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Creating Quality Videos With Smartphones

Published on: December 5 2022 by Social Media Examiner

Creating Quality Videos With Smartphones

Creating Quality Videos With Smartphones

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00:00:00 00:00:02 - The best camera, the best lens,
00:00:02 00:00:04 is the one facing away from you
00:00:04 00:00:05 on the back of your phone.
00:00:05 00:00:09 The selfie camera is a lower resolution.
00:00:09 00:00:12 It's just not as good as what we call the main camera
00:00:12 00:00:14 on the front there, and this applies to all iPhones,
00:00:14 00:00:16 even the latest one.
00:00:16 00:00:19 The back camera is always better than the the portrait one.
00:00:19 00:00:24 So if your aim is to get the best looking video possible,
00:00:24 00:00:27 then flip your phone around when you're in selfie mode
00:00:27 00:00:29 and take it with the back facing camera.
00:00:29 00:00:32 (ominous jingle)
00:00:32 00:00:35 - Today I am very excited to be joined by Steve Wright.
00:00:35 00:00:37 If you don't know who Steve is, you need to know Steve.
00:00:37 00:00:40 He's a videographer who helps aspiring creators understand
00:00:40 00:00:44 how to create a career with video content creation.
00:00:44 00:00:47 His YouTube channel is amazing.
00:00:47 00:00:49 It's called Learn Online Videos.
00:00:49 00:00:50 Steve, welcome to the show.
00:00:50 00:00:50 How you doing today?
00:00:50 00:00:52 - I'm doing good, Mike, thanks for having me.
00:00:52 00:00:54 I'm looking forward to sharing some tips.
00:00:54 00:00:57 - I'm looking forward to you sharing some tips too.
00:00:57 00:00:59 And what we're gonna explore today
00:00:59 00:01:02 is how to create quality video with nothing,
00:01:02 00:01:04 but that little thing in your pocket,
00:01:04 00:01:06 (laughs) a smartphone.
00:01:06 00:01:09 Now, I would love to hear your story,
00:01:09 00:01:12 your backstory, because I know it's fascinating.
00:01:12 00:01:13 So how'd you get into video?
00:01:13 00:01:15 Start Wherever you wanna start.
00:01:15 00:01:17 - Okay, well, I'll rewind quite far for this,
00:01:17 00:01:18 because I think it's important for everyone
00:01:18 00:01:20 to kind of get a bit of context.
00:01:20 00:01:22 But I'll skim over the early stuff.
00:01:23 00:01:24 I got given...
00:01:24 00:01:25 I say I got given.
00:01:25 00:01:27 I basically stole the family camcorder
00:01:27 00:01:30 when I was about nine years old and became quite obsessed
00:01:30 00:01:33 with it, if I'm honest (laughs) in a good way.
00:01:33 00:01:35 I was just really passionate about filmmaking
00:01:35 00:01:37 and video production when I was younger.
00:01:37 00:01:40 And that lasted throughout my teenage years.
00:01:40 00:01:43 I used to make short films and stop motion animation videos
00:01:43 00:01:45 in my bedroom.
00:01:45 00:01:48 And it was always just for a bit of fun, a hobby.
00:01:48 00:01:49 Then I went to college,
00:01:49 00:01:51 then I traveled the world for five years,
00:01:51 00:01:55 then came back and realized I need to sort my career out,
00:01:55 00:01:58 (chuckles) but never actually thought about doing anything
00:01:58 00:02:00 to do with filmmaking or video production as a job,
00:02:02 00:02:04 'cause it was much harder back in my day.
00:02:04 00:02:05 It was television or film really.
00:02:05 00:02:07 The internet wasn't really around.
00:02:07 00:02:11 And I came back and I went to university
00:02:11 00:02:13 and did a master's degree in television production
00:02:13 00:02:18 with the big dream of becoming a TV director in London.
00:02:18 00:02:20 I graduated with my master's degree,
00:02:20 00:02:23 worked in television for about 12 months,
00:02:23 00:02:25 and this was at a funny year.
00:02:25 00:02:26 This was a two in 2008,
00:02:26 00:02:30 so a couple of years just after YouTube had launched.
00:02:30 00:02:34 And for me the landscape was changing drastikally.
00:02:34 00:02:37 YouTube was going from somewhere where you post a cat video
00:02:37 00:02:39 (chuckles) to somewhere where businesses
00:02:39 00:02:43 and brands were now investing their marketing budget.
00:02:43 00:02:46 And I'd been working in television for about 12 months,
00:02:46 00:02:47 and I was a very small-
00:02:47 00:02:48 - Just outta curiosity,
00:02:48 00:02:49 were you on the reality television,
00:02:49 00:02:54 documentary television, or more like the television drama?
00:02:54 00:02:56 What kind of stuff were you involved with?
00:02:56 00:02:58 - I started from the bottom,
00:02:58 00:03:00 and I was basically trying to work my way up.
00:03:00 00:03:03 I literally thought if I graduate with a master's degree,
00:03:03 00:03:06 I'm just gonna get a directing job straight away.
00:03:06 00:03:08 Not the case at all. (laughs)
00:03:08 00:03:12 It's very, very competitive, especially here in England
00:03:12 00:03:12 and in London.
00:03:12 00:03:15 There are people that are willing to work for free
00:03:15 00:03:17 for 12 months just to get a foot
00:03:17 00:03:18 in the door. - Wow.
00:03:18 00:03:21 - And I ended up being a very small cog
00:03:21 00:03:23 in a very large wheel.
00:03:23 00:03:25 I worked on a few different shows.
00:03:25 00:03:29 The one that really sort of springs to mind (chuckles)
00:03:29 00:03:29 is a TV show,
00:03:29 00:03:32 I don't know whether you get this in in America,
00:03:32 00:03:35 but it's called "The Hotel Inspector," and it's where-
00:03:37 00:03:39 - Is it a drama or a comedy or what is it?
00:03:39 00:03:41 - It's a reality show.
00:03:42 00:03:45 They basically take a very rundown hotel
00:03:45 00:03:48 that isn't doing very well, failing drastikally,
00:03:48 00:03:50 and they send an expert in,
00:03:50 00:03:52 and they give it a full once over.
00:03:52 00:03:54 I guess it's a bit like-
00:03:54 00:03:56 - Gordon Ramsey does.
00:03:56 00:03:57 - Exactly.
00:03:57 00:03:58 It's very, very similar to that.
00:03:58 00:03:59 Very similar to that.
00:04:01 00:04:03 I was working for this show,
00:04:03 00:04:05 and I had what, still to this day,
00:04:05 00:04:07 was one of the toughest jobs I've ever had,
00:04:07 00:04:10 and that was I had to cold call hotels
00:04:10 00:04:15 with really bad reviews and then try and pitch them the idea
00:04:15 00:04:17 of being on a TV show.
00:04:17 00:04:19 (Mike laughs) And you can imagine
00:04:19 00:04:22 some of the responses that I got.
00:04:22 00:04:24 It's really quite offensive, isn't it, to go,
00:04:24 00:04:24 "Hey, how you doing?
00:04:24 00:04:25 "Yeah, just calling up,
00:04:25 00:04:28 "because I heard your hotel's terrible,
00:04:28 00:04:30 "and I wondered if you'd like someone to come in
00:04:30 00:04:31 "and fix it for you."
00:04:31 00:04:34 (laughs) I forget exactly my script,
00:04:34 00:04:36 which I used to read to try and pitch them this idea,
00:04:36 00:04:39 but I'd say 80% of people probably hung up on me
00:04:39 00:04:41 and were deeply offended.
00:04:41 00:04:44 But the odd few were very grateful and they were aware
00:04:44 00:04:46 that their business was failing and they were welcoming
00:04:46 00:04:50 to the idea of someone coming in to fix it for them.
00:04:51 00:04:54 - Okay, so you got involved with the reality television
00:04:54 00:04:56 after you got your master's degree,
00:04:56 00:04:57 and you realized it wasn't what it was shaped up to be,
00:04:57 00:04:58 it sounds like.
00:04:58 00:04:59 So then what happened?
00:04:59 00:05:02 - So then I realized...
00:05:02 00:05:04 Like I said, the landscape was changing.
00:05:06 00:05:08 It felt a little bit like television was dying,
00:05:08 00:05:09 if I was honest.
00:05:09 00:05:12 It felt like I was seeing incredible content turning up
00:05:12 00:05:14 on YouTube and social media,
00:05:14 00:05:17 and that was the type of content that I wanted to create.
00:05:17 00:05:20 I wanted to create short, impactful videos
00:05:20 00:05:22 for brands and businesses.
00:05:22 00:05:24 So I left television.
00:05:24 00:05:25 I quit.
00:05:25 00:05:28 I gave up on the dream of being a film or TV director,
00:05:28 00:05:30 and it just no longer became my passion.
00:05:30 00:05:33 I went all in on online video,
00:05:33 00:05:35 took a big loan out, because I had no equipment,
00:05:35 00:05:36 didn't even own a camera at the time.
00:05:36 00:05:39 And I set up a video production company,
00:05:39 00:05:42 which specialized in creating videos
00:05:42 00:05:44 for brands and businesses.
00:05:44 00:05:46 - Were hotels part of your lineup?
00:05:46 00:05:48 - (laughs) I did a few hotels actually.
00:05:48 00:05:50 The big one at that time,
00:05:50 00:05:52 which was about 2008, 2009,
00:05:52 00:05:56 was that most businesses back then, they had a website,
00:05:56 00:05:58 but it was just pictures and text.
00:05:58 00:06:00 And the way I had pitched to a lot of these brands
00:06:00 00:06:01 is I'd say, "You need a video.
00:06:01 00:06:04 "You need a video on that homepage of your website,
00:06:04 00:06:06 "because people are expecting information
00:06:06 00:06:08 "and they're expecting it fast these days.
00:06:08 00:06:10 "They don't want to have to read and look at pictures.
00:06:10 00:06:12 "If you can just press play on a video
00:06:12 00:06:15 "and have everything explained to them,
00:06:15 00:06:16 "that's how you're gonna grab their attention."
00:06:16 00:06:17 And it worked really well.
00:06:17 00:06:19 I did that for 10 years.
00:06:19 00:06:20 I ran a video production company for 10 years.
00:06:20 00:06:21 That's exact exactly what I did.
00:06:21 00:06:26 I offered short form videos for brands and businesses
00:06:26 00:06:27 for their website and social media.
00:06:27 00:06:30 And that did well and did that for 10 years.
00:06:30 00:06:32 And basically, whenever I did any bit of work
00:06:32 00:06:34 that I thought was worthy of sharing,
00:06:34 00:06:37 I would share it on my own personal social media pages.
00:06:37 00:06:39 And what happened then
00:06:39 00:06:42 was that my friends were sharing those videos
00:06:42 00:06:44 with other people within their groups.
00:06:44 00:06:47 And then that was how I was getting a lot of business.
00:06:47 00:06:49 Businesses were then contacting me and saying,
00:06:49 00:06:51 "We love what you did for such and such.
00:06:51 00:06:53 "Can you do exactly the same for us?"
00:06:53 00:06:55 And there wasn't many people offering
00:06:55 00:06:56 what I was offering back then,
00:06:56 00:06:59 these kind of short form style videos.
00:06:59 00:07:02 And the people that were offering this
00:07:02 00:07:04 were charging an absolute fortune.
00:07:04 00:07:06 It was television production companies
00:07:06 00:07:07 that were doing these corporate videos,
00:07:07 00:07:10 but they were sending in a director, a researcher,
00:07:10 00:07:13 a sound guy, an editor.
00:07:13 00:07:16 So the cost of these things was astronomical.
00:07:16 00:07:17 And then I was coming in
00:07:17 00:07:19 as a bit of a running gun filmmaker.
00:07:19 00:07:21 I could shoot, I could edit,
00:07:21 00:07:23 and I could offer basically the exact same thing
00:07:23 00:07:25 for a fraction of the cost.
00:07:25 00:07:28 So, the company did quite well.
00:07:28 00:07:29 Then quite quickly after that,
00:07:29 00:07:31 other companies competitors started setting up.
00:07:31 00:07:34 I felt like I just got ahead of that curve with that one.
00:07:34 00:07:36 And then I did that for 10 years.
00:07:36 00:07:40 And two people used to call me up, two types of people.
00:07:40 00:07:42 Number one was a business saying,
00:07:42 00:07:43 "We've seen what you've done for such and such.
00:07:43 00:07:45 "Can you do the same for us?"
00:07:45 00:07:49 And then I started getting emails and calls saying,
00:07:49 00:07:52 "Can you teach me the art of video?
00:07:52 00:07:53 "I like what you're doing.
00:07:53 00:07:56 "I like these short form videos, and I want to do the same.
00:07:56 00:07:57 "Do you do one on one training?
00:07:57 00:08:00 "Do you do any coaching or anything like that?"
00:08:00 00:08:01 And I didn't at the time.
00:08:01 00:08:04 And to be honest, it didn't really excite me
00:08:04 00:08:06 doing sort of one on one training
00:08:06 00:08:08 or small group workshops.
00:08:08 00:08:10 I just felt like that would be very repetitive.
00:08:10 00:08:12 I'd have to teach people something for a few days,
00:08:12 00:08:15 and then do exactly the same the next week.
00:08:15 00:08:17 And I thought I would much rather reach more people.
00:08:17 00:08:20 You're very limited if you do those sort of small workshops.
00:08:20 00:08:23 There's only so many people that you can help.
00:08:23 00:08:26 So I thought, well, being a fan of online video,
00:08:26 00:08:29 I thought, well, surely the best way to do this is online.
00:08:29 00:08:31 So that was when I launched the YouTube channel
00:08:31 00:08:32 Learn Online Video,
00:08:32 00:08:35 and I just started posting free content,
00:08:35 00:08:39 free videos, and sharing knowledge,
00:08:39 00:08:41 sharing everything that I knew.
00:08:41 00:08:44 Everything I knew I just wanted to share and help people-
00:08:44 00:08:47 - What year was that when you started that channel?
00:08:47 00:08:50 - I started that channel in 2017.
00:08:50 00:08:52 - Tell everybody how it's grown.
00:08:52 00:08:53 For those that aren't watching the video,
00:08:53 00:08:56 we see a gold YouTube play button behind you,
00:08:56 00:08:59 and everybody who doesn't understand,
00:08:59 00:09:02 you get the silver one when you hit 100,00.
00:09:02 00:09:04 You get the gold one when you hit what number?
00:09:04 00:09:06 - 1 Million. (chuckles)
00:09:06 00:09:09 - So you just surpassed 1 million subscribers
00:09:09 00:09:09 on your channel.
00:09:09 00:09:13 - Yeah, just last month, we surpassed 1 million.
00:09:13 00:09:15 and yeah, it's crazy.
00:09:15 00:09:19 Just to give you a quick rundown of the last five years.
00:09:19 00:09:21 I set up the YouTube channel in 2017
00:09:21 00:09:24 and basically did what 99% of YouTubers do,
00:09:24 00:09:27 and that is post a few videos.
00:09:27 00:09:29 They don't get the views or you don't get the subscribers
00:09:29 00:09:31 that you hope you will.
00:09:31 00:09:33 And you deem YouTube a failure.
00:09:33 00:09:34 It doesn't work.
00:09:34 00:09:35 Why would I keep posting videos?
00:09:35 00:09:36 No one watches.
00:09:36 00:09:37 No one subscribes.
00:09:37 00:09:40 So I posted in the first 12 months two videos,
00:09:40 00:09:42 and I kind of thought YouTube doesn't work.
00:09:42 00:09:44 But then what happened is one of those videos
00:09:44 00:09:47 that I posted about six months later went viral,
00:09:47 00:09:50 and I thought, oh wow, it's going all over the place.
00:09:50 00:09:53 And I couldn't believe that this thing
00:09:53 00:09:54 that I'd created six months ago,
00:09:54 00:09:57 I was now reaping the rewards of it six months later.
00:09:57 00:10:00 And I thought if only I'd carried on making videos
00:10:00 00:10:02 over the last six months,
00:10:02 00:10:03 I'd now have a huge archive
00:10:03 00:10:05 that could all potentially be going viral.
00:10:05 00:10:06 And that completely changed my mindset.
00:10:06 00:10:07 And I thought, okay,
00:10:07 00:10:09 well, I'm just gonna keep posting videos
00:10:09 00:10:11 regardless of how many people are watching them
00:10:11 00:10:14 and hope that whether it's in a month or a week or a year
00:10:14 00:10:17 or however long, eventually these videos will take off.
00:10:17 00:10:21 And then year two, I was definitely more consistent,
00:10:21 00:10:25 and I grew up maybe 1,500 or 1,700 subscribers,
00:10:25 00:10:29 but then come sort of 2020 when the pandemic hit
00:10:29 00:10:31 and everyone was locked in doors looking
00:10:31 00:10:34 to be either entertained or educated,
00:10:34 00:10:39 I now had a big archive of free educational content.
00:10:39 00:10:41 And it just so happened that people were looking
00:10:41 00:10:42 for that type of content.
00:10:42 00:10:44 And it blew up.
00:10:44 00:10:47 In year three, I grew by about 350,000 subscribers,
00:10:47 00:10:49 the same again the next year.
00:10:49 00:10:50 And yeah, like I say,
00:10:50 00:10:54 we surpassed a million last month and it just keeps growing.
00:10:54 00:10:57 - Well, congratulations, first of all, on your success,
00:10:57 00:10:59 and it's an amazing story, Steve.
00:11:00 00:11:02 Your background, obviously,
00:11:02 00:11:04 ever since you were a little kid, was with video.
00:11:04 00:11:05 You live and you breathe video,
00:11:05 00:11:09 and, obviously, you've had now your moment, right?
00:11:10 00:11:12 Looking back, you wanted to be in television.
00:11:12 00:11:14 Now you realize, man,
00:11:14 00:11:16 you've got something potentially so much larger,
00:11:16 00:11:18 and I think it's absolutely amazing.
00:11:19 00:11:21 There's a lot of people listening right now
00:11:21 00:11:23 that are scared of video,
00:11:23 00:11:26 and there's a lot of marketers in my audience
00:11:26 00:11:29 that understand that video is where it's all going, right?
00:11:29 00:11:32 We've got Instagram moving almost completely to video.
00:11:32 00:11:33 We've got Facebook moving to video.
00:11:33 00:11:35 We've got TikTok, which is only video.
00:11:35 00:11:37 We've got YouTube, which is only video.
00:11:40 00:11:42 And almost all these videos can be created
00:11:42 00:11:44 with this little thing in your pocket,
00:11:45 00:11:46 your smartphone, right?
00:11:46 00:11:48 - Exactly. - So why is it
00:11:48 00:11:51 that smartphone video is so important today
00:11:51 00:11:54 as we're recording this in late 2022?
00:11:55 00:11:58 - Well, video in general is really, really important.
00:11:58 00:12:01 I'll go into why specifically smartphone video
00:12:01 00:12:03 is so important, but video's king.
00:12:03 00:12:05 Video's the one of the most versatile
00:12:05 00:12:06 forms of communication.
00:12:06 00:12:07 I mean, it really is.
00:12:07 00:12:08 It's visual.
00:12:08 00:12:10 It's sound.
00:12:10 00:12:11 And you can read it.
00:12:11 00:12:12 You can have text in video.
00:12:12 00:12:15 So, you could watch video with the sound off,
00:12:15 00:12:18 and you can still receive information.
00:12:18 00:12:21 You can read, you can listen, you can see.
00:12:21 00:12:23 You can do anything with video,
00:12:23 00:12:25 a bit like this podcast for example, right?
00:12:25 00:12:26 Some people are listening.
00:12:26 00:12:28 Some people are watching.
00:12:28 00:12:29 I don't know what you're gonna do with this afterwards,
00:12:29 00:12:32 but you could chop it up into little micro videos
00:12:32 00:12:33 and have text along the bottom.
00:12:33 00:12:37 There's just so much you can do with video.
00:12:37 00:12:40 And the reason smartphone video is so important is that,
00:12:40 00:12:41 like you just said,
00:12:41 00:12:44 most people these days have one in their pocket.
00:12:44 00:12:46 So it's never been so accessible.
00:12:46 00:12:49 Back in the day and really not that long ago,
00:12:49 00:12:51 you needed a huge camera.
00:12:51 00:12:54 You need a big computer to edit on.
00:12:54 00:12:56 If you planned on ever broadcasting live,
00:12:56 00:12:59 you'd literally need a van with a satellite dish.
00:12:59 00:13:02 And now, you can do all of that with something
00:13:02 00:13:03 that fits in your pocket.
00:13:03 00:13:05 It's truly remarkable.
00:13:05 00:13:07 So if you are a business
00:13:07 00:13:11 or you are looking to promote a product or a service,
00:13:11 00:13:16 there really is no better way to do it than with video.
00:13:16 00:13:17 - Well, and the smartphones now,
00:13:17 00:13:21 the lenses on these things are amazing and the tiknology.
00:13:21 00:13:24 The ability to actually have all these different lenses,
00:13:24 00:13:26 like the one that you and the one that I have
00:13:26 00:13:29 have three camera lenses built into it.
00:13:29 00:13:31 So you can do wide angle and zoom and all that stuff,
00:13:31 00:13:35 and you can edit it with the software that's on the phone.
00:13:35 00:13:39 Not so long ago you had to like take the stuff off of the...
00:13:39 00:13:41 Even even with the digital SLR camera,
00:13:41 00:13:44 you gotta get the video off the phone, the camera,
00:13:44 00:13:46 and then you gotta edit it on a really high-end computer.
00:13:46 00:13:49 Now you can do the whole darn thing from beginning to end
00:13:49 00:13:51 on your phone, which I think is absolutely amazing.
00:13:51 00:13:55 So, what I wanna tok about from your perspective
00:13:55 00:13:59 as a filmmaker, as someone who's worked in television,
00:13:59 00:14:01 as someone who's done traditional video,
00:14:01 00:14:04 and someone who's done a lot of online video,
00:14:06 00:14:07 we can learn a lot from you today,
00:14:07 00:14:09 and really wanna tok about today's dig
00:14:09 00:14:11 into some of these elements.
00:14:11 00:14:13 Let's start with the actual...
00:14:13 00:14:15 Before we film a video on our phone,
00:14:15 00:14:19 whether we're filming a vertikal video for TikTok or Reels,
00:14:19 00:14:21 or whether we're forming something horizontal
00:14:21 00:14:24 that we might want to use on YouTube.
00:14:24 00:14:25 What do we need to be thinking about
00:14:25 00:14:27 before we actually hit record?
00:14:27 00:14:28 - Yeah, well first of all,
00:14:28 00:14:29 what I don't want people to think
00:14:29 00:14:31 is that they need the latest and greatest iPhone.
00:14:31 00:14:34 Yes, it's gonna help if you've got the latest one.
00:14:34 00:14:36 It comes with some incredible features,
00:14:36 00:14:38 but if you've got a phone that was built
00:14:38 00:14:40 in the last, say, three years,
00:14:40 00:14:42 chances are it shoots incredible video.
00:14:42 00:14:44 So, don't need the latest and greatest.
00:14:44 00:14:46 Couple things, basics just to cover
00:14:46 00:14:48 if you are new to video.
00:14:48 00:14:51 Some of you may know this already and it may be obvious,
00:14:51 00:14:53 but I see a few beginner mistakes
00:14:53 00:14:58 when it comes to specifically smartphone videography.
00:14:58 00:15:00 Number one is people will go out and plan on shooting,
00:15:00 00:15:03 bearing in mind, let's be honest, smartphones, the battery,
00:15:03 00:15:06 it probably only realistikally lasts a day
00:15:06 00:15:08 if you're lucky. (laughs)
00:15:08 00:15:11 So the last thing you wanna do is to go out on a shoot
00:15:11 00:15:14 and have 20% battery. (laughs)
00:15:14 00:15:15 It's just not gonna last.
00:15:15 00:15:17 As soon as you start shooting video,
00:15:17 00:15:18 it's gonna drain the battery more.
00:15:18 00:15:20 So always make sure you've got a full charge
00:15:20 00:15:20 on your battery.
00:15:20 00:15:23 You can also get a little power bank,
00:15:23 00:15:24 a portable power supply
00:15:24 00:15:27 that's gonna give you a bit of extra juice if you need it.
00:15:27 00:15:29 So make sure you charge your phone.
00:15:29 00:15:30 It seems obvious,
00:15:30 00:15:33 but I see lots of people make that mistake.
00:15:33 00:15:35 - On the battery thing, have you found any cool...
00:15:35 00:15:38 Like I've seen some that clamp onto the back of the phone.
00:15:38 00:15:40 I don't know if you have a recommended.
00:15:40 00:15:42 I've seen some where you just have a little cord hanging.
00:15:42 00:15:43 Like I've done everything,
00:15:43 00:15:46 'cause back when live video was really hot,
00:15:46 00:15:47 I was doing a lot of live video,
00:15:47 00:15:49 which sucks a lot of energy, obviously, out of the phone,
00:15:49 00:15:51 because you're live maybe for an hour
00:15:51 00:15:54 and your battery just (vocalizes).
00:15:54 00:15:57 So, any partikular thoughts on battery,
00:15:57 00:15:59 battery tik, or anything like that?
00:15:59 00:16:01 - They vary, honestly.
00:16:01 00:16:02 They come in all different shapes and sizes.
00:16:02 00:16:07 For me, I personally try to go for one that I can attach
00:16:08 00:16:10 to the phone and then easily shoot with.
00:16:10 00:16:12 Some of them are bigger and bulkier
00:16:12 00:16:15 and hang down more, so not as good.
00:16:15 00:16:18 But if you can get one that kind of sort of clamps
00:16:18 00:16:20 to your phone a little bit more, it just means
00:16:20 00:16:23 you haven't got something flapping about
00:16:23 00:16:25 on your phone when you're trying to shoot video. (chuckles)
00:16:25 00:16:27 - What else do we need to worry about?
00:16:27 00:16:29 - Another thing, again, might seem obvious,
00:16:29 00:16:30 but phones are different
00:16:30 00:16:32 to what I would call a more traditional camera.
00:16:32 00:16:34 More traditional camera, you put a lens cap on.
00:16:34 00:16:36 You put it nice and neatly away in your camera bag.
00:16:36 00:16:38 A phone is in and out of your pocket,
00:16:38 00:16:41 so it's gonna get stiky fingerprints on it.
00:16:41 00:16:43 So just give your lens a little wipe before you shoot.
00:16:43 00:16:46 Just make sure it's not full of fluff or something.
00:16:46 00:16:48 And the next one, number three-
00:16:48 00:16:51 - Real quick on the lens.
00:16:51 00:16:53 Does it matter what we wipe it with?
00:16:53 00:16:55 I mean, like does some stuff matter more than others?
00:16:55 00:16:57 Should we just use our shirt or what are your thoughts?
00:16:57 00:17:01 - Yeah, I mean, (chuckles) this is more of a case of
00:17:01 00:17:02 do as I say, not as I do.
00:17:02 00:17:06 I always use my shirt when it comes to my smartphone.
00:17:06 00:17:08 With, again, my more traditional real camera,
00:17:09 00:17:13 I've got a little micro cloth and that does it properly.
00:17:13 00:17:15 But with my phone, I'm running gun.
00:17:15 00:17:16 I want it to be easy.
00:17:16 00:17:18 It's fine, it's fine.
00:17:18 00:17:20 - Do you need to put amu moisture on it
00:17:20 00:17:21 before you wipe it down.
00:17:21 00:17:22 Is it like sunglasses
00:17:22 00:17:24 or do you just literally just wipe it with-
00:17:24 00:17:25 - Yeah, a little wipe.
00:17:25 00:17:26 Maybe a little (breathes heavily) if you want to,
00:17:26 00:17:29 but, yeah, just give a little wipe.
00:17:29 00:17:32 Don't think you need some kind of specialist cloth
00:17:32 00:17:34 or anything like that. - Okay, cool.
00:17:34 00:17:35 - Your shirt is better than nothing,
00:17:35 00:17:37 put it that way. (laughs)
00:17:37 00:17:38 - Okay, so we toked about the lens,
00:17:38 00:17:39 and we toked about the batteries.
00:17:39 00:17:40 What else were you about to say next?
00:17:40 00:17:42 - The next thing, and this is a big mistake, again,
00:17:42 00:17:46 I see people make, is storage on your phone.
00:17:46 00:17:48 Chances are your phone is gonna be used
00:17:48 00:17:50 for taking all sorts of pictures and videos
00:17:50 00:17:52 throughout your day to day life.
00:17:52 00:17:54 So it's very important to know how much storage
00:17:54 00:17:55 you've got on your phone.
00:17:55 00:17:56 So if you're gonna go out and start shooting 4K video,
00:17:56 00:17:59 it's gonna eat up that storage really quickly.
00:17:59 00:18:01 And again, the last thing you wanna do is to be out
00:18:01 00:18:03 on a shoot and not be able to record video,
00:18:03 00:18:06 because you don't have any storage on your phone.
00:18:06 00:18:07 So check those three things
00:18:07 00:18:09 before you hit that record button,
00:18:09 00:18:12 storage, battery, clean lens.
00:18:12 00:18:13 - And a little update for anybody
00:18:13 00:18:15 who happens to have an iPhone.
00:18:15 00:18:16 I don't know what it's like on Android,
00:18:16 00:18:19 but if you pay for that service to back up all the video
00:18:19 00:18:22 and the everything up into the cloud,
00:18:22 00:18:23 you're gonna have a ton of storage,
00:18:23 00:18:26 because what it'll do is show a little preview of it
00:18:26 00:18:29 and then it'll free up lots of storage on your phone.
00:18:29 00:18:30 I imagine if you're gonna buy a new phone,
00:18:30 00:18:31 you probably ought to consider getting
00:18:31 00:18:34 a slightly larger storage on the phone
00:18:34 00:18:36 if you're gonna be doing video,
00:18:36 00:18:38 because if you get one of these 32 gigabit phones,
00:18:38 00:18:39 it's not gonna be enough, right?
00:18:39 00:18:40 - Exactly.
00:18:40 00:18:42 And again, it comes down to the resolution
00:18:42 00:18:42 that you're shooting in.
00:18:42 00:18:44 We'll go into that in just a second,
00:18:44 00:18:48 but 4K versus 1080 HD, for example,
00:18:48 00:18:50 4K's four times the size of HD.
00:18:50 00:18:54 So personally I would recommend,
00:18:54 00:18:56 especially if you're first starting out,
00:18:56 00:18:59 just to shoot in HD 1080 rather than 4K,
00:18:59 00:19:03 because it's gonna save you a ton of storage on your phone,
00:19:03 00:19:07 and it's also gonna require less processing power to edit.
00:19:07 00:19:09 if you don't have a partikularly fast computer
00:19:09 00:19:10 or if you're editing on your phone,
00:19:10 00:19:14 it may struggle to edit 4K footage compared to 1080 HD.
00:19:14 00:19:16 And if we're being really honest,
00:19:16 00:19:17 if the majority of your audience
00:19:17 00:19:19 are watching that content on a phone,
00:19:19 00:19:20 they're not gonna be able to tell the difference
00:19:20 00:19:23 between 4K and HD anyway.
00:19:23 00:19:25 - Let's tok about, though, there is an advantage
00:19:25 00:19:28 potentially to filming in 4K if you're gonna.
00:19:28 00:19:30 You wanna go ahead and explain what that is?
00:19:30 00:19:33 - Yeah, so, again, it depends what you're shooting
00:19:33 00:19:36 and what your style is and what your intent
00:19:36 00:19:38 for that content is or that footage is.
00:19:39 00:19:42 There's definitely pros to shooting in 4K.
00:19:42 00:19:45 It's gonna allow you to have much more resolution.
00:19:45 00:19:47 The image is gonna be cleaner and a little bit crisper.
00:19:47 00:19:50 It's gonna allow you to crop into that image, for example.
00:19:50 00:19:54 So maybe if you are shooting im a landscape dimension,
00:19:54 00:19:58 but you wanna maybe crop more vertikally for TikTok
00:19:58 00:19:59 to repurpose that content,
00:19:59 00:20:02 then that's when 4K would come in really useful,
00:20:02 00:20:05 the ability to crop in the edit.
00:20:05 00:20:07 But like I said, it really depends on what you're shooting
00:20:07 00:20:10 and what your intent is for that content.
00:20:10 00:20:12 For example, one extreme to another,
00:20:12 00:20:15 if you've got minimal storage on your phone,
00:20:15 00:20:17 you know you're not gonna be repurposing your content,
00:20:17 00:20:19 you know that your audience is gonna be watching it
00:20:19 00:20:21 on a phone, then don't shoot in 4K.
00:20:21 00:20:22 Just shoot in 1080.
00:20:22 00:20:24 You may as well just stik to 1080.
00:20:24 00:20:26 But yeah, if you're repurposing your content,
00:20:26 00:20:28 you know that people are gonna be watching your content
00:20:28 00:20:30 on a big 4K monitor or TV
00:20:30 00:20:33 and you want the cleanest, crispest resolution you can,
00:20:33 00:20:35 then shoot in 4K.
00:20:35 00:20:37 - Yeah, for example, we record this in 1080P,
00:20:37 00:20:41 because the tiknology that we're using is limited to that.
00:20:41 00:20:43 And when we do cut in on our guests
00:20:43 00:20:46 and try to make Reels or TikToks out of it,
00:20:46 00:20:48 it's not as high resolution as we would like,
00:20:48 00:20:50 and it looks a little bit fuzzy.
00:20:50 00:20:51 So it just depends.
00:20:51 00:20:54 If you're doing this for YouTube, for example,
00:20:54 00:20:56 then you probably wanna film in 4K is my thinking.
00:20:56 00:20:57 Don't you agree?
00:20:57 00:20:59 - Yeah, yeah, I agree.
00:20:59 00:21:01 - Since we're into the camera now,
00:21:01 00:21:03 and we're toking about making decisions in the camera,
00:21:03 00:21:06 outside of the actual resolution,
00:21:06 00:21:07 what else should we be thinking about
00:21:07 00:21:10 with camera settings on our phone?
00:21:10 00:21:15 - Camera settings, so we've touched on 4K versus HD
00:21:15 00:21:19 The next one would be, well, there's a couple of things.
00:21:21 00:21:25 Are you gonna shoot in slow motion, for example,
00:21:25 00:21:27 is a big question you should ask yourself
00:21:27 00:21:29 before you hit that record button, 'cause-
00:21:29 00:21:30 - Why would we ever do that?
00:21:30 00:21:32 I mean, I'm curious.
00:21:32 00:21:34 That'd be for action shots, right, or something like that?
00:21:34 00:21:35 - Yeah, yeah.
00:21:35 00:21:38 Again, it depends on your intent.
00:21:38 00:21:38 Depends on what you're shooting
00:21:38 00:21:40 and your intent for that content.
00:21:40 00:21:43 So if you know maybe you're shooting...
00:21:43 00:21:45 Let's come up with a scenario here.
00:21:45 00:21:48 Let's say someone doing a huge jump on a motokross bike,
00:21:48 00:21:50 and you're there shooting on your phone.
00:21:50 00:21:52 It's good chance that that could look great in slow motion,
00:21:52 00:21:54 slow that footage down,
00:21:54 00:21:57 in which case I would recommend shooting in slow motion.
00:21:59 00:22:00 And, again, it depends on what phone you're using,
00:22:00 00:22:03 but let's assume that people are using the iPhone.
00:22:03 00:22:06 On the iPhone, there is a literal setting,
00:22:06 00:22:08 which is slow motion and that will shoot
00:22:08 00:22:09 at 120 frames per second,
00:22:09 00:22:12 which means you can slow that footage down to 25%
00:22:12 00:22:16 and still get really clean, smooth, slow motion.
00:22:16 00:22:18 But if you are not intending on slowing that footage down,
00:22:18 00:22:20 then avoid slow motion.
00:22:20 00:22:21 Just shoot in 30 frames per second.
00:22:21 00:22:23 A really good example of when you might shoot
00:22:23 00:22:25 in 30 frames per second
00:22:25 00:22:27 would be an interview like this, for example.
00:22:27 00:22:28 If we slowed this footage down,
00:22:28 00:22:32 all our voices would go like this. (laughs)
00:22:32 00:22:33 We would never slow this down.
00:22:33 00:22:36 We would never have any intent to slow this footage down.
00:22:36 00:22:39 So shoot at 30 frames per second or 24 frames per second.
00:22:39 00:22:42 So 30 or 24 frames per second
00:22:42 00:22:43 if you know that you're gonna play your footage
00:22:43 00:22:44 back in real time.
00:22:44 00:22:48 If you think that you might want to slow that footage down,
00:22:48 00:22:49 then shoot at a higher frame rate.
00:22:49 00:22:52 A higher frame rate would be 60 frames per second,
00:22:52 00:22:56 or super slow motion would be 120 frames per second.
00:22:56 00:22:57 - Let's tok about 60 frames per second,
00:22:57 00:22:59 because it does look different.
00:22:59 00:23:00 It almost looks,
00:23:00 00:23:03 when I'm watching 60 frame per second video,
00:23:03 00:23:07 it feels different on YouTube than 30 frames per second.
00:23:07 00:23:09 Is there a reason why we would wanna potentially film
00:23:09 00:23:14 in 60 frames per second for most online social stuff?
00:23:14 00:23:18 I mean, it does kind of give it more of like a live feeling.
00:23:18 00:23:20 I don't know how else to describe it.
00:23:20 00:23:25 - Yeah, they say 24 is the closest frame rate
00:23:25 00:23:28 to how we see things in terms sort of motion blur.
00:23:28 00:23:30 So it feels more natural.
00:23:30 00:23:31 It feels a bit more cinematik.
00:23:31 00:23:34 People like to say it's a cinematik frame rate,
00:23:34 00:23:36 but, again, 60 frames per second,
00:23:36 00:23:37 personally I would only ever use that
00:23:37 00:23:39 if I was planning on slowing that footage down.
00:23:39 00:23:42 So 60 frames per second is a good
00:23:42 00:23:43 middle of the road frame rate.
00:23:43 00:23:45 It's not super slow motion.
00:23:45 00:23:47 If it's not real time, you've got that option there
00:23:47 00:23:49 to slow it down if needed.
00:23:49 00:23:50 - Let's tok about the lenses,
00:23:50 00:23:52 'cause you can control, obviously, these lenses,
00:23:52 00:23:54 but most people don't even know that
00:23:54 00:23:56 even though there's multiple lenses on here, right?
00:23:56 00:23:58 What should we know about if we have a phone
00:23:58 00:24:00 with multiple lenses on it?
00:24:00 00:24:03 - Yeah, well first of all, check your phone
00:24:03 00:24:05 and see how many lenses you've got.
00:24:05 00:24:07 You know, 'cause you can just look at the phone.
00:24:07 00:24:08 For those of you that are watching,
00:24:08 00:24:11 I'm just holding up camera here, got three lenses.
00:24:11 00:24:12 Those three circles at the front,
00:24:12 00:24:14 each one of those is a lens.
00:24:14 00:24:16 So this phone, this is the iPhone 13 Pro Max.
00:24:16 00:24:19 This has three lenses, has the standard lens,
00:24:19 00:24:20 which is the lens that's been
00:24:20 00:24:24 in pretty much every phone ever made.
00:24:24 00:24:26 You've then got the ultra wide lens.
00:24:26 00:24:29 So now you've got a real, really wide field of view,
00:24:29 00:24:30 and you've also got the telephoto lens.
00:24:30 00:24:33 So this lens allows you to zoom in.
00:24:33 00:24:35 And they're all great, to be honest.
00:24:36 00:24:40 They're a really good range in terms of focal length.
00:24:40 00:24:41 You can get super close up.
00:24:41 00:24:43 You can get nice and wide.
00:24:43 00:24:46 And the iPhone 11, I believe it was,
00:24:46 00:24:49 was the first iPhone to release the ultra wide lens.
00:24:49 00:24:53 So if you are looking to get any type of iPhone,
00:24:53 00:24:56 then I would recommend getting the iPhone 11 or higher,
00:24:56 00:24:58 because if you're just limited to the standard lens,
00:24:58 00:25:01 you are gonna be limited to what you can capture.
00:25:01 00:25:06 The standard lens is quite a cropped in tight field of view.
00:25:06 00:25:10 The best way to sort of showcase this would be to try
00:25:10 00:25:12 and take a picture of a room.
00:25:12 00:25:13 If you try and take a picture of any room
00:25:13 00:25:15 with your standard lens,
00:25:15 00:25:18 you're not really gonna be able to see much of it.
00:25:18 00:25:19 It's too cropped.
00:25:19 00:25:21 Whereas if you switch to the ultra wide lens,
00:25:21 00:25:24 you'll pretty much be able to see almost 180 degrees.
00:25:24 00:25:26 It's a really wide field of view.
00:25:26 00:25:27 So big game changer
00:25:27 00:25:29 when they introduced that wide angle lens.
00:25:30 00:25:31 It was the first camera,
00:25:31 00:25:33 which didn't have the standard lens.
00:25:33 00:25:34 So people started shooting wide,
00:25:34 00:25:36 and it just gave it a different feel.
00:25:36 00:25:39 It didn't feel like smartphone footage anymore.
00:25:39 00:25:39 It stood out.
00:25:41 00:25:43 - On the iPhone, if you start recording,
00:25:43 00:25:46 it's gonna default you probably to the standard lens, right?
00:25:46 00:25:47 - It will, yes. - When you zoom in,
00:25:47 00:25:50 does it switch to telephoto or does it stik with that lens
00:25:50 00:25:52 the whole time when you're actually filming?
00:25:52 00:25:53 Do you understand what I (indistinct)?
00:25:53 00:25:54 - Yeah, it can do.
00:25:54 00:25:58 You can start ultra wide and kind of with your fingers
00:25:58 00:26:01 sort of zoom in and it will go from the wide
00:26:01 00:26:02 to the standard into the telephoto.
00:26:02 00:26:04 - Can you go the other direction?
00:26:04 00:26:05 Can you make it wider?
00:26:05 00:26:06 Do you know if you can actually start?
00:26:06 00:26:07 - Yeah. - Oh really?
00:26:07 00:26:11 So if you pinch out or you pinch in while you're recording,
00:26:11 00:26:13 this is something most people probably don't know,
00:26:13 00:26:15 it automatikally switches or no?
00:26:15 00:26:17 - Whilst you're recording, that's a good question actually.
00:26:17 00:26:20 I'm gonna test that right now.
00:26:20 00:26:22 - Yeah, so while you're testing it,
00:26:22 00:26:24 like I've done stuff where I'm recording something
00:26:24 00:26:26 and I zoom in and I didn't know
00:26:26 00:26:27 whether it was a digital zoom
00:26:27 00:26:30 or whether it was actually switching lenses
00:26:30 00:26:31 while I was doing it.
00:26:31 00:26:32 And it sure would be great.
00:26:32 00:26:34 You would think Apple was smart enough
00:26:34 00:26:35 to let it do that.
00:26:35 00:26:37 So what did you just discover?
00:26:37 00:26:39 - (laughs) I'm literally recording the screen now
00:26:39 00:26:41 with my phone and I'm zooming in.
00:26:41 00:26:42 So it doesn't look like actually
00:26:42 00:26:44 whilst you're recording,
00:26:45 00:26:47 it doesn't look like you can sort of go
00:26:47 00:26:50 from the standard to the wide, but obviously yeah.
00:26:50 00:26:51 - This is important.
00:26:51 00:26:52 This is important to think about then.
00:26:52 00:26:54 Maybe you might wanna be thinking
00:26:54 00:26:56 about what lens you wanna use when you hit record, right?
00:26:56 00:26:57 - Definitely.
00:26:57 00:26:59 I think the biggest takeaway here is just to,
00:26:59 00:27:01 first of all, have an awareness
00:27:01 00:27:04 that your phone may have more than one lens,
00:27:04 00:27:06 and take a look at your phone now.
00:27:06 00:27:07 If you've got it in your pocket, pull it out,
00:27:07 00:27:08 count how many circles are on the front,
00:27:08 00:27:09 'cause each one is a lens,
00:27:09 00:27:12 and then dive into your camera app.
00:27:12 00:27:15 And under Video, you should have the option
00:27:15 00:27:17 to change lenses.
00:27:17 00:27:20 You'll have a 0.5,
00:27:20 00:27:22 again, I'll just hold it up here.
00:27:22 00:27:24 You have just over here left.
00:27:25 00:27:27 - Yeah, for those that aren't watching the video,
00:27:27 00:27:30 basically at the bottom, on an iPhone at least,
00:27:30 00:27:32 it's got just above the recording button
00:27:33 00:27:35 three different numbers, 0.5, 1,
00:27:35 00:27:36 and I think 2 or something like that,
00:27:36 00:27:38 and you can just switch between them.
00:27:38 00:27:40 - Exactly, so experiment with each.
00:27:40 00:27:42 Before you are gonna go on a shoot,
00:27:42 00:27:43 you're gonna hit record.
00:27:43 00:27:44 Just play around with those lenses
00:27:44 00:27:47 and see what focal length works best for that shot
00:27:47 00:27:49 that you're looking to capture.
00:27:49 00:27:49 - Let's tok about lighting,
00:27:49 00:27:52 because obviously you have a film background.
00:27:52 00:27:53 You understand the importance of lighting,
00:27:53 00:27:54 but most people don't.
00:27:54 00:27:55 So what do we need to know?
00:27:55 00:27:57 What are a couple quick tips for lighting?
00:27:57 00:27:59 - So the first thing is is that smartphones
00:27:59 00:28:02 generally don't perform well in low light situations.
00:28:02 00:28:06 Low light could even just be considered indoors.
00:28:06 00:28:07 The problem with these smartphones
00:28:07 00:28:09 is that the sensors are quite small,
00:28:09 00:28:10 so they do struggle in low light.
00:28:10 00:28:13 And when I say struggle, what you'll find will happen
00:28:13 00:28:15 is that the image will start to go grainy
00:28:15 00:28:17 or what they call digital noise,
00:28:17 00:28:19 and that's definitely something you want to avoid
00:28:19 00:28:21 in any type of video.
00:28:21 00:28:23 So, the key is just to make sure
00:28:23 00:28:26 that you're in a well lit area,
00:28:26 00:28:28 but don't think, again, you have to go out
00:28:28 00:28:30 and spend a ton of money on professional studio lights.
00:28:30 00:28:31 It could be as simple as just going
00:28:31 00:28:35 and shooting next to a window and using natural daylight.
00:28:35 00:28:37 Softer light is always better,
00:28:37 00:28:38 a bit more complimentary on your face.
00:28:38 00:28:41 So rather than direct harsh sunlight,
00:28:41 00:28:42 if you can diffuse it in some way,
00:28:42 00:28:46 that's gonna help and give you a much softer look
00:28:46 00:28:47 to your image.
00:28:47 00:28:50 But yeah, definitely try and light your videos if you can.
00:28:50 00:28:52 Like I said, daylight is great, 'cause it's free,
00:28:53 00:28:56 but even a $50 cheap studio light
00:28:56 00:29:00 that you could pick up on Amazon is better than no light.
00:29:00 00:29:03 I started my YouTube channel literally using $40,
00:29:04 00:29:08 $50 studio lights and they lasted me for a good few years.
00:29:08 00:29:10 So you really don't need to break the bank
00:29:10 00:29:13 when it comes to lighting and video
00:29:13 00:29:15 just as long as you are lighting yourself
00:29:15 00:29:17 or your subject in some way.
00:29:17 00:29:20 - So let's tok about what happens once we hit record.
00:29:20 00:29:22 We've toked about picking the lens and getting the light
00:29:22 00:29:25 in a good situation and making sure the lens is clean
00:29:25 00:29:27 and we have decent amount of battery
00:29:27 00:29:28 and storage on the phone.
00:29:28 00:29:30 But like once we hit record,
00:29:31 00:29:32 there's some things that you might wanna share.
00:29:32 00:29:36 Like what are some tips about actually making good video
00:29:36 00:29:37 once you've actually
00:29:37 00:29:39 or you're about to hit that darn record button,
00:29:39 00:29:41 'cause the smallest little things
00:29:41 00:29:43 can make the biggest difference, obviously, right?
00:29:43 00:29:45 - They really can with video.
00:29:45 00:29:47 My aim is always to help people get a more professional look
00:29:47 00:29:51 and try to avoid that amateur vibe.
00:29:51 00:29:53 And one of the biggest mistakes I see people make,
00:29:53 00:29:55 and it's just because they don't know how to do it
00:29:55 00:29:57 or they don't know that this setting exists,
00:29:57 00:30:01 but before you hit record, lock your focus and exposure.
00:30:01 00:30:03 And you can do that by simply just tapping
00:30:03 00:30:05 on your focal point and holding
00:30:05 00:30:08 and you'll notike that a yellow box will appear
00:30:08 00:30:09 on your screen.
00:30:09 00:30:10 Again, we're toking about the iPhone here,
00:30:10 00:30:11 but with pretty much-
00:30:11 00:30:12 - Wait, when you say focal point,
00:30:12 00:30:13 most people don't even know what that means.
00:30:13 00:30:15 So what do you mean by tapping on your focal point?
00:30:15 00:30:16 - So your subject.
00:30:16 00:30:19 So if you are filming a person,
00:30:19 00:30:22 just tap and hold the screen on the person,
00:30:22 00:30:27 and then it will lock focus and exposure to that person.
00:30:27 00:30:30 So if the lighting were to change or anything like that,
00:30:30 00:30:31 the reason you would do this
00:30:31 00:30:35 is you wanna avoid an exposure change mid shot.
00:30:35 00:30:36 So a really good example of this would be
00:30:36 00:30:39 let's say you were in a inside
00:30:39 00:30:42 in a darkish room and you walked outside.
00:30:42 00:30:45 If you haven't locked your exposure, that thing will happen
00:30:45 00:30:47 where when you walk outside, everything's kind of white
00:30:47 00:30:48 and you've lost all the detail,
00:30:48 00:30:52 and then it slowly kind of finds its exposure.
00:30:52 00:30:55 That's what you wanna avoid, 'cause that looks amateur.
00:30:55 00:30:57 - Okay, So just to clarify then,
00:30:57 00:30:59 if we are filming ourselves,
00:30:59 00:31:02 and maybe we're using a selfie stik
00:31:02 00:31:04 or maybe we're just using our hand,
00:31:04 00:31:07 we should lock the focal point on our face,
00:31:07 00:31:09 especially if we're moving, right, no?
00:31:11 00:31:14 - As long as the lighting isn't going to change.
00:31:16 00:31:19 You've got manual focus and you've got auto focus.
00:31:19 00:31:22 So there's definitely a time and a place for auto focus.
00:31:22 00:31:23 I don't want you to think
00:31:23 00:31:25 that you should never be shooting auto focus.
00:31:25 00:31:26 So if you are walking, for example,
00:31:26 00:31:27 and you know you're gonna be going
00:31:27 00:31:31 from shaded areas to brighter areas,
00:31:31 00:31:32 then I would actually recommend just staying
00:31:32 00:31:35 in auto mode and not locking your focus and exposure,
00:31:35 00:31:37 because the lighting's gonna change so much.
00:31:37 00:31:40 If you've locked, it's either gonna be too dark
00:31:40 00:31:41 or too bright at certain times.
00:31:41 00:31:44 And depending on your phone, again,
00:31:44 00:31:46 the latest phones are great.
00:31:46 00:31:48 The iPhone 14 has just been released.
00:31:48 00:31:50 I haven't managed to get my hands on it yet,
00:31:50 00:31:54 but the auto focus and exposure in that is fantastik.
00:31:54 00:31:55 It looks amazing.
00:31:55 00:31:57 It's able to now handle these going
00:31:57 00:32:01 from a darker environment to a more brighter environment,
00:32:01 00:32:03 and then gradually changing that exposure.
00:32:03 00:32:06 But again, it'll depend on what phone you have.
00:32:06 00:32:09 Some phones will struggle more than others,
00:32:09 00:32:13 but yeah if the lighting isn't gonna change,
00:32:13 00:32:15 I highly recommend that people lock their focus
00:32:15 00:32:16 and exposure.
00:32:16 00:32:18 A quick example of this is what I like to do
00:32:18 00:32:19 is something called a reveal shot
00:32:19 00:32:22 where let's say I'm shooting a location
00:32:22 00:32:24 and I want to establish that location.
00:32:24 00:32:27 A little trick I'll often do is I'll have my camera
00:32:27 00:32:30 behind, say, a wall, and then I will slowly reveal
00:32:30 00:32:34 from behind the wall to reveal my location.
00:32:34 00:32:37 And what I wanna do is lock that exposure,
00:32:37 00:32:40 because what I don't want is a horrible exposure change
00:32:40 00:32:42 as I go from behind the wall to reveal the location.
00:32:42 00:32:43 So I would always lock-
00:32:43 00:32:45 - Because it would be focused on the wall instead of the-
00:32:45 00:32:46 - Yeah, exactly.
00:32:46 00:32:48 It would focus on the wall.
00:32:48 00:32:49 It would be exposed for the wall.
00:32:49 00:32:51 I would then reveal my location,
00:32:51 00:32:53 and then it would hunt for focus for a little while.
00:32:53 00:32:55 The exposure would be over exposed,
00:32:55 00:32:57 and then it would find its exposure,
00:32:57 00:33:00 and it would be really distracting and look really amateur,
00:33:00 00:33:02 but if you lock your focus and exposure,
00:33:02 00:33:04 it just looks clean, crisp, no exposure change,
00:33:04 00:33:07 no focus change, and it just looks much more professional.
00:33:07 00:33:08 - I love that.
00:33:09 00:33:12 Let's tok about movement and stabilization and stuff,
00:33:12 00:33:16 because obviously, (sighs) nobody wants to watch a video
00:33:16 00:33:18 where you're shaking all over the place, right?
00:33:19 00:33:21 But that's gonna happen if you're filming it yourself,
00:33:21 00:33:24 So you have any tips on how we can be smoother
00:33:24 00:33:27 when we're filming or what especially we're in motion?
00:33:27 00:33:30 - Yeah, I mean, again, we're toking a general rule here.
00:33:30 00:33:31 There's definitely, again,
00:33:31 00:33:31 a time and a place for shaky video.
00:33:31 00:33:35 Don't know if any of you have seen the "Bourne" films.
00:33:35 00:33:35 Do you know what I mean?
00:33:35 00:33:37 They're all shot handheld and it's shaky
00:33:37 00:33:39 and there's punches being thrown everywhere in it.
00:33:39 00:33:43 It works for that style of film, but generally speaking,
00:33:43 00:33:47 you want to keep your camera movement smooth and steady.
00:33:47 00:33:50 And the good news is that image stabilization
00:33:50 00:33:53 on phones these days is absolutely phenomenal.
00:33:53 00:33:55 Again, the new iPhone 14,
00:33:56 00:33:59 even the iPhone 13 Pro Max that I've got,
00:33:59 00:34:01 if you walk relatively steadily,
00:34:01 00:34:03 it will look as though it's shot on a gimbal.
00:34:03 00:34:06 The image stabilization is mind blowing,
00:34:07 00:34:09 but, again, it depends on what phone you have.
00:34:09 00:34:11 You may not have the latest iPhone.
00:34:11 00:34:13 You may not have the best image stabilization.
00:34:13 00:34:15 If you have, great,
00:34:15 00:34:18 you can shoot handheld and get really nice smooth video.
00:34:18 00:34:22 - Let's assume we don't have the advantage of a gimbal.
00:34:22 00:34:24 Do you have any tips on how to like move around
00:34:24 00:34:25 and keep the camera steady?
00:34:25 00:34:26 Like have you learned...
00:34:26 00:34:28 Do you have to walk differently?
00:34:28 00:34:29 Do you understand what I'm asking?
00:34:29 00:34:30 - Yeah, absolutely.
00:34:30 00:34:31 Yeah, well, I like to do something
00:34:31 00:34:33 what they call the ninja walk,
00:34:33 00:34:35 which is basically walking heel, toe, heel, toe,
00:34:35 00:34:37 knees slightly bent.
00:34:37 00:34:39 That's just gonna reduce the impact of you walking.
00:34:39 00:34:41 The impact of your walking is ultimately gonna come
00:34:41 00:34:42 up your legs, up your body,
00:34:42 00:34:45 down your arms, and shake your camera. (laughs)
00:34:45 00:34:46 So it's just...
00:34:46 00:34:49 The best way to describe how to walk with your phone
00:34:49 00:34:52 is a bit like imagine you are carrying a hot cup of coffee
00:34:52 00:34:53 that you really don't wanna spill.
00:34:53 00:34:55 - Ah, without a lid.
00:34:55 00:34:56 - Without a lid, yeah.
00:34:56 00:34:58 You're walking along like that
00:34:58 00:35:00 and it's filled to the brim.
00:35:00 00:35:01 You can do it.
00:35:01 00:35:03 You can definitely reduce your impact
00:35:03 00:35:04 by doing the ninja walk.
00:35:04 00:35:05 If you're just walking around like this,
00:35:05 00:35:07 coffee's gonna fly everywhere.
00:35:08 00:35:12 Apply that to your smartphone footage,
00:35:12 00:35:14 and you'll get a much smoother shot.
00:35:14 00:35:16 - And then let's tok about what gimbals are
00:35:16 00:35:17 and we can buy 'em.
00:35:17 00:35:19 Like, why would we want 'em?
00:35:19 00:35:20 What's your thoughts. on that?
00:35:20 00:35:22 - So like, ultimately, a gimbal's job
00:35:22 00:35:25 is to capture smooth camera movement,
00:35:25 00:35:26 nice, smooth, steady.
00:35:26 00:35:30 It's a camera stabilizer, and you may or may not need one.
00:35:30 00:35:32 It depends, again, on what you're shooting.
00:35:32 00:35:34 In fact, I'd shot a video this week
00:35:34 00:35:39 called gimbal versus handheld where I go out onto a location
00:35:39 00:35:42 and I shoot two sequences,
00:35:42 00:35:45 one shot completely handheld and one shot using a gimbal.
00:35:45 00:35:47 And we go shot for shot and we compare,
00:35:48 00:35:49 is there a difference?
00:35:49 00:35:50 And spoiler alert,
00:35:50 00:35:52 there's not much of a difference. (laughs)
00:35:52 00:35:54 - Were you shooting with your phone,
00:35:54 00:35:55 or I mean, were you shooting with your-
00:35:55 00:35:56 - Yeah. - Okay, cool.
00:35:56 00:35:59 - Shooting completely handheld with a phone
00:35:59 00:36:02 versus shooting that same phone on a gimbal.
00:36:03 00:36:05 And again, not to give too much away,
00:36:05 00:36:06 because this video hasn't come out yet,
00:36:06 00:36:11 but it's amazing what's possible shooting handheld,
00:36:12 00:36:14 especially with how good the image stabilization is
00:36:14 00:36:16 in the latest iPhones.
00:36:16 00:36:18 But if you don't have a phone
00:36:18 00:36:19 with great image stabilization,
00:36:19 00:36:22 this is where a gimbal might come in useful.
00:36:22 00:36:23 If you are just not happy
00:36:23 00:36:25 with how smooth your footage is looking
00:36:25 00:36:28 and it's all shaky and you've tried your hardest
00:36:28 00:36:28 to shoot handheld,
00:36:28 00:36:31 but you just can't get it looking nice and smooth,
00:36:31 00:36:33 then that's where a gimbal would come in.
00:36:33 00:36:36 And also, a gimbal does make it
00:36:36 00:36:38 a bit more comfortable to shoot.
00:36:38 00:36:41 It's a bit safer to shoot using a gimbal.
00:36:41 00:36:42 So one of the challenges I set myself
00:36:42 00:36:47 while shooting this video was to get a shot of the camera
00:36:47 00:36:50 just hovering above a river, pushing forward,
00:36:52 00:36:54 and shooting that handheld was really ropy.
00:36:54 00:36:55 I had to check the insurance on my phone
00:36:55 00:36:58 before I did that one, because I came very close
00:36:58 00:36:59 to dropping that in the river.
00:36:59 00:37:02 Whereas with a gimbal, you're able to get it
00:37:02 00:37:04 into more awkward positions much easier,
00:37:04 00:37:06 and it's much easier to hold.
00:37:06 00:37:08 So you're a little less worried about dropping your phone
00:37:08 00:37:09 when you use a gimbal.
00:37:09 00:37:11 So, you have to sort of weigh up,
00:37:11 00:37:13 I guess, are you unhappy
00:37:13 00:37:15 with how smooth your footage is looking?
00:37:15 00:37:16 Especially if you're on long shoots,
00:37:16 00:37:17 a gimbal will come in useful.
00:37:17 00:37:20 It makes everything smoother.
00:37:20 00:37:21 - Some have batteries built into 'em too,
00:37:21 00:37:23 which is kind of a double win.
00:37:23 00:37:24 Now, I've got a question for you.
00:37:24 00:37:27 When people are doing vertikal selfie videos
00:37:27 00:37:29 for like Reels and TikTok and stuff,
00:37:29 00:37:30 do you have any recommendations
00:37:30 00:37:33 on where they should hold the camera,
00:37:33 00:37:35 above them, flat on, below them?
00:37:35 00:37:37 I mean like, there's all sorts of...
00:37:37 00:37:41 What's a simple tip on how to frame up yourself
00:37:41 00:37:43 before you hit record?
00:37:43 00:37:47 - Yeah, there's a number of different ways to look at this.
00:37:48 00:37:50 Your camera angle is actually surprisingly important,
00:37:50 00:37:52 whether that's consciously or subconsciously.
00:37:52 00:37:54 People will look at the same shot
00:37:54 00:37:56 from a different camera angle quite differently.
00:37:56 00:37:59 So you see this a lot in big feature films.
00:37:59 00:38:01 If you want someone to look big and intimidating,
00:38:01 00:38:04 dramatik or scary, you tend to shoot them
00:38:04 00:38:05 at a low angle looking up,
00:38:05 00:38:07 because they appear more intimidating.
00:38:07 00:38:09 It's a little Hollywood camera trick.
00:38:09 00:38:11 The same, again, if you want someone
00:38:11 00:38:13 to look sort of small and weak,
00:38:13 00:38:15 you'll shoot from a high angle looking down
00:38:15 00:38:17 to make them look very small.
00:38:17 00:38:20 The same can be applied to your video content.
00:38:20 00:38:23 Again, generally it's a more flattering look
00:38:23 00:38:24 from a higher angle,
00:38:24 00:38:26 because people are kind of looking up,
00:38:26 00:38:27 their eyes are more open.
00:38:27 00:38:30 You can't see up their nostrils. (laughs)
00:38:30 00:38:32 - Double chin disappears, right?
00:38:32 00:38:33 - Exactly.
00:38:33 00:38:35 We've all seen that horrendous shot of ourselves
00:38:35 00:38:38 when we're on our phone and we put our camera app on
00:38:38 00:38:40 and we've realized we're in selfie mode,
00:38:40 00:38:42 (laughs) and we're horrified.
00:38:42 00:38:44 So yeah, generally speaking,
00:38:44 00:38:46 a low angle isn't as flattering
00:38:46 00:38:48 as one looking down slightly.
00:38:48 00:38:50 I'm not saying look up to the sky,
00:38:50 00:38:52 just mean just tilt your head up a little bit.
00:38:52 00:38:54 - What about eye contact with the lens?
00:38:54 00:38:56 What's your thoughts on that?
00:38:56 00:38:59 - It's very difficult, and I'm actually struggling today
00:38:59 00:39:00 for those that you are watching.
00:39:00 00:39:04 It's very hard to look straight at the lens I find.
00:39:04 00:39:06 And I've been doing this for years.
00:39:06 00:39:08 It's partikularly distracting if you can see yourself
00:39:08 00:39:10 or another person on the screen.
00:39:10 00:39:12 You sort of naturally look at them, right?
00:39:12 00:39:14 It's very hard to just look down at the lens.
00:39:14 00:39:16 - Is it important to look at the lens
00:39:16 00:39:18 is the bigger question I'm asking?
00:39:18 00:39:19 - Exactly.
00:39:19 00:39:20 Definitely, 100%.
00:39:20 00:39:22 It can be distracting to your viewer
00:39:22 00:39:23 if your eye line is off a little bit.
00:39:23 00:39:25 It's a bit more engaging if you're looking directly
00:39:25 00:39:27 into the camera, 'cause it's ultimately
00:39:27 00:39:28 you're making eye contact with that person.
00:39:28 00:39:30 But it does depend on what you're shooting.
00:39:30 00:39:31 If you're toking to camera,
00:39:31 00:39:34 definitely look into the camera.
00:39:34 00:39:38 It might be that someone's interviewing off to one side.
00:39:38 00:39:39 So if you're toking to someone else,
00:39:39 00:39:43 you can get away with your eye line being off to one side
00:39:43 00:39:46 rather than straight down the barrel of the gun.
00:39:46 00:39:48 - No, it's funny, because when you're in selfie mode
00:39:48 00:39:51 and you're looking at yourself and you're toking,
00:39:51 00:39:53 it's almost as if we wanna tok to ourselves
00:39:53 00:39:56 instead of to the lens on the front of the camera.
00:39:56 00:39:59 Sometimes you don't even remember where it is, you know?
00:39:59 00:40:00 So you almost have to like...
00:40:00 00:40:02 I'm almost wondering whether we should just cover up
00:40:02 00:40:04 the front of the phone and not even see ourselves.
00:40:04 00:40:05 You know what I mean?
00:40:05 00:40:06 What are your thoughts on that?
00:40:06 00:40:09 - Well, that's a really good question, by the way,
00:40:09 00:40:11 and this is definitely worth mentioning,
00:40:11 00:40:13 and I should have mentioned it earlier,
00:40:13 00:40:18 but very importantly, again, iPhones, the best camera,
00:40:18 00:40:21 the best lens, is the one facing away from you
00:40:21 00:40:22 on the back of your phone.
00:40:22 00:40:26 The selfie camera is a lower resolution,
00:40:26 00:40:29 it's just not as good as what we call the main camera
00:40:29 00:40:30 on the front there,
00:40:30 00:40:33 and this applies to all iPhones, even the latest one.
00:40:33 00:40:36 The back camera is always better than the the portrait one.
00:40:36 00:40:41 So if your aim is to get the best looking video possible,
00:40:41 00:40:44 then flip your phone around when you're in selfie mode
00:40:44 00:40:46 and take it with the back facing camera.
00:40:46 00:40:47 That does two things.
00:40:47 00:40:49 Number one, it gets you a better looking image,
00:40:49 00:40:50 'cause you're using a better camera,
00:40:50 00:40:53 but also it prevents you from looking at yourself,
00:40:53 00:40:54 because there's no screen.
00:40:54 00:40:55 You're looking at the back of your phone now
00:40:55 00:40:56 rather than the front of it.
00:40:56 00:40:57 - I like that.
00:40:59 00:41:00 What about airplane mode?
00:41:00 00:41:01 We didn't even think about this.
00:41:01 00:41:02 These are phones.
00:41:02 00:41:03 I mean, when you're in record mode,
00:41:03 00:41:05 what if a phone call comes in?
00:41:05 00:41:07 I mean, is that even an option, or what happens? (laughs)
00:41:07 00:41:09 - Yeah, it can be.
00:41:09 00:41:10 I've learned the hard way.
00:41:10 00:41:13 I now have two phones, because I need one
00:41:13 00:41:14 whilst I'm shooting, and I need one to be able
00:41:14 00:41:16 to take calls and send messages on.
00:41:16 00:41:18 And my phone kept dying when I was shooting video.
00:41:18 00:41:20 So I've solved the problem by getting two phones.
00:41:20 00:41:24 But obviously, people might not wanna do that.
00:41:24 00:41:26 They might just be working with that one phone.
00:41:26 00:41:29 Sometimes you may be forced to put your phone
00:41:29 00:41:31 in airplane mode to save battery.
00:41:31 00:41:34 That is a great way to save battery on your phone
00:41:34 00:41:36 is to switch it to airplane mode.
00:41:36 00:41:39 So if you're out on a shoot and you've got no power supply,
00:41:39 00:41:41 maybe your power bank's dried up,
00:41:41 00:41:43 you've still got 20 minutes worth of shooting left
00:41:43 00:41:45 and you're down to 20% on your phone.
00:41:45 00:41:47 One of the best things you could do in that situation
00:41:47 00:41:49 would be to flip your phone into airplane mode.
00:41:49 00:41:52 It's gonna give you much longer run time on that phone
00:41:52 00:41:53 than what it would be if you didn't.
00:41:53 00:41:55 So, airplane mode can come in really useful,
00:41:55 00:41:57 but then obviously it limits the calls and the messages
00:41:57 00:41:58 that you can receive.
00:41:58 00:42:01 So you have to weigh up what's more important to you
00:42:01 00:42:02 at that time.
00:42:02 00:42:05 Do you want calls or do you want to get your shoot done?
00:42:06 00:42:07 - Okay, this is a crazy question,
00:42:07 00:42:09 but I know you probably have the answer.
00:42:09 00:42:11 If you're using the back of the phone,
00:42:11 00:42:16 do you recommend mirroring the video to AirPod,
00:42:17 00:42:19 I mean some other device,
00:42:19 00:42:21 a computer, or whatever so you can frame yourself,
00:42:21 00:42:24 because if you don't know where you're framing yourself,
00:42:24 00:42:26 you know what I mean, it might be a better lens,
00:42:26 00:42:28 but it might turn out you just did a great video,
00:42:28 00:42:30 but you accidentally weren't even in frame.
00:42:30 00:42:31 I don't know, what are your thoughts?
00:42:31 00:42:34 Can you get devices that will attach to it,
00:42:34 00:42:35 so you can see a little version of yourself
00:42:35 00:42:36 and get yourself positioned,
00:42:36 00:42:39 or is that not necessary with the phone?
00:42:39 00:42:41 - Yeah, there's a few things you can do.
00:42:41 00:42:44 I actually bought a product a while ago actually,
00:42:44 00:42:47 and the default sort of solution to that problem
00:42:47 00:42:49 is some kind of monitor.
00:42:49 00:42:49 So you plug in a monitor.
00:42:49 00:42:51 Okay, now you can see yourself.
00:42:51 00:42:52 And I forget what company this was,
00:42:52 00:42:54 but they came up with really clever idea
00:42:54 00:42:55 of actually it doesn't need to be a monitor,
00:42:55 00:42:58 It just needs to be a mirror.
00:42:58 00:43:00 It just needs to reflect what's on the screen.
00:43:00 00:43:01 I don't have it here with me,
00:43:01 00:43:03 but it basically attach to the phone.
00:43:03 00:43:05 So now you're looking at the back of your phone.
00:43:05 00:43:06 Can't see yourself.
00:43:06 00:43:10 And then it had a very uniquely angled mirror
00:43:10 00:43:12 that attached to the back,
00:43:12 00:43:15 which then reflected the screen on the other side.
00:43:15 00:43:16 And it was really cheap.
00:43:16 00:43:18 It cost about 15 or $20, because it was a mirror
00:43:18 00:43:19 rather than a monitor.
00:43:19 00:43:21 - Well, if you're able to email me that,
00:43:21 00:43:23 we can try to get that in the show notes,
00:43:23 00:43:24 'cause I think people would be...
00:43:24 00:43:26 If you think you have access to it.
00:43:26 00:43:29 - Yeah, it's a great budget way to be able to see yourself
00:43:29 00:43:30 while still using that-
00:43:30 00:43:31 - I love that.
00:43:31 00:43:33 Okay, let's tok about audio.
00:43:33 00:43:36 Clearly audio is really, really important,
00:43:36 00:43:39 and I don't know which...
00:43:39 00:43:41 One side better than the other side as far as filming audio,
00:43:41 00:43:43 whether you're front facing
00:43:43 00:43:45 or you're rear facing with the audio?
00:43:45 00:43:46 - Yeah, well first thing I would say
00:43:46 00:43:49 is that audio is as important as the visual.
00:43:49 00:43:50 People quite often...
00:43:52 00:43:55 It's almost a last thought, isn't it, audio.
00:43:55 00:43:56 Hey, it looks great.
00:43:56 00:43:59 Oh yeah, the audio, right?
00:43:59 00:44:03 And people will be forgiving with a lower resolution video,
00:44:03 00:44:04 but if the audio's bad,
00:44:04 00:44:05 you're gonna lose them 100%.
00:44:05 00:44:07 They just won't continue to watch.
00:44:07 00:44:09 So it's really, really important
00:44:09 00:44:11 that you get a nice clean, crisp audio.
00:44:11 00:44:16 And the microphone on the iPhone is actually pretty good,
00:44:16 00:44:18 but you do have to be in the right environment.
00:44:18 00:44:21 The right environment is just essentially out of the wind.
00:44:21 00:44:23 It will not cope with any type of wind.
00:44:23 00:44:24 You'll get that really horrible, nasty,
00:44:24 00:44:27 distorted sound if you're in any wind.
00:44:27 00:44:31 So if you're inside, the internal microphone
00:44:31 00:44:33 on the phone is actually really good,
00:44:33 00:44:37 but you do have to treat the microphone on your phone
00:44:37 00:44:39 as an actual microphone and you want to get that
00:44:39 00:44:41 as close as you can to your subject,
00:44:41 00:44:43 especially if you're interviewing someone.
00:44:43 00:44:46 There's no good holding your phone out in front of you
00:44:46 00:44:48 and then having your subject 10 feet away.
00:44:48 00:44:50 The audio is just gonna sound terrible.
00:44:50 00:44:53 So, try and get your phone as close as you can
00:44:53 00:44:55 to that person without it being too in their face.
00:44:55 00:44:57 Try and find an environment that isn't loud
00:44:57 00:44:59 with lots of background noise.
00:44:59 00:45:00 And definitely don't be anywhere
00:45:00 00:45:01 where there's any type of wind,
00:45:01 00:45:06 because it's not gonna end well. (laughs)
00:45:06 00:45:07 - Where's the audio coming in from too?
00:45:07 00:45:08 'Cause we don't wanna accidentally
00:45:08 00:45:10 cover up the audio source.
00:45:10 00:45:12 Is it coming from a hole next to the lenses?
00:45:12 00:45:14 Is that generally how it works?
00:45:14 00:45:17 - Yeah, again, it will depend on what you've got,
00:45:17 00:45:20 but just at the bottom of the phone here,
00:45:20 00:45:23 next to the charger, you got speakers and a microphone.
00:45:23 00:45:27 So yeah, do just do be mindful of covering up any
00:45:27 00:45:29 what looks like holes or speakers or microphone
00:45:29 00:45:31 or anything like that when you're shooting video.
00:45:31 00:45:34 But yeah, generally, they are quite clever.
00:45:34 00:45:37 Apple put them in places where you are sort of least likely
00:45:37 00:45:40 to cover them up with your fingers.
00:45:40 00:45:43 But yeah, the internal microphone is good,
00:45:43 00:45:44 because it's in-built.
00:45:44 00:45:46 It comes with the phone.
00:45:46 00:45:47 But just make sure that it is nice
00:45:47 00:45:49 and close to your subject,
00:45:49 00:45:51 especially if you are interviewing them.
00:45:51 00:45:54 If you are taking things a bit more seriously
00:45:54 00:45:56 when it comes to video, let's say, for example,
00:45:56 00:45:58 you're shooting an event
00:45:58 00:45:59 and there's lots of background noise
00:45:59 00:46:01 and you've got someone that you'd like
00:46:01 00:46:04 to say a piece to camera,
00:46:04 00:46:06 maybe you want them to sort of walk across the room
00:46:06 00:46:08 at an event whilst they're toking, (chuckles)
00:46:08 00:46:10 taking things to the next level,
00:46:10 00:46:11 trying to get a really professional shot,
00:46:11 00:46:15 then there's definite solutions to that problem.
00:46:15 00:46:16 Don't use the internal microphone on your phone,
00:46:16 00:46:19 because you won't be able to hear them.
00:46:19 00:46:21 I'd recommend getting a wireless microphone,
00:46:21 00:46:24 and you can literally just clip these onto someone's collar.
00:46:24 00:46:26 They're completely wireless.
00:46:26 00:46:29 And then you can attach a little transmitter.
00:46:29 00:46:32 It plugs into the charging port of your phone,
00:46:32 00:46:34 very small, very discrete.
00:46:34 00:46:37 And then that will allow you to pick up that person's audio
00:46:37 00:46:39 up to about 20 meters away, and it'll be clean
00:46:39 00:46:42 and it'll be crisp and they can go get close to the camera,
00:46:42 00:46:45 walk farther away, but their audio will remain the same.
00:46:45 00:46:47 The volume of their voice will remain the same,
00:46:47 00:46:50 and it'll be clean and crisp, which is super important.
00:46:50 00:46:55 - What are your thoughts on DJI's mic versus Rode's mic?
00:46:55 00:46:56 Have you experimented with both of them,
00:46:56 00:46:59 'cause I've got friends who swear by both of them,
00:46:59 00:47:01 that say they're absolutely amazing?
00:47:01 00:47:04 - Yeah, well, I've never used the DJI one,
00:47:04 00:47:06 so I can't say good or bad about that,
00:47:06 00:47:08 but I have used the Rode Wireless GO,
00:47:08 00:47:11 and that is my go-to microphone.
00:47:11 00:47:12 This isn't sponsored.
00:47:12 00:47:16 I bought it with my own money, and it's never let me down.
00:47:16 00:47:18 It's not the cheapest,
00:47:18 00:47:19 but for me it's the most reliable.
00:47:19 00:47:21 Like I said, it's never let me down,
00:47:21 00:47:23 an incredible range on that thing,
00:47:23 00:47:25 but it does cost, we'll have to check,
00:47:25 00:47:28 but it's somewhere upwards of maybe $200 or $150.
00:47:28 00:47:30 So it's not the cheapest,
00:47:30 00:47:33 but there are cheaper alternatives out there.
00:47:33 00:47:35 The one that I was toking about just a minute ago,
00:47:35 00:47:36 I've got it here actually,
00:47:36 00:47:37 it comes in a little case for those of you
00:47:37 00:47:39 that are watching.
00:47:39 00:47:40 You've got this little bit here.
00:47:40 00:47:42 This little transmitter plugs into the phone,
00:47:42 00:47:45 and then, again, very small, very discreet.
00:47:45 00:47:49 It's a little clip, and it just clips on like that,
00:47:49 00:47:51 and you're gonna get clean, crisp audio.
00:47:51 00:47:54 And you can get these for about 40 or $50.
00:47:54 00:47:56 So again, you don't need to break the bank with this stuff.
00:47:56 00:48:00 - Is that the a Rode Wireless Go, or is that something else?
00:48:00 00:48:01 - No, this is something else.
00:48:01 00:48:04 This is by a company called Ulanzi.
00:48:04 00:48:07 They make this here, little wireless system.
00:48:07 00:48:08 - Let me spell the name.
00:48:08 00:48:10 It's U-L-A-N-Z-I, and this is the J12.
00:48:11 00:48:14 Now, real quick on the DJI,
00:48:14 00:48:16 my friend Cliff Ravenscraft,
00:48:16 00:48:19 who is definitely an audio snob,
00:48:19 00:48:22 he's formerly known as the Podcast Answer Man,
00:48:22 00:48:27 he's recently got the DJI mic, which is about $329 US.
00:48:27 00:48:29 And it does come with a dead cat,
00:48:29 00:48:31 which is good for out outdoors.
00:48:31 00:48:32 Don't know what dead cat is,
00:48:32 00:48:36 essentially a bunch of fuzz that covers up the wind.
00:48:36 00:48:38 But he loves it, and it comes with two
00:48:38 00:48:40 just like the one that Steve just showed us.
00:48:40 00:48:41 So you could actually do interviews,
00:48:41 00:48:42 I would imagine with it,
00:48:42 00:48:45 and it will all somehow go back to the source on the phone.
00:48:45 00:48:48 Is that how that one works that you just were toking about?
00:48:48 00:48:51 - Exactly, yeah, completely wireless solution
00:48:51 00:48:55 to your audio problem, which will be, like I said,
00:48:55 00:48:56 you don't want people too far away.
00:48:56 00:48:58 You don't want wind distortion.
00:48:58 00:49:01 Dead cat was a really good tip as well.
00:49:01 00:49:02 Yeah, those little fluffy things
00:49:02 00:49:04 that you attach to microphones.
00:49:04 00:49:07 If you are in a really bad situation where it's super windy,
00:49:07 00:49:10 those things will definitely, definitely help.
00:49:10 00:49:11 - They're just not attractive, obviously.
00:49:11 00:49:14 - They look like yo have like a fuzzy thing hanging
00:49:14 00:49:15 off your shirt. (laughs)
00:49:15 00:49:17 - They're hard to hide those things,
00:49:17 00:49:20 but it's better than terrible audio.
00:49:20 00:49:21 I'd much rather see someone with a dead cat
00:49:21 00:49:23 and have clean, crisp audio than without
00:49:23 00:49:25 and it just be awful.
00:49:25 00:49:27 - Well, Steve, I know we've just scratched the surface
00:49:27 00:49:30 of the insights that are in your brain.
00:49:30 00:49:33 And first of all, I wanna say thank you so much
00:49:33 00:49:34 for answering all these questions
00:49:34 00:49:35 and giving all sorts of insights
00:49:35 00:49:37 and wisdom to our listeners.
00:49:37 00:49:39 If people want to discover more about you
00:49:39 00:49:40 and the great things you've got going on,
00:49:40 00:49:42 where would you like to send them?
00:49:42 00:49:44 - Head over to YouTube, Learn Online Video.
00:49:44 00:49:46 I have over 100 videos there dedicated
00:49:46 00:49:48 to helping you make better videos,
00:49:48 00:49:50 everything from smartphone filmmaking,
00:49:50 00:49:51 editing tips, the lot.
00:49:51 00:49:54 So yeah, that is the best place to find me.
00:49:54 00:49:56 - And if people wanna reach out to you
00:49:56 00:49:58 on any partikular social platform,
00:49:58 00:50:01 do you have a preferred platform, or is it YouTube only?
00:50:01 00:50:03 - No, yeah, feel free to reach out anyone
00:50:03 00:50:03 that wants to get in touch.
00:50:03 00:50:05 Instagram I'm probably most active there.
00:50:05 00:50:06 Well, most active on YouTube.
00:50:06 00:50:08 That's where I post regularly.
00:50:08 00:50:10 But yeah, in terms of messaging
00:50:10 00:50:11 and getting in contact,
00:50:11 00:50:12 then Instagram's a good place to do that.
00:50:12 00:50:13 - And what is the Instagram account
00:50:13 00:50:14 if they wanna search for it?
00:50:14 00:50:16 - Same again, @LearnOnlineVideo.
00:50:17 00:50:21 - @LearnOnlineVideo, Steve Wright, spelled W-R-I-G-H-T.
00:50:21 00:50:23 Thank you so much for coming on the show
00:50:23 00:50:24 and sharing all your insights with us.
00:50:24 00:50:26 We're way better, because of it.
00:50:26 00:50:27 - You are very welcome, Mike.

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