DIY – 6 tips how to record better video
Nowadays you don’t necessarily need professional equipment to record video. For most everyday purposes your smartphone’s camera will do it. Based on our own experience we would like to share 6 tips you can watch out for to record better footage.
- Use a tripod to avoid shaking
Most of the new devices have some sort of stabilization built-in, but the best if you just use an inexpensive tripod. Plus you can bend its legs and attach it to a tree branch or railings to shoot steadily even when you are alone.
- Move the camera slowly
When we say slow we mean very-very slow. Speeding up footage later during editing or playback is never an issue, but slowing it down is only possible if you recorded with high frame rate (by high we mean at least 120fps) otherwise quality is going to be compromised.
- Set high quality
Experiment with quality settings of your device and aim for the highest if you can afford it in terms of storage. The highest resolution your camera is capable of is not always the default setting, not to mention frame rates. So it is better to spend some time learning how to adjust these settings before shooting.
- Plan it out in advance
If you plan the story you want to tell in advance, then you will start recording footage accordingly. You’ll become more aware of your surroundings. Like that overflown bin or that guy who is eating really disgustingly in the background. You can turn the camera slightly to leave them out of your video of long lasting memories.
- Light it up
Your eye and your camera works differently. What you perceive not so dark is usually very dark for your camera. If you can just turn up one light bulb near the people / objects in front of your camera you can drastically improve quality.
- Shoot from multiple angles
If possible use more than one device to record the same thing from multiple angles. You can do it with a single camera as well, however just might need to repeat it multiple times to get it right.
+1. Prevent Vertical Video Syndrome
We aim to deliver you the best possible experience using professional techniques to edit your amateur videos. We can easily trim parts you don’t need, improve colours or audio. We can add various (sub)titles and background music and so on. You name it, we do it. This way we can improve videos a lot, but if the raw material is better quality to start with so will the end result.