If you think your iPhone camera allows you to create quality photos and videos, with Blackmagic Camera expect to make a decisive leap forward. Blackmagic is an Australian company that produces electronic equipment for the production and streaming of video content. Founded by Grant Pettyone of the most highly regarded professionals in the world in terms of multimedia editing tools, Blackmagic has acquired DaVincia solution that has been considered a real point of reference for years video editingcolor correction, applying visual effects and managing post-production audio.
Blackmagic Camera unlocks the potential ofiPhone, adding camera control with a cinematic approach and advanced image processing features. With an intuitive and easy-to-use interface, Blackmagic Camera offers high-level features that, for example, allow you to adjust settings such as frame ratethe shutter opening angle, the white balance and the ISO value with just one touch.
You can also record directly to Blackmagic Cloud using files Apple ProRes 10-bit with resolution up to 4K as well as integrate the application with projects DaVinci Resolve.
Cinematic-looking media with Blackmagic Camera
Owners of an iPhone can transform their device into a powerful tool, useful for collecting professional multimedia content. Blackmagic talks about “Broadcast quality ENG” to underline that the Camera application allows you to obtain a video production quality suitable for television broadcast (ENG is an acronym for Electronic News Gathering).
In short, with Blackmagic Camera it is possible to activate the immediate capture and the transmission of news and information in audiovisual form. All in “live”.
The application allows you to create content for YouTube e TikTok with a cinematic look and can, if necessary, transform into a sort of B Cam, useful for capturing angles that are difficult to reach with traditional cameras. A B Cam it is a second camera used simultaneously with a main one: it is useful in film and television production by playing various key roles to improve the quality and versatility of an audio-video production.
Blackmagic Camera integrates all controls necessary to start shooting with a distinctly professional approach. Everything is interactive: the user can touch any element on the screen and instantly change its settings without having to search through complicated menus.
L’heads-up display (HUD) shows iPhone camera status, recording parameters, histogram, focus peaking, layers, frame guides, and more. The user can make the HUD appear or, conversely, hide it by swiping up or down. There automatic focus occurs by touching the screen in the area where you want the operation to occur. Furthermore, a special assistant highlights the most accurate details of the image allowing you to check the parts of the image that are in focus. There manual focus thus helps to obtain cinematic results.
The indicators at the top of the screen show various camera settings which can be changed simply by tapping the specific setting.
Lens, ISO, frames per second and shutter speed
The option Objective allows you to select which sensor to use for the work you are doing. Apple smartphones have 3 rear lenses with focal lengths of 13mm, 24mm and 77mm telephoto, as well as a front sensor. L’focal aperture is automatically set based on the sensor chosen by the user.
The option ISO adjusts the image sensor’s sensitivity to light. An adjustment like ISO 100 It is suitable for outdoor use, with higher values being better for low-light situations.
Even the setting of the frame per second value is usually the result of the specifications required for the video you want to create. You have the option to set the frame rate from 24 fps up to 60, depending on the phone model.
The shutter speed allows you to adjust the behavior of the iPhone camera with variable light conditions: you can adjust the setting manually or choose from the suggested speeds by scrolling the ring shown by Blackmagic.
Blackmagic integrates a solid mechanism for adjusting the white balance: This is a function that allows you to adjust the performance of the video image according to various light temperatures. There light temperature refers to the apparent color of a light source and is measured in degrees Kelvin (K). This concept is fundamental in photography, cinematography and lighting, as it affects the visual appearance of images and the perception of color.
I cold tones are associated with higher values on the scale (for example, 6000 K), while warm tones have lower values (for example, 2700 K). Daylight, such as that from the sun, is often considered to have a temperature of around 5500-6500 K. Light with a higher temperature appears cooler and tends towards bluish hues, while light with a lower temperature appears warmer and tends towards orange or yellowish tones.
The balance adjustment of white allows users to manually or automatically adapt the behavior of the photo sensor to the temperature of the surrounding light and ensure that colors are accurately reproduced.
In the case of Blackmagic, i preset include sunlight, overcast sky and fluorescent light; Users can still save customized settings to retrieve them later.
Histogram, Zebra and exposure control
With the’histogram, Blackmagic helps verify exposure. The left side shows the shadows and the right side the brighter highlights. If the edges of the histogram stop abruptly, the exposure adjustment helps make sure you don’t cut off parts of the image.
The function Zebra draws diagonal lines over areas of the image showing excessive exposure levels. The variable control, used in conjunction with the histogram, allows you to check the better exposure for any scene.
When shooting people, Blackmagic Camera highlights theoptimal exposure for lighter skin tones, while green is good for darker skin tones. With the color red, the application highlights overexposed areas.
Camera setup menu
The board Settings by Blackmagic Camera completely unlocks the iPhone camera allowing access to a series of advanced adjustments. The recording tab allows control over video resolution and recording format, including industry standard Apple ProRes, H.264 e H.265.
The user can also intervene on the anamorphic correction and lens settings. Professional audio options include VU or PPM audio meters and AAC, IEEE Float, and PCM formats. Blackmagic offers a set of tools for monitoring levels microphone recording internal and external sources. To avoid distortion, the levels peak audio they should be at the top of the green zone.
To meet the needs of professionals, Blackmagic Camera also supports LUT (Look-Up Table). These are tools used in video and film production to apply color transformations to images. LUTs are often employed during the post production to achieve a specific look or to match the color of an image to a desired standard.
Three different ways to manage workflows with Blackmagic Camera
The application that gives a strong boost to the quality of the results obtainable with the iPhone camera, allows you to record on the phone’s memory and export your media sequences to an external drive.
The developers of Blackmagic Camera also offer the possibility of using the platform Blackmagic Cloud at no cost, at least for the moment. Once you create an account Blackmagic IDyou can access your own project library online and enable automatic syncing.
By logging into Blackmagic Cloud you can select a DaVinci Resolve project: by doing this before starting recording, the sequences filmed with your iPhone will be automatically uploaded and synchronized with all users who are members of the same project…