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Better video and audio with your smartphone
The quality of audio and video on smartphones vary widely, but there are some tips and tricks to improve the results - regarding the purely technical as well as the way you are shooting your film.
Watch a short video presentation with tips and tricks
Journalist Anne Grete Skovbjerg shares her own experience of using the phone's sound and camera in practice: how to position yourself correctly, vary 'shots', know the limitations - and why good sound is more important than good pictures.
Video recording in practice: Three Tips
- Make your interview in location: Stay in authentic surroundings - in the field, on the street, etc. But avoid locations with excessive background noise.
- Go close: Top of head close to the edge of the image - both eyes must be visible
- Keep the image steady: Zooming is impossible on a smartphone, and it is normally not a good idea to pan. Better to add several small chunks together into a whole video.
|Not good: The person is too far away, the image shakes, composition fiddling and the sound is too weak||Much better: The person is close to the camera, the sound is good (with external microphone) and the background is neutral|
Better audio with an external microphone
The microphone is the weak link in most smartphones. The image is usually fine - but the sound is often too weak, too muddy or wind scratchy. You can achieve a dramatic improvement in sound quality by plugging in an external microphone.
For iPhone you can for example buy an iRig MIC to approx. 60 Euro. This is a solid handheld microphone that effectively protects against wind noise and reverb. For Android and Windows phones you can buy a small connection cable for a few euros, which makes it possible to connect a standard microphone. Ask in stores with musical instruments - musicians are avid consumers of smart audio solutions!
Avoid shaking images
It can be difficult to keep a phone perfectly still while trying to hold a microphone - and concentrate on an interview or something that happens in front of you. A good grip on your phone allows you to rest your elbow against your body and hold it steady while shooting.
You can buy various good 'handle' for your smartphone - such as Joby Gorilla Mobile which is also a tripod phone can stand.