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Record videos with your smartphone – that’s what matters

A good camera phone is at best the beginning. It depends on the right technology and optimal settings.

Recommended settings for videos

You can choose a higher or lower resolution for videos to suit your quality requirements and the cell phone memory size.

You set the resolution and refresh rate (“fps”) in the camera app. If you want to record your videos in very good resolution, select “1080p”, “30 fps” and the aspect ratio “4: 3”. “720p” at “30 fps” offers a compromise between quality and space requirements. Videos in “4K” or “8K” become too large and quickly explode the cell phone memory. The devices also get quite warm.

Put videos together into a film

You have recorded several videos. Now you want to line up the individual clips so that the video snippets become a real small film. You can do this on your cell phone and on your PC.

If you want to turn several small travel videos into an exciting holiday report, add the clips together using Google Photos on your mobile phone or PC. To do this, mark the videos, select the plus sign and go to “Film”.

Assemble videos on mobile phone

On Android, clips can also be found in the free app You Cut – Edit Video & Video Maker (ad-free full version: 9.99 euros). Tap the plus sign in the app and, if displayed, tap “New”. Now tap your videos one after the other in the desired order. Confirm with the right arrow. Go to “Save” at the top right. Set the resolution and the video quality and confirm with “Save”.

Assemble videos on the PC

After transferring them to the PC, the clips can be combined in Windows 10 with on-board functions. Open the Photos app in the Start menu. Select the desired videos one after the other by clicking in the rectangle at the top right. Select “New” or “New Video” and “New Video Project”. Enter a name for your movie. Now set the order of the individual clips by moving the preview images at the bottom of the window. To save the film, go to “Finish video” in the top right. Define the desired resolution and confirm with “Export”.

Tip:

The best Android apps for video editing

Change perspective for exciting videos

Change perspective for exciting videos

Your mobile phone videos capture the mood of scenes and reproduce them authentically. Entertaining mobile phone videos are a pleasure to watch because they are characterized by variety and dynamism. Therefore, try to capture different, as concise moments of a situation as possible instead of long scenes. Avoid a multitude of very similar scenes. When filming, switch from a half-length shot to a close-up and detailed shot or to a long shot. For another motif section, move closer to the motif.

Take a sharp picture of your video

Sharp subjects

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Sharp subjects

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The HD video camera in newer cell phones delivers first-class recordings in good conditions. How to ensure razor-sharp videos.

As with photography, your cell phone automatically focuses when filming. Newer models even try to recognize people and other objects in the foreground and capture them sharply. Nevertheless, the automatic focus can skid if you do not align the smartphone in the middle of the targeted subject when filming. In this case, simply tap the desired object on the display and set the focus point manually.

If your video focuses on a moving object, the camera may lose focus during the recording and try to focus again.

In the worst case, the repeated refocusing of the motif in the finished video leads to unwanted focus pumping.

Countermeasures:

In most camera apps, you can lock focus on video recordings by tapping twice or longer. As a result, the focus point that has been set is retained permanently, even if the subject moves or if you swivel the cell phone.

The right cell phone guide when filming

The right camera position is the basis of successful videos when filming with a mobile phone. Just stick on it and film – it doesn’t always result in an exciting clip. A few simple basic rules ensure that your films differ from those of an amateur.

Nobody likes blurred videos. So keep the cell phone as steady as possible. It also helps if you lean on. Whether portrait or landscape – do not tilt the phone up, down or to the side unnecessarily when filming. In many cases, the cause of crooked buildings or wrong motif proportions in films is a slanted smartphone.

The viewer is annoyed by hectic panning and zooming because the human eye cannot cope with the many movements because it has to jump from one focus to the other. Instead, create dynamics by recording moving events in different short scenes.

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