The first thing that i’ll use is my ulanzi? U rig pro so this is a really cheap piece of equipment, but really really good, probably one of the most underrated pieces of accessories for smartphone filmmaking ever. This is the ulanziu rig pro costs about 12 to 15 pounds on ebay in the uk on amazon. I think it’s about 18 20 pounds, it’s really a well worth purchase and what it does is it gets your hands off the phone, so you won’t get those micro tremors on your camera phone. So when you’re filming handheld normally it looks smooth to your eyes but actually you’re, getting tiny little jitters as you’re filming and when you see it back in editing it just doesn’t look good, but with this get your hands off the phone, you can do your pans. You can do your tilts, nice and smooth and it’s just a really nice way to get smooth footage without you know, breaking the bank also you’ve got the threads here. You’Ve got cold, shoe mounts as well, so you can add your lights, your microphones, all that kind of stuff, and of course you want to use nd filters if you’re outside. So i use my moondog labs nd filters such as this. Now i use this with a clip on now. I don’t have the beast: grip rig anything like that, the cage. So what i use is this basically it’s like a closed peg. You can get from amazon, so i’ve got my clip on which costs about 11 pounds.
It comes with a newer or newer. However, you want to say it. Uh nd feels this variable. I don’t really like that variable nd filter myself, so i prefer to get fixed nds. There are some decent variable, nd filters, but i’ve not seen one video that’s convinced me they’re, better than fixed nds, so i get the clip on. I get the step up ring. This is a 37 millimeter step up ring and it goes to 52 millimeters. On this side, so i can then attach my nd filters to that and then clip it on to my phone over the lens and you just screw it on same with the nd filter. On top of that step, up ring and make sure when you clip it over your lens that there’s no air or like gaps between the back of the phone into the filter itself, otherwise you’ll get some weird shapes lighting. That kind of thing so get it nice and tight on there and you’re good to go now. What about sound when you’re using handheld rigs? For me, i personally would use normally the videomic me from rode this one plug straight into your headsocket of your camera, or you need a lightning to head socket adapter if you’ve got a phone like this is an iphone 8 that i use for filming. So i have to use the adapter and you’ve got the rode. Videomic me l, which is the lightning adapter microphone for your phone that’s, a really good one as well it’s, a bit more expensive.
That one is about 40 45 pounds, the one with the lightning adapter for some reason: it’s more expensive it’s about 60 65 pounds. But if you move your phone pull the spring up on the under your pro move, your phone to the side, you’ve still got room for your hands and you can always move it a bit to adjust that and you’ve got plenty of space for your microphone here. As well or if you want to get one of the wired ones, you can have it on a cold shoe. Mount sticking out here, like you’ve, seen a lot of people’s videos as well. So this is essentially my handheld rig for outdoors. Obviously, you can put a light on if you’re doing indoor stuff, but really it’s, so simple, it’s, so cheap. This costs about 12 to 20 pounds if you’re getting on ebay or amazon. The nd filter costs 30 pounds for moon dog labs. The clip is 11 pounds step up rings about 6 pounds. So what you’re? Looking about 50 pounds 60 pounds there with a microphone. Obviously that goes up to 80 90 pounds, but it’s super cheap for a handheld rig. That does a lot for you and you get good sound, good quality image. The nd filter allows you to keep your shutter speed down if you’re, making films as opposed to more vlogging kind of stuff and that’s. Why i use this setup as my smartphone video rig for handheld filmmaking, so what about b roll? What do i use to get the b roll sequences either in my youtube videos or for films as well? The first thing i’d normally use, is a gimbal.
So this is my osmo mobile 3, as you can see from dji now this gets you nice smooth footage without any tremors as long as you’re kind of walking with it, you know heel to toe heel to toe. If you see my videos, you’ll know what i’m talking about so using the osmo mobile 3 or zone smooth 4, whatever your handheld gimbal is, or hybrid gimbal it’s a really great way to get smooth b roll footage. You can move the gimbal in so many different ways and get nice low, swooping shots across the ground. You can do your tilts. Do your pans and this game will cost about 90 pounds to 100 pounds depending on where you’re getting it from any kind of smartphone. Gimbal can be so helpful to get b roll because you can get into places that you wouldn’t normally be able to. So you can kind of like do a flashlight mode, which is where you have it almost like a torch, and you can like push it into small spaces, pull it out again, get really nice b roll shots like that, and i always make sure i got the Strap around my wrist because the last thing you want to do is drop your phone drop, your gimbal, whilst you’re getting your b roll footage and obviously, if you want to do 24 frames per second with 48 shutter speed, then you’re gon na want to use nd Filters for outside filming again same as we did with the handheld uh rig, so put that over make sure there’s no gaps around the lens make sure you’ve got counterweights glass.
If i was doing a long length of filming, i’ll use my ulanzi counterweights as well on the gimbal, so that way, you’re not pushing this gimbal to its max and making it struggle through those kind of complicated movements as well. Also, i suggest, if you’re, using a smartphone gimbal, to use a small tripod that connects to it as well. That way in a similar way to the handheld rig on the lens eric pro. It gets your hands even further away from the phone and you’re able to get all sorts of movements and you’re able to get even further into smaller gaps. Now, whilst the gimbal is really the go to for b roll that you want to get there’s another way, you can get really interesting, b roll too, with an accessory like an octopus tripod. So this is my rhodizi octopus. Tripod it’s got super bendy legs, hence octopus, and you can make it go really really low to the ground and you can even have it wrapped around fences ledges anything – and you can get really nice interesting angles with this as well. For your b roll now, you’ve got a pin here at the back, which, if you twist it it releases a ball head. So you can get any kind of angle. You want literally any angle you want and no matter where, what kind of bumpy surface you have! This on you can adjust the legs, make sure you get a flat surface behave and you can make sure that whatever shot you have is going to be nice and straight wherever you’re filming.
So an octopus tripod, as well as a gimbal for me, is a real go to for getting really good b roll shots and unusual b roll shots as well that make your footage stand out. Something else that i love to use as well is my smartphone hood from moondog labs. So if you’re outdoors, you want to get rid of these reflections from the sunlight and such this is a really really good tool to have so let’s talk about getting still shots from a distance all closed up now this is the newer tripod it’s, a two in One gets to about six foot so it’s about my height as well. It can get even taller than that, so it’s really great for getting people in shot, whereas actors or for interviews that are really tall as well. Obviously you can make it shorter. People are shorter and i like to use the lansing eric pro with this, because that way i can use my rode video like me or any other mic that you want, and so the height of this is its benefit being able to go up to six foot Plus for taller people and images that you want also, you can do your tips and pans with the handle here as well. Like any other tripod, another feature, that’s really great, is you can invert the legs? So when you invert the legs, you can actually get really low shots as well, so when you’re doing again, b roll or any kind of shots that you want that are going to be low to the ground.
It’S perfect for it and i’ll show you how it looks with the inverted legs as well. Now, what about a low budget youtube setup we’ve, seen lots of videos where people have great big aperture 320, whatever they’re called lights. That kind of boon is amazing. Nice soft light onto you, but what if you’ve only got small lights and a very low budget? Let me show you how i do my youtube clips and talking headpoints like this and how the setup looks. So this is basically the start of a setup. I’D have for typical kind of talking head moments for my youtube videos, i’ve got a little led light here. That is a v gym, led light. I actually wouldn’t advise this particular lights. It runs out battery if you have it on full power runs out battery. Really quick, but for standard youtube videos where you’re filming for short periods. This is really good, got a five in one reflector here as well, which i’m using the center part of it. So this is the diffuser that softens the light. I’Ve got a back light here, which is the falcon eyes, f7 light and that changes colors in all sorts, so that’s, nice to use for backgrounds. I’Ve got my little setup here for the microphones youtube setup and also for youtube i’m. Now using the filmic remote. So fulfillment power filming rate really really good little accessory to have on your apps as well to help you get shots on your own, that you wouldn’t be able to and control your shots as well.
So that really is literally my youtube setup, so basic, obviously it’s um, probably not the best, got some baking stuff there. For my girlfriend just ignore that there got the little power bank there as well to charge my phone whilst i’m filming as well in case the battery gets low, and that is my youtube setup. Well guys. I hope you found this video really interesting it’s, something i’ve been wanting to do for a while, because i know a lot of people have questions, particularly if you’re, a beginner or just getting into this with smartphone video making and filmmaking accessories can be a bit of A minefield at time, so if you want to find out more about these, do look at the links below that i’ll leave and also, if you’ve got any questions. I’Ll do my best to answer them in the comments below. So if you’ve watched us enjoyed it give us a subscription hit the thumbs up, it really helps grow.