February 13, 2019

iPhone Video Capture

One of the nice things about the iPhone XS Max is the video quality. Users have the ability to select from six different video quality:

  • 720p HD at 30 fps - Standard (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 1080p HD at 30 fps - Default Section
  • 1080p HD at 60 fps - Produces Smoother videos. Better for Capture-to-Photo
  • 4K at 24 fps - Film Style
  • 4K at 30 fps - Higher Quality Film Style
  • 4K at 60 fps - Smoother Videos but takes a lot of disk space

Higher resolution means more detail in each frame

Good Video also Means good Photo Opportunity

The good thing about taking a high quality video is that you can get a high quality capture. So you can share a good frame.

A standard screen capture on the iPhone XS Max will give you an image dimension of 2688 x 1242, which isn't all that bad since a standard photo taken on the iPhone XS Max is 4032 x 3024.

Simply watch the video, pause it, wait for a few seconds for the pause icon to go away and do a screen capture.

Pro Cam Capturea
Combination of iPhone XS Max and Procam 6 produces very cool photos.

One Step Better

If you have ProCam 6, you can take a better picture because with ProCam you can take a snapshot of the video at 3840 x 2160 (4k).

Steps to Capture a Video using ProCam

  • Open up ProCam and click on the image on the bottom left
  • Find the Video that you want (Video folder is a good starting point.)
  • Click Edit on the bottom right - Don't worry your not editing the video
  • Now scroll or Play the video to the point you want to capture.
  • Click on the Down icon - to the right of the Play icon.
  • A new file was created in the Camera Roll

Pro Cam Screen

The nice thing about this is that you can do the photo creative on the iPhone. Previously I would have to download this to the computer and watch it full screen to get the best resolution.

This is a good technique to use when the subject matter is hard to capture. For example, taking a class picture of a bunch of school kids. You can search for the perfect shot.

In the above situation, I had my iPhone XS Max on a Monopod and was scanning the crowd. It would have been tricky to find the right time to take a picture.

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