iPhone 13 Diary: Quick Cinematic Video tests excite me
I’ve so far only done a handful of quick Cinematic Video tests on my iPhone 13 Pro Max following my earlier macro photography tests. While the results haven’t been perfect, they have certainly been good enough to show the potential of the technology.
In particular, the ability to adjust the focus points in editing makes it an extremely powerful tool. Honestly, for manual mode in particular, I’m excited…
Some of my tests were of Steph during tango lessons with the amazing Diego Bado, and getting authorization to share dancing videos could be challenging, but she did agree to one clip of her receiving feedback.
Cinematic Video test – automatic
With this first clip, I decided to see what the AI system would do if left entirely to its own devices. I literally just put the camera into Cinematic Video mode, started recording, and let the app make all the decisions.
You can see this if you look at the video in edit mode. White dots indicate automatic focus changes chosen by the AI, while yellow circles indicate manual selections. (The yellow manual one is just after this clip.)
The AI decision-making result was impressive. Diego was mostly facing the camera, so for most of the time it chose him as the subject. The only time this changed was when I walked behind Steph, blocking Diego from view.
It did stick with her a bit longer than I would have expected, given she was facing away from the camera, but that would be an artistic judgement if a human were making the decision, so it’s interesting rather than wrong. Perhaps it tries to avoid rapid switches.