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The iPhone 13 is at stake in making the video cinema mode the new portrait mode that marked an era

When the bokeh effect entered our lives, it did so forever. Suddenly our photos, especially when taking portraits, took on new life. They were cooler. Portrait mode was a revolution in which all mobile phones wanted to participate, and today this photographic format is one of the most popular and reinforced in each new generation of smartphones.

Now Apple wants to do something similar with Cinema mode, which allows you to record video and make the focus change from one shot to another. It is essentially a dynamic portrait mode for recording videos, and although it has been tried before, the Cupertino company has perfected it and wants to make it the new star function of our mobiles. Or at least yours.

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If a picture is worth a thousand words, a video is worth a hundred thousand. The best way to understand what can be done with the new Cinema mode of the iPhone 13 is precisely see the little short that Apple shot with these mobiles using this new feature:

As you can see, Cinema mode allows you to play with focus in a way analogous to how we do it in photos, but here the idea is applied in real time and automatically and manually to the video.

The iPhone 13 is capable of detecting what should be given focus, so that it automatically oscillates between the different planes of the scene. If those approaches do not convince us, nothing happens: we can edit the video clip and change the focus as the video progresses.

The result is, of course, cinematic and very, very apparent. The feeling that these videos produce is to be even more professional, and as with the portrait mode in photos, turns our device into a much more versatile camera and that offers surprising results.

(Probably) we’ll all want Cinema mode on Android too

This Cinema mode that Apple has integrated into its new mobiles, yes, it is not entirely new. There are several Android mobiles that have been integrating it in recent times —The LG V50 ThinQ 5G was already betting on something like that at the beginning of 2020— but Apple wanted to take it further and make it one of the great features of their new mobiles.

To achieve this effect, Apple makes use of that stereopsis effect that is achieved by capturing the same image from two different sensors, the main one and the wide angle: with this, that depth map is detected and created which then allows to selectively blur the first or second plane, in addition to simulating any aperture.

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At Apple they even explain that they worked with cinematographers who work in the film industry to understand how to improve your autofocus algorithmsJudging by the results, this Cinema mode is certainly one of the most interesting and striking options to enhance this video aspect and turn them into pocket film studios.

It remains to be seen what is the result of a system that feeds on the new Apple A15 chips and its Neural Engine, but of course if they meet expectations. It is to be expected that this option will also end up being implemented in future Android-based mobiles..

Cinema mode seems to be set to become the new Portrait mode, and of course we are facing one of those small revolutions that will make mobiles once again become surprising creative tools.