by Allen Bronstein – Author of “Make iPhone Movies Everyone Loves“
Filmic Pro gives an iPhone mobile moviemaker tremendous control that can lead to superior video. However, uploading Filmic Pro iPhone footage isn’t quite as easy as uploading video shot with your camera’s app. But learning how to do it will be a big plus. Let’s look at four different ways that you can export your Filmic Pro-shot footage.
Copy to Camera Roll: To send a copy of your footage to your Camera Roll, click on the Clip Library icon on the main Filmic Pro viewing screen. That will take you to the Filmic Library Screen (shown below), which displays a thumbnail for each clip and a description of what it contains.
You can view the clip by tapping on the thumbnail, or Edit the clip by tapping on the word Edit in the upper left hand corner of the screen. Tapping the word Edit reveals a new screen with a Camera Roll icon located at the bottom left hand side of the screen and a Delete Trash Can icon on the bottom right. You can either send one or more of your clips to your Camera Roll, or delete them by tapping on either icon. In the Edit screen, select a clip by tapping it, thereby displaying a red checkmark next to it. When you’ve made all your selections, you can either tap the Trash Can to delete, or tap on the Rainbow Flower icon to send your clips to your Camera Roll. You can now upload your footage from the Camera Roll to your computer using an Image Capture Application.
Copying a clip to your Camera Roll does not remove it from the Filmic Library. To do that, you need to delete it on your phone, as described above, or connect the phone to a computer and use iTunes to remove the unwanted clips from the application.
Downloading with iTunes: The second way to move your footage out of Filmic Pro is to connect your device to your computer and open iTunes. In the menu on the left hand side of the screen choose Apps and scroll down to the File Sharing section, then click on the Filmic Pro Icon in the apps list. That will reveal all your footage and other documents within Filmic Pro. Now you can highlight the clips you want to copy to your computer and drag and drop them on the desktop or a special folder. When complete, you can remove those files you don’t want on your phone by highlighting them and pressing delete.
The Share Function: When you open a clip for viewing you’ll find the following menu, which offers you a variety of options on the right hand side of your screen. Tapping on the Share Icon (Circled in Red) will open a window giving you different ways for sharing your work.(see below)You can choose between: emailing your clip; saving it on iCloud Photo Sharing; sharing via AirDrop; uploading to Vimeo; uploading to your Dropbox account; or even adding them to an iMovie project on your phone. If you have lots of clips, using this method can get tedious, because you can only share one clip at a time.
Uploading to a Portable Hard Drive. Uploading your clips to a battery powered hard drive involves three steps.
- Save a copy to your Camera Roll
- Upload the clips from the Camera Roll to the hard drive
- Delete the clips off the Filmic Library.
The control that one has over image quality using Filmic Pro is worth the extra steps required to transfer your work to another device or storage medium. For more information about Smartphone filmmaking see my book, Make iPhone Movies Everyone Loves, on Amazon.