What up guys? My name is edward and welcome back to yet another episode in todays episode. We are going to talk about how you can improve the quality of the videos youre 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 around f 1.8 or something like that. If youre 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 werent too many manufacturers who were able to provide us with a necessary high quality, nd filter. Just for mobile phones, so here is where sandmark 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. There 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, didnt make any sense to you.

Dont worry ill, explain everything in detail as we progress through the video, so without further ado lets see what we have in the box. First up, we have a filter case and on the bottom, is a clip for the filters themselves. Sandmark 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 its cool that sandmark is including a case for the hybrid filter, so we can conveniently store all three filters included is an nd16 an nd32 and also an nd64. 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 sandmarks hybrid filters. Are you have two options to mount them onto various mobile phones? Number one. You can mount the sandmark hybrid filters onto every sandmark lens. There is just take your lens and the filter and screw the filter right onto the lens. There is no adapter whatsoever needed the cool thing is you can mount the hybrid filters even onto sandmarks anamorphic lens and by the way, most of the footage that you will see in todays, video was captured with the anamorphic lens and a hybrid filter attached to it. If youre using this combo also make sure that your lens alignment isnt 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 isnt going anywhere, otherwise, you may block one of the lenses on the iphone 11 pro and also on other phones. Now lets talk about the unique thing of the sandmark 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 im twisting the ring in the front, and you can hear some grind. While im 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 sandbark hybrid filters. Unfortunately, this isnt 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 the peak polarizing effect lets talk about. Why you need these filters in filmmaking. Most of the time were talking about the 180 degree rule. So, for example, if youre filming in 4k 60 frames, you want your shutter speed as close as possible to 120th of a second. The 180 degree rule dictates that your shutter speed should be double your frame rate if youre filming at 60 frames per second, your shutter speed should be as close as possible to 120th of a second and, if youre, filming at 25 frames per second, it should be, As close as possible to 50.

, 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 sandmark nd64 hybrid filter attached, and you can see the moment. I remove the filter, the image gets completely blown out and with the filter, im able to lower the shutter speed all the way down to 120th of a second to get the smooth footage i was talking about and if you dont 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 are going for the cinematic look, this effect gets even more obvious with a faster moving subject or object. So as im 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 38 40th of a second a word of advice. The sandmark hybrid filters dont 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, because 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 the reason why, in my footage today, everything has a more summary wipe than usual. So what is their overall to say about the sandmark hybrid filters, to be honest, im, 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, its 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, free and software like filmic pro, which, by the way, were the tools i 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, im really excited to see what awaits us in 2020. So what do you think about sandmarks hybrid filters? Will these filters help you to level up your video making game? Let me know down in the comments if you will pick one of these up or you think these are pretty much worthless and you will continue recording your videos, as youve always did with.