IBC 2018: FiLMiC Pro & Zhiyun’s Smooth 4, Marriage Made in Filmmaker Heaven?

(Special to USTimes, September 10, 2018, with commentary by USTimes Senior Editor, Cirina Catania) Note from the Editor: “OK – maybe I’m jumping the gun here, since I haven’t tried it yet…but this sure looks amazing. There, I’ve said it! Read below for the press release that just came across my desk. I just bought one for $139 on Amazon and will let you know in further detail how I like it. Stay tuned.”

FiLMiC Inc Partners with ZHIYUN to Bring Cinema-Quality Stabilization to Mobile Filmmakers at IBC 2018

FiLMiC Inc. (www.filmicpro.com) and ZHIYUN (www.zhiyun-tech.com) announced they have partnered to deliver unprecedented control, stabilization and cinematic quality to mobile filmmakers. As a result of this partnership, FiLMiC Inc and ZHIYUN are announcing direct integration of FiLMiC Pro, the industry-leading cinema camera app for iOS and Android smartphones, with ZHIYUN Smooth 4, the award-winning 3 axis handheld gimbal stabilizer for mobile filmmakers.

Executives from ZHIYUN and FiLMiC Inc. will be on hand at IBC 2018 in Amsterdam to demonstrate the Smooth 4 for mobile filmmakers in the ZHIYUN stand #8.B08

FiLMiC Pro’s integration with the ZHIYUN Smooth 4 gives mobile filmmakers unprecedented manual control over shots directly from the gimbal, and provides the most tactile shooting experience yet for smartphone professional video.

Key features of the FiLMiC Pro and ZHIYUN Smooth 4 integration include:

– Quick mode selector allows users to effortlessly progress through three shooting modes (Reticles, Full Auto and Manual)

– The ability to start and stop recordings directly from the Smooth 4

– Lock and unlock focus and exposure reticles with a single press on the Smooth 4 thumbwheel

– Ability to use the side handwheel for highly responsive focus pulls and cinematic zooms;

– Quick lens selection to effortlessly switch between front, rear, zoom and tele lens directly from the gimbal (on dual-lens iPhones)

– Manually override focus and exposure in any mode to ensure perfect results.

A detailed tutorial and walkthrough of all the key features of the FiLMiC Pro/ZHIYUN Smooth 4 integration is available here: https://youtu.be/iVA9JA-P-yQ.

“Our primary mission at ZHIYUN is to make cinema-quality mobile filmmaking accessible and affordable to everyone, regardless of their skill level. We believe that anyone with a story to share deserves access to the best possible gear to help them tell that story,” said Leo Wang, vice president of ZHIYUN. “The team at FiLMiC Inc. shares that vision, and we believe the integration of the ZHIYUN Smooth 4 with FiLMiC Pro will help unleash an entirely new level of mobile filmmaking from content creators all over the world. We are excited at the possibilities.”

“At FiLMiC, we are constantly striving to elevate the mobile filmmaking experience for our customers. And we do that, not only with new developments and features to improve FiLMiC Pro, but also through strategic partnerships like the one we are announcing with ZHIYUN today,” said Neill Barham, CEO of FiLMiC Inc. “When you can eliminate the obstacles and complexities of cinematic storytelling, you unshackle a tremendous global community of filmmakers. Partnerships like the one we are announcing today with ZHIYUN brings us ever closer to delivering the highest quality, professional caliber mobile gear that is not only accessible and easy to use, but affordable. And that is so important to both our companies.”

ZHIYUN TECH is a pioneer and a world leader in gimbals and stabilizers for both professional filmmakers and personal video creators. ZHIYUN’s innovative solutions and dedication to delivering products that go beyond customers’ expectations strengthen the belief that everyone can be an excellent filmmaker with the right gimbal to equip with their shooting device.

About FiLMiC Inc.
FiLMiC Inc is a team of photographers, videographers, software developers and creatives with a passion for mobile filmmaking. Tapping into our deep roots as creative filmmakers and developers with a passion for mobile content, developed FiLMiC Pro, the award-winning app for mobile filmmakers, indie filmmakers, mobile journalists and anyone who wants to create more with their mobile devices. FiLMiC Pro enables anyone – regardless of skill level – to take mobile filmmaking further with the kind of features and capabilities that turn a simple mobile device into a cinematic film camera. We’re proud to have inspired mobile filmmakers of all levels, and from every corner of the planet to usher in a new era of mobile cinematic filmmaking.