Make better Videos with your Smartphone – Sandmarc Hybrid Filter Review
My name is AttiBear and welcome back to yet another episode in today’s episode. We are going to talk about how you can improve the quality of the videos you’re shooting on your smartphone, so that they look more cinematic. The issue with shooting video on a smartphone is the following. We now have a bunch of cameras in the back of pretty much every smartphone these days, but those cameras have really small sensors. In order to compensate for a small sensor, the manufacturer is including very fast glass in those lenses, meaning you have an aperture somewhere on F 1.8 or something like that. If you’re shooting in a bright environment, your shutter speed has to go way up in order to compensate for all the light that is coming into the lens. The only way you can stop that light from entering so you can match the 180 degree rule is by putting an ND filter in front of this lens. Until now, there weren’t too many manufacturers who were able to provide us with a necessary high quality, ND filter. Just for mobile phones, so here’s, where Sandmarc comes into our rescue, they release their new hybrid filters, and the cool thing about their filters is that they are not only nd filters. They are also polarizing filters and, as far as I know, these filters are the first filters ever for a smartphone which a polarizing filter. If all the stuff I was talking about till this point, did make any sense to you.
Don’T worry I’ll, explain everything in detail as we progress through the video, so without further ado, let’s see what we have in the box. First up, we have a filter case and on the bottom, is a clip for the filters. Themself Sandmarc decided to revamp the design of their clip on, because this one has fewer moving parts and fewer moving parts mean more reliability. Also, the area you need to push to open a clamp has been increased, so this makes for a more comfortable use. I think it’s cool that Sandmarc is including a case for the hybrid filter, so we can conveniently store all three filters included is an ND 16, an ND 32 and also an ND 64. All the filters have polarizing capabilities. It would have been cool to have an option to store the clip somewhere. Now you need to clip it to the filter case itself. The cool thing about Sandmarc’s hybrid filters. Are you have two options to mount them onto various mobile phones? Number one. You can mount the Sandmarc hybrid filters on to every Sandmarc lens. There is just take your lens and the filter and screw the filter right onto the lens. There is no adapter of whatsoever needed the cool thing is you can mount the hybrid filters even on to Sandmarc’s anamorphic lens and by the way, most of the footage that you will see in today’s, video was captured with the anamorphic lens and a hybrid filter attached To it, if you’re using this combo, also make sure that your lens alignment isn’t offset after mounting the filter, number two use the included clip put it on your iPhone and make sure that the clip is not blocking any lens and screw the filter right onto the Clip while doing so make sure that the clip isn’t going anywhere, otherwise, you may block one of the lenses on the iPhone 11 Pro and also on other phones.
Now let’s talk about the unique thing of the Sandmarc hybrid filters. The cool thing about these filters is that they have a polarizing filter built right into them. The amount of the polarization can be adjusted with the help of the ring in front of the filter. In this example, you can see how well it performs on the reflection of this river as I’m, twisting the ring in the front, and you can hear some grind while I’m twisting the ring. You can see that the reflection is removed and you can actually see right through the water onto the bottom. Sometimes, manufacturers use the writing on ND filters to indicate the peak polarizing spot with the Sandmarc hybrid filters. Unfortunately, this isn’t the case in my case all three filters had their peak polarizing spot in a different position. This is everything but convenient. Thankfully, it can be fixed with the help of a permanent marker just mark both sides of the filter, where you have to peak polarizing effect, let’s talk about why you need these filters in filmmaking most of the time we’re talking about the 180 degree rule. So, for example, if you’re filming in 4k 60 frames, you want your shutter speed as close as possible to 1120 of a second. The 180 degree rule dictates that your shutter speed should be double your frame rate if you’re filming at 60 frames per second, your shutter speed should be as close as possible to 1120th of a second and, if you’re, filming at 25 frames per second, it should be, As close as possible to 150, this rule of thumb applies to all the frame rates that you have at your disposal.
The following scene has been recorded in 4k 60 with the Sandmarc ND 64 hybrid filter attached, and you can see the moment. I remove the filter. The image gets completely blown out and with the filter I’m able to lower the shutter speed all the way down to 1120th of a second to get the smooth footage I was talking about, and if you don’t know what I mean by smooth here in the side By side comparison in the frozen shots, you can see that, on the left side my hand is always crispy sharp without any blur and on the right. You can see some nice motion blur as you want it. If you’re going for the cinematic look, this effect gets even more obvious with a faster moving subject or object. So as I’m running along you can see, motion blur all over my body and even the water looks buttery smooth the moment. We switch to the footage without the hybrid filter attached. Everything is a bit too jumpy. There is no motion blur whatsoever. Overall, the image is too sharp and the shutter speed even had to go up to 13840 of a second a word of advice. The Sandmarc hybrid filters don’t introduce any kind of color tint into your footage, but I would highly recommend you to lock your white balance. Otherwise, you will end up like I did with the iPhone 11 Pro and filmic Pro cuz. My white balance was all over the place and you pretty much cannot compensate for so much white balance change after you recorded everything.
This is also reason why, in my footage today, everything has a more summery vibe than usual. So what is their overall to say about the Sandmarc hydrate filters, to be honest, I’m, absolutely surprised that nobody came up with this idea sooner with these filters, you are able to capture way more cinematic footage than ever before and smartphones getting better and better with every Year, it’s impressive to see where smartphone technology evolved to just in the past two years. If you take that and pair it with high quality ND filters, gimbals like the DJI Osmo mobile three and software like filmic pro which, by the way where the tools are used for the videos today, you get amazing content and are pretty much on par with lower End mirrorless cameras or DSLRs with this in mind, I’m, really excited to see what awaits us in 2020. So what do you think about Sandmarc’s hybrid filters? Will these filters help you to level up your video making game? Let me know down in the comments.