Tips to Improve your Smartphone Videos

Thanks to smartphones, recording video has never been so easy. In an effort to help you capture whatever it is you want in the best way possible, we gathered a few tips to improve your smartphone videos. video editing toronto, small video production, forensic audio service, forensic audio toronto

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Nothing ruins great footage like having two black vertical bars along both sides of your video. To avoid this amateur mistake, make sure to use landscape orientation and not portrait orientation while recording. Not only does landscape make your video seem more aesthetically pleasing in general, it’ll also make it more enjoyable to watch when viewed on a widescreen or television. Plus, you’ll capture more in the actual video. Vast majority of smartphone videos are recorded vertically, bad habit. So just remember: never hold your phone vertically while recording, unless you really like or want those vertical black bars included. If you already have a vertical video, watch what can be done about it.


Digital zoom is gross – just ask any professional photographer. Most smartphones unfortunately feature digital zooms, which are just software tricks that’ll make your subject appear closer and with lots of pixelation. In order to zoom in while recording without losing the crisp, vivid quality you desire in videos, you’ll have to get closer to your object. In general, you should always get as close as you can, especially for tight shots on faces. Let us see those freckles and fine lines. video editing toronto


Listen for background noise in the location in which you plan to shoot. Even subtle sounds, such as air conditioning, traffic, a TV or conversation in an adjacent room, can prove distracting. Turn off those noisemakers you can control, minimizing the impact of audio “clutter.” Try to stay as close as you can to the source of the audio, you want to record with your footage. When you record a proposal across a room full of people, chances are you will record a lot of murmur of all those people and the speech will be mostly masked by the noise. If you have noisy audio, read about our audio enhancement service and let us help you clarify audio.  video editing toronto

Steady shot

Mount your camcorder on a tripod whenever you can. When you make any movement, it can translate either to jumpy motion, noise or both. At times, when you can’t use a tripod, try to hold the phone with both hands and rest your elbows to something to minimize any movement. Smartphone videos often need stabilization during the editing.


Make sure the camera is in focus. The focus should be on the object or person, you are recording. Have you noticed? After you start recording, someone walks into the picture, but the camera is already focused in on something else, and the person walking into the picture might appear blurry.

At Gift Video Production, we specialize on small video production. We take your footage and turn it into amazing little films. Search our blog for many more video tips and contact us to get your video project started!

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