New Zealand looks dreamy in iPhone film shot with cinema lens

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iPhone film of New Zealand by Mathieu Stern
Shot on iPhone – with a big assist from an anamorphic lens.
Screenshot: Mathieu Stern/YouTube

In your pocket is a camera capable of making films that stretch across a silver screen. But to get that sweeping, horizontal field of view, you want to make room in an extra pocket for one important accessory – an anamorphic lens.

Rather than explain it, Parisian photographer and filmmaker Mathieu Stern shows off the wow factor an anamorphic lens delivers with a short film he made in New Zealand using an iPhone 8 Plus.

This Pro Camera app is a master of both stills and video

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The Moment Pro Camera app lets you have command of how your stills and videos look.
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You’re a gifted content creator, shooting great stills and compelling video with your iPhone. But for complete creative control, some rely on separate camera apps for each discipline.

Moment, the maker of premium quality lens attachment for both, now has an all-in-one program app making switching from stills to video quick and seamless.

A beefed up Pro Camera app hits the App Store today, offering full manual control and with features making it difficult to have a bad shoot.

Filmmaker’s iPhone XS passes the shark bite test

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This iPhone XS and its owner pass the ultimate stress test.
Screenshot: Camp4 Collective/YouTube

Even on video, our eyes get big when we see the open mouth of a shark. But what’s the appropriate response when you see an iPhone XS between the shark’s teeth?

This was the most interesting scene in a behind-the-scenes video of how the production company, Camp4 Collective, made the “Shot on iPhone” commercial Don’t Mess with Mother

Trailer offers thrilling glimpse of Soderbergh’s new iPhone flick

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Steven Soderbergh's latest iPhone film hits Netflix Feb. 8.
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Netflix released a trailer this week for Steven Soderbergh’s latest iPhone masterpiece, High Flying Bird, with fast-moving scenes sure to excite broke and budding filmmakers.

This is the Oscar-winning director’s follow-up to his first iPhone feature film, Unsane, and delivers on his promise that all future films will be shot on iPhones.

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Easy-to-use Mac app VideoProc makes video processing simple.
This easy-to-use Mac app makes video processing simple.
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Pocket iPhone dolly lets you capture cinematic shots

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MUWI
The MUWI dolly adds a steadying motion to your iPhone videos.
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Few if any dollies – the wheeled rigging filmmakers use to capture smooth horizontal camera shots – fit in a back pocket. A cute little cart called MUWI does and is ready to roll on the set of your next iPhone flick.

Four rotary legs with tiny wheels fold out from its oval-shaped dolly base and a retractable holder unfurls from the top to cradle your iPhone. It can also hold other small cameras, including GoPros, point-and-shooters and some of the lighter DSLR and mirrorless cameras.

Simple tool brings cinematic polish to iPhone video

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A motorized camera slider by InMotion brings iPhone video closer to a cinematic level.
Photo: InMotion

Great smartphone video is all about capturing movement. But the majority of smartphone videos aren’t so great, especially when the recorded movement is from the shaky hands of the filmmaker.

The startup company InMotion has come up with a motorized slider to give your iPhone, GoPro or mirrorless camera videos smooth, fluid captures of moving subjects.

Hollywood’s fave iPhone app supports Apple’s go-to video format

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iPhone filmmakers get HEVC support in Filmic Pro update.
iPhone filmmakers get HEVC support in Filmic Pro update.
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Filmic Pro, the gold standard iPhone app for filmmakers to achieve near-cinematic quality, released an update today to support the new HEVC format in iOS 11.

HEVC stands for High-Efficiency Video Coding (also called H.265), a compression standard that reduces the file size of videos while retaining much of the quality. This means users can store twice the number of videos on their iPhones or iPad Pros.