Edumarketer Tip #123: Advanced tips for mobile video recording

Uncategorized Aug 05, 2021

Over the past two weeks we have talked about tips, tricks, and attachments to help elevate your mobile video production output. So now you are ready to start filming. Follow these four basic tips to increase the production value of your mobile content.

  • Video Settings 

Don't be fooled by the simplicity of those few switch-flips. They can make a huge difference when it comes to capturing beautiful video on your mobile phone! IF you have a phone that’s relatively new, you might have the ability to record video in 4k. The best way to check in is your settings. 

If you're using an iPhone, for example, we recommend going into the camera app, selecting video and choosing "4k" in the top right hand corner of the screen if possible. Doing this could instantly bump up the quality of your footage with just one simple tap.


  • Lighting


Make sure the light is behind your subject, not in front of them. It's more important that they're lit nicely than anything else and if you can't control this due to weather conditions or other factors then make sure there are no shadows on their face at all costs, or think about adding an additional lighting source. 

If you’re going to shoot inside, we recommend using an external studio light as fluorescent lights can really decrease the quality of the final output. 


  • Background


Try to avoid filming yourself or the subject against a plain background at all costs! A plain white background is boring, makes you look flat and will most likely cause your audience to click away because it’s not interesting enough. 


  • Stabilization


One of the easiest ways to make your video look professional is by making sure it's properly stabilized. Your phone already does a lot for preventing camera shakiness, but following these tips should maximize its stability and help you create an impressive product:

Move the camera slowly and with intention. Two hands on your phone at all times, don't zoom unless you have to! You can always move closer to a subject for better pictures - zooming in adds shakiness.


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