Cinema 4K is your best bet to get the most out of 4K video on Android phones


When it comes to professional-grade video and photo apps on Android, there is a scarcity and a notable gap with iPhones.

A lot of it has to do with heavy requirements for those apps and developers having much easier time optimizing such apps for just one device, one architecture and a rich set of camera APIs on iPhones. Apps like FiLMiC Pro have for years given enthusiast iOS film-makers great tools for professional-looking video.

One app on Android is aiming to offer similar level of creative freedom: the app is called Cinema 4K and it comes with the promise of a flat video profiles (a great starting footage for color grading) and high, up-to-200Mbps bit-rates.

You can also lock exposure and focus easily and you have a few more neat options, but the issue with Cinema 4K is that it sometimes works and sometimes does not. Depends on your phone, software version and a ton of other factors. The free version of the Cinema 4K app serves like a trial that allows you to record only up to a minute of video, but that should be good enough to let you know how well the app works on your device. And if it does, it should definitely be in your wish-list if you care about creating better-looking videos.



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11 Comments

1. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

May be a great app but the only phone that can play 4K is Sony Xperia Z5 Premium. So I guess the idea is to play it on your 4K TV or PC.

2. dazed1

Posts: 802; Member since: Jul 28, 2015

LOL...

10. aBoss

Posts: 164; Member since: Sep 15, 2014

Sony is the GOAT Had legit waterproof flagships before SAMSUNG They all use the Sony Senor but fail at it. SONY FTW

5. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

The app is to help make better 4k video not to read them you dumb!

7. isprobi

Posts: 797; Member since: May 30, 2011

My point is that only 1 phone can even display 4K video (if Sony allows it). So you cannot really see how it looks.

3. KingSam

Posts: 1453; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

4k is useless for me. My laptop struggles and I don't have a 4k TV.

4. rsiders

Posts: 1960; Member since: Nov 17, 2011

Or just get the V10 and the PowerDirector app. 4K is overrated. Qualtiy 1080p video is way more useful and practical.

9. Napalm_3nema

Posts: 2236; Member since: Jun 14, 2013

I prefer 4K video because it looks great on my TV. There is a difference.

6. marorun

Posts: 5029; Member since: Mar 30, 2015

love the way iphonearena.com always give jab to android. The first phrase is a nice example of this.

8. Macready

Posts: 1824; Member since: Dec 08, 2014

" Apps like FiLMiC Pro have for years given enthusiast iOS film-makers great tools for professional-looking video" And so has for example FV-5 for Android. Especially in the audio recording department, Android apps long had a head start, due to silly bitrate limitations that were only recently lifted for certain apps on iOS, thanks to years of lobbying (read: begging), although mono is still the largest limitation... Similar problems regarding exposure limitations on iOS (changing exposure would shift the gamma curve within the exposure captured, not the actual exposure, thus limiting DR further), which has only been cured recently as well. *shrug*

11. csacseg

Posts: 25; Member since: May 21, 2014

Frozen when I enter in settings menu.

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