How to record in Cinema mode In iPhone 13

Several new features have come to the iPhone cameras thanks to iOS 15 and the new iPhone 13 . From the macro mode of the iPhone 13 Pro to the photographic styles through the Cinema mode, which allows us to focus on different shots during a recording and even in post-production . Let’s see how to use this Cinema mode to achieve the most spectacular results.

A dynamic approach and post-production to customize as much as we want

The Cinema mode allows us to focus on different planes of a shot to create a blur in the rest of the shots and enrich the story that we communicate with each video. The system is designed to work semi-automatically, which means that under certain conditions the iPhone itself takes care of applying the focuses and, at the same time, offers us to focus where we want with a single touch.

Having said that, let’s see how to use the Cinema mode step by step according to the effect we want to achieve. The steps to follow are those:

  1. We open the Cameraapp on our iPhone 13 or iPhone 13 Pro.
  2. We slide right or left in the center of the screen until we select the Cinema mode, which is highlighted in yellow at the bottom.
  3. If necessary, we touch on the screen to focus on the subject or object that we want to highlight at the beginning of the shot.
  4. Let’s start recording.
  5. Let another person or object enter the shot, always at a different distance from the camera than the main subject, and the system will focus on it. When two people are in the frame, the one looking at the camera will focus. Alternatively we can touch on the screen to focus on the area that we want.
  6. We press the trigger to stop recording.

Easy right? As we can see, once we have the Cinema mode activated, the system takes care of everything. If during the shot we notice that exactly what we want is not focused, the best thing is to continue recording anyway, why? Because we can edit the focuses in post-production. We do so:

  1. We open the Photosapp of our iPhone 13 or 13 Pro.
  2. We look for the video in Cinema mode that we want to edit.
  3. We touch the Editbutton in the upper right.
  4. We slide the playback indicator to find the point where we want to change the focus.
  5. We touch the area that we want to focus on in the video display.
  6. We touch OK.

Note, in step five, that when we select a section of the video to modify the focus, the manual focus icon, in the upper left, turns yellow . Also note that the subject on which we focus will be marked with a yellow square.

If we want to modify a manual focus, which is represented in with a small yellow mark followed by dots at the bottom of the video , just touch it and touch the button that appears above it to eliminate said focus. As we do so, we will notice that the video returns to the focus that was made when recording the original video, ready for us to select another focus again.


Apple develops cameras for each generation of iPhones for three years

The truth is that Cinema mode can deliver impressive results. Of course, this mode is not for all videos, far from it, but it is also true that many shots can benefit from a focus adjustment in post-production. A system so easy to use that we just have to press the record button and let our iPhone 13 take care of the rest.


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