They say the best camera is the one that you have with you. If that’s the case, iPhone wins the top priority not only because it’s convenient to have a small camera in the pocket, but also because the quality is not inferior to what you could captured with professional cameras. Even the filmmakers are shooting movies with iPhone, such as Sean Baker’s Tangerine, which is shot absolutely with iPhone 5S.
Today, the latest iPhones give you more options for shooting videos, such as stunning 4K footage, incredible slo-mo video, and high speed time-lapse clips. And an increasing number of iPhone users are shooting videos for sharing to social media like YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc. But if you just pull your iPhone out of pocket and hit record, you won’t take full advantage of everything this powerful camera can do. Worse still, things won’t go so well when you’re sharing such videos to the web.
The following are some quick tips for getting most of your iPhone camera to make awesome videos for sharing.
Create Good Shooting Conditions
This can be only some brook drop minor matters for making videos with iPhone. But when they were really ignored, you’ll find how much they matter to the result iPhone video shots. So before you start, take a couple of minutes to tweak your iPhone settings and use necessary accessories whenever possible.
Tweak Your iPhone Settings.
Firstly, make sure your iPhone has enough storage space, after all, you’ll never want to experience the dreaded moment that you’re unable to capture a video because of insufficient storage space. And set your iPhone to Do Not Disturb mode to keep notifications going in the background so you can film uninterrupted. Then tweak iPhone video resolution, format if needed. Given that you’d like to shoot videos in higher quality, you’re suggested to choose higher frame rate modes like 1080p/240FPS and 4K/60FPS in High Efficiency (HEVC codec).
Grab a Gimbal or Tripod.
Never believe your hands are steady enough to shoot videos, even though the newest iPhones have built-in optical image stabilization, which makes shooting decent handheld footage fairly easy. If you’re filming a video for your brand, especially one that will live permanently on your blog, YouTube channel, or other social media, you do need a gimbal or tripod to keep your iPhone video steady and polished.
Use a Microphone.
It’s inevitable that there are some background noise when shooting videos. But you can use some sort of microphone to minimize the impact of distracting ambient noise. It doesn’t have to be expensive, you can use something as simple as a microphone that plugs in your iPhone’s lightning port to get great audio for your video.
Choose Somewhere with Good Light.
Your iPhone footage will look best when shoot in somewhere with lots of light. If you’re shooting indoors, adding supplemental lighting will go a long way. The easiest way comes to find a room or location with plenty of natural light.
iPhone Shooting Skills in Proceeding
After everything is ready, you can start making awesome videos right now. But if you don’t adopt some skills when shooting, your video will not as amazing as you think. Let’s check what can you do when shooting videos with iPhone to make your video even better.
When you view videos on mobile devices, the video will be automatically rotated according to the orientation of the device it’s being viewed on. So, you’re more recommended to shoot videos horizontally for watching on a larger tablet or computer screen without black bars.
Don’t Use iPhone Digital Zoom.
The zoom on your iPhone is digital zoom instead of optical zoom. You’re just enlarging the picture digitally, which means you will quickly get into a world of unsightly pixelation. So unless you have the dual-lens iPhone 7 Plus, avoid the temptation to use iPhone’s built-in zoom.
Lock Your Exposure.
The iPhone automatically focuses on the subject in your shot and adjusts to the proper amount if lighting your camera exposure. This means you may get your final video occasionally blurry and out of focus if it’s continuously adjust according to the movement. So always remember to tap on the screen and hold it until AE/AF lock box appears to lock your exposure.
Take Advantages of Time-Lapse and Slo-mo.
You can get some amazing shots with iPhone’s built-in slo-mo and time-lapse mode. But it depends on what you’re shooting, for example, a shot of someone skiing will be probably be great in slow motion, while it might not be so interesting to shot someone typing on their computer. And anything that moves or changes slowly is perfect for time lapse photography. The sped-up nature of a time lapse video can reveal movement that you’d barely notice with the naked eye.
Edit on Your Computer
There are some pretty cool editing apps available for iPhone, but nothing beats editing on your computer. Since most of you are making iPhone videos for sharing on YouTube, Vimeo, Facebook, Instagram or other social media sites, your video may not be confined to being edited, but being decoded, encoded, compressed and so on. This could be a whole process of video processing, which is far beyond achieved in mobile apps. So how could you do to make your iPhone video shots available and polished for sharing to social media. Just backup your iPhone video to computer and process it with the following tips.
Grab an All-round Video Processing Software
Firstly, you need to choose the right software. VideoProc is absolutely the right one that edits, converts, resizes and adjusts iPhone videos. Actually, the name of VideoProc is derived from the phrase “video processing”, covering the whole workflow from video decoding, editing, compressing, converting and re-encoding. Besides iPhone camera shots, it accepts every footage in any resolutions and formats, no matter it’s captured by GoPro, drones, DSLR, HD camcorders, web cameras, or downloaded from online sites and so on.
Better yet, by participating in VideoProc’s iPhone sweepstake, you have a chance to get free trial license of VideoProc and win iPhone XS and more prizes, all up to $1500 value. The lucky draw runs until Nov 24, 2018, so take your chance to enter it right now!
How to enter and boost your chances of winning an iPhone XS
Step 1. Visit Process iPhone Video page.
Step 2. Submit your name and a valid email address to get the entry. Optionally, share the event to Facebook or Twitter get more entries for winning iPhone XS. Then you’ll receive a confirmation and a free license of VideoProc by email.
After you download VideoProc and register with the free license key you’ve received, you can edit and process your iPhone camera footages on computer easily. Now let’s get started.
Never Been Easier to Edit iPhone Videos
Yes, editing videos has never been easier with VideoProc. It can do all the basic editing tasks what iMovie, or Final Cut X does, like trim clips, crop, merge, rotate, flip, apply effects to your video, but in easier steps. Meanwhile, it also enables you to make advanced editing. Given that you have no tripod, extra microphone, or shoot iPhone videos in low light, you can also take full advantage of VideoProc to stabilize shaky iPhone footage, remove background noise, and brighten dim videos. Even if you’d like to make GIF from iPhone footage, force sync audio and video, adjust color, speed up or slow down your video from 0.1x to 16x etc., VideoProc can make all done.
Transcode iPhone 4K/HD Video to Any Formats
Choosing the High Efficiency or Most Compatible mode for iPhone video recording seems to be a dilemma. High Efficiency HEVC video save 50% storage space on iPhone, but it’s incompatible to play on PC, older Macs, TVs, and Android mobiles, while H.264 owns good compatibility but in large video size. VideoProc can address this issue easily as you can convert iPhone H.264 to HEVC for smaller size, and HEVC to H.264 for better compatibility, or convert iPhone video to any formats according to your specific purpose.
Resize iPhone Video by up to 90% with Intact Quality
In addition to video formats, the file size comes as another cause of your failure for sharing iPhone videos to YouTube, Vimeo, Instagram, and so on. For example, a minute of 4K at 30FPS will take up approximately 350MB for H.264, which is far beyond the recommended under 50MB for uploading to Instagram. Fortunately, VideoProc gives you a super fix to resize iPhone video by up to 90% with lossless quality. You can change iPhone H.264 codec to HEVC to reduce video size by half, convert iPhone slow motion to normal, adjust resolution, bit rate, audio settings, or cut the video length and crop frame size to shrink your iPhone video size further.
Also worth noting is that VideoProc delivers a blazing fast speed, up to 47x real-time faster to process your iPhone footage, all thanks to the unique level-3 hardware acceleration powered by Intel®, AMD® and NVIDIA® graphic cards. It turns over the overburdened video decoding, processing and encoding tasks from CPU to GPU so as to lower CPU usage and fasten the video processing speed. If you’re just planning to change your iPhone video container instead of the underlying codec, the auto copy feature works together with full GPU acceleration for an even faster speed.
After you’ve done, export it and share your awesome iPhone footage to YouTube, Facebook, Instagram etc. Don’t let it set on your iPhone and take up storage space. Share the moments of life with your family and friends and create great memories for the future you.