Mastering Smartphone Video Apps

Do you have the soul of an artist or simply want to shoot a few precious family moments to share with your loved ones? Video apps allow your smartphone to do that and much, much more. Read on to learn even more.

Do you have the soul of an artist or simply want to shoot a few precious family moments to share with your loved ones?

General tips

Although features may vary significantly depending on the application, here are a few useful tips for making better videos:

  • Make sure to view the app’s introductory video to see step-by-step instructions on how to use it and save yourself a lot of time in the process.
  • If you want to post and share your videos online using tools like Picasa, remember that you should record your videos horizontally as desktop PC users won't be able to flip their screens vertically to view your videos.
  • Seeing as a video is basically a stream of successive photos, the same rules apply as with photography and as with many photo apps, you can often enable camera grid lines. This will allow for better compositions and make applying the rule of thirds easier.
  • Buy a tripod: it will lend more stability to your shots, ultimately allowing for crisper, cleaner images and better, more beautiful compositions.
  • As always, be mindful of lighting, as you can only do so much to alter it afterwards.
  • Be mindful also of the sound environment. It would be a shame to not hear your child singing happy birthday to grandpa due to excessive ambient noise caused by wind or busy traffic.
General tips

Short reels, big feels

Vine and Instagram allow you to make short videos (6 sec. for Vine, 15 sec. for Instagram), which you can loop on social networks. Easy as 1-2-3: all you have to do is touch the screen of your smartphone to start filming and remove your finger to stop. Add new sequences by simply pressing the screen again. Put your creativity to the test and play around with different features! Try creating an original clip—zoom in on the face of the smiling mother who just gave birth, followed by a quick shot of yourself and finish off by focusing in on the newest little bundle of joy! Note that neither of these apps feature a timer—so keep in mind you’ll have to time each shot if you’re planning on doing something more elaborate like sketch animation.

Short reels, big feels

Video editing

There are numerous video editing apps. iMovie remains one of the easiest and most popular to date. In a matter of minutes, its intuitive interface will have you well on your way to making your own movie, complete with music, special effects and a title…

Video editing

Slow motion

Wow your friends and family with extreme slow motion… several applications, such as Slow Pro for example, will have the whole family glued to every frame.

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Mastering Smartphone Video Apps

Do you have the soul of an artist or simply want to shoot a few precious family moments to share with your loved ones? Video apps allow your smartphone to do that and much, much more. Read on to learn even more.
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