Use an iPhone for Professional Movie Shoots
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Video recording using a smartphone has always been a clear-cut process, but most of the time you can expect that the quality is inferior due to shaky graphics, out-of-focus lenses, and sub- standard audio tracks. Now it’s possible for all of that to change by using several special hardware and smart applications. These accessories make moviemaking via a smartphone possible and easier than ever before. These add-ons are especially compatible with arguably the best smartphone today, the iPhone.
1. Invest in a high-quality set of phone camera lenses.
Based on shops that sell iPhones, additional lens accessories are the most expensive among these add-ons and for a good reason. The iPhone camera is sufficiently good on its own. However, with these additional lenses, it is possible to step up your game beyond anything else you’ve recorded with your phone before. Depending on the movie you want to shoot, you can choose from several lens options that will suit your needs. The most sought-after iPhone camera attachments include the:
- CamKix Lens – The kit features a fisheye lens, up to 8x telephoto zoom, wide-angle option, and macro attachment. It also comes with a mini-tripod for steadier shots, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.
- iPro Lens Kit – This kit includes the same features found on CamKix. The exception is the additional higher quality lens that can take photos and record videos on whatever resolution the iPhone is set to maximize at.
Both kits are designed standard for the 5 and 5s versions of the iPhone. Adapters for the kits are also available to fit snugly on an iPhone 6 or 6+.
2. Purchase a reliable Steadicam.
Shaky video clips and phone footages always go hand-in-hand that it’s more surprising when a video is stable than when it’s not. If you’re hoping to capture professional-grade footage, a variety of Steadicams can help you prevent your shots from being out-of-focus and unstable. Two of the most popular Steadicams are the:
- Smoothe Steadicam – This add-on uses a 5-pound counterweight to hold phone camera shots as clean and smooth as possible.
- StabylCam – This accessory uses a reduced counterweight to keep the shots steady for a cheaper price tag.
3. Lock down the sound.
The main difference between an amateur and a professional video clip is almost always about its audio quality. Using the built-in microphone of the iPhone isn’t up to scratch if you want a movie-like sound quality. Instead, look at incorporating a mic application like the:
- GarageBand – This iOS application allows you to create sweeping scores from its selection of digital instruments to play. It also allows you to integrate your own recordings from a third-party source and blend them together to produce the audio that fits your vision.
4. Tie it all up with iMovie.
Technically, the iPhone comes with its own video editor, however it’s limited to capturing screenshots and editing the scale of the clip itself. With iMovie, you can edit a clean, smooth, and high-quality movie about three hours long each time. It also includes several options like filters, logos, transitions, and animations. Be the next Scorsese or Spielberg with these iPhone tricks for more professional movie shoots.