Join Ashley Kennedy for an in-depth discussion in this video An introduction to the Filmic Pro app, part of Making Video 1: Sell Something.
- [Instructor] In this movie, we're going to cover the basics of the FiLMiC Pro app which is available for both iPhone and Android. It's $15 and it really is a wonderful video camera app that gives you a lot of control, a lot of flexibility, and a lot of versatility far beyond the built-in camera app. Now, I am only giving you a very basic foundation of this app here. For more, I suggest you check out the FiLMiC Pro YouTube channel. They've actually got a lot of really great tutorials that go quite deep into the functionality of every aspect of the app.
But without further ado, I'll give you just a little foundation here. Alright, so I'm going to launch FiLMiC Pro and as you see, I have some flowers in the foreground and I have a window and some trees in the background and I've situated the scene like this, because I wanted some variation in both exposure and focal length so I can demonstrate a few things. Now, as you're likely familiar with the built-in camera app as you turn the camera, depending on what you're pointing it at, it adjusts for both exposure and focus which, you know, can be a very nice thing.
However, there's a lot of times when you really want to have absolute control over where you're focused and how you're exposed and to lock that in place. And so I want to show you kind of the automatic way to do that and also some manual controls as well. So, here, right here, as I'm moving the circle around, this is my exposure control, okay. So wherever this circle is, is how the scene is exposed, so as I bring it over to the flower, you can see that this portion of the flower is correctly exposed, but then it blows out the background.
So there's a lot of control here as I determine how exactly this scene is exposed. Now, the rectangle is your focus. So as I drag the rectangle around, it's going to focus on particular parts of the scene. So here it's focused on the flowers, but if I want to focus on the trees, you can see the focus shift occur. Now, it didn't stay focused on the trees though, okay so it sort of re-calibrates. If I'd like to lock that in place, I certainly can. So again, I'm going to focus on the trees and then I'm simply going to tap, and now, it turns red and you can see that I'm focused on the trees and the flowers are out of focus and there's a lot of times when you do need to lock your focus like that.
The same thing applies for the exposure. So if I want to expose for the trees and lock that in place, I can go ahead and tap, and now, I'm exposed and focused on the trees and then we have the out of focus flowers in the foreground. I'm going to tap on those one more time to unlock those, because now I want to go over some manual controls. I'm going to click on the middle button down in the lower left and that's going to launch my manual controls. Now this arc on the left, allows me to increase and decrease my exposure with just a nice fine touch.
This also allows me to set various exposure levels and then very smoothly go between them. So I'm going to just click on this little hash mark up here at the top and you can see that I've set that as an exposure value. Now, I'm going to come down to maybe about right here, and I'll set this as an exposure value by clicking on my middle hash mark. Alright, so I've set my two exposure limits and now I'm just going to tap on the top hash mark and you can see that it's just very smoothly, going from one value to the next.
Alright, so this is a really nice way to slowly blow something out or slowly bring something into exposure from either a blown out or an under exposed situation. Other cool exposure things, I can set my zebra stripes. I'm going to click on the third icon down here in the lower left and it's going to bring up these four controls at the top. If I click on the first one, that's my zebra stripes so that as I increase exposure, anything with red stripes is over exposed, and as I decrease exposure, anything with blue stripes is under exposed.
Okay, so that allows you to set proper exposure. The one to the right of that does something very similar but instead of stripes, it just gives you solid colors. So as I increase exposure, anything in red is going to be over exposed, and anything in blue is going to be under exposed. Okay, so as you're learning to set exposure, that can really help out, I'm going to undo that. And now, let's move to focus. As you can see, the manual focus controls are over here on the right, so the same principle as I drag up and down and this is such a smooth movement here, I'm able to get into focus.
And you can see, that some blue and some green lines up here on my image which is super helpful, because when I see blue, that means I'm in focus, and when I see green, that means that I'm in critical focus. So we want to go for the blue and the green, so I know that right now, I'm really nicely focused on that flower. If I click on the focal picking button, that's the last one up here on the right, it's going to de-saturate everything but still give me that focus information. So you can really zero in on exactly what it is you're focusing on, okay.
I'll turn that off and just as with the exposure ring, I have the ability to, you know, set this little tick marks and then go from one focal length to another. Okay, so as I click on the top line, you can see that it's slowly bringing my flower into focus and then if I tap on the bottom one, I can do the reverse. Alright, so a lot of power here. Also, over here on the right is my zoom. This is so much better than pinching the screen in and out, as you can imagine, I'll go ahead and get that part in focus.
Okay, so when you zoom in and you focus, that's usually the way to go. And then as you can see the zoom ring, also has the tick marks for you to be able to go from one zoom value to another, so you can get those nice controlled zooms. Alright, let me zoom back out and I want to come down to the lower left and explore a bit about color balance. So I'm going to click on this first icon over here to to the lower left and you can see that there are a number of default options at the bottom, and each one of these is associated with a specific color temperature.
And then you could also just manually drag this around, if you want something warmer or cooler, okay, and then these sliders to the right of that, allow you to just move vertically, or just move horizontally, okay, and then of course, there's the auto white balance in the lower right, if you'd like to set it, so it's going to calculate what in the scene is white and it's going to set every other value accordingly. But of course, you can manually adjust that afterwards if you like.
Alright, so that is most of what I want to show you. If you're new to shooting video, one thing you should keep in mind, is that before every major shot that you setup, you want to set the exposure and the focus and the color balance if you're working with those manual controls. Now, I just want to briefly show you the FiLMiC Pro menu, but to really dive into this, you'll probably want to check out some of FiLMiC Pro's YouTube tutorials, but let me cover some of the highlights. I'm going to click on this gear in the lower right here and I want to touch on resolution.
So you definitely want to set your resolution before you shoot you can see that FiLMiC Pro goes all the way from SD resolutions all the way up to 4K as of this recording. So if you do record in 4K, that's going to give you a lot of flexibility to be able to punch into whatever part of the image that you want because you have all of those pixels. Along the top, are different aspect ratios that you can record in, and by default, you can see that a mask is applied to the image.
However, if you just want this as a reference, go back to maybe Instagram here, one-to-one, you can toggle off crop source to overlay. So, if I tap on that, you can see that it's just giving me the wire frame of where that frame would be, that one-to-one frame would be, but it's not actually cropping that out, okay. So you can use that as a reference or you can actually crop out that part of the frame. You can also see that we have quality options down at the bottom, so at the very top of the quality, you have FiLMiC extreme, and then it goes down from there.
Alright, so the higher the quality, the larger the file. FilMic quality is what I usually use. I'm going to go back to my main menu and I want to mention frame rate. Here in frame rate, I can set many different frame rates from 24 all the way up to 240. And remember, 240 is going to give you that nice ultra slow motion which can be really fun to play with. This is also where you set time lapse. So up here at the top, you can set the number of seconds that FiLMiC Pro is going to wait to take a new image. Alright, so this is going to be a little bit smoother, this is going to be a lot jerkier but more extreme.
I'm going to go back to standard for now. And I also want to touch on audio. Here you're able to choose the microphone that you're recording with. So this is especially important, if you've got a mic hooked up to the phone, that you want to use instead of the built-in mics Right now, I just have the various iPhone built-in mics available. But if I had a love or a mini shotgun or another microphone connected to the phone, that would be available from this menu. So you definitely need to choose that and then down below that, are some additional audio settings.
Now, I'm going to skip over most of the rest of this. Again, I do encourage you to research them on FiLMiC Pro's website or on their YouTube tutorials. But I did just want to mention this because a lot of people can't find this, if you do want to take a selfie, if you want to access the front camera, and then you just click on the camera button in the lower row and there's your front camera, okay. Alright, so that's it for the menu for now. I am just going to take a little bit of video here by clicking on the record button and then stopping, because I want to show you where to access the clips that you've recorded.
I'm going to tap on the little triangle play button here and here are the clips. So I wanted to open this up and play it back, I certainly could. I'm going to video here by clicking on the record button, and then of course you have other editing and sharing options in here as well. If I click on the second from the bottom icon, here come my sharing options so I can air drop it to myself or I can save the video and that will go into my photos app and I can use it in iTunes, really anything that I want here. And then if you want to do that to a lot of clips at once, you just want to be able to check them, I'm going to click on the check mark, the second from the left, and I can select the clips that I want to share and then I'll click on the second from the right icon and again it brings up my sharing options.
Okay, so those are the basics of FiLMiC Pro. Again, it's a great little app and I think you'll really enjoy the extra amount of control that it gives you in recording your video.
- Video workflow and techniques
- Sales fundamentals
- Pre-production basics: planning, script writing, location scouting, and scheduling
- Production basics: interviewing, shooting b-roll, lighting, and sound
- Editing and post-production basics: organization, editing, and refinement