Mobile filmmaking is starting to hit the mainstream, and as such, the iPhone is becoming just another tool in a filmmaker’s arsenal to tell a story. Now of course, FiLMiC Pro and Moment have the best apps for creating content. But there’s a new app called NIZO, which promises filmmaking in its purest form.
Nizo enhances the power of iPhone’s camera to cinematic effect and distills filmmaking to its purest form. – Team NIZO
Created by a team based in Sydney, Australia, that includes Vicki Tourtouras and Jason Cotterell, the NIZO mobile filmmaking app was named after the Braun professional Super8 film camera of the same name, which was very popular in the early 70s. Nizo has a simple interface that allows mobile filmmakers to focus on capturing the shot, rather than take the time to hunt through menus to dial in the right settings for your scene. Then, once you have captured all your scenes, you can use Nizo to edit your film and then share it online.
“Our obsession to simplify the art of filmmaking and to honor the image lead us to a new way of filmmaking,” said Jason Cotterell, co-founder of Nizo. “We pushed ourselves to distill how filmmaking should feel on a mobile device, pairing the experience back to the relationship between the camera, image, and the timeline.”
The camera settings offer 4K shooting at up to 60fps, or 1080p HD at 24 fps, or 120 fps for slow motion. The app also comes with nine classic cinematic presets which are inspired by Kodak’s iconic Kodachrome 35mm emulsion, and the contrasty look of Kodak Tri-X film for black and white cinematography. Lastly, the camera section also offers the choice of automatic or manual control of ISO, White Balance, and Shutter Angle. All these controls are easily accessed from the main screen through an intuitive, gesture based control interface.
Other camera features include:
- Auto or Manual: ISO, Shutter Angle, WB.
- 4K video recording at 24 fps or 60 fps*
- 1080p at 24 fps or 120 fps slow-motion*
- Toggle wide-angle or telephoto lens*
- Shoot natural or with a cinematic preset.
- 16:9 ratio at 24 fps for motion picture quality.
On the editing side, Nizo’s editing features are based on a fluid and immersive workflow that allows for precise trimming of clips directly from the time line, plus being able to rearrange, move and even duplicate clips. Audio wise, users can mute the audio track or use background music that is on your mobile device (be careful with music rights, though).
Other editing features include:
- Trim clips fast with precision.
- Duplicate, reorder or move clips to another film.
- Mute mic, add and trim music from your library.
- Delete clips with a press-and-flick.
Then, to share, users can output their film with a since button to either your camera roll or upload to iTunes at 4K or 1080p Full HD. Nizo also offers a curated gallery of what they proudly refer to as ‘avant garde’ content made by indie filmmakers using their mobile devices.
If you’re looking to raise your mobile filmmaking to “avant garde” heights, Nizo could be the app for you.
Available at the iTunes App store for $4.99.