FiLMiC Pro + Zhiyun Smooth 4 Tutorial (iOS & Android)


In this tutorial I’m really excited to introduce
you to FiLMiC Pro’s best in class support for the Zhiyun Smooth 4 on both Android and
iOS, which gives you unprecedented control over your shooting experience directly from
the gimbal, and is the most feature rich integration yet for FiLMiC Pro and certainly the most
tactile. Let’s start by familiarizing ourselves with
the control layout on the Smooth 4 which is split across four main areas. Firstly starting at the base of the handle
we have the power button. Hold this down for two second to turn on the
Smooth 4. Directly above this you have the function
switch that lets you choose between using the gimbal in ‘Pan Follow Mode’, which will
follow your pans. And ‘Locked Mode’ which will keep your gimbal
in place no matter how you move it. Next on the side of the device is the Handwheel,
which controls your manual focus & zoom in FiLMiC Pro. The center control panel features the thumbwheel
which controls manual exposure when scrubbed, but can also be used as a clickable d-pad
and a center ‘Mode Selector’ button. Immediately below this we have the manual
focus/zoom target button; the record start/stop button; and a quick lens selection button. Above the thumbwheel is the ‘Display’ button
which toggles your Live Analytics on and off, and the Menu/Back button can be used to exit
a menu. And finally, on the back are two trigger buttons. Holding down the bottom trigger takes you
into full follow mode – so it follows all your movements including tilt. You can also double-click this to recenter
the gimbal. And holding the top trigger will drastically
increase the responsiveness of movement, making it great for creating whip pan effects like
this. Now we have the basic button layout out of
the way, let’s dig into how to use it with FiLMiC Pro. To start using your Smooth 4 with FiLMiC Pro,
you’ll need to pair it with the app. Start by making sure Bluetooth is enabled
but do not pair the Zhiyun under your system’s Bluetooth menu. Just open FiLMiC Pro’s Settings>Hardware
menu, and enable ‘Zhiyun Smooth 4’. This will display any available Smooth 4 devices,
and you can tap on yours to pair it. You’ll will see an on-screen notification
at the top when the pairing has be successfully completed. At the heart of FiLMiC Pro’s Smooth 4 integration
there are three shooting modes, which can be cycled through by pressing the Mode Selector
in the center of the thumbwheel. By default you’ll start in Mode 1: Reticle
Mode. In FiLMiC Pro the square reticle is used to
set focus, and the circular reticle will set your exposure, and this allows you to adjust
them independently of one another for complete control over your shot. When the reticles are white it means that
they are unlocked and will dynamically respond to any changes within each reticle. Clicking left on the thumbwheel will lock
the exposure reticle – turning it red; and clicking right will lock your focus reticle. This is really useful as often you’ll want
to eliminate unexpected focus and exposure fluctuations whilst recording. Of course you can left click again on the
thumbwheel to unlock the exposure, and right click again to unlock focus. Whilst you can of course drag your reticles
around the screen as per usual to set your focus and exposure, you’ll soon find that
just re-positioning the gimbal so that the relevant reticle is positioned over your point
of interest, and pressing left to lock exposure; and right to lock it focus is super quick
and easy too, and a great way to cut down finger smudges on your screen. And if you want to lock and unlock both reticles
concurrently with a single press, just press up on the thumbwheel. If you press the centre mode button once,
you’ll progress into Mode 2: Auto Mode. In auto mode FiLMiC Pro will use its centre
weighted auto focus and exposure reticles which are ideal for run and gun shooting,
as well as vlogging with the rear camera. You can also lock your exposure to prevent
further fluctuation by clicking left on the thumbwheel, and lock your focus by clicking
right. Remember that using mixed reticle states can
be incredibly useful as well. For example a common use case is to lock your
exposure only, whilst leaving the full frame autofocus unlocked to do the focusing for
you. If we press the Mode button again, we enter
Mode 3: Manual Mode. This reveals both manual arcs and here you
can use the handwheel which by default will adjust your focus, and jog the thumbwheel
to manually adjust your exposure. The beauty of this system is that you can
adjust both the focus and exposure at the same time. You can also initiate pull to point focus
and exposure moves in Manual Mode. Simply set your pull points as per usual by
using the handwheel to set your starting focus point, then tap once on the arc to snap your
first pull point into position. Next use the handwheel to set your second
focus point, and tap the arc to snap your second pull point into position. Now just click right on the Thumbwheel to
move between them. The same applies in exactly the same way to
the exposure arc too. The Mode Button makes it easy to progress
through modes in a linear fashion, but what if you want to jump from Auto Mode back to
reticle mode without progressing through mode 3? That is simple. Just press and hold the Mode Button for 2
seconds, which will reveal the Quick Mode Selector on screen. You can then use the Thumbwheel to cycle to
the mode you want to jump to, and press the Mode Button once to confirm. There may be times when you’ll be in reticle
or auto mode, and want to make a quick manual override adjustment. Thankfully FiLMiC Pro makes this easy. To perform a manual focus override in either
Reticle or Auto mode, just turn the handwheel and it will reveal the manual focus arc, and
you’re away. If you want to close an arc, and return to
your reticle, just click right once to dismiss it and revert to a locked focus reticle, and
right click again to unlock it. Same goes for exposure. Just start to turn the thumbwheel to reveal
the exposure arc, and manually adjust it. To dismiss and return to your reticle, just
left click on the thumbwheel. By default FiLMiC Pro uses the handwheel to
manually adjust focus in all three modes, however it can be used to control your zoom
as well. To select your adjustment target, press the
‘Target’ button once to switch to Zoom Mode. Now adjusting the handwheel will control your
zoom. If you want to revert to having the handwheel
control focus, just press the Target button again. Now probably one of the most useful features
of the Zhiyun Smooth 4 in FiLMiC Pro is that it provides fast lens selection directly from
the gimbal. A single press of the lens selector button
will simply switch between front and rear cameras. If you have a compatible dual lens device
such as the iPhone 7+, 8+ or X then a long press will reveal the multi-lens selector. You can scroll using the thumbwheel to highlight
your lens of choice, and then press the mode button make the switch. Well now that we’ve covered the core functionality
let’s put this together in a real world example. I’ll start by tap-holding the lens selector,
and jump back to my wide lens. Then I’ll press the Mode button to enter
Auto Mode, and left click to lock my exposure, and I’m going to leave my focus unlocked. Now I’m ready to hit record. Now while recording I’m free to manually
make any further adjustments. And let’s start with the handwheel because
once you feel how responsive this is for manual focus, you’ll want to use it all the time. Now of course don’t forget that tapping
the display button will enable and disable live analytics, and when this is turned on
you get that beautiful responsive focus peaking to help ensure your shot is razor sharp. I’ll right click on the thumbwheel to close
the focus arc, and now I can make fine tune adjustment to the exposure with the thumbwheel,
and of course throughout this whole shot I’ve not needed to touch my screen once. Let’s end the recording by hitting the record
button again. And last but not least, we can open the FiLMiC
Library by pressing down on the thumbwheel, ready to review our clip. Alright I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and
it enables you to get the most out of FiLMiC Pro’s incredible support for the Zhiyun
Smooth 4. Remember to like and subscribe and let me
know what you think in the comments below. And as always I’d like to thank you very much
for watching.

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