FiLMiC Pro Finally Launches Android App

FiLMiC_Pro_5_Android_logo_605By James DeRuvo (doddleNEWS)

Having been exclusive to Apple’s iOS platform since the beginning, the mobile filmmaking app FiLMiC Pro has steadily added a host of great features, including 4K filming and even control via the Apple Watch. But porting over to the Android platform has taken longer than ‘bot fans would have liked, leaving them to rely on other options, like Cinema FV-5. But as a late Christmas present, Android users finally got their wish: FiLMiC Pro is now available at Google Play.

“Our Android release is the culmination of many months of hard work by our development team and our beta testers. Our initial offering is for devices running Lollipop and higher operating systems and that fully support Android’s Camera2 api. Camera2 is a more full-featured OS support for a device’s camera controls and allows us to offer the broadest array of functional support befitting the FiLMiC Pro label.” – FiLMiC Pro Update

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FiLMiC Pro for Android features include:

  1. Intuitive User Interface
  2. Standard, Manual and Hybrid shooting modes. A shooting style for whatever your level.
  3. Variable Speed Zoom
  4. Sync audio frame rates of 24, 25, 30, fps.
  5. Action Slider with extensive controls for live shooting adjustments
  6. Slow and Fast Motion FX options
  7. Adjust Video Settings After Capture (Exposure, Contrast, Saturation, Tint, Color Temperature)
  8. Downsampling
  9. Customizable saved personal presets
  10. Aspect ratio framing guides
  11. Thirds guide for dynamic composition
  12. Optimized for Android 5.0 and later for devices that support Android Camera 2 API.

The Android version also comes with full manual controls for:

  1. Temperature
  2. Tint
  3. Exposure
  4. ISO
  5. Shutter Speed
  6. Focus
  7. Pulling Focus

FiLMiC Pro for Android also comes with support for different resolutions and aspect ratios:

  1. Cinemascope (2.59:1)
  2. Super 35 (2.39:1)
  3. Letterbox (2.20:1)
  4. Super 16 (1.66:1)
  5. 16:9 (2K,1080,720, 540)
  6. 17:9 Digital Cinema Initiative (2K)
  7. 1:1 Square resolutions for Instagrammers

Four Variable-Bit Video Encoding Options:

  1. FiLMiC Extreme (offers 50mbps encoding at 1080p)
  2. FiLMiC Quality
  3. Apple Standard
  4. Economy

Advanced Audio Features:

  1. 44.1 or 48.0khz sampling rates
  2. Audio metering
  3. Adjustable Audio Gain
  4. Headphone monitoring
  5. Stereo recording support
  6. Support for External Microphone Levels and Audio Input Devices
  7. Variable Microphone Positions

“Android is a dynamic but challenging platform to develop a product like ours.”

The challenge though, is that there are a wide variety of Android models to write code to support, not like iOS where it’s just the iPhone or iPad (and all previous generations thereof). With Android, one has to contend with a variety of manufacturers, operating overlays, and various flavors of the Android OS. Since not every Android mobile phone or tablet supports the latest operating system, and FiLMiC Pro needs to take advantage of Android’s Camera2 api, filmmakers must update to Android vs. 5.1 (Lollipop), or above, to use FiLMiC Pro 5.

Currently, those mobile devices include:

Acer:

  1. GT–810

Google:

  1. Nexus 6P (A friend just acquired this one.)
  2. Nexus 5 (I used this model in the past.)
  3. Nexus 9 LTE
  4. Nexus 9
  5. Nexus 6 (I use this model currently.)
  6. Nexus 5X (Seven of my friends recently acquired this model.)

Intel:

  1. SurfTab xintron i 7.0 Cloudpad One 7.0

LGE:

  1. V10 LG G Vista 2 LG G Flex2 LG G4

Nvidia

  1. SHIELD Tablet

Sharp:

  1. AQUOS SERIE SHV32
  2. AQUOS Compact SH–02H
  3. AQUOS Xx
  4. AQUOS ZETA SH–01H
  5. AQUOS ZETA SH–03G
  6. AQUOS Xx2 mini

Samsung: Galaxy S6

  1. Galaxy S6 Edge+
  2. Galaxy Note5
  3. Galaxy S6 Edge

Symphony Teleca:

  1. OnePlus2 hudl 2

TCT Mobile Limited (Alcatel):

  1. POP2 (4) 9020A

If your Android doesn’t, you may want to head over to XDA-Developer Forums to learn how to “root” your phone (that’s Android speak for jailbreak) and install a custom version. Meanwhile, FiLMiC Pro hopes to have more support and features online as they get closer to the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

The FiLMiC Pro for Android app is available on the Google Play store for $9.99.

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