SMARTPHONE VIDEOGRAPHY TIPS you SHOULD KNOW
And it’s got great cameras. Ahoj.. This is Zdenka. Today’s video will be all about smartphone filmmaking everything from the basics for beginners how to set up the camera, how to use the lenses, how to actually film the best filming, apps gimbals LOG profile, all the way there. Everything you need to know to Get the best video possible from your smartphone. Right now. Lots of people don’t realize the power of the smartphone camera. Sure you can turn it on. You can press the record button and …, and then you might end up with something like this.. No, you can do better., You can end up with something like that. Let’s start with the basics, building it up all the way to advanced. Camera settings and resolution.. When was it the last time you looked at your camera settings, Wait. Did you actually ever looked at these phone settings and went to camera What’s? Even there, 720p 1080p 4k.. some smartphones even offer 8k. The best quality possible you’re going to get if you’re gon na be filming in the highest resolution on your phone.. In my case, it is 4k. Now I’m going to be filming in 4k, because I know that I have a lot of storage on my phone and I also have quite strong computer, so I know I can edit it in the post. If I choose to edit my footage on the computer., It is good to film in 4k, because you’re gon na get the best quality possible.
You’Re gon na get that very crisp and sharp image. It’s, also very good to film in 4k. If you’re gon na be publishing your final video in 1080p, because you have a lot more flexibility., Meaning that if I want to reframe a little bit the video in a post, if I’m gon na crop it a little bit, I have a lot of room to Work with and I can actually do so. I can also zoom in and zoom out in a post. I can do a lot of stuff with it. What you don’t want to do, though you don’t want to film in 1080p and upscale the footage to 4k, because whoever’s gon na watch it on a 4k monitor, might notice a bit of a loss in quality. Filming In 1080p is quite good as well.. The quality is pretty good.. Actually, a lot of the videos you’re watching on Youtube are in 1080p. 720p. I would not really use as much.. It is not going to be such high quality.. I would only use it if I’m running out of the storage on a smartphone or if I need to send somebody very quick, video in the email or if I need to make myself just a video note. Frame rates.. What I can also select on my smartphone on your smartphone in the camera settings are frame rates., 24, 30, 60, 120 and 240.. Now what those numbers mean? Every second of a video is made out of photos or pictures.
So 24 frames per second means you’re gon na get 24 pictures played in that one second.. Now, a lot of people are preferring to shoot 24 frames per second over 30 frames per second, which is a normal speed, because you’re gon na get the natural look.. This is the closest to what your eyes naturally see., You’re gon na get a little slight motion. Blur. 60 frames per second will give you normal speed as well, and will record sound as well.. I will be recording in 60 frames per second. If I know that I’m gon na be using some of the clips in a post., I’m gon na be actually slowing them down to get slow motion a bit slower clips. To get the typical slow motion which you see everywhere, you would be filming in 120 frames Per second. And to film very high action sequences to get even a slower, slow motion, you will be filming in 240 frames per second.. One thing you need to remember, though, is that if you’re gon na be filming slow motion, you will be using fast shutter, speed., You’re gon na be filming a lot of frames per second, and you will need a lot of light. If you’re gon na have low Light you will end up with a lot of grain. – Very, not nice, pleasing footage so avoid filming, slow motion in low light.. Now, if you really want to film in 24 frames per second, but your phone, only films in 30 frames per second with your native camera app.
That would be the app already built in in your phone. You can get other apps which can do just that.. I would highly suggest to get Filmic Pro or Protake.. You can certainly film there if you are not going to be using gimbal. If you’re going to be using a gimbal. A lot of these apps, which come with the gimbals, already have 24 frames per second built. In. Lenses., If you have a smartphone with only one lens, then that’s it for you. You’re set.. You will be filming with that lens unless you buy external lenses, which you can actually attach to it.. Now, if you have a smartphone like me, which has multiple lenses, I have three here, then you want to take advantage of that. So your video gets more dimension. It looks more interesting., So it’s not looking the same, like you would get the same. Look with one lens only if you will be filming a video with one lens, only. I’ve got three lenses. Wide angle, standard and telephoto.. What you do want to do when you are filming is to use digital zoom just zooming with your fingers, because, if you’re gon na be zooming in you’re, gon na really destroy the quality of the video.. What you want to do instead is to select the correct lens and move yourself physically.. Of course, sometimes you might have to use digital zoom, but if you can work around it, the result will be so much better.
Wide angle. Lens is used for landscapes and the wide nice revealing shots or overall shots of a location, but remember that there is a distortion at the edges. Standard. Lens is nice for the middle range, shots and telephoto you might want to use if you are filming a person or close up of an object, because when you get very close to it, you will get nice blurry background. Bottom line. It is very nice to mix them together because you’re gon na get very nice diverse shots in your video.. If you are someone who wants to go beyond wants to get extra lenses, then I would suggest to get an amorphic lens and maybe even a macro. Lens. Anamorphic lens will give you the nice flare in the shots, but also gives you the wide movie. Like look. Those black bars at the top and at the bottom. Night filming, is especially nice with this lens. Macro lens is for those extreme close ups, which can be really interesting at times.. There are a number of other lenses you can get. It all depends on your preferences and the effect you want to achieve.. To be honest, I use the most just the smartphone lenses and also the anamorphic lens., Lock, exposure focus and white balance.. Let me show you this video. Watch very closely and try to figure out what’s actually wrong with what you see.. What is wrong with the video Automatic exposure, automatic white balance and the focus was not good at all.
. Did you notice how the video was suddenly getting lighter and darker lighter and darker? It was kind of flickering.. Did you notice how the colors suddenly shifted and the focus was a little bit off too Before you press the record button, get in a habit to locking up a few things.? If your smartphone native app allows you to select correct white balance, then do that. Lock it up.. If it is sunny use sunny., If it is overcast use overcast., If it is shade, use shade., If you don’t do that, whenever you change your angle, colors will change.. You should also lock exposure so it’s not getting brighter and darker on its own. Tap on the screen and hold until it is all locked. Now watch out, as it will also automatically lock the focus as well. Now let’s be honest.. The native camera app on the iphone is not the best.. It is very basic.. It doesn’t really allow me to control everything the way I would like to. So, as I mentioned before, those apps Filmic pro and Protake that’s – something I would choose to film with, because I can control pretty much everything. Apps. Since I’m. Talking about apps, let me give you a list of apps. For filming handheld. Without a gimbal. Top of the list is Protake, as it has insane stabilization.. This is not a free app, but you can access some features there for free. Filmic pro is another one.
I would recommend.. I would also like to recommend Moment app, which is available on Apple devices.. When it comes to editing. If you have newer or stronger computer, I highly suggest free Da Vinci Resolve.. It is a very powerful program, quite similar to Adobe Premiere Pro.. You can do pretty much everything there. If you are editing on the phone. There are many apps available. I use iMovie on Apple.. Lumafusion is excellent, as well. On Android Filmora GO would be the way to go. Filming handheld.. For those who don’t have a gimbal. You will get a smoother video if you are filming with not only one hand, but you are holding your phone with both hands and moving slowly and steady the entire body.. Now, if you want further stabilization, you can use app. Protake. Here is a sample video, where I’m walking filming handheld. Gimbals in stabilized selfie sticks. Market is flooded with stabilized selfie sticks and gimbals.. Now don’t get too over loaded with them. Don’t get too stuck up on, choosing which one is the best, because they are all pretty much very similar.. What is more important is to get the skill what you are actually doing with it, how you are filming, capturing the story and editing it together.. What you need to remember, though, is that stabilized selfie sticks are usually two axis gimbals.. That means that the stabilization is not gon na be as good as you would get with three axis gimbals.
. So if you really do care about stabilization, get three axis gimbal.. I have made so many videos about gimbals. I’m gon na create a playlist for you and link it below for those interested. Manual filming.. So you’ve mastered everything up to this point, but your video, your footage, still looks a little bit digital. It looks kind of smartphone like video. And on some devices, especially if you upload it to Youtube. You notice that sometimes the movement is a little bit jerky. The video is kind of skippy and it skips once in a while. That’s, because you are filming in automatic mode.. What is happening is that the shutter speed is extremely high and sometimes it changes on its own. It’s variable.. So what you need to do you need to film in manual mode., You need to bring the shutter speed down. You need to double it., So if you’re filming in 24 frames per second, your shutter speed should be 148 of a second. But for that you need ND filter. Now what’s, that Those are sunglasses for your camera. Now filming in manual mode is a whole different, chapter. I’m gon na link tutorial, which I luckely created in the past, below the video for those again interested. Sound., When you’re recording Sound on your smartphone, the latest smartphones have pretty good microphone already built in.. But if you want a little bit more professional sound, then I would consider getting external microphone. And there are so many to choose from.
. The tricky part will be to figure out which one is actually compatible with your smartphone. For my smartphone, which iPhone 12 pro I like to use lavalier microphone just because when I have it clipped on me, I can move away further from the camera and I can Still be heard. So here’s a sample of me talking on a smartphone with a built in microphone.. So this is the sound you are going to get if you are not going to be using any external microphone but you’re going to be using just the internal built in on your smartphone. And here’s the sound I get on this smartphone with lavalier microphone., And this Is the sound you’re going to get if you’re going to be using external microphone.? I have one right: here. LOG and color grading.. If you’re someone who wants to control the final look of the video when it comes to colors, you might consider filming in a LOG profile., It is very flat looking like image, no contrast, no colors and stuff like that.. What you need to do. You need to color grade that in a post or apply LUT preset.. Now you can film LOG profile and Filmic pro Protake Moment app. If you are interested to see how to color grade LOG profile from scratch in Adobe Premiere Pro. Let me know in comments below in the comment section and I’ll create tutorial on that. Practice.. The rest is just practice.
Don’t get overhelmed by everything. I was saying in this video. Pick one thing practice a lot. Master it until you know you can do it 100 and then move on to the next skill. Practice. Now so you’re ready for the big event. You want to capture. Don’t, wait with the practice for the actual event, because it’s, probably not gon na, go that well. Well hit the thumbs up. If you found this video informative and if you want to subscribe to this channel for future videos – and if you want to comment below and I’ll, see you, my friends in the next video. Cau …