Each successive generation of mobile devices boasts more capable and impressive video cameras. Still many people often find it difficult to record high-quality videos on mobile devices.
The good news is that more often than not it isn’t the camera that is the issue, and odds are your mobile device has a camera that is able to record some good quality videos. That being said you need to know what to do in order to make it happen.
Increase the frame rate and resolution
The main settings that will affect the quality of your video are the resolution and frame rate, and as a rule of thumb, you should set both at as high a level as possible. Typically the ‘standard’ for high-quality videos nowadays is 1080p at 30 frames per second, but if you want you can push it to 60 frames per second so that your video looks smoother and more fluid.
Remember that increasing the frame rate and resolution will also increase the file size of the videos – so make sure storage isn’t going to be an issue.
Keep the mobile device and camera steady
One of the main reasons why videos recorded on mobile devices leave a lot to be desired is because the camera often isn’t steady while recording. As a result, the video footage may be shaky, there may be issues with focus, and it the quality won’t look great.
To ensure that isn’t the case you need to keep the mobile device steady while you record. If you have trouble then you could look into the various types of tripods and mounts that are available for mobile devices.
Use an external microphone if recording audio
Another area in which videos recorded on mobile devices tends to suffer in is the audio. With few exceptions, the built-in microphone on mobile devices isn’t great and results in poor quality audio with lots of background noise.
Because of that fact, you should always use an external microphone if you want to record audio along with your video. Nowadays there are lots of types of external microphones for mobile devices – and you should just make sure the one you choose is compatible with yours.
Make sure the lighting is good
It goes without saying that the lighting needs to be good if you want the video quality to look good – and ideally you’ll want there to be bright and natural light. If not there are other lighting solutions that you could use, but you’ll want to make sure the light isn’t flickering (i.e. like fluorescent lights do).
Try to find a good source of diffused lighting if possible, so that there are no hard shadows.
Nowadays there are lots of relatively easy to use editors out there that you could use to tidy up the video footage that you record and fix any issues. If you want you could try Movavi Video Editor that is the closest you’ll get to a Windows version of iMovie. Assuming you follow the tips listed above, editing your video a bit should really ensure that its quality is top notch.