A few months ago a cinematic video shot on an iPhone was highlighted by a number of websites. The video by Matteo Bertoli shows just how impressive a video can be, even from an iPhone.
Creating a professional looking video like this is something I have wanted to do for a long time. Admittedly in the past, I put it in the “too hard to do basket”. The video by Matteo inspired me, so I decided to set myself a challenge. To have a go at creating a cinematic style video while travelling to Sapporo, Japan for the Snow Festival.
Here are the apps I decided to use and recommend if you too are wanting to create a cinematic video.
To capture video I needed an app which would be much more advanced than the standard iPhone camera so I decided to use FiLMic Pro. It gave me complete control of my iPhone’s camera and allowed me to shoot in a wide aspect ratio. I chose to record in 4K with FiLMic Quality encoding.
The app has a lot of options and professional features and has gone on to win a number of awards. It really is impressive to see the potential of what can be done with this app and I am looking forward to using it more in the future.
Cameo by Vimeo
To put the video together I used an app called Cameo by Vimeo. At the time of editing, time was limited, so I used this app because of its ability to make creating videos quickly. All I needed to do was choose a theme, select the videos I wanted to be included, add a song, and share to Vimeo.
While easy, it still gives some control. I could choose the starting and end point of each video, their order, and easily add in text. When it comes to putting a video together, it is as simple as it gets.
Result and next challenges
You can see the result below, or on Vimeo. I am quite happy with how it turned out and feel anyone can do the same.
Although I know there is plenty to improve on. Capturing smooth video will be much easier to do with an iPhone Gimbal such as the DJI Osmo. I will also like to colour grade my next video and edit it in an app more advanced than Cameo.
My next challenge is to do exactly this and will share it in a future post.