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Refocus iPhone 13 Pro Movies in Final Cut Pro and iMovie

Today at the Apple event, we got to see the new iPhone 13, with new features that will certainly appeal to filmmakers and mobile creators. Yes, Final Cut Pro and iMovie will be able to refocus movies recorded on an iPhone 13 Pro!

We knew some of the details as quite a bit of information had been leaked, but the presentation lived up to the billing. Yes Final Cut Pro did get a quick shot and mention, so that was encouraging. Maybe lose the DaVinci panel next time!

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We always knew that the new iPhone would be at the end, so we had to enjoy the updates to AppleTV+, iPad, iPad mini, Watch and Apple Fitness first. 

The Apple Event should be queued up on the iPhone section 40 minutes in below.

 

The iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 mini both feature the new A15 Bionic chip, longer battery life and a brighter Super Retina XDR display. That will give a maximum brightness of 800nits with peak brightness for HDR photos and videos of 1200 nits.

The two cameras also get an update with Sensor-shift OIS on both lenses. 

The main update for us filmmakers though is Cinematic Mode, recording in Dolby Vision HDR up to 4K 60fps on both cameras.

Cinematic Mode works like an automatic focus puller, shifting the focus from objects of interest. This isn't just done on a point and focus basis (Although you can do that manually ), the Neural Engine in the phone can anticipate a person walking into frame and refocus or throw the focus to another person when a person looks away. That's really clever, the video below shows automatic focusing at about 1:40 in.

 

But we knew there would be a Pro version and this didn't disappoint either, the rumours about internal ProRes recording were true.

“iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max make up our most pro iPhone lineup ever with the biggest advancement for our camera system, the best battery life ever in an iPhone, and the fastest performance of any smartphone, setting a new standard for iPhone and enabling incredible experiences never before possible,” said Greg Joswiak, Apple’s senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing. “The new pro camera system offers even more pro photography capabilities like improved telephoto zoom, macro photography, Photographic Styles, Cinematic mode, as well as ProRes and Dolby Vision video. The Super Retina XDR display with ProMotion is our best display ever; it intelligently responds to the content on your screen, offers fantastic graphics performance, and is perfect for any viewing experience.”

 

Now for the killer line - Tucked away in the Apple Press release is this little gem. Hello Final Cut Pro 10.6 :)

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This is also in the press release

For creative control, the focus can be changed during and after capture, and users can also adjust the level of bokeh in the Photos app and iMovie for iOS, and coming soon to iMovie for macOS and Final Cut Pro

 

Amazing, amazing. 


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peteramwiggins's Avatar
peteramwiggins replied the topic: #116250 14 Sep 2021 19:19
Adjust Focus and Bokeh apparently
muddygun's Avatar
muddygun replied the topic: #116253 14 Sep 2021 22:04
Anyone know the quality of ProRes? ProRess LT? ProRes 422? ProRes 422 HQ? I doubt get ProRes Raw...but one can dream right.
Doug's Avatar
Doug replied the topic: #116265 15 Sep 2021 17:01
From the Apple official specs, it looks like the Cinematic Mode is limited to 1080p at 30fps. I really wish this was available for 4K recording...
joema's Avatar
joema replied the topic: #116269 15 Sep 2021 18:05
4k/30 ProRes is available but only on phones with 256GB and above. The 128GB phone is limited to ProRes at 1080p/30. Not sure about frame rates in other countries.
knesaren's Avatar
knesaren replied the topic: #116329 18 Sep 2021 12:53
I guess they're releasing Cinematic Mode in 4K as an iPhone 14 feature ;-)
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knesaren replied the topic: #116330 18 Sep 2021 12:56
They said it would be a pro workflow, so it should at least be 422HQ. ProRes RAW has the same bitrate and ProResRAW HQ has the same bitrate as ProRes 4444. ProRes RAW might be an iPhone 14 feature, so we have to buy new phones ;-)