Mobile Filmmaking with IK Multimedia and FiLMiC Pro

 

Mobile Filmmaking with IK Multimedia and FiLMiC Pro

 

Lesson Info

Gear Overview

As we talked about earlier there tons of accessories that air exceedingly helpful when she did with mobile devices external batteries microphones, optics cases stabilizers and so we haven't overview here of some of our favorite so maybe we'll just go back and forth on dh pick up stuff one by one and showcase it so external batteries anchor makes some great ones zag makes some great ones we talked about the movie juice pack earlier which is great in its own right doesn't have a quarter twenty um as problematic actually wanted to mount it to the tripod in that last segment didn't work out that's the one thing I think would be really cool is that a kind of handheld case that also had a battery solution you know you have that those two things together they feel like that the thing that's missing all these cases they're really cool but having an extra battery and it would be really great well you might want to kick start with that idea totally stay tuned on that one here I mean, this piece ...

of gear here I think is really a game changer for me at least the eirik pro what you're getting with this is phantom power and a proper xar mike pre input to the lightning connector so this really allows you to run labs mike shock on mike's any sort of uh mike level into your camera and it gives you a nice solid signal on dh with filmic you can get rid of the g c, which is that automatic game control so lower is that noise floor and you're getting really, really, truly clean audio and like the guy's attention tendering were saying that you know you can your camera work can be a stylistic, but audio we clean and clear from the get go and I think the iran iraq pro is a pretty sweet little accessory for that. So you've obviously been shooting on more high end sets lately than I have because I'm actually partial and it's going to seem like a shameless product promo but that's because we're demo ing it in the very next segment. So it's already mounted on one of the six pluses, but the eirik mike field but you can see right here is probably about the size of a half dollar on it's, a stereo audio mike that goes into your lightning connector has external line level input and it's so small you can just slip it right in your pocket and take it anywhere. So travel field recording music dare I say greatest bootleg microphone ever made quite possibly and pretty affordable, I think under one hundred uh bucks so great value and I love to take that whenever I go traveling anywhere yeah, the awesome part about microphone like this is when you are traveling like some of the coolest experiences I've had when I have been traveling is seeing street musicians play their music in any given in environment and being able to capture not only like really cool imagery of them playing their music, but also the clean audio right into the camera with something that you can just toss in your bag is pretty sweet it's really sweet just to showcase a little bit what's, maybe sort of like an intermediate option, which would probably be the difference between the eye rig pro and the iraq mike field would be these many jack adapters, fromem excel in this one's furman innovative company called my mike. They would go right into, say, a cold schum out right here and then directly into the device very useful for, um, low budget fiction movies and the like, but when it comes to traveling, maybe a little bit more unreal, the end, I think you're going to raise the I don't know if not I r suspicion of, say, like a street musician that you might find where is the mike feel? Nobody will really notice or even raise an eyebrow, but if you start fastening one of these onto your iphone, you know they know you have intentions with the footage there shooting so that whole stealth thing well, I'm really excited about and I'm wanting if you could speak to this a little bit but camera stabilization like which you see there's a lot of options here which ones are you kind of digging right now in the way of the samurai movie five besides the movie and five right? Right? Um ok, well, let's actually start back with what the tangerine guys were using because this has been out for a while they use it to great effect and I I swear this thing is baffled me forever and I've never figured out how to use it well, but the steadicam smoothie obviously they did not only, um hand held but I mean actually on a ten speed bicycle so you can make it work for you and it's you know, a smooth gimbal type operation would see you move it even, uh with any sort of behind it and started to sway what's really interesting and I hate to use the phrase game changing yet again in the mobile space but is the electric motorized gimbal set up which you know on the high end, you know the movie five is better than anything out there, but you're now seeing dslr prose has won I think they're one or two others that are electric kimball's at the sort of five hundred dollars level single pistol grips, but once the motor turns on just like battery smoothness. Yeah, what's really cool at those they're so low profile where the steady camps movie, I mean, you're making this is a this is ah, you're obviously holding a pretty large device here, but some of these air just like a little pistol grip of the phone, just kind of berries inside there and really kind of shoot some fun action stuff without having to have a whole whole get up to do that. So I'm really excited for those to come out on dh if you if you know of any, please share with us, because we'd love to talk about those as well, yeah, if you're a manufacturer, send us a demo unit on will showcase it the next time I mean, literally, they're about the size of this with the motorized kimball and then amount, and then you just run around like this, and the iphones air so light that it really doesn't take, uh, a whole lot to give him incredible smoothness. So if those really take off and you're going to see tons of more iphone, uh, footage competing at a higher level, what about some of these other, like, ipad based ones? I know on the apple commercial, right? There is a device that film it was running in round, right and it wasn't this area here yes, so that would be the pad cast, so they're basically two major players in the ipad space and they're both great and they're great for different reasons this would be the podcaster right here and this would be the I aa gra for right there this is a nice rugged metal chassis all the potential mt points for any sort of device that you want uh say you're going to be shooting with a sennheiser and using ah the rig pro you could easily mount it to this on the exterior you could put lights on the top you could actually use the magic arms there's a great shot of a friend michael korbel we won't get to it in the second part of other slide deck, but with a multi camera rigged that he basically fashioned out of magic arms and you I've made a five camera rig out of the pad castor so very cool for that and then the I aa gra for is just like her economically feels right. Nice little handheld grip actually, I remember when we both thought the ipad mini was going to be the sweet spot and divide takes advantage of that I've had many doesn't hurt yeah um with six plus seems to have taken the crown there for the best camera but biographer makes a model for the sick it's plus, definitely. And maybe the six nation know that yeah, one thing I think that's worthy pointing out is a lot of these. A lot of these hand held devices have a thirty seven millimeter thread mount in there, which is why thirty seven owner well it's, a very standard video small video format of a wide angle lens. So there's a large selection of these lenses that have existed before the the mobile world came around so lots of stuff, lots of options that are available that will actually screw right onto the different devices. Here's a smaller one called focus that has another thread now here, too, so you can get those wider angle shots and get those more telephoto shots they're trying to get, but you really can't get really get you, really? I think that there's a there's, a philosophy about shooting with one focal length, a lot of street photographers would use just a fifty millimeters lens, and they just walk around. I've got one foot planted, something very freeing about it. You stop worrying about where you are ah, your lenses and just start working within that realm and that's, another thing that really cool about working in mobile is, you know, all these lines options are great, but at the same time working on using that wider angle focal inc is that you know iphone has a slightly weathering what is it? Is it approximately I think is twenty four now used to be twenty eight and I don't know which but roger deacons the coen brothers come and cinematographer shoots olives stuffed with either twenty four or twenty eight certainly worked for him yes there's something to be said for you know move your camera moving closer if you want closer, move wider and work on your craft that way before adding a lot of lenses but with that being said there's some really cool ends options out there yeah, yeah, we showcase a little of it in the last segment I know we both love this company and we love the optics that snyder optics um actually let you showcase the secondary lenses they have a nice telephoto here. This is their new case, which is a huge rugged improvement over their old case which, if you can see here actually took a little bit of a beating. Sorry about that I pro but it was used with love and in the pistol grip you can carry a couple other lens options. What do you have there? It's? Pretty cool. So we've got a wide angle here um super wide angle so loud you go from twenty four millimeter to visit like fourteen it's pretty why it's pretty wide yeah I don't know that that wide but it's kind of hard to translate to but a very, very wide option which is great for landscapes and one not and then this is another really cool little lens which is a mackerel ends so if you're into kind of zoning out filming nature and like the vein on leaves or the texture and water something the macro lens is really cool to play with and I just love the design of how all these fit together they all kind of nest inside each other and it actually ends up being the pistol grip for the whole thing so right we're right which is actually in my opinion a huge mobile improvement over the batch of thirty seven millimeter lenses like that which if you have a nice studio set up with either the eye aga for the pad castor I think they're new version as a thirty seven mill er mta's welcome those air great but for just slipping something in your pocket on carrying three lens options for if you count that native phone itself it's pretty sweet and the telephoto is my like home run head I love this lens I live it for stills as well I mean for videos is great but shooting stills and the telephoto it really kind of takes you out of that mobile because again it pushes in a little further and you know you've got all your lenses in your hand and you've got kind of a steady little travel hand held device it's pretty sweet yeah, I think this is what it's like to our dollars so yeah pretty sweet now that would work with the motorized gimbal and you know come on guys get get with it larry right she and another great slide from the second half of the keynote but the gorilla pot in the infamous copenhagen's arm shot but this is great I mean amount anywhere you could mount on the light back here you come out to a c sand um you come out to a tree uh telephone pole you name it I mean definitely something that you positively want to have in your kit bag and I'm like the bigger ones I know they make one that's aimed for the iphone crowd but yeah had size up one. Yeah, I really big I mean, the grill a pot has been I have two of these in my kit in my movie kid have a movie I'm five I keep it in my movie kit you can attach monitors to it for viewing, you know, wireless monitors so you can actually handles to hold on to it it's just such a great tool I think that they I don't know I mean they market it is to wrap it around a tree get photos of your family but I think that's kind of the lay misuse of it I think that being able to hand hold you know you could turn it into kind of a simple little handhold writ rig to be able to get a little bit more stability these air so cool and I said this is like coming a medium size one there's a larger one in a really small one that it's when you're doing a lot of travel photography it's so useful to have one of these little guys in your bag the minute I go somewhere and I've forgotten that it's like donald ray v right absolutely ok a couple quick things and then we're going to get onto our last segment the's air the magic arms they can screw into any quarter twenty so this is how you can attach multiple devices just screwed in there uh maconel shape you can get different vantage points you could put different optical options on the different devices that amount so you could potentially have four different cameras for different len selections all filming the same scene um not two different on the actual set up but enough for a little bit of variety and then mix that with shot calm another really really cool devices this sandisk I expand flash drive that has a lightning connector on it so if you do happen to have a smaller phone or a fund that's and it's filling up quickly you can just plug this right into your the end of your phone and transfer your files from filmmaker other aps directly to this drive and then it's got a blue usb port you can dump it right? Your computer it's really great just to have in your pocket and you realize oh, you were just round space you don't have to go through and delete files, you can just transfer it over, right? That kills a shooting experience. Um oh, go ahead. Yeah. That's what? I just want talk about this again. This is the anamorphic adapter that we had earlier from moondog labs. This is really, really, really cool thing it, you know, until you play with that, you kind of don't really see can't really grasp it, but if you really want to kind of up the ante, this thing is this is all make my wish list my birthday wish list for sure. Yeah, and interesting from those guys like we keep talking about this gears great, why doesn't it work with that? And this thing's great, but it doesn't work with that and that's really frustrating, but I know that moondog labs is working with two other partners on this table to bring together some sort of unified solution I don't know when, but definitely that's worth being on the lookout for don't ask me a question I remember when we've been traveling on content trips you often do the earbud thing uh one in and one out so you can hear the rest of us and, you know, engage in crew discussion do you have a preference between open backed headphones and closed back? Or do you just like the ear buds where their simplicity I like I definitely your butt for the low profile especially I really am so partial to just the apple brand earbuds for stuff that's not really critical because it is you do kind of fly under the radar a little bit I think it depends on how quiet your sources closed is really great for source that is, you know, on the quieter side, so you can kind of really we'll knock out the outside of everything, but if you want just confidence monitoring these open great oh makes killer open here back headphones that I use all the time. The only problem is it's really hard to tell if your mike is isolating what you're doing because you are hearing everything around. So, you know it's kind of I've gotten to the point where I can actually with one ear can kind of hear what's going on and what not so I think it's all personal preference but weirdly enough just a straight up apple headphones there are oh yeah great okay just one or two last items uh road makes a nice laval ear um m excel those two were wearing labs now they sound great wonderful way that maybe use a little micro tabletop tripod we've got it over there on the uh keyboard not to give anything away but said that's exceedingly useful in the combo makes a great blogging uh set up one other audio thing worth talking about just shows how the go pro ization has taken off my mike makes a lab that is a sport lab that mounts to your mountain bike helmet or ski helmet so you could basically be bombing down the trail and giving a play by play narration and tell you you know g o off the trail or something but that's very cool and I've seen an actual that nice demo video oh and last thing since you've been talking about lighting you were mentioning um the shower curtain yeah as something terribly affordable and effective discs is so nice it's really great to be able to give a nice goal kicker from behind or also opening up do you have like a diffusion really there's often time one of the cons of these phones they're dynamic range is not really big so you really need to control it rain in your life being able to have some sort of light control is very important and it's a whole nother topic that we don't have time for yeah, key, light. Bounce, like kick late now should get into that someday.

Class Description

In the last few years, mobile tools for filmmakers, musicians and creators have become more powerful, useful and more widely adopted. IK Multimedia has developed a range of products that are affordable and effective when paired with market leading filmmaking tools like FiLMiC Pro.

In Mobile Filmmaking with IK Multimedia and FiLMiC Pro, Neill Barham, the founder of Cinegenix and FiLMiC Pro, and noted cinematographer, Jonathan Houser will show how to use their mobile app with the IK Multimedia's iRig PRO and iRig Mic Field to get incredible shots and capture pristine audio that will fool anyone into thinking you have the budget of a hollywood film.

Listen to special guest filmmakers Sean Baker and Chris Bergoch talk about how they used iPhones and FiLMiC Pro to make their Sundance hit Tangerine, which was acquired by Magnolia Pictures and will be released theatrically this July. See the trailer here.

Both the iRig PRO and FiLMiC Pro were recently featured in an Apple iPad commercial with Martin Scorsese and are becoming more widely used as professional tools for filmmakers. Learn how to use them to get the breathtaking shots you want. See commercial here.