The iPhone 15 Pro has taken the video recording experience to an unparalleled level, further establishing the device as a crucial tool for filmmakers and videography enthusiasts. A small detail that might have gone unnoticed during the keynote but makes a significant difference when using your iPhone professionally.
A much more professional camera-like experience
Since the first iPhone, Apple has placed special emphasis on the photographic and videographic capabilities of its devices. However, the iPhone 15 Pro has introduced a change that revolutionizes the world of recording: the ability to record in ProRes 4K at 60 fps directly to external storage devices thanks to the new USB-C port.
What does this mean? ProRes is a high-quality video codec widely used by professional filmmakers. This format choice ensures exceptionally sharp, colorful, and detailed recordings, but it comes with a high demand for storage space. Until now, despite previous models like the iPhone 14 Pro allowing for ProRes 2.8K and 4K recording at 30 fps, they didn’t offer the ability to record directly to an external storage device. This meant that the device’s internal storage could quickly fill up, limiting recording time.
Now, the iPhone 15 Pro, in an unprecedented advancement, not only extends recording capabilities to ProRes 4K at 60 fps but also enables direct recording to external devices. This is made possible by the new A17 Pro chip, which has enhanced the phone’s processing and recording capabilities, and the aforementioned USB-C port, which facilitates connection to different storage devices.
Pending testing the system and full specifications, for now, it seems that for this feature to work properly, external storage devices must be formatted in exFAT or APFS. Although nothing has been mentioned regarding storage speed requirements.
It might seem like a small change, but it has a significant impact on the world of audiovisual production. Filmmakers and videographers, both professionals and enthusiasts, are no longer limited by the internal storage space of their devices. They can now record for longer periods and in higher quality, ensuring that no crucial moments go uncaptured.
Furthermore, the ability to store directly on an external device streamlines the post-production workflow. There’s no longer a need to transfer recordings from the phone to a computer; the material is already ready for editing or long-term storage on the device itself.
With the iPhone 15 Pro, Apple once again demonstrates its commitment to constantly improving the user experience. This small yet significant change transforms the iPhone into an even more powerful tool for content creators, redefining the boundaries of what a smartphone can do.