Mavis is a great FiLMiC Pro alternative: a serious tool for serious videographers

When it comes to advanced video recording apps, Apple's iPhones have the clear lead over Android: apps like FiLMiC Pro have set the bar high with rock solid performance and a ton of manual features.

There have been many other apps that challenge the acclaimed video production app, but none has reach the levels of popularity that FiLMiC Pro enjoys.

Well, here's a new candidate that has the chops and the additional functionality that make it an interesting option: the app is called Mavis and is made with the idea to help enthusiasts create better-looking videos and why not even use an iPhone for a film project of sorts.

Probably its most valuable tool, Mavis supports focus peaking while using manual focus, an easy visual illustration of the exact area that falls into focus and that is crucial to avoiding blurry, out-of-focus shots. That's not all, though: the app squeezes out the maximum bit-rate possible out of the iPhone 7's camera, supporting 4K at up 100Mbps (while 4K video via the regular camera app maxes out at 50Mbps). Other available features include custom external audio inputs, audio metering, manual audio gain control and audio monitoring in headphones.

Then, you also have real-time full-scale waveform monitor that helps you judge the optimum dynamic range, a full scale vectorscope that ensures your colors and white balance are correct, and finally, zebra overlay that helps ensure your shots are not over exposed.

All of this sounds like a videographers' dream tool, and it is priced as such: Mavis costs $17, but if you plan on using the app for serious video production, the investment will likely be worth it.


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