How to turn on ProRes video on your iPhone 13 Pro

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Apples iPhone 13 Pro can already record super nice video with rich colors and tons of details, thanks to its 4K resolution. But arrival of ProRes video can help take it even further.

ProRes is Apple’s own video codec that allows the camera to capture more information as you record, allowing for greater control in post-production in software such as Adobe Premiere, Final Cut or DaVinci Resolve. ProRes is widely used in professional video productions, but Apple has now made it available on the latest iPhone.

How to use it:

First and foremost, make sure you have the latest version of iOS installed. Apple brought ProRes to the iPhone 13 Pro with software version 15.1, so make sure you have updated your phone to this version. To do so, go to Settings> General> Software update to make sure you have the latest version.

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If you are running iOS 15.1, go to Settings and scroll down to go into your camera settings. In that section, tap Format, and in that subfolder you will find an option to turn on Apple ProRes video recording. Press it so that the contact appears as green.

Now when you go into your camera and select video, you will see a new icon that says ProRes. If it has a white line through it, then ProRes is off. If you press it, ProRes is activated and the white line is removed. Simply press Record and you will record video in ProRes format.

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Need to use ProRes on iPhone?

If you really want to squeeze every ounce of quality from iPhone video and plan to do a lot of post-production, then you might want to take advantage of ProRes. Keep in mind, though, that the file sizes are huge – a 1-minute ProRes 4K video file is 6GB, while a 1-minute video in regular 4K is around 200MB.

Apple has limited ProRes recording to only 1080p instead of 4K on the lowest-capacity iPhone models, but even if you have plenty of space, it’s worth using it only when necessary to avoid filling up your storage too fast. If you just want to record great video directly from your phone and do not intend to play with color grading in post-production software, then you probably will not see the great benefit of using ProRes.

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