Since the release of the Apple iPhone 15 Pro Max we have been curious to find out how we could put it in use and specifically alongside high end cameras like the ARRI Alexa 35.
Just before Christmas we pulled the trigger and started testing this out for real. Here is the video we made:
For Quine as a workflow company, it was also interesting to see that if you use the iPhone as a pro-camera, you also need professional file management and post workflows.
We made QuineCopy free, so that aspiring film-makers and Pro's alike, can have access to basic copy and filemanagement tools, whether you shoot an iPhone or an Alexa 35
There is no question the iPhone is a competent little camera, being used to shoot Apple events and with published content all over the internet.
Can the images of the iPhone 15 ProMax be matched with a professional cinema camera?
What is the best practice when using the iPhone 15 ProMax alongside another camera?
What, if any, are the obvious benefits of using the iPhone?
What kit is needed for the iPhone to get to a comparable shooting experience to a more traditionally kitted cinema camera?
What basic workflow considerations in file-management do you need to be aware of when using the iPhone as a pro camera?
We were flabbergasted by the results and you can watch that initial comparison video here. We hope you find it helpful.
How to set up the BlackMagic Camera app for use in a professional context:
In this video we are walking through the most important steps of the menu and settings to ensure that you get a controlled image from the iPhone. If you don't know what to look for, we hope to have covered the bases for you here.
After finishing the main comparison, we received some feedback and realized that some explanation and sharing of the process of matching the cameras could be of interest to more than just us.
That resulted to making these two supporting videos to the main video:
For post, we would strongly suggest using the free QuineCopy for file management. Even when shooting these tutorials, we shot on 5 different cameras (Alexa 35, iPhone 15 ProMax, BlackMagic G2, RED Dragon and iPhone 14) and more than 3 TB of originals.
Having QuineCopy managing the data and making the copies edit-ready on the go, simplifies even small productions like these immensely.
To match different cameras in a bit of scale, you quickly need to get into color-managed post-workflows, and like with the setup of the app itself, we realized that that could involve some new concepts to both established and upcoming film workers. That's why we made this basic tutorial around the concepts of color-matching and color-managed post production.
If you want to dive deeper into the color-pipeline, we strongly recommend these excellent resources:
We have intentionally tried to not dig into the deepest, darkest and geekiest caverns of these subjects.
What started up as a project for our own interest turned out to be something we felt worth sharing. We hope to give simple how-to suggestions and terminologies as a starting-point for both the seasoned and newbies delving into high end workflows.
Through this we hope that many more creatives can enjoy the power of the iPhone and pro cameras alike and take benefit of their individual strengths.
SmallRig Mobile Video Cage Kit with Single Handle for iPhone 15 Pro Max
SmallRig Universal M-Mount to 37mm Threaded Lens Adapter Ring
SmallRig Universal Holder for External SSD
Urth ND2-400 (1-8.6 Stop) Variable ND Lens Filter (43mm)
Kondor Blue Right-Angle USB-C 3.1 Gen 2 Cable (8.5", Raven Black)
Sensei 37-43mm Aluminum Step-Up Ring
Samsung T7 SSD
BlackMagic Camera for iPhone
BlackMagic DaVinci Resolve Studio