In the past, business owners, managers and marketers had to pay a premium for the ability to record video. If you wanted professional results, you had to pay for a pro. Even amateur equipment came at a high price – video cameras were expensive, but you often had to purchase other equipment, like microphones. Today, we have a ton of power packed into a single, multi-use package that ensures better affordability – your mobile phone. Mobile phones can record video anywhere, and then upload that footage where you want it. Of course, you have to use it correctly or your results will be subpar. Here are a few pointers to follow.
1. Put It on Its Side
One of the most common mistakes made when recording video on a mobile phone is attempting to hold the phone upright. It makes sense to hold it in portrait mode, but it doesn’t work. You’ll actually end up with footage that plays sideways. Always keep your phone horizontal, or plan for extensive video editing to clean it up (and even then you wind up with pillar-boxing).
2. Watch Your Finger Placement
Mobile phones are relatively small, particularly when compared to the video cameras of yesteryear. That means they’re far more portable and easier to hold for extended periods. However, that also means that you can wind up with your fingers in some bad spots. Make sure you keep your fingers of the lens during recording, and keep it away from the mic as well.
3. Use the Right Posture
Recording video on a mobile phone is handy, but it can also give you that dreaded “shaky-cam” effect. You can combat that by using the right posture. Grip the camera with both hands (never do the one-hand record thing). Pull your elbows in close to your body, so that your upper arms are tight against the side of your chest. This will help to eliminate vibration and movement in the footage.
4. Set Your Focus
You might think that your phone is doing a great job of focusing on the subject of your video. However, when you replay that footage, you find that it’s actually out of focus and slightly blurred. It’s tough to ensure that you’re actually honing in on your subject or the action correctly on a tiny mobile phone screen. Double tap the screen to focus on the area you want. That will help eliminate blurry, out of focus shots in most instances.
5. Use Lighting Properly
Lighting is vital in all recording situations, including recording with your smartphone. Whenever possible, use natural lighting for your recording, but if you’re in a dim area, make sure you have some source of artificial lighting available or your footage will be dim, dark and boring.
These are just a few of the many important tips to remember when you’re recording video with your mobile phone. Done correctly, mobile recording can be highly beneficial and even professional. Done wrong, it can be a nightmare.
– Video Caddy