Apple’s Final Cut Camera App Offers Pro-Level iPhone and iPad Video Recording

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Key Takeaways

  • Aplpe has introduced a standalone Final Cut Camera app for iPhone and iPad.
  • It offers pro-grade video recording, including live monitoring for Final Cut Pro for iPad 2.
  • The app is free.

Apple used its “Let Loose” iPad event to preview Final Cut Camera, a standalone video recording app that ties in with the just-announced Final Cut Pro for iPad 2.

The iPhone and iPad app gives much more control over video capture than Apple’s standard camera software. You can manually adjust focus, ISO, shutter speed, and other must-haves for video production. You can also monitor recordings with audio meters, focus peaking, and zebras.

Apple pitched Final Cut Camera as a key companion to the new Final Cut Pro’s Live Multicam feature. As many as four iPhones and iPads can share their real-time footage with the host tablet, which can also remotely control their camera settings.

Final Cut Pro for iPad 2 by itself adds multiple major improvements for creators. It supports externally-stored projects, so you can make edits and share work without consuming valuable storage on the iPad itself. There are new presets for color, titles, and soundtracks, and Pencil Pro owners have finer controls of tools and brushes.

Final Cut Pro for Mac now has a one-step adjustment to brightness, color, color balance, and brightness. Smooth Slo-Mo blends frames together to produce more seamless slow-motion clips.

Final Cut Camera will be available later in the spring. It will launch alongside Final Cut Pro 2, which costs $5 per month or $49 per year. Final Cut Pro for Mac’s update is free; new users pay $300.

Pro videography has been available on the iPhone and iPad before through third-party apps. A first-party app is novel, though, and its tight integration with Final Cut Pro could make it appealing to creators who want to use mobile devices as part of a larger filming setup.

This is also a break in philosophy for Apple. Typically, the company has tried to put all camera functionality in the stock app, whether it’s aimed at everyday users or professionals. It lets third parties provide more sophisticated controls. Final Cut Camera creates a divide — pros and enthusiasts now don’t have to go elsewhere to get extra functionality. This might hurt outside developers, but it could help Apple compete with Sony and other brands that offer pro mobile video capture.