How To Make Better Videos With Your Phone
- Get your phone at eye level
- Find or create good quality light
- Use a separate microphone in a quiet environment
Camera Tips (0:50)
- Record at 1920x1080 (only use 4k if you have a reason)
- Do NOT record in a vertical orientation, keep it horizontal
- Start recording, then wait a couple seconds before you start talking
Lighting Tips (3:24)
- The easiest way to find good light is to step towards a window.
- Do NOT have a bright light behind you, as you will be in the shadow.
- Try not to sit in front of a white wall, as it will feel claustrophobic, and also because there is no depth.
- Instead, step away from your background towards your light source and that will create visual depth in your scene.
- Don't point a light directly at you - instead, turn it away and bounce it off a white wall so it turns into a soft light.
- If filming outside, try filming in the first or last hours of the day.
Audio Tips (7:13)
- Use an external mic like a lapel and place it close to you.
- A lapel mic also helps inside which minimizes background noise.
- No matter what mic you use, it's always good to do a test record so you can listen back to see what is picked up.
- Walk around looking for good light.
- Find a room and background you know you can clean up.
- Set your camera up so you know what is in the frame and what isn't.
- Aim for balance in your background.
Focus on what you're going to say more than getting a pretty picture. Content is more important than camera setup!
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