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Have you ever tried filming yourself
using the high-quality camera on the back of your iPhone? It can be a
a nightmare because you can’t see yourself on the iPhone’s display. One approach
would be to adopt the “trial and error method”. You would mount your iPhone on a mini or full-size tripod and make an educated guess for the correct height
and angle of your iPhone. Set the Filmic pro camera app recording, take up your
presenting position for a few seconds, then go back and check the clip you just
shot. If the framing wasn’t right, adjust the iPhone height, or angle the camera
slightly. Hit record and stand in the same spot as before. Now repeat and repeat until the framing is right.
Although this method does work it’s not very time efficient, and can be really
frustrating. We want an easier and quicker method. One option is to shoot 4k
Ultra HD footage, but intend to edit and export as HD 1080p footage. If you have a more recent iPhone you should have the ability to shoot 4k Ultra HD footage.
That’s twice the resolution you really need for your final online HD video so
there’s plenty of scope to reframe the footage by scaling and cropping without
losing HD quality. One of my other courses talked about installing
Reflector 2 on your PC or Mac and enabling AirPlay Mirroring
on your iOS device. You can then share your iPhone’s display on your PC or
laptop monitor, which allows you to frame yourself properly by positioning
yourself correctly in front of the lens. That’s ok if you’re shooting indoors
with a good Wi-Fi connection but if you want to be a bit more mobile and shoot
outdoors, or where you don’t have a Wi-Fi connection, you need an alternative. One
possibility is to use the filmic pro camera kit. An app bundle costing about
$19. The kit includes the Filmic Pro camera app and Filmic Remote. Install
Filmic Pro on the iPhone you’re going to be filming with. And install Filmic
Remote on an iPad, 2nd iPhone, or iPod Touch. Although you can connect your 2
iOS devices over Wi-Fi, you can also connect peer-to-peer using Bluetooth. So
you can shoot outdoors, controlling Filmic Pro remotely. Filmic Remote
displays what your iPhone is seeing. And allows you to control focus, exposure,
white balance, zoom, and record operations. If you have multiple iOS recording
devices you can create a multicam setup and control each device from the one
copy of Filmic Remote. With Filmic Pro on your iPhone, and
Filmic Remote on another iOS device, enable Remote in your Filmic Pro device
settings. Tap on the settings gear wheel in the bottom right corner of the screen.
Go to device, and where it says enable remote, slide the button to the right. Now
open the remote app on your other iOS device. From within the remote app, tap
the plus button in the bottom left of the screen to search for the iPhone
running Filmic Pro. When you see your iPhone’s name, tap to connect. Your iPhone will ask for permission to pair the two devices. Select the length of time you’re
willing to give permission for. If Filmic Remote keeps searching without finding
your iPhone, go into your Filmic Pro settings on your iPhone, disable and then
re-enable Remote. Filmic Pro on your iPad or other iOS device should see your
iPhone almost straight away and you can connect. With the app set up, mount your
iPhone on a tripod and get it roughly at the right height and angle. You can now
use your iOS device as a monitor to help frame yourself correctly. In order to
frame yourself, according to the rule of thirds, tap the greater-than symbol at the top left-hand corner, then tap the rule of
thirds guide icon. Use those third lines, and their intersections, to compose your shot. If you’re unsure, place yourself in the center with your eyes or the middle
of your head on or close to the top third line. Now drag the square focus
reticle over your face to focus there. Then tap, so that the reticle turns red
showing that the focus has now locked. You can now drag the round exposure
reticule around until the exposure is as you want it. And again tap to lock the
exposure. The circle will then turn red. When you’re ready to start recording tap
the record button and it will become a larger solid circle and the time counter
will start advancing. Once you’re done tap the record button again to stop.
Don’t worry if the footage looks choppy on your iPad or whatever you’re running
remote on. Filmic Pro will record the footage correctly. Incidentally, if you
have Bluetooth earbuds you should be able to monitor your sound whilst you’re
recording. Although I found it to have a slight delay and that probably will be
distracting if you’re listening to yourself whilst recording. Working with
the two apps will take a little practice so I urge you to spend about half an
hour or so trying out the filmic pro camera kit. With just a little practice
you will become more proficient at using the two apps together. And that way
you’ll make more videos and more content.

2 thoughts on “The Easiest Way To Film Yourself – Filmic Pro Remote Camera App Tutorial With iPhone

  1. I recently started using Filmic Pro specifically because of the remote. It would have been good for you to explain a bit how to set up the peer-to-peer communication. I found using my wireless network to be very unreliable, and it took a bit to get the peer-to-peer work. And then of course to restore my wireless network on my phones when I was all done.
    FWIW, I have taken the inexpensive route and used an old iPhone 4 as the remote. It has no cell service because we don't use it as a phone anymore, but use it as one would a Touch.
    Using the Remote was also helpful in composing myself in the scene – I could move my label mic around, my props, etc. all while viewing the result through the remote in real time.

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