Using The iPhone 12 Pro Max As A Cinema Camera?! WOAH!


I have waited 2 years for this phone to come up. Yes it still has its downsides and I wish Apple would develop more pro software features but with 10bit color and Dolby Vision alongside a beautiful design update, the iPhone 12 Pro Max is a fantastic upgrade.
Beastgrip Pro Cage:
Beastgrip DOF adapter:
Beastgrip Anamorphic Lens:
Other Beastgrip Products:
#iPhone12ProMax #SamsungNote20Ultra #iPhone12mini #Apple
Where do I get my music? Musicbed:
When I use LUTs, I use These:
Blackmagic Pocket 6K:
Blackmagic Pocket 4K:
IRIX Cine 15mm T/2.6:
IRIX Cine 45mm T/1.5:
IRIX Cine 150mm Macro T/3.0:
Atomos Shinobi:
Portkeys BM5:
Feelworld MA5:
Samsung T5 SSD:
Tilta Cage:
Hollyland Wireless Video:
360 swivel hot shoe:
15mm Rails:
ARRI Grip Handle:
Rode NTG4+:
Rode Video Micro:
Rode Blimp:
Zoom H4n:
Manfrotto Professional:
Manfrotto carbon fiber travel:
502 head:
Mac Pro (2013): Discontinued
LG 4K Cine Monitor: Discontinued
Delux keybad:
Logitech MX Master:
Drobo 8D:
10TB Seagate Barracuda HDDs:
Where do I get my music? Musicbed:
When I use LUTs, I use These:
Twitter - Instagram - Snapchat - Facebook - Periscope: @initialfocus
*Some links in this description are affiliate links and therefore when clicked, if you buy the service or product I may make a small commission off of that sale. My opinions on products and services remain unbiased.
00:00 - Intro
00:49 - Unboxing
01:15 - Design
01:46 - Battery Life
02:25 - Mic/Speakers
03:02 - Video Talk Intro
04:04 - Stock Camera App
08:17 - Filmic Pro
09:55 - Beastgrip Setup
13:26 - Final Thoughts


  • michael tobin
    michael tobin2 muaj më parë

    VERY VERY IMPORTANT COMMENT: Literally as I was uploading this video, I got an email back from Beastgrip and they let me know after their initial testing the DOF adapter is NOT compatible with the 12 Pro Max due to focus issues. Which is exactly what I found in this video. When I did test shots on the 12 Pro and other phones the shots came out much sharper! So if you have a 12 Pro Max id hold off until they come out with a fix or updated hardware but if you have other existing phones, you should be good! Some shots were usable but Im happy im not crazy that I couldnt get it to focus right haha.

  • Jacob Dahl

    Jacob Dahl

    13 ditë më parë

    There’s lots of home movies for memories being shot now on phones so all these tips tricks and tech suggestions are huge lifesavers for those who don’t necessarily need professional grade 🥰 much appreciated

  • Pissed Offerman

    Pissed Offerman

    Muaj më parë

    @Aotearoa Live They should have included night vision as well. I guess we can all find things Apple missed out on. remember, product obsolesce!

  • Emmanuel Merhan

    Emmanuel Merhan

    Muaj më parë

    @stephen heraldo

  • stephen heraldo

    stephen heraldo

    Muaj më parë

    I was really bummed about this as I've been holding out for so long for this exact setup.

  • RanDyLan Productions

    RanDyLan Productions

    2 muaj më parë

    @Emmanuel Merhan Glad it’s working out. I’m using close-up lens, but just straight without attaching an additional lens. I have some old Vivitar close-up lenses, but I am using more expensive (and much thicker) Kenko close-up lenses, plus I am using over-sized ones (49mm) with a step-up ring. Those Vivitars, with a +10 are cheap! Nice!

  • Simply Shaye
    Simply ShayeDitë më parë

    Why don't people make stuff like this for Samsung

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    Ditë më parë

    I do 👋🏼 haha got a big video coming for the Galaxy S21 Ultra in a couple weeks 🙌🏼

  • GuideTheRide
    GuideTheRide2 ditë më parë

    Nice one, I think you’re right to push the phone camera technically, after all pretty much everyone has one and people should know how they can explore the potential of these things. I’m not a videographer myself I shoot stills on FF Mirrorless and M43 but I may well explore video shooting on my phone thanks to you and others like you who show us the way. So thanks, keep going at it, you have a great ALthe manner btw, I just know you’ll succeed, your very trustable (if that’s a word)!

  • Slap Woods
    Slap Woods2 ditë më parë

    im just scrolling to find whats the droid fans have to say and im disappointed i didnt find them yet

  • SeoK Studio
    SeoK Studio2 ditë më parë

    amazing..!! love it:)

  • James Hastings
    James Hastings3 ditë më parë

    Solid video, dude! It's amazing what cell phones can do these days. That said, the beastgrip doesn't solve a practical problem in my mind. The cost of the cage, DOF adapter, and supports plus shipping equal out to a decent used mirrorless camera body. The only use-case that makes real sense to me is if you wanted to absolutely flex on everyone else in a mobile filmmaking competition, but I feel like there are better uses of resources in that scenario. Still cool to know what's out there, though.

  • Angkor Temple Guide
    Angkor Temple Guide4 ditë më parë

    good info of 12pro, I would love to a case

  • OpusG5
    OpusG54 ditë më parë

    Use ProMovie app it have some additional adjustments for your phone camera.

  • A jey
    A jey4 ditë më parë

    Super video and nice presentation ❤️

  • A jey
    A jey4 ditë më parë

    I like Apple 12 pro max ❤️

  • MegaDragonZilla
    MegaDragonZilla4 ditë më parë

    Love this!!’

  • OldBoy
    OldBoy6 ditë më parë

    5:41 ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)

    iSpike - FILMMAKER BIKER LIVE6 ditë më parë

    Thank you 👍🏻 new sub here cheers #iSpike from Western Australia

  • A Popular Nobody
    A Popular Nobody7 ditë më parë

    Owen that you?

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    7 ditë më parë

    That’s a new one 😂

  • RV Boondocker
    RV Boondocker7 ditë më parë

    I’d like to get a mount to do video on my mountain bike but I’m not sure about mounts or the stabilization capability of the pro Max. Any advice from anyone is welcome! Thanks

  • RV Boondocker
    RV Boondocker7 ditë më parë

    Thanks Michael! Very, very well done and useful! Subbed

  • Sandeep Deswal
    Sandeep Deswal7 ditë më parë

    Thanks michael just got iphone 12 promax and have filmed some stuff yet to publish.. very satisfied..your video fantastic and helpful.

  • Peter Pinter
    Peter Pinter8 ditë më parë

    First of all I’m not going to buy a phone for double the price of a Bmpcc4k. And even if I’ll be rich enough to do so then I will grab a proper cinema camera as well.

    SARATH S9 ditë më parë

    Best camera review i had ever seen

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    9 ditë më parë

    🙌🏼 more where that came from! 😬

  • Moluccas Talk
    Moluccas Talk10 ditë më parë

    Wow 😯 I’m thinking to change it to iphone12 pro for my ALthe channel 😍 maybe I should right? I just start my ALthe channel this year 🙋🏽‍♀️

  • ZG Brickfilms
    ZG Brickfilms11 ditë më parë

    Great video, this was really well done, and I agree about the iPhone needing “pro” camera features. If I could have better control on the image in my phone, I’d definitely use it as a B cam for my videos

  • William Finke
    William Finke12 ditë më parë

    liked your video.... didn"t like the bad cable management under your desk hahaha :)

  • sahil gera
    sahil gera12 ditë më parë

    Dude you talk a bit slow.

  • Zillionaire MaR
    Zillionaire MaR12 ditë më parë

    Bro turned my phone from📱 To 🎥

  • Siddhu Raj
    Siddhu Raj13 ditë më parë

    Bro, your video is really good and informative. Thanks a lot. 👍

  • Darba Rai
    Darba Rai14 ditë më parë

    Very very important system information!

  • Corenelius R
    Corenelius R15 ditë më parë

    Can I get one of these for the 12 mini? If so where can I order it? I would really appreciate this!!!! Great video btw!!!!

  • mahmoud jehad
    mahmoud jehad15 ditë më parë

    The colours are annoying

  • Randall Stark
    Randall Stark15 ditë më parë

    This is really good content! Great editing and b-roll! Everything was well done

  • Argean Romano
    Argean Romano16 ditë më parë

    I am happy to watch your video I got an idea about iphone 12 pro max, Was just bought my iphone pro max dude. Im exciting to try this camera how it goes.cheers!

  • TheM275
    TheM27517 ditë më parë

    Why is no reviewer mentioning serious issues with the camera? Exposure warble, poor audio, dropped frames especially in HDR video.. cmon guys

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    17 ditë më parë

    If by exposure warble you mean the tone mapping exposure issues I do address that in my latest Filmic Pro video from last week. The other stuff though I have not seen any of that. The audio from the iPhone is one of the best phone mics I’ve ever heard. I’ve never seen a dropped frame. I’ve heard some people talk about what looks like a flicker in Dolby vision but I’ve never noticed that.

  • vip venki
    vip venki17 ditë më parë

    Very Useful 👍

  • Hassan Irushad
    Hassan Irushad18 ditë më parë

    This guy deserves a hype than this and the best vid I have watched in a long time keep going you’ll go buy soon ♥️

  • Roman Shocker
    Roman Shocker18 ditë më parë

    I'll stick with a real camera lol

  • Horror Movie Trailers
    Horror Movie Trailers18 ditë më parë

    How is the BMD 6k vs the R5?

  • Freddy Chávez Olmos
    Freddy Chávez Olmos18 ditë më parë

    what follow focus system are you using with your beastgrip setup?

    TIRTHA BRATA PANJA20 ditë më parë

    Bro I want to know with DOF adapter and External DSLR lens can capture DSLR quality Photos ?? Or just little better than normal Mobile Camera ?? I am user of Samsung not Apple

  • Chari Wilder
    Chari Wilder20 ditë më parë

    I really enjoyed your video. I am an older You tuber and the only camera that I have is my iPhone 12 pro max. I have zero complaints. I did see another video that told me to turn off the HDR to get rid of blooming skies. Do you agree with that?

  • Cody Fleming - RESET
    Cody Fleming - RESET20 ditë më parë

    I heard that the front camera does not have all the capabilities of the back camera. Is there as reason for this?

  • Cody Fleming - RESET

    Cody Fleming - RESET

    20 ditë më parë

    @michael tobin I did a lil digging and I found something about the HDR Dolby Video is not supported at 60 FPS for the front as it is in the back. My guess is that it is designed that way because the lenses in the back better support the Dolby? Either way it’s not a dealbreaker. I’m really excited about this phone and hope to own one soon! Thank you for the response!

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    20 ditë më parë

    Correct pretty much all smartphones have a lower quality front facing camera. This is because it generally has to be a lot smaller hence why back cameras have big bumps and lenses and the front fits into the screen. Also when someone is taking a picture of something important or where quality would be very useful, it’s generally the rear camera as if you were using a regular dedicated camera.

  • kaya miya
    kaya miya21 ditë më parë

    love the mac cube in the background!!


    You might love the Sony Xperia 1 ii. I'm very happy to see if you made it to cinema gear😅

  • MrVh78
    MrVh7822 ditë më parë


  • Vlog EuGosto
    Vlog EuGosto22 ditë më parë

    Amazing 🤍🇧🇷

  • kobek
    kobek22 ditë më parë

    Did your Mac Pro just give a birth to the new iPhone?

  • kobek


    22 ditë më parë

    Great video, thumbs up!! Thanks for sharing.

  • Outback Santa
    Outback Santa23 ditë më parë

    Very good... smart guy. Thx for this superb presentation .

    REDMAN’s MAGFED Games24 ditë më parë

    Bro i love the beast grip ... I wish you could make vid with how to use all the beast grips accessories

  • Emon Arema
    Emon Arema25 ditë më parë

    Thank you so much 👍👍👍👍👍😃

  • mediamannaman
    mediamannaman26 ditë më parë

    Did I understand correctly that if you use the Filmic Pro app you can override the iPhone's normal function of automatically choosing its own variable bit rate and set it manually to a higher, constant bit rate? If so, that is GREAT for those who want to create professional grade video with the 12 Pro Max. I'm not suggesting that it would be used for tv and movies or anything like that, but uses like real estate videos and ALthe videos should be perfect.

  • Curve Ahead
    Curve Ahead26 ditë më parë

    Max bitrate achieved on my Note 20 Ultra is 220mbps, using mcpro24fps and a log curve. The file was noticibly heavier yet the image produced looked terribly rubbish to me, or worse than what the native app could make at its lower bitrate (around 60-70mbps with 4K HDR 10-bit) - and although that was a quick test in low light. I find that apps such as Filmic Pro or mcpro24fps arent as useful as they used to be on phones that have pro-modes (S and Note Series, Xperias, etc), unless using anamorphic lenses or DOF adapters. But will Apple ever release such a mode? With such a rig and with a follow focus, it would be easier to use a shoulder rig to add one more contact point, or with one taking support on the chest.

  • A Z
    A Z26 ditë më parë

    Which follow focus are you using?

  • 【 S h i i T a K e 椎茸くん】
    【 S h i i T a K e 椎茸くん】26 ditë më parë

    iPhone 4 Pro/2020 edition Alternative name

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    THUAN SD26 ditë më parë

    How to got case and lenses

  • Iskandar Zulkarnaen
    Iskandar Zulkarnaen27 ditë më parë

    This is a well made video! Love your perspectives! I learned a lot

  • Jose Vix Jayoma
    Jose Vix Jayoma27 ditë më parë

    This is why underrated channels are better 🤩 also my bday is in dec 30 i hope i get a happy bday

  • Arun
    Arun27 ditë më parë

    cool....!! but phone without charger....😬ehhhhh feeling

  • Devin Johnson
    Devin Johnson27 ditë më parë

    Aye! Are you in Columbus? I'm in Dayton. :)

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    26 ditë më parë

    Ohio gang waddup! 🙌🏼

  • Aaron Novak
    Aaron Novak28 ditë më parë

    Nice video. Exporting my newest video now. Also shot mostly on my iPhone 12 Pro Max.

  • Sathick J M
    Sathick J M28 ditë më parë

    Super ❤️ All in my channel tamil

  • WildRifter
    WildRifter28 ditë më parë

    Dude, This is awesome!

  • Lucas Silva
    Lucas Silva28 ditë më parë

    Awesome results iPhone 12, I certainly won't regret taking the s20 ultra which is much better, besides being cheaper

  • Björn Baldus
    Björn Baldus29 ditë më parë

    This lens flares are incredible - cannot believe that apple did not fix it till today... but i am also looking forward to change from my Huawei P30Pro pro to the next iPhone next year...

  • YoungChulo is PrinceToni
    YoungChulo is PrinceToni29 ditë më parë

    Can you do this same kind of test and review on a one plus 7 pro or 8 pro now not sure which camera is better

  • D
    D29 ditë më parë

    Not cool bro.

  • Martin Turner
    Martin TurnerMuaj më parë

    Great video! Make that SIX people now! I have the Canon R5/R6, BMPCC4k and 6K but still want to use my iPhone 12 Pro Max as best I can; so keep the videos coming please (i.e., I had the X XS Max too but traded it in on my 12 Proi Max); thanks again! He (or she) with the most toys, er tools, WINS!

  • Gonzalo Jimenez Rivero
    Gonzalo Jimenez RiveroMuaj më parë

    fucking great gear

  • Kent talks tech
    Kent talks techMuaj më parë

    Is the bitrate of the file the same for HEVC and H.264 files? If so you should shoot HEVC as it's going to effectively give you more bitrate.

  • Jack Hsiun
    Jack HsiunMuaj më parë

    my 12 camera is .......*

  • Darsan
    DarsanMuaj më parë

    To the person who is reading this, you are precious and valuable even if you don't feel so. Jesus loves you ❤ He paid a price on the cross for you. He rose on the third day and defeated death. He took the punishment in our place. He did this out of his inconceivable love for us. He can revive your situation no matter how messed up it is. Don't end your life at any point. There is hope in Jesus. He is able to deliver you from sins. He is able to take away your depression, loneliness and suicidal thoughts etc., He is able to heal your sickness and disease. You just have to humble yourself and call out to him "wholeheartedly" and he will answer you. He set me free from porn addiction and masturbation in 2018 which I struggled with for almost 10 years. I was close to death three times and he saved me. He changed my lustful heart. He can transform your life if you let him. You just have to repent from your sins and transfer your trust from yourself to Jesus. He will give you the peace which surpasses all understanding, even in the midst of trials and tribulations. Fear won't grip you anymore because you will receive the assurance of eternal life when you believe in Jesus. He is the only way to heaven. He paid our fine by shedding his sinless blood for our sins. Our good works cannot get us to heaven. Those are like a bribe to the judge of the universe. This is a very serious thing. We never know when our last minute on earth is. It could be any second, hour or day from now and if we don't have forgiveness for our sins, we will end up in Hell. We cannot take our money, riches or fame with us when we die. We have to give an account of our life to God. We only have chance till we are alive on this earth. Please think about this. Don't let pride stop you from knowing the truth. I was prideful before and rebelled against the living God and forsook the truth just because I didn't want to lose. Humble yourself and call on to Jesus from wherever you are and ask him "sincerely" if all these things are true and he will reveal it to you. He will open your heart to the truth. You can experience him personally if you try it. You won't lose anything. Jesus is coming soon. If we have not repented and turned to him, we will end up in hell. This is not a religion. This is a relationship with God. I am telling all this because I care for you. Even though I don't know you personally, I know that your soul is extremely precious to God. The reason I am posting it here is because we never know when our last moments are. It could be anytime from now and I don't want you to end up in hell. Jesus is the only who can save you from your sins and grant you everlasting life, after life on earth ends. May Jesus reveal himself to you. God bless you. Take care.

  • Lucas
    LucasMuaj më parë

    Until a smartphone has a decent sized sensor, it’s always gonna look shit compared to DSLR, DSLM or cinema cameras.

  • Patrick Bitman
    Patrick BitmanMuaj më parë

    First shot is a live simply tattoo with the sickest modern office ever 😂

  • Vandan Agrawal
    Vandan AgrawalMuaj më parë

    Well talking about jumps, I got the 12 pro after using the 6s for more than 4 years.

  • vivek ranjan
    vivek ranjanMuaj më parë

    loved it. thanks a lot & please keep creating a video like this.

  • Zyro
    ZyroMuaj më parë

    Woah! For a moment I thought you had 272k subs because I didn't see the dot in the sub count and you had very good video quality. Keep it up! I would love to see you continue to make content. You deserve way more subs. 👍

  • life is good
    life is goodMuaj më parë

    Just came across your video. Great job. Couple of questions. I'm looking to get into film making(shorts/nature documentary). Initially will be using my GoPro 5, 7 and Iphone 11 pro(with filmic pro). I'm thinking of getting the 5 modified with Back-Bone's Ribcage. Are you familar with their services?

  • Mathieu Tech Moto
    Mathieu Tech MotoMuaj më parë

    Great information, thank you !

  • Ricardo Gonçalves
    Ricardo GonçalvesMuaj më parë

    So where is your comments about lens flare? it´s like your iphones don´t have it, but everyone else does?

  • Forplexity
    ForplexityMuaj më parë

    Cool intro

  • Qween The Artist
    Qween The ArtistMuaj më parë


  • Edo H D
    Edo H DMuaj më parë

    First I like, then I watch

  • Edo H D

    Edo H D

    Muaj më parë

    Amazing opening music

  • Emanuel McFail
    Emanuel McFailMuaj më parë

    I thought the dof adapter wasn’t compatible with 12pro max.

  • Emanuel McFail

    Emanuel McFail

    Muaj më parë

    @michael tobin in case u haven’t noticed I am a huge fan of filmmaking with iPhones I’m working on building my own mobile filmmaking studio I’m gonna change the world with this. Lol

  • Emanuel McFail

    Emanuel McFail

    Muaj më parë

    @michael tobin well we all know that with the right techniques u can make any camera look good I’ve even seen footage matching iPhone footage to red camera footage so to my understanding it’s not the camera that makes a filmmaker it’s the filmmaker himself but who knows make the iPhone 13 will reach the cinema camera level lol but honestly I believe if this keeps up Hollywood will go out of business haha

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    Muaj më parë

    Big difference between the difference between the technical abilities of an iPhone vs something like an ARRI mini LF and yes an iPhone can be used to make a movie. I’m pretty sure my message is clear in my videos that smartphone cameras have gotten amazing and are very capable. But they still are a long long way off from a cinema camera

  • Emanuel McFail

    Emanuel McFail

    Muaj më parë

    @michael tobin also I disagree with u when u said an iPhone could never match a cinema camera. With the release of movies like Unsane, Tangerine, and High Flying Bird which were all shot on an iPhone it as been proven that u can use a smartphone for legitimate filmmaking we’re not just talking about an ordinary cell iPhones are powerful computers that can do various things so of course it wasn’t designed to be a camera first and while it is true that filming with an iPhone has some limitations u can work around those limitations that why they designed the gear and camera accessories like the beastgrip and sandmarc lenses to turn ur smartphone into a legit cinema camera

  • michael tobin

    michael tobin

    Muaj më parë

    Technically the current one is not however a commenter on the other video found a $15 accessory that makes it work great which I’ll be showing as well as talking about what Beastgrip is coming out with for the pro Max

  • Ben Ochart
    Ben OchartMuaj më parë

    "Pro" is put there by Apple to stroke the ego of the buyer. It doesn't have anything to do with features, LOL! Did you find that this phone did a decent job at stop action? I have found the Samsung phones better at freezing motion. Thanks for the honest review.

  • Stan Gilbert
    Stan GilbertMuaj më parë

    OK... I'm going to ask what is probably an uninformed question but... why is your work area painted black? Is there some qualitative reason... or is it just relaxing... or is it simply a preference?

  • Invictus
    InvictusMuaj më parë

    It's awesome to have an honest critical reviewer. Speaking just for myself, I have learned an enormous amount from just a couple of your videos. Keep up your great work!

  • Audacity Of The Mind
    Audacity Of The MindMuaj më parë

    I went from 6s to 12 pro Max

  • Jens M.
    Jens M.Muaj më parë

    The lens flare is nothing but terrible.

  • thanh nam nguyen
    thanh nam nguyenMuaj më parë


  • Muhammad Helmie
    Muhammad HelmieMuaj më parë

    Good info and i like your fresh content...hopefully someday i will be like you

  • Sherrell Jefferson
    Sherrell JeffersonMuaj më parë

    hi, i just want to say thank you. i literally looked up vlog on iphone 12 pro max. i think editing is everything & its all about the feeling you give while capturing the moment. all of your tips were SO HELPFUL ! like wow, i'm going to shoot something on mines tomorrow so thanks again !

  • shahad
    shahadMuaj më parë

    I don't know why but this video is relaxing

  • senor frog
    senor frogMuaj më parë

    just go buy a crop sensor mirrorless and a $300 poco phone... ull still get to make phone calls and check ur empty dms, but get better images.

  • RM Osama
    RM OsamaMuaj më parë

    Purchased a shit 🤣🤣🤣

    iSpike - FILMMAKER BIKER LIVEMuaj më parë

    B R I L L I A N T 👍🏻

  • Ezz 12
    Ezz 12Muaj më parë

    Hahahha idiot !

  • Tigerex966
    Tigerex966Muaj më parë

    try samsung and lg and 8k.

  • Garid Jigjidnyamaa
    Garid JigjidnyamaaMuaj më parë

    get rid of you pimpy before cinema brah

  • Team Maida
    Team MaidaMuaj më parë

    Hi what kind of follow focus are you using?

    OHM SENGMuaj më parë

    1:07 that....sound. ... ... ...

  • Bob Zimmerman
    Bob ZimmermanMuaj më parë

    Many people using "real camera" still can't make a good movie!

  • Brick & Mortar
    Brick & MortarMuaj më parë

    Super informative - thank you!

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