Editing 4K videos with the iPhone

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For many amateur filmmakers and photographers, the digital camera’s smartphone has run out of rank. If you have a newer iPhone, you can even record and edit high-resolution videos. We’ll show you how it works.For some years, 4K or Ultra HD (UHD) is not only on everyone’s lips, it is now almost standard on TV sets and computer screens. The iMac even has a 5K screen, to the current MacBook Pro you can connect external UHD or 4K screens and also the Apple TV is available in a 4K version. Therefore, filming high-definition video is no longer just a demonstration of the speed of current iPhone and iPad models, it also makes sense elsewhere. Because if you already have compatible devices, you want to watch your self-recorded videos, of course, in the best resolution – especially if it is not just quick snapshots, but elaborately rotated videos from vacation or family celebration. In addition, you have more reserves to edit or zoom in on 4K videos.

System Requirements

In order for you to record 4K videos on your iPhone or iPad, it must at least be to trade an iPhone 6s with A9 processor. This allows the selection of the video format 4K with 30 fps. The videos are then recorded in a resolution of 3,840 x 2,160 pixels in 30 frames per second. The same goes for the iPad Pro 12.9 inches and the iPad Pro 10.5 inches from the year 2017 and the iPad Pro 9.7 inches from the year 2016. With current devices such as the iPhone X and the iPhone 8 are also pictures in 24 and 60 fps possible.

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Since high-resolution 4K-format videos require a lot of storage space, your iPhone or iPad should have at least 64 GB of storage. Otherwise, you may need to free up memory so you can record longer videos. If you have iOS 11 installed on your iPhone and iPad and your device has at least an A10 processor, you can also save your videos in the high-efficiency format (HEVC or H.265). At best, your videos will only consume half of your current storage space.

Set 4K as video format

To create 4K video format recordings, you need to enable it first. Open the settings and open the entry “Camera”. There tap on “Record Video”. Select the desired format – 4K (30 fps). To keep your videos from taking up too much space, tap Camera again on the top left, then tap Styles. Now mark the space-saving “High Efficiency” format.

It is advisable to use the 4K format specifically only for video recordings that you need for viewing in the best quality – for example on a UHD / 4K TV set. Or to use the resolution to get the best result when editing. If you always shoot in 4K format, the storage capacity of your iPhone or iPad is exhausted all too quickly.

Record video

Creating a video in 4K format is no different than shooting in HD. or Full HD format. Start the camera app on the home screen or call it up on the lock screen via the small camera icon on the bottom right. To record the video, select “Video”, focus on the subject with a tap (or set the exposure), and press the shutter button. Alternatively, record the video with the entry “Timelapse” as well. “Slo-Mo” is for slow-motion recording.

You end the recording with another tap on the shutter button. Your new video will be saved in the Videos album of the Photo app, sorted by location and date. There you can view or edit it. If you watch the video on the iPhone or iPad, it will be scaled down to the lower resolution of the iPhone or iPad screen.

The iPhone as a Camera

The biggest advantage of the iPhone over conventional cameras is that, unlike a SLR or system camera, you always have it with you and you can not miss a snapshot. The cameras of current iPhone models from the iPhone 6s to the iPhone X are now so good that they at least run out of quality compact cameras and come close to the better compact cameras and system cameras – at least in good light. If you have an appropriate model (like the iPhone 7 Plus upwards), you do not even have to do without an image stabilizer and dual zoom (28 and 56 millimeters). The inclusion of panoramas, videos in fast motion or in slow motion and even more of videos in 4K format offer compact cameras usually not. In addition, the iPhone is 7 and upwards protected against dust and splash water.

You have to make adjustments in terms of focal length and light intensity, after all, offer system cameras and SLR cameras the ability to use fast interchangeable lenses. The dynamics of the camera sensor of the iPhone is also limited and image noise is visible in low light or in the dark.

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