ANY BUD­DING FILM­MAKER NEEDS THE RIGHT AC­CES­SORIES

Apple Magazine - - Iphone X Videos: Shooting Like A Pro - By Ben­jamin Kerry & Gavin Le­naghan

So, when it comes to shoot­ing on the iPhone, hav­ing the right ac­ces­sories can make a world of dif­fer­ence. While set­ting up a rig for your mo­bile de­vice might make you look a lit­tle more pro­fes­sional, there are even apps that can truly help you to ex­ceed ex­pec­ta­tions.

CASES

A good qual­ity case will not only pro­tect your iPhone from scratches and scuffs but also al­low you to mount your de­vice on a tri­pod. A case with a mod­u­lar de­sign and a re­mov­able lens mount means that you can cus­tom­ize and play with your rig un­til you’re 100% com­fort­able with your setup.

LENSES

If you’ve al­ready dab­bled with iPho­neog­ra­phy, then you’ve prob­a­bly al­ready taken a look at some ex­ter­nal lenses that will im­prove your movie mak­ing. Much like a DSLR, these lenses will al­low you to dis­tort, en­hance, and zoom on your iPhone in a way that you wouldn’t be able to with­out them. The ma­jor­ity of lenses on the mar­ket will in­clude a macro, wide-an­gle, and fish­eye lens but this ob­vi­ously dif­fers from brand to brand.

AU­DIO EQUIP­MENT

While the mi­cro­phone on the iPhone can pick up many nearby or fainter sounds, those who want to achieve higher qual­ity will ben­e­fit from ad­di­tional au­dio equip­ment that works hand in hand with the iPhone X. On-de­vice mics, lava­lier mics, and wire­less mics are just a few op­tions you might want to try out.

STABILIZERS AND TRIPODS

One of those bad habits we talked about be­fore is shoot­ing footage with­out the help of a sta­bi­lizer or tri­pod. Ar­guably the big­gest pro of us­ing a DSLR cam­era is the fact that they use ex­pen­sive rigs to hold the de­vice in place, mak­ing the fi­nal prod­uct look com­pletely pro­fes­sional. How­ever, your iPhone X is con­sid­er­ably smaller than a sturdy DSLR, so you’ll be able to opt for a less ex­pen­sive op­tion that works in ex­actly the same way.

LIGHT­ING

As all bud­ding film­mak­ers will know, light­ing plays an in­cred­i­bly im­por­tant role when it comes to cre­at­ing a cer­tain mood. For the iPhone X, even some of the cheaper, less so­phis­ti­cated light­ing op­tions will work well. Though, if your bud­get can stretch, and you want to con­trol your light­ing fur­ther, there are op­tions that can be used with a selfie re­mote so that you can change color and bright­ness when needed.

THE BEST APPS FOR PRO VIDEOG­RA­PHY

It doesn’t mat­ter whether you want to be the next Christo­pher Nolan or you just want to share

your videos on so­cial me­dia, video-edit­ing is still im­por­tant to en­hance your clips. Here are some of the best video-edit­ing apps avail­able for iOS.

iMOVIE (FREE)

For those just start­ing out on their iPho­neog­ra­phy jour­ney, iMovie is a great app to help you get to grips with as­sem­bling your clips, adding ti­tles, fil­ters, ef­fects, and split screen scenes. If you have a Mac, you can eas­ily move your movie from your iPhone to con­tinue work­ing on a big­ger screen.

CLIPS (FREE)

An­other free app you’ll prob­a­bly want to get your hands on is Clips. Much like iMovie, you can as­sem­ble a few pre-recorded videos from your iPhone and add fil­ters, ti­tles and graph­ics be­fore you share. You’re not go­ing to make an Os­car win­ner with Clips, but it’s a good place to start if you have lim­ited video ex­pe­ri­ence.

FILM­MAKER PRO

($5.99 PER MONTH/$39.99 A YEAR)

If you’re ab­so­lutely se­ri­ous about show­ing off your film­mak­ing skills, then Film­maker Pro is def­i­nitely worth the price. This app has more than the ba­sic fea­tures found on iMovie and Clips, al­low­ing you to ad­just the color gra­di­ent of your footage to make it ap­pear like a clas­sic film or to give it ex­tra pops of color. You can also change any green screen scenes that you’ve pre­vi­ously recorded, re­plac­ing the back­ground in only a few taps. There’s also graph­ics, ti­tles, and tran­si­tions, as well as a man­ual video app that gives you more con­trol.

LUMAFUSION ($19.99)

What makes LumaFusion stand out is that it gives you the abil­ity to work with mul­ti­ple video tracks at once, which can be used for graph­ics, ti­tles, stills and video. The Chroma key al­lows for ad­vanced blue/green screen work, color cor­rec­tion, slow mo­tion and re­v­erse, live au­dio mix­ing, au­dio edit­ing and ef­fects, and much more. In fact, we’ve heard that this is the edit­ing soft­ware of choice for some ded­i­cated film­mak­ers.

FI­NAL CUT PRO X ($300)

Don’t let the price put you off, for a pro­fes­sion­al­level movie-edit­ing app it’s al­most a bar­gain. In fact, Ap­ple used to re­tail this soft­ware at $1000. Run­ning as a 64-bit ap­pli­ca­tion, it al­lows you to use as much RAM as you can fit into your Mac and it uses GPU to speed things up even more. It ren­ders and transcodes me­dia in the back­ground so that you can keep work­ing, in­cludes tools to au­to­mat­i­cally or­ga­nize your me­dia, and lets you drop sev­eral shots in one edit point and cy­cle through them in con­text. You can try it out for free be­fore you com­mit to buy.

With all of this in mind, it seems clear that the hype sur­round­ing the iPhone X cam­era is not un­jus­ti­fied. The de­vice has earned a spot in the tool­boxes of many pro­fes­sional videog­ra­phers thanks to its 240 fps 1080p mode, and it’s abil­ity to shoot 4K films at 60fps. How long is it un­til our smart­phones truly re­place what is deemed a “proper” video setup? Soon – we think.

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