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This is how upbeat mobile phone recordings succeed

Michael Rupp

For an impressive video clip, the most important thing is to have pictures that are well worth seeing. You can achieve this with a few simple tricks while filming that require little effort.

EnlargeAuthentic motifs: You can do without the warm-up phase of the racing truck, but the flames are a real eye-catcher and provide dynamism in the film.

In post-processing, you sometimes put a lot of effort into perfecting video clips: sometimes a section is not optimally selected or the motif was only taken at an angle or from the side instead of frontally, sometimes strong backlight has irritated the smartphone's automatic exposure - or strong background noises distract from the actual Done from. Since there are few options for making corrections on a mobile phone, such clips can usually no longer be saved. With minimal effort, you can create recordings that can be used practically directly.

1. Put everything in focus
Nobody likes to see fuzzy videos on Youtube & Co. If you do not align the smartphone in the middle of the targeted subject while filming, the automatic focus can skid and adjust incorrectly. Then tap the desired object on the display and use it to set the focus point manually. Most of the time, you lock the focus with a double or longer tap so that the focus point once set is retained, even if the subject moves. The manual focus control can also be used quite easily as a design tool: for example, if there is an interesting object in the foreground of the subject, you can focus on it. This starts the scene - after a few seconds you can set the focus by tapping on the background that you actually want to show.

2. The right camera work
Even when filming with a smartphone, the basis for a successful recording is holding the camera correctly in landscape format. Because the cause of crooked buildings or incorrect proportions in films is in many cases a tilted camera. The landscape format corresponds to the usual screen proportions.

Do not tilt the phone up or down unnecessarily. You suspect that in the rush of battle a recording went wrong? If in doubt, just shoot the scene again. It's always easier than getting annoyed about missing raw material later.

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3. Good set up

EnlargeGood scene structure: With the choice of the image section, you put the subject in the limelight - an unconventional perspective makes the shot interesting.

A basic rule for appealing clips is: do not place the core topic in the center of the image, but in the upper or lower right or left third (golden ratio). And this is also very easy without complicated measurements by activating the grid in the menu of the camera app.

4. Film professionally
You have chosen a good subject and a few plot ideas for your clip. Then use three simple basic rules to ensure that your film differs from an amateur's recordings:

Stay calm: Hardly anyone likes shaky recordings - so keep your phone as still as possible. It helps when you lean on.

Swivel a little: Hectic panning while recording makes editing the clips difficult. In addition, clips with moving camera images quickly bore the viewer. In addition, the human eye does not cope well with panning because it jumps from one focus to the other. Instead, create dynamics by recording moving processes in different, short scenes.

Never zoom: If your video app is capable of zooming while filming, it is better to leave it alone, because the most commonly used digital zoom only worsens the recording. To capture a different section of the motif, get closer to the motif.

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5. Provide variety
When filming, it is important to record individual snapshots in such a way that you can later cut the individual scenes together to give the project a good dose of dynamism and avoid unnecessary lengths.

Each take - the recording time from start to stop - should be at least seven seconds long. A setting of 20 seconds or more can easily seem boring with online videos. In fact, in current music videos you rarely see settings that last longer than four seconds. Instead of long scenes, try to capture different, concise moments in a situation. To do this, take the same motif from different perspectives, whereby you should also change your position and the image section. With hard cuts, new, interesting impressions are created in this way.

6. Change perspective
Avoid many very similar image details. In this case it is better to switch from a medium long shot to a close-up or close-up shot or to a long shot. For a good result, vary the angle slightly in each case. Of course, this is only possible if you paid attention to it while shooting. In the case of scenes that you cannot influence yourself, however, this can hardly be implemented.

7. Authentic motifs
A clip should capture a certain mood and reproduce it authentically. If you want to convey the leisure of a river landscape, for example, you have to focus the recording on it. If there are a few ducks at the edge of the river, the film will be more intense if you not only film the course of the river, but also one of the animals in close-up.

It is also better not to try to put everything into one picture, but to deliberately limit your choice of motifs.

8. Storyboard as a recording aid

EnlargeStoryboard as a recording aid: Of course, it doesn't have to be as precise as this example from a YouTube production company.

If you want to capture an important event on film, a storyboard prevents stress during the recording. Instead of filming for several hours and choosing the best scenes during post-production on the PC, it is better to use a plan, the storyboard, which gives your film the necessary structure. Here you can determine which scenes you want to show, how long the film should be and which individual takes you need for it. So you define in advance which are the most important moments of the event. Admittedly, it is sometimes arduous work, but it is worthwhile.