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DoubleTake by Filmic review | Macworld


As if a new third camera on the back of iPhone 11 Pro wasn’t enough to get excited about at Apple’s September, 2019 keynote, creators of popular video capture app Filmic Pro were also in attendance to preview a forthcoming update that promises to take full advantage of the hardware.

Filmic CTO Christopher Cohen and The Florida Project director Sean Baker provided an impressive demonstration of video shot simultaneously from all four iPhone 11 Pro lenses at once—wide, ultra-wide, telephoto, and front-facing cameras, each recorded as separate, ready to edit files.

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Although DoubleTake by Filmic taps into all four cameras on iPhone 11 Pro, the app is limited to recording only two of them for now.

Although Cohen touted the feature would come to Filmic Pro later in the same year, the calendar rolled over to 2020 with the promised update nowhere in sight. Instead, the company debuted an entirely new app which provides a tantalizing look at what the future holds for iPhone videographers.

Four by two

As the name implies, DoubleTake by Filmic is a separate, standalone app that’s more of a teaser for the eventual update yet to come. Although the app does allow shooters to select from any of the four lenses built into iPhone 11 Pro, DoubleTake can only record from two cameras simultaneously.

Although that may come as a disappointment, it’s worth noting DoubleTake is a free app, one which Filmic likely views as “proof of concept” software intended to work out any final kinks in the code before rolling four-camera support into the core app. Viewed in this light, DoubleTake is an impressively handy camera app that does what it promises and nothing more.

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Split View allows recording from two cameras at once without the need to composite video in post-production.

Admittedly basic compared to Filmic Pro, DoubleTake provides full-frame focus and exposure, as well as the ability to choose between 24, 25, and 30 frames per second recordings. There’s also a Quick Launch button in camera picker mode which launches FilmicPro, with a similar shortcut also added to that app for jumping straight to DoubleTake instead.

Pick two

DoubleTake is super-easy to use. Tap the camera picker, which opens a view of all available lenses separated into four quadrants. Select the camera you want to use as the “A” lens to highlight it in yellow, then repeat to select the “B” camera. Should you change your mind, tapping a selected lens the second time will deselect it.

Now tap Confirm, followed by the Record button in the lower right corner to start capturing; a second tap stops the recording. The A camera fills the screen, while the B camera appears in a small box at lower right, which can be moved elsewhere by dragging it to a new location or hidden completely by swiping it off to the edge. The B camera can also be expanded to fill the screen, where you can swipe to flip between views.

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