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How To Use FiLMiC Pro For Videography, Filmmaking and Cinematography




FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro User Guide and Manual For Beginners

Version 6.19.4


What’s New

• Support for ProRes 4K at 60fps.
• Audio Gain Set To Zero Alert.
• Log V3+ Support for ProRes 709 Capture.
• Support for Frame.io Camera to Cloud (C2C) to the Cinematographer Kit.

FiLMiC Pro

FiLMiC Pro is a very popular Videography, Filmmaking and Cinematography App for the Apple iPhone used by many Professional Videographers, Filmmakers and Cinematographers. It can shoot in ProRes 422 HQ on Apple iPhone 13 Pro Models.

FiLMiC Pro is a Video Only App.

In this FiLMiC Pro User Guide, you’ll Learn How To Use FiLMiC Pro for Videography, Filmmaking and Cinematography.

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FiLMiC Pro Advanced Features

• ProRes 422 HQ on Apple iPhone 13 Pro Models – Watch a Video.
• Apple Watch – Remotely Frame and Shoot Video using FiLMiC Pro App for Apple Watch.
• Gimbal Support –FiLMiC Pro supports the Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal.
• Imaging Panel – Control White Balance, Isolated Temperature and Tint Controls.
• Manual Arcs – Professional Grade Manual Arcs give you precise control over the full range of your image, allowing you to Pull Focus.
• Focus Peaking – FiLMiC Pro’s Live Analytic takes all the guesswork out of where to find your area of critical focus.
• Zebras – Industry standard for quick and responsive exposure analytic for assessing IRE values.
• Frame Rate – FiLMiC Pro shoots at a default 24 FPS for a true, cinematic look and feel to your footage.
• Manual Lens Array – FiLMiC Pro treats each of your available lenses like a premium prime lens with full control over each.

FiLMiC Pro Film Looks

FiLMiC Pro offers real time Film Looks which are inspired by classic film stocks mixed with the look and feel of iconic films for a unique live capture experience.

Film Looks: Infrared | Adamant | Charcoal | Novus.



FiLMiC Pro Settings For Videography, Filmmaking and Cinematography




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FiLMiC Pro Settings For Apple iPhone 13 Pro Models


Here are our Recommended Settings for FiLMiC Pro using the Apple iPhone 13 Pro 1TB with ProRes. We often shoot on the Wide Camera with a Moment Anamorphic Lenses (Blue for Night and Gold for Day).

Shutter Speed

1/48th –> Lock Shutter Speed at 1/48th of a Second for the 180° Film Rule.

Resolution

Aspect Ratio –> 16.9 –> Even when using Moment Anamorphic Lenses.
Quality –> 4K –> ProRes 422 HQ –> Best Video Quality! Files are Huge!

FrameRate

Standard –> 24 fps.
Auto Shutter –> Enable.

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Audio

iPhone Mic (Back).
ACC.
48.0 kHz.
Bluetooth Microphone –> Enable If Using Apple AirPods.
Voice Processing –> Enable If Voice Recording.

Device

Save To Camera Roll –> Standard Apple iPhone Location.
Remote Control –> Enable If Using FiLMiC Remote.
See Our FiLMiC Remote User Guide.
Orientation Lock –> Disable (Can Mess Up).
Remote Preview Only –> Disable.
Tap To Hide Interface –> Enable.
Hide Reticles With Interface –> Disable.
Hide Zoom Rocker –> Enable (Hides Digital Zoom – Not Used).
Volume Keys Trigger Recording –> Enable.

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CMS

Time Code Track –> Enable
Content Management –> Enable For Large Productions

Hardware

Zhiyun Smooth 4/5 –> Enable If Using Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal.
Anamorphic Adapter –> 1.33x When Using an Moment Anamorphic Lenses.
De-Squeeze In Preview Only –> Disable (Video Desqueesed When Saved).

Stabilization

Stabilization –> Off –> If Using a Gimbal.
Stabilization –> Enable –> Standard if Using Hand Held.

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Camera

Wide 26mm ƒ/1.5 (Camera Where Moment Anamorphic Lens is Attached)

Guide

Guide –> Enable The Guide

Presets

Save Your Preset. (ie: Anamorphic 4K 24 FPS 1/48th ProRes).
Some FiLMiC Pro Settings are NOT Saved in the Preset. These include:
Camera Selection – So don’t bother setting up a Preset for Each Camera.
White Balance. This needs to be Set and Locked for Each Scene using a White Balance Card.
ISO. This will need to be set as low as possible after Loading the Preset.
Shutter Speed Is Saved in the Preset, but it becomes Unlocked after Loading the Preset. Remember to Lock Shutter Speed again.
You Cannot Lock both the Shutter Speed and ISO at the same time. I would love to see this available.

We suggest setting up one Preset for 24 fps and one for 60 fps (2.5x Slow Motion).
If you use an Anamorphic Lens, setup Anamorphic Presets with Anamorphic Desqueese Enabled, one for 24 fps and one for 60 fps (2.5x Slow Motion). Some Filmmakers and Videographers shoot in 60fps all the time and just drop the frame rate down to 24 fps in Post Production. The disadvantage to this is if you wanted to share or post your video online – it will be stuck in slow motion.

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White Balance

AWB –> Adjust White Balance Tap the Imaging Panel icon to adjust the white balance manually or use a White Balance Card under the scene lighting conditions and press AWB to lock the White Balance. Pay special attention to the White Balance Setting when switching Camera Lenses.

Focus

Set Focus before Exposure, Focus performs in all available light. Always stop down Exposure after Setting Focus if possible.

Histograms

You can use a Histogram to identify if your video exposure is evenly balanced and make any corrections necessary. By tapping the time code counter medallion you can cycle between 3 different imaging Histograms:
1) Tap once to access a dynamic full luminosity histogram.
2) Tap again to access a histogram with composite and RGB layers.
3) Tap again to access a Waveform monitor. This plots luminance values on the vertical axis and the width of the current frame across the horizontal axis.

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Variable ND Filters

When shooting with a Wide Open Aperture (ƒ/1.5 – ƒ/2.8) your video will often be over exposed in daylight. Try using a Variable ND Filter to reduce your exposure. This will dramatically improve your chances at catching your shot correctly. Variable ND filters make it possible to maintain your desired exposure settings, while still reducing the amount of motion blur being produced by a slow shutter speed (1/48th at 24 fps). Variable ND Filters can be helpful for shooting timelapses or very slow motion that requires additional tools to perfect that shot. The Variable ND Filter now controls your Exposure.

You can add a Variable ND Filter over the Moment Anamorphic Lenses using a Moment Filter Mount Adapter.

Company Reference

FiLMiC Pro User Guide



How To Use FiLMiC Pro With Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal




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How To Use FiLMiC Pro With Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal


FiLMiC Pro now provides Full Support for the Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal. In this FiLMiC Pro User Guide, you’ll Learn How To Use FiLMiC Pro with the Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal’s Controls and Modes:

Pairing FiLMiC Pro With Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal

Enable Bluetooth on your Apple iPhone.
Open FiLMiC Pro’s Setting –> Hardware Menu –> Enable Zhiyun Smooth 4/5.
Select your Gimbal Name.

Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal Button Layout For FiLMiC Pro

Power Button – Press and Hold for 2 seconds to Power On | Off.
Single Press Power Button when powered on to Check Battery Level.
Flashing Red PF light indicates Low Battery.
Interacts With FiLMiC Pro’s Menus as a D-Pad.

Center Thumbwheel – Controls Light Intensity when Attached and Light(s) Turned On.
Interacts With FiLMiC Pro’s Menus as a D-Pad.

Red Record Button – Stops | Starts Recording or Takes a Still Photo. (Volume Button Shutter Needs to be Enabled).

Rear Trigger Button – Press and Hold to Enter Go Mode.
Press 2X to Reset Orientation.
Press 3X to Flip Phone 180° (Selfie Mode).

Joy Stick – Pan Up | Pan Down and Pan Left | Pan Right. This is pressure sensitive allowing for precise control.

FN Button – Press 5X to Reset Bluetooth (If Switching Apple iPhones).

Mode Button – Single Press Mode Button –> Switch Gimbal Follow Modes (PF – L – F – POV – V)
See Our Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal User Guide For Mode Button Descriptions.
Top LED Panel – Tells you which Gimbal Follow Mode the Gimbal is in.
2X Press Mode Button –> Returns to Previous Follow Mode

Company Reference

Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal User Guide



FiLMiC Pro Shooting Modes With Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal




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FiLMiC Pro Shooting Modes


Cycle Through Each f the 3 Shooting Modes By Pressing the Center Shooting Mode Button (Light Bulb) on the Center Thumbwheel.
Circle Reticle is Exposure – White: Unlocked. Red: Locked.
Square Reticle is Focus – White: Unlocked. Red: Locked.

Mode 1 – Reticle Mode (Default Mode)

Click Left on the Thumbwheel will Lock | Unlock the Exposure Reticle.
Click Right on the Thumbwheel will Lock | Unlock the Focus Reticle.
Click Up on the Thumbwheel will Lock | Unlock both the Focus Reticle and the Exposure Reticle at the same time.
Click Down on the Thumbwheel will Open | Close the FiLMiC Pro Video Library.

Mode 2 – Auto Mode (To Enter Auto Mode Press Light Bulb Button Once)

This is our Recommended Shooting Mode with the Shutter Speed Locked at 1/48th of a Second and ISO Set as Low as Possible.
Use a Variable ND Filter to control your Exposure.

In Auto Mode, FiLMiC Pro will use its wider center weighted Auto Focus and Exposure Reticles. Better For Shooting Selfies.

Click Left on the Thumbwheel will Lock | Unlock the Exposure Reticle.
Click Right on the Thumbwheel will Lock | Unlock the Focus Reticle.
Click Up on the Thumbwheel will Lock | Unlock both the Focus Reticle and the Exposure Reticle at the same time.
Click Down on the Thumbwheel will Open | Close the FiLMiC Pro Video Library.

Mode 3 – Manual Mode (To Enter Manual Press Light Bulb Button Once)

Manual Mode displays the 2 Side Manual Control Arcs.
Left Arch is Exposure. Scroll the Center Thumb Wheel to Adjust Manual Exposure.
Right Arch is Focus. Scroll the Large Left Focus Wheel to Adjust Manual Focus.
Use the Left Handwheel to Manually Adjust your Focus.
Use the Center Thumbwheel to Manually Adjust your Exposure.

Focus Pulling in Manual Mode

Right Press of the Center Thumb Wheel D-Pad will Engage your Focus Pull Points.
First, use the Large Side Focus Wheel to Choose your Starting Focus Pull Point Position.
Tap the Current Focus Marker to Snap Pull Point 1 into Position.
Next use the Large Side Focus Wheel to set your End Focus Pull Point Position.
Tap the Current Focus Marker to Snap Pull Point 2 into Position.
Now you can press the Right D-Pad to engage your Focus Pull Points.

Exposure Pulling in Manual Mode

This same technique can be applied to the Exposure Arc for Exposure Pulling.

Manual Override

This is the ability to perform a Manual Focus or Manual Exposure Override while in the Reticule Mode 1 or in Auto Mode 2.

To take Manual Control over the Focus, just adjust the Large Left Focus Wheel.
To dismiss the Focus Arc, Press Right on the Center Wheel Thumbpad.
The same procedure applies to Exposure.

Fast Lens Switching – Apple iPhone 13 Pro Models

FiLMiC Pro offers full support for Fast Lens Switching, using the Right Side Fn Button.
Single Press Fn Button to Switch between your last used Rear Camera and the Front Selfie Camera.
Long Press Fn Button will display the Manual Lens Picker. You can either scroll the Center Thumb Wheel to select your Lens and press the Center Shooting Mode Button (Light Bulb) to Accept, or click on the corresponding D-Pad to make an instant Camera Selection.

LED Light (1 or 2 LED Lights Can Be Used Together – Extra LED Light Sold Separately)

Gimbal LED Lights attach magnetically to the Smooth 5 Gimbal can be used With FiLMiC Pro.
Long Press the Center Shooting Mode Button (Light Bulb) to Enable it. When Lit, FiLMiC Pro no longer has the option to Control Manual Exposure and the Center Thumb Wheel Controls Intensity of Gimbal LED Lights when Attached. To Turn the LED Light(s) off, Long Press the Center Shooting Mode Button (Light Bulb) to Disable it.

Setting Focus and Exposure Wheel Responsiveness

You can set the responsiveness and smoothness of the Large Left Focus Wheel and the Center Exposure Wheel to achieve perfect results for your shooting style.
Revel the Manual Arcs, then Swipe in from the Edge of Each Arc to revel the hidden Variable Speed Slider. Default is Speed 5, but you can decrease or increase the Speed until you achieve the perfect tactile response.

Company Reference

Zhiyun Smooth 5 Gimbal User Guide

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How To Use The Timelapse Mode in FiLMiC Pro




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FiLMiC Pro TimeLapse Mode


Capture Mode –> Set to the Timelapse Icon for Timelapse.

FrameRate –> Timelapse –> Set Time Interval Seconds Per Frame (2s – 5s)

FiLMiC Pro can be placed in Timelapse mode. This is an alternate form of framerate system by which the app will take video images based on seconds per frame rather than frames per second. Timelapse is used to create beautiful, smooth clips that capture over a long period of time and play back at an accelerated pace. Shoot a sunset scene or capture the hustle and bustle of an entire day’s downtown traffic in one small finished video clip.

FiLMiC timelapse can record on one of eight pre-defined capture intervals and playback at one of the standard broadcast video frame rates (24fps, 25fps and 30fps). When in timelapse mode the app will display ‘ TL’ in the timecode medallion and use the third segment of the counter to count off frames taken. The first two segments of the counter will display as minutes and then seconds of final footage.



How To Use FiLMiC Pro With Apple Watch




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Pre-Record State – Pause for Stitch Recording. Disabled until recording commences. Current Time Video Preview Initial Start of Recording. Tap to start recording.

Active Recording State – Pause for Stitch Recording. Tap to pause recording using Stitch Mode.

Active Recording State Stitch Clip Paused – Paused Stitch Recording. Tap to resume recording using Stitch Mode. Active Recording, Paused in Stitch Mode - Tap to stop recording.



How To Rename Files On Your Apple iPhone




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Apple iPhone Files App

How To Rename Files On Your Apple iPhone

Here’s How To Rename Photos on your Apple iPhone.

1. Open the Apple iPhone Files App.

2) Select the File you want to Rename.

3) Long Press on the File.

4) Select Rename and Type in the New Name.

5) Press Done.



How To Save Your Files To SD Card




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How To Save Your Files To SD Card Using Lightning Adapter

Here’s How To Save Photos to SD Card on your Apple iPhone This procedure can also be used to Backup Your Apple iPhone Photos to SD Card.

1. Insert the SD Card into the Apple SD Card Reader and plug it into your Apple iPhone.

2. Open the Apple iPhone Files App.

3) Select the File(s) You Want to Save To the SD Card.

4) Select the SD Card at the Bottom.

5) Press Save. This may take a few minutes, depending on the SD Card Transfer Speed and the Number of Files.



How To Save Your Files To Your Mac




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How To Save Your Files To Your Mac

1. Connect your Apple iPhone via USB-C to Lightning Cable to your Mac and Launch Image Capture.

2. Select the Files you want to Save to your Computer. Click Save To... and select a directory on your Mac.

3. After File Transfer, you can Delete any Files from your Apple iPhone by Selecting and pressing the Delete Key.






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