The FiLMiC Pro team has already encountered the integrated ProRes API and now allows ProRes recording on the iPhone 13 Pro and 13 Pro Max with the latest update v6.17. This should therefore be the first app to support the new codec format on the iPhone.
The use of it is integrated, just like the other codecs:
ProRes can be selected under Settings > Resolution by scrolling down to the format picker.
FiLMiC Pro v6.17 can record ProRes on supported iOs devices
Four ProRes variants are supported.
- ProRes Proxy (with approx. 170Mbps)
- ProRes LT (with approx. 360Mbps)
- ProRes 422 (with approx. 540Mbps)
- ProRes 422 HQ (with approx. 735Mbps)
All four variants record exclusively in 10-bit with 4:2:2 chroma subsampling as all-intra encoding. This also immediately leads to the biggest disadvantage of the new iPhone format: The ProRes clip files become extremely large. 735 Mbps correspond to about 5.5 GB per minute!
This could also be the reason why the recording is limited to 30fps in 4K and 60fps in 1080p for the time being. Further, the recordings are not compatible with the Cinematographer Kit or Film Looks, which means you can&t use the log recording in FiLMiC Pro on a ProRes recording.
Youtuber Michael Tobin has already had the opportunity to try out the new ProRes capabilities with a pre-release version of FiLMiC Pro and has already uploaded the first demo clips. In addition to other points of criticism such as the slow data transfer via cable, he also provides interesting image comparisons to HEVC recording, which show significantly more details under ProRes:
By the way, we already have an iPhone 13 in our editorial office and will report about our own experiences with the new Apple gadget soon.