How to Record Top Notch Videos Using an iPhone

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For the majority of aspiring entrepreneurs, even the experienced ones, recording high-quality online courses can sometimes be challenging, especially when using a smartphone. Apart from the specific details such as background, composition and lighting, certain technical considerations should also be taken into account to produce a high-quality video. 

In this article, we will reveal the secrets on how to record killer videos that look and sound great, that even your friends might have a tough time believing was completed using an iPhone.

Here are a few tips for using your iPhone effectively as a recorder:

  1. Find a quiet room. Remove or unplug any device that could disrupt your recording.
  1. Utilize the exposure lock. If you intend to record a video of an yourself or another person talking to the cam, it may prove difficult since the iPhone has the tendency to adjust and refocus, which may result in a jittery looking That is why we suggest making use of the exposure focus lock. This will help you maintain a constant exposure and focus all through your recording.
  1. Do not shoot vertical videos. We live in a world used to widescreen view. TVs, Laptops, websites, and Twitter feeds are all good examples of places that a vertical video will not look good. So make sure that when you shoot, shoot horizontally.
  1. Light your video. The camera flash that you have in your iPhone can’t match with off-camera lights. You can purchase professional light such as Westcott’s Ice Lights. If you are tight on a budget, you can create your own lighting set-up by buying a kit from Home Depot for less than $100. If you cannot acquire a studio light, your iPhone works almost as well with natural light, so it’s ideal to face the window and take advantage of the sunlight.
  1. Invest on external microphones. Smartphone cameras are constantly upgrading, but audio is still the weakest aspect of videos created from smartphones. So, it comes as no surprise that most experienced video producers use external microphones when they are recording with their iPhones. It’s wise to invest in external microphones if you are planning to record videos with your iPhone. Bear in mind, a video that has poor sound quality will likely increase the chance that viewers will leave your video before finishing it, or that it will diminish the perceived quality of your brand. To make sure that your courses and sales videos have superior audio, consider the following external microphones:
    • Apogee MiC – a handy, studio-quality USB mic. Made to record voiceovers, speech or interviews, the MiC is considerably flexible. It’s handy and doesn’t need an external power source.
    • Belkin LiveAction Directional Microphone – if you intend to capture videos at live events with the use of your iPhone, Belkin has got you covered – particularly if the audio sources are not that close with your smartphone.
    • RØDE SmartLav Lapel Microphone – is ideal for presentations and interviews. It’s normally attached to the clothing of the speaker near to their mouth. It’s cheap and has been made precisely for iPhone use.
    • Zoom iQ5 – a high-quality stereo mic that can be plugged directly to an iPhone and considerably improves the sound-recording capacity of your device. The mic can rotate to horizontal and vertical positions, which helps in optimizing video recording.
    • Tascam iM2 – supplements a superior-quality stereo mic on your smartphone, Lightning to 30–pin adapter is needed if used on latest devices.
  1. For wider shots, the clip-on lens should be used. There are times that you may want a wider shot; however the fixed lens of an iPhone limits your capability to perform wide shots. Having the capability to shoot wider shots is handy especially when you’re in a small space or indoors. A great way to do this is to acquire a clip-on lens adapter. We recommend that you use any of the following:
    • Olloclip 4-in-1 Photo Lens – Remodeled for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 plus use, this item features four optic lenses that consist of macro 15x, macro 10x, wide-angle, and fisheye. The Olloclip 4-in-1 clips can work with various video applications and can be used for both front and rear cameras.
    • Mpow 3 in 1 Clip-on Lens – a handy removable jelly device that provide users with a 180-degree fisheye lens, 0.65 wide angle lens, and 10x macro lens that can be switched in-between. Although its feature is focused for iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus use, its universal clamp design can work on other major smartphones as long as the cameras aren’t longer than 13mm in diameter.
    • Telephoto Lens – has the capability to give a 12x closer view for your iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus so you can take shots that are a further away.
  1. Use a tripod. Even if you have steady hands, an iPhone is quite difficult to stabilize particularly when recording video. If you are going to edit multiple takes, even minimal movements can cause a disjointed product, so it’s worth it to invest in a tripod. Preventing shakes and wobbles can make a big difference in your video quality. May it be preparing a webinar sales video, recording how-to videos, or making a film course, stabilization is imperative. Below are few best tripods great for iPhone models that can aid you in shooting a smoother and better video:
    • Joby GripTight GorillaPod – a tripod that is flexible and has a 180-degreee leveling head that can help you shoot in a landscape or portrait position. It can be placed on bumpy surfaces, you can flex its legs, and it can be attached to metal surfaces like fences or poles because it has magnetic feet.
    • Manfrotto Pixi – a small light tripod made for small smartphones like iPhones. If the legs are closed, you can use the Pixi as a grip to record smooth videos.
    • Studio Neat Glif – the first smartphone tripod stand and mount, and is still considered one of the best. It is simple, lightweight and gets the job done.
    • OlloClip Quick Flip Case – a tripod mount that has a Pro-Photo Adapter that also has a mount for the mic, lighting or other device attachment. This case is compatible with the clip-on lenses of OlloClip.

So, there you go! Now that you know the secrets to recording top notch videos, there’s no excuse not to make killer, high-quality videos on a minimal budget.

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