It’s possible to obtain very reasonable quality video footage from your iPhone or Smartphone, but we’ve listed below some of our top tips to ensure you get the very best video from your phone.
1. Landscape Orientation
Always film using your camera in a Landscape (or Horizontal) Orientation as this works much better when displaying the video on a computer screen on TV.
2. Camera Settings
Check the video settings on your phone and ensure they are set to the highest quality. Ideally your camera should be set to record with a video size of 1920 x 1080 pixels.
No matter how good (or bad) your camera, lighting can make a huge difference to the final result. Different light source can have different colours so it’s normally safer to use natural daylight where possible. We’d suggesting sitting in a well lit room, preferably near a window. Avoid sitting in strong, direct sunlight as this can cause harsh shadows on your face.
An audience can forgive poor image quality, but without good sound a video is pretty much useless. We therefore suggest paying extra attention to the sound in your recording.
- Close windows, turn off air conditioning and switch off any other sources of noise.
- Try to avoid recording in a room with an obvious echo. Empty rooms or those with plain walls will cause the greatest echo.
- Try to sit closer to your camera to ensure the microphone is able to pick up your voice clearly.
5. Front or Rear Camera
The main camera on your phone (facing away) is better quality than the one facing you (on the screen side). If possible try to use the main camera. You may need to ask a person to help you to ensure you are sat evenly within the screen.
6. Camera Stability
Try to rest the camera on a surface to ensure it remains stable whilst filming. If you have a person helping you ask them to rest their hands against a stable surface (such as a table, or the back of a chair). This will keep the camera steady and prevent them from getting arm-ache part way through filming.
When recording an interview piece on camera it is generally best to capture your head and shoulders, central within the screen and the top of your head just below the top of the screen. This will provide a pleasing image and ensure you are close enough to the camera to be heard clearly.
8. The Background
Where possible try to choose a pleasant background that is not distracting. More important is to avoid having objects directly behind the subject which may appear as though they are ‘growing’ out of the subjects head.