Cinematic mode

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Cinematic mode

PostFri Feb 23, 2024 8:00 am

Hey everyone,

I am new here. Was a bit surprised why you have to use your real name for registration. The usage of this forum is free, isn’t it?

I downloaded the app and it really looks like a beast compared to the default camera app. So my main question is how to get this cinematic look that the iPhones cinematic mode creates? Is this possible?

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Re: Cinematic mode

PostFri Feb 23, 2024 10:58 pm

Real names are required to help maintain some decorum. On a forum with real names, there’s a greater chance people may behave respectfully while engaging in discussions that can reflect conflicting views. There is no alias to hide behind while slinging those arrows of outrage.

I understand that isn’t always true though.
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Re: Cinematic mode

PostSat Feb 24, 2024 12:01 am

Bh3117 wrote:... I downloaded the app and it really looks like a beast compared to the default camera app. So my main question is how to get this cinematic look that the iPhones cinematic mode creates? Is this possible?


Is this cinematic enough for you? My understanding is that almost all of it was shot with the native app. The Blackmagic app was used when director Marc Webb and director of photography Cecile Zhang wanted to use Tilta's Nucleus Nano II, which the Blackmagic app supports.



I haven't seen any suggestion that Apple used an app other than its own, except perhaps to use the Tilta Nucleus, to shoot its latest short film. The director, Mike Carson, did use 40 iPhones though :)

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Re: Cinematic mode

PostSat Feb 24, 2024 12:11 pm

Hey thanks for the replies.

The videos look very good. The native Camera app also is good, but I was convinced by the black magic camera app with all its features. So my question aimed more towards the question if I can get the look of the cinematic mode (shallow depth of field) with the black magic app, too.
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Re: Cinematic mode

PostTue Feb 27, 2024 1:33 am

The so-called Cinematic Mode is just a fake, based on LiDAR data. It works surprisingly well for stills, but not that much for video, where you often get a kind of halo, in particular around hair. It also collides with regular motion blur (like 180 degrees shutter), which is an integral part of a true cinematic look.
Apple used it in the ads for one of the older models, and you could easily spot that distracting effect. I doubt any of the recent iPhone 15 videos, the good looking ones, has used it. Study youtu.be/j0X8sOdv3bg for example, where most of the shots have very deep focus. Some extreme close-ups have true background separation, even with those tiny sensors. I don't see any shots with the fake Cinematic Look there, it's all about lighting and excellent editing.
If you insist on using it, use the Apple app and Final Cut Pro X.
Now that the cat #19 is out of the bag, test it as much as you can and use the subforum.

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