iOS 16 breaks cinematic videos in iMovie and Final Cut Pro

iOS 16 has been available for two weeks now and while the update introduced several new features, it also caused many bugs for iPhone users, some of which have already been fixed. One of these bugs seems to affect videos shot in Movie mode, which is no longer recognized by iMovie and Final Cut Pro.

Cinematic Videos in iOS 16

As reported by users on the Apple Support forums and also on Reddit, Apple’s video editors iMovie and Final Cut Pro can no longer open Cinematic videos shot with an iPhone running iOS 16. The reason behind the bug is unclear, but reports indicate that these apps show an error when users try to edit a cinematic video.

“It appears that iOS 16 has broken this feature in FCP, causing the error message ‘Cannot activate the cinematic effect’,” said one Final Cut Pro user. According to another user, the errors also occur when using iMovie, Apple’s free video editor.

Unfortunately, Apple has not yet acknowledged this bug and no software update is available to fix it. One solution suggested by some users is to edit Cinematic videos on iPhone and then share these videos to Mac via AirDrop. Since macOS Ventura will be released to the public in October, Apple will likely wait until then to update its Mac apps.

iPhone Movie Mode

Cinematic Mode is a feature introduced with iPhone 13 that allows users to record videos with a portrait effect. This mode combines artificial intelligence and depth data obtained by the iPhone cameras to blur the background of the video while keeping the person or object in focus.

After the video is recorded, users can change the intensity of the background blur and even the focus point.

While iPhone 13 and iPhone 13 Pro can only record Cinematic videos in 1080p resolution, the new iPhone 14 and iPhone 14 Pro record Cinematic videos in 4K resolution at 24 frames per second.

Last year, Apple released updates to iMovie, Clips, and Final Cut Pro to allow users to edit Cinematic videos using these apps.

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