This post from MiniTool MovieMaker explains the meaning of Cinematic mode on iPhone’s camera app and how to use Cinematic mode on your iPhone 13/14 to shoot better videos.

What Is Cinematic Mode?

Cinematic mode is a feature in iPhone’s default camera app to record videos. It adds a depth-of-field effect to the video.

When you record video with the Cinematic mode, your iPhone camera can auto-detect the subject of your and always keep it in focus. When a new subject appears, your iPhone camera will automatically switch focus.

With Cinematic mode on your iPhone camera, you can easily record depth-of-field videos with smooth transitions.

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Which Devices Support Cinematic Mode?

The Cinematic mode first appeared on iPhone 13 series. You can use this mode on all iPhone modes in the 13 series and later. Here’re the models that support Cinematic mode.

  • iPhone 13 mini
  • iPhone 13
  • iPhone 13 Pro
  • iPhone 13 Pro Max
  • iPhone 14
  • iPhone 14 Plus
  • iPhone 14 Pro
  • iPhone 14 Pro Max

Users with iPhone 13 series models can record Cinematic videos in 1080p at 30 fps. iPhone 14 series support recording Cinematic videos in 4K at 30fps and 4K at 24fps.

How to Use Cinematic Mode on iPhone to Shoot Videos?

How to record a cinematic video on iPhone? How to shoot cinematic video with iPhone? How to use iPhone 13 Cinematic Mode? Check the instructions below.

Step 1. Open the Camera app on your iPhone and swipe right on the screen to change the mode in Cinematic. When the Cinematic mode is selected, it’s in yellow.

Step 2. Tap the arrow icon to display adjustment options.

  • Tap the f-like button and drag the slider right or left to adjust the depth of field. If the number of the value is small, the background will be blurred when focusing on the subject of the video.
  • Click the flash button to turn it on or off, or choose Auto.
  • Tap the exposure button to make your video brighter or darker.
  • If you use iPhone 13 Pro/Pro Max or iPhone 14 Pro/Pro Max, tap the 3 next to 1x to zoom in or out.

Step 3. Tap the red Record button to start the Cinematic video recording.

The Cinematic mode can automatically recognize and switch the focus on the subject while recording. Tap a subject to change focus and tap it again to track it.

Step 4. Tap the Record button to stop recording.

Some users wonder if they can take pictures in Cinematic mode on iPhone 13. Actually, iPhone Camera has a Portrait mode that can apply a depth-of-field effect to your photos. You can take Portrait mode photos on iPhone X, 11, 12, 13, 14 series, iPhone SE, and iPhone 8 Plus.

Apart from Cinematic mode and Portrait mode, your iPhone camera has the following modes:

  • A standard Photo mode to take still pictures and Live Photos.
  • A standard Video mode to record videos.
  • A Time-lapse mode to create time-lapse videos.
  • A Slo-mo mode to record slow-motion videos.
  • A Pano mode to capture panoramic photos.
  • A Square mode to take photos with a square ratio.

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How to Edit Cinematic Videos on iPhone?

After recording an iPhone cinematic video, you can edit it in the Photos app. You can turn off the Cinematic effect, change the focus subject, and adjust the depth of field.

Alternatively, you can use AirDrop to transfer the Cinematic video to your Mac and continue to edit it using Final Cut Pro, iMovie, and Motion.

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That’s all about how to use Cinematic mode on iPhone 13 and 14 models. Now, follow the above steps to use Cinematic mode on your iPhone and record Hollywood-like videos.

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