Moving your smartphone camera from one object to the other often results in a blurred video.
But, the launch of the iPhone 13 has resolved this issue!
The A15 Bionic processor in the iPhone 13 has made possible the addition of many advanced features; and since the camera is the most used feature of a smartphone, Apple has added many upgrades to it.
Amongst the many amazing features added to the iPhone 13 camera, one is the Cinematic Mode.
Check out! This is what Cinematic Mode does:
And, that’s what this whole article is about!
What is the iPhone 13 cinematic mode? How does it work?
How to record a video in cinematic mode?
How to edit videos taken in cinematic mode?
I’m sure all these questions are swarming your mind. Therefore, we will answer all these questions, and by the time you’re done reading this article, you’ll know all there is to know about the iPhone 13 cinematic mode.
What is Cinematic Mode?
Cinematic mode is a new feature in the iPhone 13 camera, which works by shifting focus from one object to the other while blurring the background. This feature has been around in Android phones by the name of the Bokeh effect and is also known as Rack Focus in technical lingo.
How Does it Work?
You can find this feature between the video and slow-mo modes and can activate it with a single tap. Once activated, the camera automatically focuses on the most active subject and blurs out the others to some extent. However, you can also tap on the screen to shift the focus manually.
What else can you do with the cinematic mode? Let’s have a look.
iPhone 13 Cinematic Mode Features
While getting the camera to focus on one object automatically or manually is the primary feature of the iPhone 13 cinematic mode, there’s a lot more than you can do with it:
1. Auto Focus Lock
By long-pressing on an object, you can activate the AF Lock feature, after which the camera will focus on the said object regardless of how much activity is going on in the background.
2. Blur Level Adjustment
At the top-left corner of the screen in cinematic mode, you will find a curved ƒ that indicates the focal ratio. You can set it to ƒ2.0 for a high level of background blur, and if you want to reduce the blur effect you can increase the number to ƒ16. The lower the number of the focal ratio, the stronger the blur effect.
3. Exposure Correction
You will also find a small ± symbol on the screen, using which you can adjust the exposure while shooting a video in cinematic mode.
4. Switching Between Lenses
Also, by tapping on the 1x button, you can switch between the telephoto and wide-angle lenses. This feature is specific to iPhone 13 Pro and iPhone 13 Pro Max; however, the ultra-wide-angle lens does not support the cinematic mode as yet.
Now that we have discussed the different features of the iPhone 13 cinematic mode, and what they are used for, let’s move on to actually using this mode.
How to Record Video in Cinematic Mode?
Open the camera on your iPhone 13, and select “Cinematic Mode” from the camera mode menu.
Adjust the viewfinder on the subject and tap the “Record” button.
Now, let the second subject enter the shot. The camera will automatically shift focus to the new object.
To change the focus manually, you can tap on the screen. Also, you can double-tap on a subject to set automatic focus tracking. Lastly, long-pressing a subject on the screen will lock the focus on the subject in the background.
Once you’re done shooting, tap the “Record” button again to stop recording. Your recorded video will be saved in “Photos” on your iPhone 13.
Now comes the most important part – The editing.
How to Edit Videos Taken in Cinematic Mode?
You can make two kinds of edits to the videos taken in the cinematic mode in two ways:
- Editing the depth of field
- Editing the focus points.
Let us take you through the steps of both.
How to Edit the Depth of Field in a Video Taken in Cinematic Mode?
Depth of field is the distance between the nearest and farthest object in a video. In the iPhone 13 cinematic mode, you have the option to adjust this parameter.
Open “Photos” on your iPhone 13, and select the video you want to adjust the depth of field of.
Now, tap the “Edit” icon on the top-right corner of the screen.
Tap on the depth control option indicated by an ƒ.
Next, move the slider to the left or right to adjust the depth of field. Please note that whatever adjustments you make will be applied to the whole video, not just a specific part.
Once you are satisfied with the adjustments, click “Done.”
Now, there’s a possibility that when recording multiple people, animals, or objects, you miss out on focusing on someone or something in the shot. However, you can manually edit the focus points while editing.
How to Edit Focus Points in a Video Taken in Cinematic Mode?
With the steps mentioned below, you can manually select objects in your cinematic mode video to focus on:
Go to “Photos” on your iPhone 13, and open the video you shot in cinematic mode.
Tap on “Edit” at the top-right corner of the screen.
On the timeline, move the slider to the part where you want to change the focus.
Now, tap on the subject you want to focus on. This will activate the “Manual Tracking” mode.
You will now see a yellow dotted line on the timeline. This indicates the tracking time of the selected subject.
If you want to remove the focus from the selected subject, tap on the yellow circled dot, and click on the trashcan icon that appears.
Click on “Done” once you have finished setting the focal point manually.
And that’s how you record and edit a video taken in the cinematic mode of an iPhone 13!
Every new iPhone model has some other unique feature, and for the iPhone 13, it’s the cinematic mode. With this mode, you can automatically and manually focus and track a person, animal, or object in the video.
Moreover, you can also adjust the depth of field and focal points even after you’re done recording, via the editing mode.
We have discussed all the steps on how to record a video in cinematic mode, how to edit the depth of field in a video taken in cinematic mode, and how to adjust cinematic mode focus post-shoot.
So, what are you waiting for? Whip out that iPhone 13 and get focused on the cinematic mode!