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Five Tips For Creating Great Videos With Your Smartphone

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With today’s smartphone camera technology (better camera optics, higher megapixel count, support for lengthy video capturing, and superb light sensitivity sensors), filmmakers no longer need Hollywood budgets just to be able to create stunning video projects.

Every year we see huge improvements in the way phones work and in the quality of the images they display. Gaming Realms, the company behind Spin Genie, has said that rowth in mobile internet is one of the most powerful trends in the internet landscape and the global smartphone and tablet installed base is expected to exceed the PC installed base during 2013. For videographers, their smartphones are also slowly becoming standalone tools that don’t require any other computers or cameras.

Many smartphones such as the iPhone 6, and the latest Samsung handsets are now equipped with great imaging prowess and on-board video creation tools that allow you to record, edit, and upload videos straight from the device; eliminating the hassle of transferring raw video footages to your computer. In fact, all the stages of filmmaking (from production to post-production) can now be accomplished by exclusively using your handy device. And with the myriad of intuitive video capturing and editing applications optimized for mobile devices, enthusiasts are no longer required to have a professional filmmaking training just to be able to produce high quality videos.

For this entry, we’ll share with you some of our definitive tips on how you can create an effective motion picture by solely using your mobile devices.

1. Experiment With Your Default Camera App

As suggested by Alison Wright, director of VividEcho, your initial step is to assess your device and explore its camera features. Little did you know, there might be useful settings in your camera’s menu that can admittedly enhance the cinematography or the visual aspect of your outputs. And since each device offers varying options for video enhancements, it’s always wise to get to know the device you are using.

For instance, in case you have an iPhone 6, by exploring your default camera app, you’ll find out that there are various shooting modes that you can choose from apart from the default setting. You can actually render your videos in a slow-motion effect at 720p HD resolution by swiping the viewfinder from left to right. As for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, one of its most-advertised features was its wide-selfie mode.

By doing some experiments on your mobile camcorder, you’ll also discover how you can effectively manipulate its exposure levels, focus, white balance, and light sensitivity. “Having control of these manually will stop your device trying to be too clever and changing the way your image looks automatically while you are shooting,” Wright added.

2. Go For The Highest Resolution
Many of today’s flagship devices let you choose and adjust the camera resolution. To capture the best possible output, the Fiverr Editorial Team suggests that you should opt for the highest resolution available for your device. In such a way, you’ll be able to record shots with more details. And in case you wish to focus your subject by zooming in the camera, you’ll still be able to achieve outputs with lesser chances of pixilation.

3. Natural Lighting Is Better
Artificial lighting is essentially part of a shooting setup. If you are using a full-fledged camcorder, its optics can strike the right white balance between the artificial lighting and dimmer surrounding in order to bring a more natural-looking scenery. But for mobile devices, it is advisable that you use a natural lighting. The default LED flash may just be enough for close up shots. But for wide-angle capturing, it can’t cover the entire surrounding; leaving your videos dimmer than you would have expected.

4. Avoid High Contrast Areas
When shooting a video, also consider choosing a good setting for your movie. Preferably, it’s best to avoid areas of high contrast, wrote Matt Carol of The Guardian Online. If it is a sunny day and you want to record your subject under a shade or an available awning, the chances are they’ll be rendered dark because its background are burnt or bleached out.

5. Don’t Forget Doing A Sound Check
Thorin Klosowski of Lifehacker discussed in a related post that the audio quality of your movie is as good as the video itself. So, it is a must that you do a test record and check for your device’s sound input. You can also use a third-party boom microphone to capture voice/music clearly while at the same time, eliminating the ambient noise.

We believe that while a professional camcorder is your ultimate ticket to creating amazing videos with great audio quality, if you know how to maximize your phone’s capability, then, you can shoot like a pro without spending too much.

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By , Financial Director and Correspondent on Jan 6th, 2015 GMT +2


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