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Apple Teaches How To Create Pro ‘Crane’ Shots & Other Film Tricks With iPhone 12
By Mikelle Leow, 27 Jul 2021
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Apple is well convinced that, to produce stunning films, you just need an iPhone in your pocket. And your best bet is probably the iPhone 12 series, whose Pro models are the first-ever smartphones to accommodate Dolby Vision recording, the same format used in movie studios. Clips can then be edited via the iPhone’s Photos, iMovie, or Clips apps—no special equipment required.
In an ongoing series showcasing fun photography and filmmaking techniques you can achieve at home with the iPhone 12, Apple shares ways you can force perspectives for storytelling, recreate studio-quality crane shots, and play around with lighting.
The most straightforward one seems to be the Ultra Wide Camera perceptive trick, as you’ll need nothing more than your iPhone to pull it off. Use it unintentionally, and you’ll end up with imagery in the ilk of giant Bidens and doll-like Carters. However, armed with knowledge, you’ll be able to create an amusing scene of a giant-sized kid going after a man.
There’s also an incredible “crane shot” hack where Slo-Mo is turned on and an iPhone is dropped onto a dog bed to appear as if the video were taken with a mechanical arm.
Lastly, a headlamp is attached to a bicycle wheel, which, when spun in the dark, mesmerizingly plays with light. The entire iPhone 12 lineup supports Night Mode across all lenses, delivering visuals that remain sharp and vivid.
Curb your boredom with these amusing filmmaking techniques. If you’re keen to learn more, Apple has previously divulged how to capture beautiful iPhone 12 videos with flowers and fruit.
[via AppleInsider, video and cover image via Apple]
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