There are numerous professional camera apps for iOS, such as Filmic Pro, CinemaP3 and others, that help turn the iPhone into a full-fledged video recording device. Blackmagic Design, the company behind the popular editing suite Davinci Resolve, has launched a new professional video camera app that brings the Blackmagic Cinema Camera interface and features to the iPhone for free.
Blackmagic Camera is a new professional iOS camera app that fully replicates the Blackmagic Camera interface. Users can adjust ISO sensitivity, shutter angle, frame rate, white balance, resolution, lens selection, etc. At the same time, recording is possible in a variety of codecs, including H.264, HEVC, Apple ProRes 422, 422 Proxy, 422 LT, 422 HQ and 4444.
The app also supports direct uploads to the Blackmagic Cloud, allowing studios to collaborate and access footage directly. It can also be recorded directly to a Davinci Resolve timeline shared between multiple teams. Like Cinema Camera’s interface, the app provides a slate with information about the shot, such as scene, role, and number of shots.
Blackmagic Camera offers several features aimed at professional users. For example, the app automatically creates proxies for previews and also supports HDMI output without interface icons, which is ideal for live streaming. Users can record 4-channel audio directly with iPhone microphones in AAC, Linear PCM and IEEE Float.
The app supports external audio as well as VU and PPM measurements. However, if you are using an iPhone older than the iPhone 15 series, you may experience limitations due to the Lightning port. Additionally, you can also view custom LUTs directly in the Blackmagic Camera app.
As for the iPhone 15, when used with the new iPhone 15 Pro and iPhone 15 Pro Max, Blackmagic Camera can use Apple LOG, providing greater flexibility for color grading in post-production.
It’s unclear whether the Blackmagic Camera will eventually make it to the Google Play Store for Android smartphones, as iOS offers many of the features that apps of this type use. However, apps like Filmic Pro are available on Android, but not all features work on all Android phones.
At first glance, Blackmagic Camera seems like a great option for those who want to use their iPhone as their primary videography or B-roll solution without having to worry about in-app purchases and recurring subscription fees.
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