5 Tips to Create Professional Videos With Your Smartphone

Let’s talk about creating videos exclusively with apps on your phone. It is easy, convenient and fast. Actually, if you’re not an editor, it might be easier for you to work on your phone!

Whether you are on Android or iPhone, this blog will help you make your videos look professional even if you’re not one ;)

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Alright, let’s get on with the good stuff!

Settings…

Most smartphones these days have a few different resolutions and frame rates to choose from. Make sure that the camera settings (resolution and frames per second or fps) are set up correctly.

On Apple phones, the options are in the main settings menu under “Photos & Camera” (scroll down to the camera section). On Android phones, these settings are usually right inside the main camera app.

Here’s a quick breakdown of the most common video settings:

  • 1080p at 30 frames per second: Gives the video a look that is closer to how you see the scene in real life.

  • 1080p at 24 frames per second: The 24 frames per second (fps) speed creates a cinematic look.

I like shooting in 4K at 24 fps but 1080 at 24 or at 30 fps should work just as well.

Lighting…

The difference between having lighting and not is ASTOUNDING. I’m not kidding. That’s why the number one thing you need (actually there’s two things but we’ll talk about that later) is plenty of light hitting your face. An amazing and free option is, of course, sunlight.

If you decide to shoot outdoors, it’s much better if you do so when there is overcast. The clouds will serve as a diffuser and it will be softer on you. Never EVER stand directly under a source of light… you will get raccoon eyes. The light above you will cast shadows under your eyes aaaand you don’t want that.

Finally, if you live in a dungeon or are allergic sunlight, you can get mini portable light like this one. What I love about this light is that it also comes with filters.

Stabilize your camera…

If you’re using the camera in your computer to record, then that should be fairly easy to do. If you want to raise the computer to the eye level, well...get creative! Go for a books and boxes hunt around your house and stack up them up to prop you computer.

If you’re using your phone, you have two options, place your phone over the computer (duh) or get a standing selfie stick. I record A LOT of my IG stories videos with it and my favorite part is that it comes with a remote control for your phone.

Audio…

Your phone’s microphone usually does a pretty good job at getting your audio. The most important thing is to make sure that there are no background noises or distracting sounds. Turn your TV off and even the AC if necessary! ACs usually create a humming sound which may be picked by your recorder. A second option is to get microphone for your smartphone. Amazon has a few good ones like the Pop Voice Omnidirectional Condenser Mic (you might need an adaptor) and the RODE VideoMic.

Find your favorite video-editing app:

Here are a few of my favorite ones:

    1. InShot (this is the one I use)

    2. ProMovie

    3. Kinemaster

    4. Filmmaker Pro

    5. Pocket Video for social media teasers and reaction videos.

Bonus! Composition…

Use the rule of thirds. The rule of thirds is a technique designed to help build drama and make the shot more interesting. Imagine that your viewfinder is divided into 9 equal segments by 2 vertical and 2 horizontal lines. The rule says that you should position the most important elements in your scene along these lines, or at the points where they intersect.

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