Videos are taking over the world! Did you know 400 hours of video are uploaded to YouTube every minute? Not to mention all of the videos that are uploaded to Instagram, Facebook, Vine, Vimeo and several other dozen video sites. Videos are everywhere and are becoming available on ALL popular social media channels. If you want to stay relevant in the ever-changing online world you need to have video content, and now!
But don’t worry, it’s not as scary as it sounds. You can even create videos with your smartphone. Most smartphones film in 1080 HD which is a really good video quality.
I love watching videos and creating videos. I am still learning more and more every day about videos and thought I would share with you 9 Tips for Creating Videos with your Smartphone that I have learned.
1. Film in Landscape Mode
When we hold our phones we naturally hold them in the portrait position because this is how we hold them to talk on the phone. When filming video you want to turn your camera to the side so it is in landscape position. This allows your video to fill the entire viewing space. Do you want to see what I mean? Watch this video and make sure to share it so everyone will know how to hold your phone when filming a video!
2. Don’t zoom in
All smartphones have a handy feature where all you have to do is pinch your fingers across the screen to zoom into or out of your video. It may be handy, but DON’T DO IT! Smartphones are equipped with digital zoom which basically means when zooming in the camera is guessing what the finer details are by adding small blocks of color which leads to pixelated videos that are not very clear. You are better to crop your videos in the editing process than to use a digital zoom.
3. Use the camera on the back of your smartphone
Did you know that the camera on the front of your smartphone was not intended for selfies? (loud gasp) It was actually created for video chat. Not something that usually needs high-quality video. The camera on the back of your smartphone was designed to take much higher quality pictures and video and give you a much higher pixel count, some as much as 20x more! I know you aren’t always able to film with the back camera but do, whenever you can.
4. Elbows in
It can be very handy to have a friend be your camera guy. This allows for different camera angles and less for you to worry about. If you do have a friend hold the smartphone, have them hold it close to their body with their elbows tucked into their sides. This will help them keep that smartphone much more sturdy and keep that earthquake look out of your videos.
5. Use a tripod
Don’t have a friend? It’s okay, we’ve all been there. Besides, who needs a friend when you have a tripod! Tripods are great because they have adjustable heights and you can put them exactly where you want them. My favorite tripod is this Tripod by Manfrotto. You can also purchase a Universal Smartphone Mount that twists right onto the tripod and you will be good to go.
6. Hands only Mount
Since my blog is a tutorial based blog a lot of my videos are what I like to call hands only. These are videos where you need to see what my hands are doing not so much what my face is doing. So that means my smartphone need to be pointed down at my hands when filming. If you do have friends you can just have them hold it at this angle for you, but I don’t have friends so I created this Hands Only Camera Mount out of PVC pipe. I absolutely love this mount and use it all of the time.
7. To mic or not to mic, that is the question
A microphone is really a personal preference, and quite honestly I don’t use one when using my smartphone. When I film with my smartphone I am usually close enough to where the microphone on the smartphone picks up my voice just fine. If you are going to be further away then about 20 inches from your smartphone when filming, you may want to look into getting a microphone. I would suggest a lavalier or better known as a lapel mic. I would suggest this one made by Rode. Rode makes great video equipment.
8. Do it in one take
Editing can be a beast and suck up all of your time. If you are just starting out with videos, I suggest trying to get everything into one take, that way you don’t have to edit. You can just upload and go. I don’t mean try it once and if you mess up you’re done. Do several takes, then review them and upload the best one.
9. Share it
This is really the most important step. You have to share it! Whether it is on YouTube, Pinterest, Facebook, or wherever if you want people to see it you have to share it! And who knows, it may even help you find friends!!
Videos can be super scary when you are just starting out with the idea, but you won’t know what it takes until you do a couple. I bet you’ll find out they aren’t as hard or as scary as you thought. 🙂
How do you feel about creating videos now? Do you have more tips to share? Let me know by leaving a comment below.