How to Avoid Shaky Smartphone Videos

How to Avoid Shaky Smartphone Videos

As transcribed from my video: https://youtu.be/aDiDzkPpsd0

“What kind of selfie stick should you purchase in order to get better video? And why would we do that? We call that the shaky cam effect where you’re doing a self-recording of a video and you are hand holding the camera which is shaking a bit.

Options For Avoiding Shaky Cameras

Options For Avoiding Shaky Cameras

There are stabilized selfie sticks. One name brand is called the DJI Osmo. The DJI Osmo version 2 is the latest version and there are many other equipment manufacture (OEM) no-name brands of selfie sticks that you can buy again on Amazon for under a hundred dollars. The DJI costs a little bit more.

The way it works is you put your phone in, you clamp it down and as soon as I power it on, you’re going to see that it’s going to level itself out. No matter what I do with the selfie stick, it’s keeping the phone level. I can go like this and it will be a very smooth video experience that it is recording of me. I can even move it with my thumb to control what direction I would like the camera to go. This enhances the video watching experience regarding a video that you quickly recorded.

You should also have solid audio. I have an explanation of audio in a separate video.

Another option that you can consider are little flexible tripods, mini tripods, that are easy to travel with. Maybe you don’t want to spend a $100 to $200 on a stabilized selfie stick but rather want to place down your phone at some location. This one you can see is very tiny and this other is more heavy duty. The reasoning behind that is the weight they can hold. If I put my phone on here, it might crumble because of the weight. The beauty of these is that you can wrap it around a post, a guard rail, a tree branch. You can put it on a picnic table, you can put it on a beach or a rock, you can go and put it on the table in front of you, and it is a great way so that you don’t have to carry a full-size tripod with you, but you can achieve very stable video being recorded of yourself.

Remember the goal behind all of this is to avoid you handholding your phone otherwise you get the shaky cam effect.

These flexible mini tripods are very inexpensive. One brand is the Joby GorillaPods and there’s many other OEM versions of this. They even have even heavier duty versions that can hold a full DSLR camera with a microphone on it. Pretty cool to look at if you want shop around, but I would recommend something very simple like this if you’re traveling and you want be able to have stable video recording yourself.”

How to choose a cheap mic for your smartphone videos

How to choose a cheap mic for your smartphone videos

As transcribed from my video: https://youtu.be/2DA3m3Axa98

“One question I get asked frequently is about audio.

We’ve all heard that the built-in microphones on most phones don’t quite sound as dialed in as they should be. The video is quite great on a lot of smartphones, for quality. But on that note, it is very confusing in order to figure out what kind of microphone you should be purchasing. I think for most people going on Amazon and purchasing a wired lav mic is the best way to go. I’m wearing one right now and that’s how I’m recording this.

We have different options. Here at the very cheapest is a $3 one that I picked up. Just clips right on and it’s got an end here. Now, here’s the gotcha. I’m going show you two different wired lav mics. But they both actually appear to have a similar connector. It’s called a 3.5mm connector. But they’re actually different. And what you’ll observe is that this one only has two black lines on it, this one has three. We call this a TRS connector and this one is called a TRRS connector.

The difference between that and if you wanna get into the technical acronyms, it’s tip, ring, ring and sleeve. There is a difference between TRS and TRRS. And the reason is, when you go to plug it into your phone, if your phone has the ability to connect something in, Apple has gotten rid of the headphone jack as a lot of people have known. And now it’s lightning connector only. If you’re on an Android, possibly it will still work. But if you’re an iPhone user you need another adapter. A lot if the iPhones that you purchase now will have this little cable that you use to go to traditional headphones out. Lightning on one end, and one on the other end. What it is expecting for a microphone jack to work is a TRRS. A tip, ring, ring, sleeve.

It’s got three black lines on it and then you would plug that in, that would go into your phone and then you would be able to talk to it. If you don’t have that, believe it or not, there are adapter cables that you can purchase called a TRS to TRRS adapter or vice versa. That is what I would recommend you pick-up for better audio quality on anything that you do for video. Go and pick up a cheap wired lavaliere but to be aware that if you plug it in and it doesn’t work, you might need an adapter.

Hopefully, these extra acronyms that I’ve tossed your way will help point you in the right direction on how to solve your problem on why your mic is not working.”

Where do you share your Video for best impact?

Where do you share your Video for best impact?

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