I went to a goat milk farm today. The goats were amazing, and I took some videos. My iPhone can capture 4k, so I went with that, but I really didn’t want to fire up premiere when I got home. So, i tried to get the 4K video edited on my phone and out online (in 4k) without having to touch a computer. Here is the result:
First things first, make sure your iPhone is shooting in 4k and that you have enough storage to be able to handle that and whatever duplicates you create if you’re not grading with iMovie. To turn on 4K…
- Open Settings
- Go to “Photos and Camera”
- There is a “Record Video” option towards the bottom that can be set to “4k at 30fps”
Now you’re ready to burn up your memory.
iMovie (which we will have to use no matter what) has options for this, but I really like the Chromic app. Chromic was able to handle 4k video, and running the 40 seconds of video through a bunch of adjustments did not take very long. That being said, my phone got EXTREMELY hot.
3/4 of the way through the process I put it down on a bag with some ice cubes so that it could cool down.
I used iMovie. It had actually been a while, but I was pleasantly surprised by how easy it was to use and the random utility features it had (like being able to overdub a video).
iMovie again. This step is a little more prescriptive. The YouTube app will only let you upload HD. iMovie, on the other hand, can upload 4K content to YouTube directly without having to scale down or touch a computer. This worked for me on the first try despite taking what seemed like forever.
Really not that bad! About a year ago I had a nexus android that could record 4K and being able to do ANYTHING with that footage on the phone was extremely painful.
This is one of the cases where apple supporting it’s phone with first party apps makes a big difference. iMovie works extremely well as a final editing tool/glue to video hosting sites.