The iPhone camera app now supports 4 flavours of Apple's ProRes codec on the iPhone 13 Pro and Pro Max.

Hot off the press (or press release) this Monday is the news that the popular camera app FiLMiC Pro now supports four ProRes codecs.

FiLMiC Pro v6.17 enables mobile filmmakers to select between all four available ProRes variants, including ProRes Proxy, ProRes LT, ProRes 422, and ProRes 422 HQ. All four variants are 10-bit and offer 4:2:2 chroma subsampling and all-intra encoding. ProRes Proxy will deliver a max bitrate of approximately 170Mbps at 4K, while ProRes LT delivers a bitrate of approximately 360Mbps at 4K. ProRes 422 delivers a bitrate of roughly 540Mbps at 4K, and ProRes 422 HQ delivers a maximum bitrate of approximately 735Mbps at 4K.

Mobile filmmakers in ProRes with FiLMiC Pro can capture up to a maximum of 30fps in 4K and 60fps in 1080p; and can use FiLMiC Pro’s manual controls, live analytics, and medallion scopes to secure the perfect shot.

We had the news from Apple that the iPhone 13 Pro & Pro Max would support ProRes, but FilMiC Inc. is the first company to produce an app to at the advantage of this capability.


Very keen to see how this works out and see if it fixes the variable frame rate issues from previous codecs. It is a free update for existing users, $14.99 for new customers.

One note here, the API that allows the shallow depth of field on iPhone video is not available to third-party developers, so you won't see this feature in FiLMiC Pro unless they do their own maths.




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Oliver Peters's Avatar
Oliver Peters replied the topic: #116573 04 Oct 2021 17:11
I'd be curious to see how this affects two issues. Fast camera movement on the iPhone destroys the image with compression artifacts. Presumably ProRes recording will mitigate that.

Second, the iPhone always records with a variable frame rate. Filmic gets around that with a conforming step, which writes a file at a fixed frame rate. I wonder if that conforming step will take longer if you capture in ProRes?
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sconnor99 replied the topic: #116589 05 Oct 2021 19:08
Doesn't seem to take longer, haven't had a chance to test it in good light yet so will try the fast movement tomorrow, on a quick shake test in the edit suite it certainly seemed better
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Oliver Peters replied the topic: #116592 05 Oct 2021 19:32
Is ProRes already available? I thought the actual ProRes capability was coming later in the year.
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sconnor99 replied the topic: #116609 06 Oct 2021 22:03
It is, for some reason Filmic has it before the official Apple release.