How to take superb travel videos with your smartphone?

September 23rd, 2017

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Your smartphone has an amazing video camera, but just clicking record may not result in getting quality footage for your travel videos. 

EpicMakers edit your footage and turn them into slick videos ready to share it with the world. While EpicMakers take care of editing your video, here are some quick tips to make shooting easy on your smartphone.

  1. Choose The Right App
    When it comes to shooting quality videos on your Android or IOS smartphones, FiLMiC Pro does the trick. FiLMiC Pro gives you almost total control over how your phone captures video. While manual makes it easier to take great photos, you can’t take great video without an app like FiLMiC Pro. This app helps you
    get huge control over how the footage is processed and encoded. With FiLMiC Pro you can set focus and exposure independently. In the settings you can also select the bitrate. The higher the bitrate, the more information that gets saved. However, if you’re using a smartphone with not much memory then you will fill up the hard drive in ten minutes of shooting at 30 frames per second with FiLMiC Extreme. FiLMiC Pro also records audio. If you use an external microphone, it can even handle stereo. Otherwise, it just uses your iPhone’s microphone.

    Similar Apps that would still make video recording easier and better:
    Pro Camera
    Camera Genius
    8mm Vintage Camera
  2. Tripod To The Rescue
    The newest smartphones have built-in optical image stabilisation, which makes shooting decent handheld footage fairly easy. But no matter how steady your hands are, nothing beats using a good old-fashioned tripod. However, if you would prefer shooting handheld, here are some tips to help you stabilise your shot:
    – Keep the phone close to your body.
    – Rest your elbows on a nearby object.
    – Use your body to absorb bounces and shakes.

    Nevertheless, at EpicMakers, the editors are specialized to stabilize your videos when in need or use it to your advantage in crafting your story.
  3. Cancel Out The Noise
    A general rule for clear audio is to get your microphone as close to your subject as possible or directly above the subject’s head to record clean audio. Usually, creating a simple voice memo will do the trick. Another option is to use an external microphone. You can plug a powered mic into an XLR microphone adapter, and it’ll send the audio from the microphone directly into your smartphone. Before you start recording, make sure you test your sound. Reshooting something because the microphone wasn’t plugged in properly, or because the audio levels weren’t set, is extremely embarrassing.
  4. Do Not Zoom
    Smartphones do not optically zoom in, therefore you are just enlarging your video which means you have entered the world of unsightly pixelation. If you want to get a close-up shot of your subject, then move the phone closer until you find the perfect shot!
  5. Jazz It Up
    Smartphones these days are not limited to shooting regular video. A time-lapse can be used for the perfect establishing shot of your travel. Think of how your video would look like in a time-lapse or slow-motion. For example, a shot of someone skiing will probably be great in slow-motion, whereas a shot of someone typing on their computer might not be so interesting.
    In the camera settings, you can choose to shoot 120 frames-per-second at 1080p resolution or 240 frames-per-second at a reduced resolution of 720p.
    For capturing a seamless time-lapse video,
    – Put your phone on a tripod.
    – Lock the focus and exposure for smooth and natural lighting changes.
    – Put your phone in airplane mode before you hit record.

    EpicMakers help take your video to the next level. Complete with all the bells, whistles, soundtracks and supers – shazam’d into an edited video that can be easily shared.
  6. Back To Basics
    Don’t neglect composition, framing, story and everything else that goes into a great video out of your travel  just because you are using your phone instead of a larger camera. Instead, the simplicity of using an iPhone should allow you to spend more time focussing on the basics.

  7. Back It Up
    Don’t take this lightly. It is always important to back up your footage. One of the advantages of shooting with an iPhone is that, with a data plan you can use cloud services like Dropbox or iCloud. Simply turn off airplane mode and upload the videos to your backup service. If you’ve your computer on set, you can also just copy the files directly to it.
  8. Make It Epic
    You’re all set to make your next travel an epic one. Don’t forget that the last and most important element in making a perfect travel video lies in editing it. EpicMakers helps you to do just this, keeping in the mind the perfect mood for your video. At EpicMakers, you upload your travel footage at their website and the editors will make a complete video showcasing the best of your travel experience according to your brief, perfect to show off in your travel blog, website, social media sites or to your family and friends.


    How will your video look? Here is the first project that Lisa Niver from We Said Go Travel did with Epicmakers. Want to make your own video? Use code WESAIDGO10 for 10% on your project. Lisa loves working with EpicMakers and they are a sponsor for our first Travel Photo Award.

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