Yes, you saw that correctly. A US$1000 app.
One. Thousand. Dollars.
Now, before you say that it's a gimmick and something that only rich people will buy, let me explain a little bit about the Vizzywig 4K app and what it does.
This app turns an iPhone 5s into a 4K motion video camera, editor and 4K distribution platform. It captures full 4K resolution photos (3840 x 2160 pixels) at 24 photos per second while capturing an audio soundtrack separately. That's a lot of photos being stored very quickly, at a data rate of 576 megabits per second. You'd better have a lot of space available on your device to hold your movies.
To view these amazing videos in all of their UHDTV glory, you'll need to have either a computer with a 4K display, a 4K projector of some sort, or access to a movie theater that will let you show your movies. Note that when you watch our sample YouTube video below, you're probably watching a downsampled version at 720p or 1080p. If you have a 4K-capable setup, please let us know what the video looks like.
Now, Vizzywig creator Michael Zaletel has a lot of experience using 4K video cameras. He's been a member of the RedUser.net forum (a home for owners and users of the RED 4K, 5K, and 6K cameras) for over 6 years, so he knows just how expensive it is to buy and maintain a 4K camera, not to mention build a full editing and distribution workflow for it. To quote Zaletel,
"The reality is the world's fastest full 4K workflow. Pull a small phone out of your pocket, shoot four or five true 4K clips, trim, rearrange, add transitions, lower thirds, titles and credits in 4K and export and upload to YouTube or Vimeo in 4K in 15 minutes without ever touching a data card, laptop, mouse or NLE. We have all spent more than $1K on a single data card and 10 times that on a single lens or tripod.
Vizzywig 4K is really not for everybody. It's targeted at video professionals who might want to be able to shoot a quick video and get it sent off immediately to a client. I've used the "normal" Vizzywig app in the past, and it's an amazing way to shoot, edit, and distribute video from an iOS device. At Macworld/iWorld 2014, a number of my video pieces were shot with an iPad mini running Vizzywig ($29.99), edited, titled, and then uploaded to our content distribution network and YouTube. All of that was done on the iPad mini, with me standing up instead of sitting at a video editing suite.
The app UI will be familiar to anyone who has used the less-expensive HD version of Vizzywig. Settings are a bit different, as you can adjust the session and multi-camera resolution from 4K downwards, adjust the quality of the individual JPG images that are captured, change the frame rate, play with the 4K export quality (default is 75 Mbps), and so on. As with the HD version of Vizzywig, you can then add titles, transitions, scrolling credits, and even background music.
One other feature of the app -- when you spend your $1,000 on the app, you get VIP email, phone and text message support directly from Zalatel.
So, how did Vizzywig 4K work? Well, I had to downgrade my iPhone 5s from iOS 8 GM to iOS 7.1.2 in order to run it, and decided at that time that it would be a good idea just to leave the device empty except for the app. With that in mind, I had a clean machine all ready to go for this app.
I decided that since it was such a nice Colorado late summer day that I'd grab the iPhone and try doing some shooting on one of my favorite walks. I took a couple of shots, then came back to my office to add titles and credits, then render the movie. The rendering took quite a while -- there were 1,500 frames to process, and that took about 18 minutes total. After than, the app generated the video, which took about another 12 minutes. Uploading over WiFi took a while as well, although that was a fairly painless part of the process.
Please don't judge the app's capabilities on my lousy camera work -- I didn't have a tripod, a stable mount, or the time to make sure that all my zoom shots stayed in focus. Zaletel recommends that potential users have a Steadicam Smoothee or Swiftcam M3 stabilizer on hand for best results. Here's the video:
I've also included a gallery of 4K images so that you can see what the individual 3840 x 2160 pixel frames look like: