Resolution in FiLMiC Pro

Video resolution will determine how many pixels are contained in each frame of your video and the resulting detail or clarity of image. 

FiLMiC Pro offers support for a wide variety of resolutions on both iOS and Android which are available under the Settings > Resolution menu, and this guide will help explain the different resolutions and how you can pick one that will best suite your filming needs.

FiLMiC Pro offers the following standard resolutions to choose from:

  • 4K (3840x2160)
  • 3K (3264x1836)
  • 2K (2048x1152)
  • 1080p (1920x1080)
  • 720p (1280x720)
  • 540p (960x540)

On some Android smartphones, additional resolutions may be available which can even exceed 3840x2160.

Choosing Your Resolution

A resolution will determine the number of pixels in your frame and thus the clarity/detail of the image; as well as your file size. The higher the resolution the greater the detail, but also the greater file the size. And inversely, the lower the resolution, the lower the detail and the smaller the file size.

When choosing a resolution you need to consider the following:

  1. What resolution is my final output going to be?

    If your end output is going to be a 4K monitor or TV or you just want to future proof your work, then you'll want to shoot in 4K. If your footage will be broadcast at 1080p, then you can either save space by filming at your output resolution of 1080p, or you might like to capture in 4K so you have flexibility for a lossless reframing in post; and if you need to capture a 3 hour long lecture with the purpose of simply listening back to it without publishing it and you have limited storage space available on your phone then 540p may suffice!
  2. Do I want additional resolution to reframe in post?

    If your target output is for example 1080p, there is great benefit in capturing at 4K to provide greater flexibility in post production. For example, with your 4K footage in a 1080p timeline, you could zoom in 2x losslessly, or just make minor adjustments to your framing without degrading your image quality.
  3. Do I have enough storage space to capture at my desired resolution?

    It is important that prior to selecting your capture resolution you ensure you have enough storage space on your device to capture for the required length. Thankfully FiLMiC Pro makes this easy with its estimated record time indicator which is displayed in the upper left hand corner of the device on a wide-aspect smartphones.

As you can see in the above screenshot, filming in 4K at FiLMiC Extreme bitrate will yield approximately 450 minutes of record time based on available storage. However if you step down the resolution the following estimated record times will be made available simply by changing your resolution:

  • 4K 450 mins
  • 1080p 750 mins
  • 720p 1,125 mins
  • 540p 1521 mins