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Shoot good videos with your smartphone – that’s how it works


In this workshop we will show you what you should pay attention to when filming with a smartphone.

You don’t have to be a professional to make good film recordings with your smartphone. Usually it is enough if you follow a few basic rules.

Basic rules: the secret of success for good film results

One of the most important rules is the correct format: With your smartphone, you always have the choice between portrait and landscape format when taking photos. However, you should only use landscape orientation when filming, otherwise you will always see two black bars on the side when viewing the video on your TV, computer or tablet.

Always rotate your videos in landscape orientation. Otherwise, you will see more black bars than movies when playing back on your computer or TV.

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Always rotate your videos in landscape orientation. Otherwise, you will see more black bars than movies when playing back on your computer or TV.

If you plan to post-process the video on your smartphone or computer, you should use the best resolution available. A large number of smartphones only have full HD as standard, i.e. 1920 x 1080 pixels. If you later want to watch the videos on a 4K television or correct the image section, you should definitely choose the highest possible resolution. With current smartphones, this is a resolution of 3840 x 2160 pixels, also called Ultra-HD or 4K. You can find the setting options in your camera app under “Video size of main camera” or similar.

Before you start filming, you should familiarize yourself with the essential functions of your camera app. If you have an autofocus function available, switch it off for your video recordings and focus the protagonists of your film manually. To do this, tap where they are – the camera app will then automatically focus on the picture. The autofocus function would constantly try to readjust during the recording and ultimately lead to blurred scenes in the video.

Smooth and sharp: Avoid quick camera pans

When making your recordings, please make sure that you don’t make any hectic movements or quick pans. Otherwise the scenes may be blurred. If you want to capture the details of a scene, it is best to move your camera towards the object or person and avoid the smartphone’s focus function.

The use of a tripod is particularly worthwhile when you are filming longer sequences or scenes, such as a speech at a party. If you already have one, there is one for your smartphone

the right adapter from around ten euros
in online trading. Alternatively, there are small and large tripods especially for smartphones – the small ones have three rigid or flexible legs, the large ones are photo tripods with appropriate adapters. The price ranges from around 15 euros for the small to around 50 euros for the large ones.

Tripod adapters for smartphones (picture) are available from Amazon from 10 euros, for example, whole tripods start at around 15 euros.

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Tripod adapters for smartphones (picture) are available from Amazon from 10 euros, for example, whole tripods start at around 15 euros.

When you position yourself or your tripod to take pictures, take the lighting conditions into account. The best shots succeed when you have a window in your back through which the light falls on the object. If you film outside, try not to film against the light here either.

Speicher & Co .: The final preparations before recording

On many devices, the fingerprint sensor and camera lens sit close together, which inadvertently makes the lens dirty. So clean them before recording. If you are using a memory card, check whether it is actually saved as a storage location and whether there is still enough storage space available. Because one minute of film recording in 4K format requires up to 400 MB. You can usually find the storage location in the camera settings, for the fill level there is the option “Storage” in the settings of your Android smartphone. This is arranged in different places depending on the Android version and the manufacturer of your device; you can get there quickly using the search function.

Before recording, check whether there is enough space left for your films on the memory card or in the main memory of your smartphone.

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Before recording, check whether there is enough space left for your films on the memory card or in the main memory of your smartphone.

So that you are not disturbed by incoming calls or notifications while you are recording your film, it is advisable to switch your smartphone to flight mode via the quick settings and to activate “Do not disturb”.

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