Favorite MOBILE FILMMAKING Tech of 2020
Music learn how to turn your smartphone into a professional quality. Video camera be sure to check out our mobile filmmaking courses, master the filmic pro app or color grading in lumafusion and learn about smartphone, video and cinematography and also don’t. Forget we have a companion, filmmaking, podcast links are in the description. All right this year is not really a top list, necessarily it’s more just my favorite things from the year. It’S been a weird year, and so i haven’t actually used a ton of gear, but i do have some favorites that i really enjoyed using this year and that have made my life much easier and that’s kind. Of my key point. I like gear that you get good results, but also makes your life easier, Music and so first up gimbals and there’s a couple that i like not too many this year. To be honest, but one in particular was from hohem it’s called the hohem. I study x and that gimbal surprisingly good, i didn’t expect a lot from it. To be honest, i got really smooth footage using the gimbal it’s, a lower cost gimbal, but it has very good bang for the buck. So, if you’re looking for a good basic gimbal, not to mount third party accessories on because it’s not very robust, even though it will hold the larger phones, no problem check out this hohem. The other gimbal that i used and reviewed is the moza mini p.
This gimbal again sort of surprised me mozam, make good products, but sometimes they can be hit or miss. I really like their larger gimbals from mirrorless cameras, dslr cinema cameras etc, but some of their smartphone gimbals are actually really good too, and the moza mini p really worked well for me when i wanted to trick out my smartphone put it in a cage. Use third party lenses, because the payload capacity is, i think, it’s a couple pounds. I can’t remember for sure, but check out my previous review on that gimbal, if you’re interested in a more robust and larger form factor gimbal, but that still is easy to manage. For phones and small dslr and compact cameras all right now, let’s talk about audio and for me there were some accessories and a couple mics that stood out this year. First let’s talk about mics on the budget side, the comica mics that came out earlier this year. They were delayed due to the pandemic, but the comic mics, which are more or less a knockoff of the rode wireless go which i love. Those came out last year. These mics are easy to use affordable. The nice thing is, you can use two mics with one receiver, and so as far as budget friendly bang for the buck goes, you really can’t beat these comica wireless mics on the other end, even though they are still affordable. Were these brand new larp, 150 mics from holly land very similar to the comica, but just higher quality and they’re, also very small, the smallest mics, i believe, on the market.
Remarkably small and the sound quality on these, for me anyway, is superior to the comica. I mean not leaps and bounds better, but definitely better, especially if you’re using them just with the actual built in mic of the transmitter. Holy land makes good products and i was very impressed by these mics and so, if you’re looking for some wireless mics that are a little bit of an upgrade from the comica but still affordable and very lightweight check out the lark. The only negative to those i found was that they don’t instantly work with a smartphone. They take a little bit of finagling, they do work, but not right. Out of the box, you got ta find the appropriate adapters to work with your phone, but otherwise these are solid mics and i would definitely check them out. The last thing is an accessory and it’s the rode interview go. This thing looks so simple, but it makes a world of difference and i really like it and i’ve used this a ton. It turns your rode wireless go into a handheld mic, and the windscreen that goes over the top of the mic makes a surprisingly big difference when using it. It turns that mic into a much more usable and i would actually go as far as to say, good wireless handheld mic. So if you’re looking to accessorize your wireless go, mics definitely check out the interview: go Music, alright, let’s talk about lenses and two that caught my eye this year are the best grip, 1.
55 times anamorphic, and then the gold flare anamorphic from moment and it’s a 1.33. The moment is familiar it’s, the same 1.33 as their blue flare version. It’S just got a gold flare and the gold flare to me adds a really interesting look in particular on the nighttime shots, but even daytime it’s, just different, because all anamorphics that i’ve seen at least in the mobile category, have a blue, a blue, green flare and So, to come out with a gold one was, i think, a really smart move by moment just to differentiate itself, and so, if you want to add just a different look to your footage than the traditional blue and hey get a blue one too. You can mix and match, depending on the scene. The gold moment. Anamorphic was something that really intrigued me this year and i’ve used it quite a bit. The other favorite lens of mine this year is the beast grip 1.55 times now. Interestingly, i got an early version of this lens way back in march. Right before the pandemic hit, i actually shot a music video that i haven’t released yet on that lens, because originally i was going to time it out with their kickstarter that didn’t happen this summer or even into the fall, but just recently they finally announced it was For sale on their website, so now you can get the b script 1.55 times anamorphic, so it produces a 2.76 to 1 widescreen image and so it’s very unique, especially on a mobile device.
If you’re looking to do movies or music videos or what have you definitely check out the brand new b script, 1.55 times, anamorphic lens so one other thing related to lenses, but it’s, not actually a lens it’s, something you use with the lens the built in lens And that is the moondog labs. Multi camera filter mount now. This thing came out way back in february, which seems like a million years ago, and i used this all the time it was. The first filter mount to be released. That would cover all three lenses on the iphone, including the ultra wide. This still works with the iphone 12 i’ve used it a lot, although i have learned that it covers the lidar sensor for what i’ve been doing, though i haven’t had any problems. However, moondog is working on a new version for the 12 series phones, but this is a no brainer it’s super affordable and adding an nd filter is one of the number one things i recommend so now. Let’S talk about lighting and lighting, of course, is very important. In video – and there were a couple lights that came out this year – that i really liked – and i want to highlight here – and i know lighting – is not overly glamorous. The videos on my youtube channel don’t do as well the lighting videos, but, of course lighting is super important. The first one is the f7 fold and it is a unique light.
It basically takes two 7 inch led panels and connects them, so you can fold it and use it either on your camera or on a light stand or i like to use it on table, tops or desk. That kind of thing it kind of has a built in stand using it. This way, it’s also rgb and so it’s. Just a super versatile light that i find i use all the time, in particular as a background, light Music and then the next one is also unique: it’s, the godox r1. It is an led what i would call a dome light and i say dome because of the diffuser it has on it. You don’t have to use the diffuser, but i use it with a diffuser most the time, and i find this light to be super handy. It’S magnetic and it’s lightweight – and it is also rgb but it’s fairly bright, especially for how small it is and so it’s just a really handy light to have around very cost effective light too. I think it’s, like 60 bucks, and i have found that this has made my life a lot easier, just dropping a light into a scene again for doing background lighting or product shots, etc, and then one other light that i want to mention is the f7 mini. This light by far is probably the best bang for the buck light you can get. It is about 60. Also, it comes with a diffuser.
It comes with a grid, it’s rgb, it’s, very lightweight. You can mount it on a camera. You can use it on a tripod there’s, just a lot of ways to mount it. It has good brightness it’s, just a very versatile light that you can easily drop in your camera bag, and i find i use it quite a bit Music. So i purposely called this video, my favorite mobile filmmaking tech and not gear, because there’s a lot of tech this year that wasn’t gear related per se that has made my life a lot better and some of my favorite stuff and the most obvious one for me Is the iphone 12 pro max now yeah that’s gear, but really i’m talking more about what’s inside it, as it relates to the tech 10 bit video, including the hdr and now in filmic pro 10 bit log v3, although it’s brand new, i think it’s going to Be big and it’s really cool from my perspective, to be able to use your mobile device in more cinematic situations movie, making music videos and that kind of thing we’ve been able to do it for a long time, but now 10 bit. Video really does take it to the next level. The other thing with 12 pro max is the larger sensor. My biggest complaint really of all time using a phone is low light, video noise and now, with this larger sensor that has been diminished greatly, i would actually say it is solid in low light.
Now, not ultra low light you’ve got to have light. It is a smartphone, after all, it’s a small sensor compared to like a traditional camera, but it does remarkably well night and day better than the 11 pro max, and that combined with the new f.16 aperture, really makes this phone much much better in low light, which Makes my life a lot easier and you’ll get better results using your phone in a variety of different lighting conditions and then one other thing related to tech and the larger sensor is the new sensor shift technology? This is something i don’t think has been covered nearly as much on youtube, as i think it should be. This is remarkable tech, it’s, more or less like having ibis on your phone it’s, not like their traditional ois that just doesn’t work for video. You won’t see a big difference if you’re just subtly moving the camera, but you mount the camera to anything like your car or a dolly. You will see a night and day difference and so sensor shift. Technology is pretty incredible and one of my favorite things of 2020 tech and two more final film pro related advancements, and these are more subtle under the hood things, but with log v3 now they have managed to minimize the dynamic tone. Mapping the dynamic tone mapping is that horrible stuff you see in your videos where it looks like the exposure is shifting. Even though you have the settings locked, they can’t get rid of it completely because it’s native to the iphone, but they have somehow managed to minimize it, and it is so much better that i’m not even really noticing it now shooting log b3.
So that is a huge improvement. The other thing that i’m loving is the clean hdmi out from filmic pro again, this may seem like a small thing, but it makes a huge difference when you’re monitoring, video or you can now use filmic pro to do live streaming or even zoom calls, and so Again, it’s all about making your life easier using your mobile device – and this feature really does that so it’s, one of my favorite pieces of mobile filmmaking tech of 2020 be sure to check out a link in the description for a post. I did on my website. It has links to all the gear, and even some honorable mentions that i didn’t include in this video that you might find interesting and there’s links to the other review videos i mentioned as well yeah. I know there was a lot more going on in 2020 than just these. These are my favorites and i’m sure i missed some of your favorites. So let me know in the comments below what i did miss and if you have any suggestions for me or anybody else, watching this video anyway guys thanks for a great 2020. again, it was a very weird year, i’m, looking forward to 2021, i appreciate you watching.