These days, it's not hard to get a smartphone with a high-quality camera and enough memory to shoot video in high definition (HD Quality). Content makers in the video industry are increasingly turning to their smartphones for filming, and for good reason.
Nowadays, we nearly always have our mobile phones with us. When an unforeseen chance arises, it's not necessary to haul around heavy video equipment to capture it on the spot.
Both Apple's iOS and Google's Android mobile operating systems have a plethora of applications that improve the video recording experience, add professional-level editing and digital effects, and enable instantaneous sharing.
As smartphones have improved in features, entrepreneurs in the video industry have discovered that it is considerably cheaper to enter the field. While it's great to have access to a high-quality camera on the road, even the best smartphone camera can't save a movie with sloppy editing. But, if you’re smart, you can shoot quality videos by applying certain tricks.
Tips To Capture High-Quality Videos
If you follow these tips, taking amazing videos with your smartphone will be straightforward and the film will look fantastic—even if your video isn't flawless.
- Set Proper Lighting
Because of their tiny image sensors and lenses, smartphone cameras are very sensitive to lighting conditions. If at all feasible, film your video in well-lit settings. As a result, your video will have fewer dark spots and less grain. On the other side, avoid pointing the camera straight towards any strong light sources, since this can result in overexposed video and lens flare. Lighting should be consistent; most smartphone cameras can't rapidly adjust to sudden shifts in brightness. Back-lighting and white balance settings, if available on your phone or app, might help if ambient light is still a problem. In the case that your phone's camera focuses on the incorrect part of your composition, “touch focusing” is often available on most devices. After determining what will be the focal point of the video, the automated exposure control can more easily compensate for changes in illumination.
- Don't Waver
Maintaining a steady hand when taking video on your phone can help prevent distortion, blurring, and “rolling shutter” effects. Hold your smartphone as near to your body as you can with both hands as you film. It may become tiring to do this for extended periods of time, and there are various methods to prop up the phone:
Stabilizers, tripods, and camera cages offer the ideal grips for holding your smartphone or mobile device steady while filming. There are several alternatives to using a smartphone tripod or stabilizer, such as using a table, chair, desk, shelf, etc. to prop up your device.
- Sound Is Just As Important As Visuals
A high-quality video with mediocre audio is useless. The built-in microphone in the vast majority of smartphones (if not all) suffers from poor quality and is poorly integrated. When filming outdoors, you're more likely to pick up wind and other natural noise that will conflict with audio. This would be very hard to remove in post-production. It's best to film inside or in a very soundproofed outside area if you can help it. Even while professionals are increasingly adopting smartphones to shoot high-quality commercials and feature films, the audio is nearly always recorded using specifically designed audio recording equipment.
You need to invest in external recording equipment or, at the very least, a directional microphone compatible with your smartphone if you want to make films of professional quality. Stay as near to the sound source as you can, and if an external microphone isn't an option, try this simple trick: cover around the phone's microphone with your hand (but don't totally cover it). In this manner, you can cut down on the background noise, which might help your final product succeed.
- Choose a Beautiful Spot
Lighting is crucial when deciding where to capture a video on your phone. Find a place with plenty of natural light or regulated artificial lighting to make your subject stand out. It's best to keep the scene from seeming too dark or too bright.
Keep an ear out for anything that can interfere with the recording's sound quality, such as a busy street or noisy equipment. A calm and pleasant setting is ideal for recording high-quality audio and keeping viewers interested. Focusing on proper lighting and eliminating unnecessary elements can raise the production value of your film and make it more interesting to watch.
- Try Both Vertical And Horizontal Filming
Try switching between vertical and horizontal shooting while making a movie with your phone. More may be fit into the frame while shooting horizontally, or in “landscape” mode. Perfect for landscape photography or any image where a wider view is desired.
On the other hand, Instagram Stories and TikTok like vertical videos, thus shooting in portrait mode is optimal for these apps. You can optimize your films for multiple platforms by being flexible and using both horizontal and vertical orientations. Don't settle for using just one style; test out both and choose the one that works best for your material and readers.
- Your Focus Is Important
Your phone is usually pretty adept at recognizing your strengths and zeroing down on them. Tap the screen where your subject is visible to activate autofocus and make sure it comes out looking crisp and clear. Your phone's camera will be able to concentrate on the topic and remain in sharp focus thanks to this feature. Keeping your phone still while focused helps eliminate blur that wasn't intended. To make films that appear professional and keep your audience interested and involved, you need to learn how to concentrate.
- Experiment with Slow Motion and Time Lapse Features
AI has made our lives easier and automated complex processes. AI bots such as Bitcoin Up are fantastic marvels of artificial intelligence. Many modern smartphones come equipped with a variety of useful video functions, such as slow motion and time-lapse modes, which give the impression that time is passing more slowly or more quickly than normal. The former records video with a sped-up frame rate, making the action look much less rapid than it really is. A slower frame rate is employed while filming in time-lapse. The action occurs considerably more quickly in real-time than when the video is viewed back at standard speed. Both have the ability to make excellent videos.
- Use Mobile Apps to Boost Your Video Quality
Even while your smartphone's camera app may perform a decent job, there's more to video capturing than what most apps provide. For those who are new to making videos, there are third-party programs with simple interfaces and useful functions; for those who want to channel their inner George Lucas, there are apps with more advanced tools. Even if there are many quality applications available at no cost, it may be well worth your while to spend a small amount on a few premium apps.
For those with an entrepreneurial spirit, making high-quality movies may be a pleasurable and financially rewarding hobby. Follow these guidelines, and you'll soon be a smartphone videography pro. The only way to get professional results is by plenty of practice, trial and error.