app is titled Video Filters, that doesn’t come close to telling the whole story of what’s included to enhance your iPhone’s video camera. There are professional manual controls that support 24-30 frames per second, various aspect ratios, and different video resolutions that can all be changed effortlessly. The app also offers a digital zoom slider, option to capture photos while recording, and provide video stabilization while recording. All of these features are just on the surface of the app available through buttons, and there’s even more depth accessible through tap and swipe gestures.
One odd omission is a tutorial on how to access the additional features, and we discovered them through the demo video by i4 Software (included below). They have becomes second nature, but they’re not obvious to begin with. You can tap to refocus like usual, but a double tap locks in exposure and focus, while a triple tap provides manual targets for focus, exposure, and white balance. There’s also the ability to tap, hold, and then swipe to bring up brightness, contrast, saturation, and gamma controls that you can change by sliding your finger horizontally. If that wasn’t enough, swipes are used for filters too, allowing you to swipe with two fingers to quickly cycle through filters right on the camera screen. One of the most powerful features of the app is the ability to pause a recording, shift perspective, and then resume recording right on the same clip.
There are just so many features included, and they all work together to help you capture video on your iOS device like a pro. It’s a $4 app, and yet you’re given functionality of professional cameras that cost hundreds of dollars. After filming, you can change the speed of certain parts of your clips for fast or slow motion at multiple levels of precision. When you first dive into the app, it doesn’t seem like there’s that much, but once you uncover all of the extra features it can be a bit overwhelming. You could potentially be caught up in all of the different options, and miss out on what you wanted to film. As I was reviewing the app, I was stockpiling cons like usual, and slowly but surely found a response to almost every one of them through the buried features. The video filters are the main aspect, and at first it seemed a hassle to go through 100 of them with tiny previews, but then there’s the choice to adjust the thumbnail size, and a two finger swipe to quickly switch between them. There’s just so much to dive into, and although some features are hidden, it’s great to discover and interact with them all.