How to Make Good Videos with the iPhone
Hello iPhone User! Do you want to know how to make high quality videos on your iPhone? Can you believe that this video right now is being filmed with my iPhone? After watching this video, you’ll know how to make videos just as good as this one, with your iPhone.
First of all, you need good lighting. Our phones have come a long way in poor lighting, but if you want a high quality video, you need great lighting. Right now, I’m actually using 6 soft boxes. Now, I agree that that sounds like a lot, but I like having a bright white background. 2 of my soft boxes are pointing at me, the other for are in each corner of my background.
The great news about lighting is it’s now very affordable. I bought mine on Amazon, and I’ve included the link below for the exact one’s I purchased. What I really like about mine is they are large, and they each have 5 light bulbs with 5 individual switches. This makes it very easy to make small adjustments to my lighting.
Another big area to discuss if you want high quality is your audio. The built in mic on your phone is only good if you’re talking right next to it. Otherwise, you’re going to need another mic. What I’m using right here is called a lav mic. This one cost me around $20 and it’s great. I’ve found them as low as $2, but the audio quality isn’t as good.
Now a question you may be wondering is how to connect or “mix”the audio with the video. Well, I know some people who just have a really long cord on their lav mic, and they are able to plug it right into their phone. That would certainly work. Others will have a wireless system set up, so you can be wireless and while parts of that are appealinglet’s just say that wireless also brings with it a lot of technical difficulties.
Now if you’ve ever been to one of my video session events, you know that what I use is actually a separate digital recorder. Here’s how this works. When I’m done recording, I’ll have my video file with a low quality audio track. And I’ll have a separate audio track that’s high quality. In my video editor, it’s real easy to just visually line the two tracks up, so the audio and video match, and then I just delete the lousy audio track. If you have any problems with that one, my team at Wallaby can help you mix those together.
Ok, another simple thing you can use to improve the quality of your video is a tripod. Maybe this one is obvious, but it is certainly important. Please use a tripod if you want your videos to look professional.
Ok, lastly, I want to show you a feature on the iPhone that if you learn to use, can greatly increase the quality. It’s a way to lock in the focus and the lighting.
Ok right now you see me in the camera, and out of my 6 soft boxes, I only have the 2 that are pointing at me turned on. I then touch the screen, and lock in the lighting. Because this locks in the focus at the same time, it’s good to touch the face.
You’ll see a yellow square bounce twice, and then indicate at the bottom that the automatic exposure and focus are locked. With the lighting locked, now I can turn on the 4 soft boxes I have pointing at my white background, and it makes it bright white.
My recommendation here is to just play around with that setting, and learn how to lock in the perfect lighting in different settings.
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Everything I used to film this video:
- 6 Softbox Lights with Stands: Set of 3 for $160 (I use 2 of these) – http://goo.gl/qRT5aI
- Sony Vegas Studio: $98 – http://goo.gl/9WRMn2
- Photography Backdrop Stand: Only $63 – http://goo.gl/BQKUcp
- A 9.5′ wide roll paper from local photo supply store: $60
- An iPad Mini to use for your teleprompter: $329 – http://goo.gl/4trDmH
- An iPad App called “Teleprompt+”
- A teleprompter case: http://reallycheapteleprompter.com/14g/
- You can use one of the extra light stands that come with the soft boxes for the teleprompter.
- A tripod and mount for your camera My favorite Digital Recorder (for Audio): http://goo.gl/aBuZy3
- A Great Little Lapel Microphone: http://goo.gl/FdE0hf
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