10 Tips to Improve Your Smartphone Videos

10 Tips to Improve Your Smartphone Videos

Tips to Improve Your Smartphone Video
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Videos are an essential marketing tool that more brands are turning to more frequently. Videos offer an excellent way for companies to engage with their customers while building trust emotionally. Videos can help your SEO ranking, essential for any marketing strategy that relies on the internet.  For many online content creators, finances are a huge issue.

A camera that costs thousands of dollars is out of the question, and however, that doesn’t mean that you can’t produce quality content with a low budget. All it takes is a few clever video production tricks and some basic filmmaking knowledge.

This guide will share 10 Tips to Improve Your Smartphone Videos.

1) Make sure you have enough light

Many people may not know this, but the light is the most crucial part of getting a good photo or video. Make sure to record your videos near a window or outside in the daytime for best results. Add lights directed at the subject for better lighting indoors. For a proper lighting setup of videos for YouTube, you can follow the well-known three-point lighting setup for Talking Head Videos. A key light to light up the subject, a light from the side to light up the shadow area on the face, a light directed at the background to separate the subject from it. Click here to watch my simple setup video on YouTube.

Lighting is one of tips to improve smartphone videos

2) Shoot at eye level for the audience to connect with the subject

“Eye-level shots” is the term for camera angles that relate to human eyes. Eye-level shots are exactly what you might guess – they’re shots where the camera is around the height of human eyes. When shooting a video, it’s important to shoot at eye level. Doing so will provide your audience with the opportunity to connect with the subject- that is You. Videos taken at eye level are more emotional and show a natural connection.

3) Keep your video background simple

Backgrounds are the first thing viewers notice in a video. If you have a busy background, it can be challenging for your viewers to focus on the content of your video. Your background must be free of distractions.

One quick way to create a professional-looking video is to use a solid-coloured background. This could be anything from a wall to hay, as long as it isn’t too busy or a large sheet of backdrop paper are both good options. Your subject should stand several feet away from the background to avoid casting shadows.

You can also use some budget RGB Lights like the Weeylite RB08 or Simpex RGB Light to project colours to the background to make it dramatic as well.

4) Use Manual Controls

Before you start shooting, make sure to take a few minutes to set up your camera. Use manual controls in your camera settings if available.

If your camera has manual controls, use the feature to fine-tune the video settings. You can also use third-party apps like Filmic Pro, Manual Camera Pro, MCPro24FPS or Open Camera to get more granular controls over your video recording.

5) Avoid distortion by using proper settings in your smartphone camera

Taking videos with your smartphone can be frustrating at times. You’ll find that your videos are defocused or blurry, you can’t take a video of something too close to the lens, the flash is too bright, or you can’t focus on your subject. So, make sure your settings are correct in terms of focus and white balance. If your camera app allows locking focus on the eye or face, you can use that feature to keep focus pinpointed. The Open Camera App has the nifty feature for locking focus on the face which can be beneficial in case you fo some talking head videos or speak in front of the camera.

6) Avoid too many cuts in the editing

Editing is an essential part of the writing process. It can be tedious, but it will make your videos more concise and professional. Start by watching over your work and identifying areas that need to be edited. Delete the unnecessary parts; remove parts with sounds like “um” s and “uh” s. Most importantly, sync the audio with the video properly. You can use software like Descript to automatically remove unwanted sounds from your video.

7) Try not to zoom in or out too much during filming

How do you feel when a video zooms in and out? Does it make you dizzy? Most people will say yes, and that’s because it makes it difficult to understand what’s going on. Sometimes, it is necessary to zoom in for a closer look or to keep the viewer’s attention, But doing it too much can negatively affect the viewer’s attention.

8) Use an external microphone, if possible, to get  better audio from your smartphone footage

Using an external microphone for your smartphone footage can make a massive difference in the quality of your audio. The best way to avoid background noise is to use a directional microphone to pick up sound from one direction and minimize unwanted sounds. However, if you are on a budget, you can still produce high-quality sound with a lavalier mic like the Boya BY-M1. The BY-M1 offers an omnidirectional pickup pattern that will capture sound in all directions, making it perfect for interviews, lectures, and more. If you create more talking head videos, then you can also consider condenser mics like the Rode NT USB-Mini or Blue Yeti.

In editing, try to minimize the background noise for a better audio experience. You can use software like Audacity to remove noise in post-processing. If you edit your smartphone videos using the phone itself, you can use an app like PowerDirector which has a noise removal tool built in. Lexis Audio Editor is an android app that allows simple audio editing like noise removal in your smartphone as well. You can also use software like Krisp if you use a PC to record the audio or record your Smartphone as a Webcam using OBS.

Having the best quality audio for your video is vital to ensuring success. It is said that Audio is half of the video! So, to improve your smartphone videos, you can try to improve the audio first.

9) Create a plan before filming to cover all the essential points in the video project

Planning a video project can seem daunting but following these tips will make it more manageable. First, you should identify the primary goal of your video and what you want viewers to take away from it. Next, you should plan out all of the steps in the production process and how long each one will take. Once you have a timeline for your video down pat, create a script or bullet points before you start recording. Also, do not forget to take a test shot of around half a minute to see whether everything from sound and lighting is okay.

You can use Notion to plan your video projects on any device. Planning for a video creation process can also let you implement the tips to improve your smartphone videos so that you can also keep track of the points that you require to improve upon.

10) Clean the lenses before you start recording with your smartphone camera

Cleaning your lenses is one of the most critical steps before recording with your smartphone camera. Dirt and grime on your lens can affect the quality of your video and photos, and you may also have fingerprints on the smartphone lens. Just take a minute to wipe the lens with a microfiber cloth to get clear video. This simple step can save you time from re-recording a video afterwards.

Bonus tip: Find your Style

Take time to think about what you want the focus of your video to be. Not only should you consider what you would like to talk about, but you should also consider the style of video that works best for you. Maybe it’s vlogging, or it’s building up your brand, or perhaps it’s just making content that entertains people. Whatever your style is, find it!

I hope these 10 Tips to Improve Your Smartphone Videos will help you create amazing videos using your smartphone and grow as a creator.

Create a Freeze Frame effect using Kinemaster Mobile Video Editor

This is a short tutorial and I created a walk around video on YouTube. The freeze frame effect is used by many to create an effect where the moving objects in a video leave a frozen frame tail. Kinemaster is a smartphone video editing app and following some simple steps using video layers in Kinemaster you can easily achieve freeze-frame effect. This tutorial is created using the Kinemaster Pro app on android since we need support for video layers to achieve this effect. Kinemaster has powerful video editing tools to produce top quality video for professional or personal use.

How to download?

Get Kinemaster from
For  Android: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.nexstreaming.app.kinemasterfree
For iOS: https://appstore.com/nexstreamingusainc/kinemaster

Steps to create Freeze Frame effect

The steps can be followed by anyone with a basic knowledge of video editing with Kinemaster. The same effect can also be created using other apps in a similar fashion.

1. Create a project and bring your desired video footage to the timeline.
2. Play the video footage to find some frames to freeze.
3. Take the cursor the desired frame and take a snapshot of the frame and add as a layer (Capture frame and add as a layer option)
4. Select the layer, go to Split screen and select full screen.
5. Adjust the duration of the layer and bring the opacity down to 0%.
6. Take the cursor to the desired frame in the video layer and repeat the process as in steps 3 and 5.
7. Once you have created the desired number of “freeze frame” layers, as above, bring up the opacity of each layer back to 100%.
8. Go to each image layers and change the blending mode to “Darken”
9. Your video is ready with the Freeze Frame Effect.

My video walkthrough

Here is my YouTube video for a screen recording of the entire process:

I hope this short tutorial will be useful for you.

Create your personal book catalog with My Library App

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Locked down, aren’t we? We all are doing our bit to combat the novel Corona outbreak by staying indoors and working from home. Let us use our free time to create your personal book catalog for free using My Library App.

Android Smartphones allow users to use the phone in many productive ways. We all are now going through a tough time and most of us are staying indoors. Many of us are spending time by reading various books and novels. Students and educators are spending their time to prepare class notes and study materials from their personal collection of books and journals. I believe most of us can boast of a personal library of at least a small number of books if not thousands. Right?

Let me ask you something? How many have you have created a catalog of  your personal book library? By personal library, I mean the books on your study tables, bookshelves or anywhere in your homes. We can spend this #lockdown period in organizing a personal collection of books and journals. For this, I will use an App called My Library by Julien Keith. I am an Android user and you can find this app in the Android Play Store. This app allows you to store your personal library and perform a Quick Search within it. By creating a catalog, we not only organized our books, it also provided us a sense of richness about the collection that we own.

The main features of the app are

  • Add a book to your catalog by using the Barcode scanner inside the app.
  • Add a book via ISBN.
  • Search book in your library
  • Sorting options
  • Export to excel
  • Save export database to cloud storage. Only Google Drive and Dropbox are supported at present.
  • Importing of database.

How to use tools for anonymous torrent downloads real quick and easy [in 2019]

How to use tools for torrent download

  1. A VPN app to get access to Torrent sites. In my country, many torrent sites are blocked. The Torrent technology (P2P file sharing) is not only for illegal downloads but many legal software and videos are available for download via torrents as well. I prefer Nord VPN for anonymity. It is available for almost all platforms with some good servers. P2P is allowed. BTW, we will use a torrent leecher web service.
  2. A download manager, I prefer Internet Download Manager for Windows and Advanced Download Manager (buy Pro for ad free experience) for Android.
  3. An account in Torrent Leecher site like Zbigz , the premium service is good but has some cost. If the file size is not too big then seedr.cc also provides good speed and 2GB storage to start with for free.

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Anonymous torrent download
The 1-2-3 of the process:
  1. Connect to VPN, for anonymous connection and access to Torrent site. The detailed connection process will vary from one software to another.
  2. Copy the magnet link of the torrent file from the site. Add the link to seedr or zbigz. There are a number of torrent leecher services available with different free and paid plans. I have listed only those which I personally have used and found to be working well. We can also paste to torrent file lik as well instead of magnet links. 3.The leecher service will start caching the file requested in its own servers. It is something like the leecher service download the torrent file in a similar manner as it is done in our own PC via Torrent Clients. We leave the leecher site till the caching is complete. Sometimes it takes longer time for the process to complete. Once the caching process is complete, the file can be downloaded as usual. Use the download manager of your choice to download it at maximum speed.
Note: This article is for educational purpose only. If you use this information for any illegal downloads, then the author is not responsible for any legal issues. This article was originally published via this Post.

I hope you enjoyed this short article

Thanks

Learn coding in Javascript with Grasshopper (by Google Area 150)

Grasshopper is a coding app for beginners. It lets users learn Javascript coding in a fun to learn way. The lessons progressively challenges the users into coding more and more in a systematic manner in their iPhone and Android devices. This app is released by Google’s internal incubator Area 150. The app name Grasshopper – is a tribute to early programming pioneer Grace Hopper.

Starting with “The Fundamentals,” Grasshopper offers a series of lessons where users can learn how code works, along with various terminology like functions, variables, strings, for loops, arrays, conditionals, operators, and objects. After that, advanced lessons follow.

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In a nutshell, the app features are:

  • Visual puzzles develop your problem-solving skills and solidify coding concepts
  • Use industry-standard JavaScript with just a few taps on your phone
  • Real-time feedback guides you like a teacher
  • Collect achievements as you learn new skills

The app can be downloaded from the sources below.

iOS

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/id1354133284

Android

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.area120.grasshopper&hl=en


I hope that this app will be found useful by some readers.

Have Fun with learning to code!

This post was originally published via Steemit Post

Dark web tools are not always used for illegal purposes.

Hi all, we all muat have aware of some tools used in dark web. One of the tools that is most widely used for illegal downloads of almost any kind, movies, music, books, software, porn (most popular, ?), etc. is torrent. We all have used utorrent for sure. Thepiratebay, kickass torrents, tirrentz.eu all have been (in)famous for illegal torrent files.

BUT, torrent technology is a beautiful piece of technology that allows efficient downloads via peer to peer file sharing. This technology can be used for legal downloads, which can allow downloading of large files with more efficient manner. Torrent is almost similar to the Blockchain technology, decentralized system of sharing a file.

I today would like to share a website which allows legal downloads of acaademic materials.

http://academictorrents.com

It is a distributed system for sharing enormous datasets – for researchers, by researchers.

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The result is a scalable, secure, and fault-tolerant repository for data, with blazing fast download speeds.

As an avid android user I recommend Flud, a very good and efficient torrent client for Android OS.

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Screenshots below:

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Google Play link:

Flud Torrent Downloader
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.delphicoder.flud

Ad free version (no extra feature)
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.delphicoder.flud.paid

This post is for informing my friends about the app and the site that I prefer to use myself. I don’t endorse them or affiliated to them in any way.

Sharing is fun.

This post was originally published via this Steemit Post.

Jurassic World Alive: An Augmented Reality (AR) game on the lines of Pokemon Go

This is a Pokemon Go like game where the players are supposed to find dinosaurs and catch them in real world. The gameplay includes real world mapping which encourages the players to go out and find dinos.


Price: Free but offers in-app purchases.


The gameplay is interesting and uses tbe latest AR tech. It allows players to take pictures with the captured dinos.

Use of drone, DNA sampling and creation of genetically modified dinosaurs are some interesting features in the gameplay.

There is also realtime battle between different player for a competitive gameplaying experience.

Some screenshots:

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Overall the game is pretty interesting amd allows user to kill time in a fun way and also get out of the couch to a more engaging experience of mobile gaming.

The game offers membership.

  • Jurassic World™ Alive offers a monthly subscription at USD $9.99, please note prices may vary depending on sales taxes or countries.
  • The user will be asked to login to his Google account (if not already) prior to the purchase.

Playstore link:
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.ludia.jw2

iOS link:
https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/jurassic-world-alive/id1231085864?mt=8

This post was originally published via this Steemit Post.

Thanks DropBox, I found some old Magestic Sunset images!

I am an ardent fan of smartphone photography. I use Dropbox to archive some of my old photos using the Camera Upload feature to save space on my smartphone. Luckily, I have around 26GB of Dropbox space most of which I use to store photos captured using the smartphone. Dropbox provides 2GB of free space as the starter plan and they have a referral system to increase the amount of free space upto 16GB. The paid plans are also pretty good deal even though I have not yet felt the need to upgrade to a paid plan.

Now let me show you some photos which I liked a lot while browsing through my photo archive at Dropbox.

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You can try DropBox (It contains a referral link which will provide me with an extra 500MB space and also you can earn an extra 500MB if signed up through this link and the app is installed) if not already a member.


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I took the above picture at my village, a lush green paddy field. The shot was taken using a Samsung Galaxy Note (aka N7000) phone sometime in 2012. The picture was color enhanced with Adobe Lightroom Mobile on my current OnePlus 3 smartphone.

I, along with my family, went for some treatment at the Apollo Hospitals in Chennai, India during Sep-Oct, 2012 where I underwent a small knee surgery (an arthroscopic surgery) for some knee joint pain and during our stay we had a trip to Mahabalipuram (also known as Mamallapuram, a UNESCO World Heritage Site) which has many stone sculptures as well as beautiful sunsets. The following pictures are examples of the beauty of the place during sunset (my mobile photography is not that good to justify the real beauty of that place)


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The above three images were taken at Mahabalipuram, Tamil Nadu, India which is around 50Km from Chennai.


Marina beach is a very well known beach in Chennai, and a major tourist attraction:
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Shot with Samsung Galaxy Note N7000, Marina Beach, Chennai.


To know more about Mahabalipuram, visit this Wiki Link:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Group_of_Monuments_at_Mahabalipuram

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All images used in this post were personally clicked by me (@dreamzchm), edited with Adobe LR Mobile.

# Thank you!

Preserve Nature, Preserve our heritage!

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