The latest release of the popular FiLMiC Pro video app for both iOS and Android comes with a much-requested feature: the ability to output a clean HDMI signal. With this update, iOS and Android users can easily turn their phone into a “broadcast” camera for livestreaming or even use it as a webcam.
The news was announced today over social media, and came paired with a full tutorial so you can see how it works.
Basically, the latest version of the app now gives you the option to select “Clean HDMI Out” in the Settings menu under “Hardware.” Once that option is switched on, you can connect your iPhone, iPad, or Android device to an HDMI switcher like Blackmagic Design’s ATEM Mini or use your phone as a webcam via a capture card like the Elgato CamLink 4K (if you can find one…).
You can even create a “multi-cam” setup and use the companion FiLMiC Remote app to wirelessly control each of your devices, and if you’re on an iOS device, you can also AirPlay the clean signal straight to a separate television or computer screen for monitoring.
For the best results, FiLMiC Pro suggests using either an iOS or Samsung device, and pairing them with one of the companies’ official HDMI adapters. There are two options for iOS and one option for Samsung, all of which produce different maximum resolutions.
The Lightning Cable -> HDMI adapter for iPhones and lightning-port iPads maxes out at 1080/60p; the USB-C -> HDMI adapter for the iPad Pro can output 4K/60p; and Samsung’s USB-C to HDMI adapter can crank out DCI 4K/60p. If you’re using one of Apple’s adapters, you will also be able to power the camera while using the HDMI out at the same time.
To learn about the options available and see the latest version of FiLMiC Pro in action, check out the full tutorial video up top or visit the company’s support page. At $15 for both iOS and Android, it’s not the cheapest video app out there… but it’s definitely the most full-featured, and it just got a lot better.