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Shooting a Video with an iPhone: 5 Things to Know Before You Press Record

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Planning to shoot a video with your iPhone?

Here’s a list of 5 things to think about, before you even press record. 



How much storage is available on your phone? Do you have a 16 GB or 128 GB phone? Videos take up a lot of storage. Before you start shooting, delete excess media (old videos, music, photos) to clear out space and make room for your new videos.



Recording video can eat up your battery so make sure you have a fully charged battery to start and consider bringing an external battery, just in case.



No one likes shaky video so double check your Image Stabilization settings beforehand. Use a hand-held stabilizer for roaming shots and a tripod for static shots.



Know which resolution you plan to shoot in. For videos that will go online, go with at least 1280 x 720 but 1920 x 1080 is your best bet, especially if your final video may footage from other types of video cameras. Most phones can shoot up to Ultra HD (3840 x 2160) and can also shoot in a square format (1440 x 1440) which is great for videos you plan to share on social media.



Plan how you will capture audio. If you’re capturing interview or testimonial sound bites, consider using an external mic or even a 2nd phone to record high quality audio. If you’re recording in a quiet room, the internal mic on your phone will be A-OK but using an external mic will elevate your sound if you’re in a busier environment.  Learn more about that HERE. Do you just want to shoot video visuals that will be edited to a music track? Easy! Then you don’t need to worry about capturing audio at all. ?


That’s it! Keep these 5 things in mind before you shoot your next iPhone video. 🙂



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If you found this helpful, you may also like: 10 Types of Camera Shots to Vary Your Video Composition and Video Ads Shot on a Phone: Bentley.

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