FiLMiC Pro LogV2 update brings 12 stops of dynamic range and 140Mbps video footage

Dec 27, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

FiLMiC Pro LogV2 update brings 12 stops of dynamic range and 140Mbps video footage

Dec 27, 2018

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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The folks at FiLMiC Pro have released a new update that brings LogV2 to the app. It claims to offer up to 12 stops of dynamic range and provides footage bit rates as high as 140Mbps. Log first came to FiLMiC Pro in early 2017, but now it sees a pretty significant update.

According to the test video above from the iPhoneographers, LogV2 offers up to two and a half stops more dynamic range than the “natural” camera with the latest iPhone XS Max, and even the older iPhone SE and 6S see up to about a stop and a half increased dynamic range.

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FiLMiC Pro LogV2 is released as part of The Cinematographer Kit. If you already owned it before, and received the original Log update, then it should automatically update itself. If not, the kit is an in-app purchase at $14.99. It works on all iOS devices, and most Android Camera 2 API capable devices.

The new Log gamma profile is being released alongside a set of LUTs available to download from the FiLMiC Pro website. They’re compatible with DaVinci Resolve, Premiere Pro, Final Cut Pro, and just about anything else that understands .CUBE LUT files.

The examples and comparisons included in the videos above by iPhoneographers show a pretty significant upgrade over the original FiLMiC Pro log profile, especially when it comes to retaining highlights and shadow detail.

The Pro Video Coalition writes that it even rivals Blackmagic cameras. I’m not sure if I’d go that far, but it sure looks a lot more impressive than it used to.

You can find out more on the FiLMiC Pro website. It’s well worth it, though, if you’re regularly shooting video on your phone. Even the original Log profile was better than the default camera profile. This new one looks even better, offering a lot more latitude for correction and grading.

[via Pro Video Coalition]

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John Aldred

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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