Three smartphone video mistakes, and how to avoid them
#1 - Orientation
This is a fun way of explaining this ‘mistake’. As you see in the clip, videos are not designed to be viewed vertically. In a world of mobile social media browsing it is understandable why vertical video occurs, however shooting like this is the quickest way to creating amateur looking video.
#2 – Bad Sound
This is a very important point that applies to all video production, not just smartphone video. It’s all well and good having great looking visuals but that could all be in vain if your audio is badly presented. Why do I say ‘presented’ rather than ‘recorded’? There are several places that audio can go wrong during a video production, not just when you’re actually recording your video. Firstly – recording on the shoot. Smartphone microphones aren’t great – sound is picked up from all around it and even in a quiet room the sound quality leaves much to be desired. So it is important to have a good quality microphone to record with – you can use a shotgun microphone, or a lav microphone to get good sound on the day. Once you have a good microphone you need to make sure the level at which you are recording your audio is correct. Too quiet and you have to raise the levels later on when editing your video, this can diminish sound quality greatly. Too loud and your sound could get distorted, making it extremely difficult to hear what is being said and there is absolutely no way you can save distorted audio! Have a listen to the examples below – one correctly recorded, one is too quiet and the other is too loud.
#3 - Incorrect exposure