What Am I Doing Wrong?
Making movies with an iPhone is pretty easy, just take the phone out, focus on the target and click on record. Most of us have captured special moments with loved ones or just a funny moment while out with friends and family. However, after a quick review of the recording, more often than not, we do always ask ourselves why the quality is not so good and how we can improve on this. Well, you’re just in luck because we will share a few tips today on how to fix shaky images, bad lighting, and low audio quality. All you require is just some hardware and software to create that high-quality movie you’ve always wanted.
1. Use Quality lenses
Good quality motion pictures are the backbone of any good movie. The iPhone camera is good enough, but if you’re looking for better quality, then I would recommend using additional lens attachments. You could start off with lower-end CamKix lens set, which includes a fisheye lens, telephoto zoom (8x) and wide angle. You can find better lenses in the market depending on the movie you’re shooting.
2. Use a tripod
Have you ever tried watching a shaky video and cannot explain what is going on? And you have to watch it over and over again just to make out the events. Even with the latest built-in optical image stabilizer on the iPhone, nothing will beat using a tripod for that steady video capture.
Always mount your iPhone correctly on a tripod to avoid accidents.
3. Use extra lighting for your video
iPhone has a built-in camera flash, which is not sufficient especially if you’re shooting indoors. It is recommended to use off-camera lights. Your videos will always look professional with good lighting.
If you can’t afford studio lights and you’re shooting indoors always shoot facing a window or use the sun.
There’s always the option of a homemade lighting. You can use clamp lamps or high powered touches.
4. Use external microphones to capture audio.
To capture quality audio in a noisy environment, it is always best to get the microphone close to your subject. But this will mean using a second iPhone just for recording the audio. For best practice, use a powered microphone such as the Sennheiser ME66 with an XLR microphone adapter, this will send the sound from the microphone directly into your iPhone.
There are other devices you can purchase, depending on what you want to record. Photojojo’s Mighty Mic can be a good start, and others include; Blue’s Mikey Digital and the Zoom iQ6.
5. Use computer software to edit your iPhone movie.
You can modify your raw footage on your iPhone with apps. However, if you desire to have a more professional finish, use editing tools such as Adobe Premiere Pro, Pinnacle Studio 16 Ultimate, and Final Cut Pro X. This software will enable you to sync video footage and audio. You will also have a lot of effects at your fingertips. Other features include; converting the final work into various file formats from standard definition to ultra-high definition 4K for movie theater screens.
Here are some great mobile editing tips for you as well.
If you have any questions or comments about the tips today please contact us by clicking on the contact us button up in the menu on the top right of your screen.