If you’re a mobile filmmaker like me, then you know the difficulty in choosing between the best options on the market. While Filmic Pro is the industry standard, Beastcam and Moment Pro Camera have their merits too.
But, which should be your everyday shooter? We’ll go over each of the three and then explain why we use the mobile filmmaking apps that we do.
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Comparing Mobile Filmmaking Apps
Before we get into this, let me just say that I use a combination of apps on a daily basis depending on what it is that I’m doing. Stay tuned until the end to see which apps I use in which situations. My favorite mobile filmmaking app – the one I primarily go with – may surprise you!
Filmic Pro app Price: $14.99 on App Store (additional purchases available)
Filmic Pro has been the go-to mobile filmmaking app for quite a while now. But, is it competitive enough to retain it’s staying power? And, at more than $30 for both the full mobile video app and photography app is Filmic Pro worth it?
Now, if you’re not into mobile photography, then you can skip the Filmic First Light app at $8. But the base Filmic Pro app is $14.99 and to add the cinematographer’s pack that makes Filmic Pro stand out from the competition is another $13.99.
Did I mention that the reviews of the app on the iOS store are shockingly mediocre for the price point? And, in my own personal experience, I can see why. I experienced numerous issues recording audio and with files becoming corrupted. In truth, I haven’t used Filmic Pro in months because the issues were so bad that it made mobile filmmaking no fun anymore. There was a time when this app was the greatest in the game, but those days are long gone now.
Multiple color profiles
Extensive manual control (focus, exposure, frame rates, zoom, ISO
If you want manual control over both photo and video with no lagging, corrupting, or anything remotely similar, then Beastcam Pro Camera app from Beastgrip is for you. In almost six months of shooting on Beastcam, I have not had a single instance of a lost file. Can any other third-party mobile filmmaking app make that claim?
In my experience, not a damn one but Beastcam. While it lacks the LOG color profiles, time-lapses, and other frills this app is undeniably reliable and, in my opinion, is more user-friendly than the competition. If you’re on the fence about which is the best mobile filmmaking app, then I would recommend going with Beastcam for the sake of your sanity.
Manual photo and video capability in a single app
DOF adapters allow you to attach traditional lenses to your smartphone
Multiple stabilization options (lag present when in effect)
Quickly change frame rates, aspect ratios, and more
Because they’re phone videographers and photographers they developed an app for mobile creators, by mobile creators.
They’ve got tools for both photo and video that are easy to use and provide professional results.
Note – not still developing for Android.
While the Moment Pro Camera app packs a lot of power into a cost-effective app by way of photo, video, slow shutter, and time-lapse features if you purchase all the in-app stuff. I recommend doing this as in my experience the slow shutter and time-lapse features are the most useful of the whole app.
When I purchased Moment Pro Camera, I was most excited about the LOG color profile. Shooting in LOG allows for more post-processing power – sort of like the video equivalent of RAW. What I found however was that my footage was always corrupted when shooting in LOG on the Moment Pro Camera app. It’s tough to have a positive comment about an app that fails to do what you were most excited about it doing.
The reason that I do mention that the app is worth purchasing is the slow shutter and time-lapse modes. The slow shutter mode is great for light painting and long exposures – the professional level controls facilitate a higher-quality result than the native camera’s Live Photo trick. The results that you’ll get for $8 are well worth the price.
When it comes to time-lapses, Moment Pro Camera performs better than the native camera too. While the time-lapses in the native camera are acceptable, they’re missing the motion blur created by real time-lapses (i.e. taking one step at a time, taking a photo, and then stitching it all together). Moment Pro Camera adds this motion blur and the final product is much preferred to that of the native camera app.
Photo and video support with single payment
Cost-effective compared to the competition
Multiple color profiles
Extensive manual control (focus, exposure, frame rates