How to Capture Better Videos With Your iPhone

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Apple's newest iPhones can capture high-quality 60 FPS 4K video, but there are a lot of other factors that need to be taken into account to make excellent videos that can compete with what you can do with a traditional camera.

    Lighting, stabilization, settings, and composition are all elements that can make or break a video, and in our latest guide on YouTube, we're sharing a series of tips you can use to make your videos better than ever.

    Without shelling out any cash, there are certain settings you can change to make sure you're getting the best quality video out of your iPhone.

    Open up the Settings app, choose the "Camera" section, and you can set your video recording quality. On iPhone X and iPhone 8, you can capture 4K video at 60 frames per second. On older iPhones like the iPhone 6s and iPhone 7, your options will be more limited, with 4K video topping out at 30 frames per second.

    You can also improve your videos with simple Auto Exposure and Auto Focus locking features, which will prevent abrupt changes while you're filming. After setting exposure with drag gestures on the iPhone's screen when using the Camera app, hold a finger on the focal point until the AE/AF lock banner pops up.

    You'll get even more control over settings using a third-party app like FiLMic Pro ($14.99), which lets you set parameters like exposure, white balance, color, aspect ratio, and focus while also giving you live tools for monitoring video and making adjustments.

    Lighting is a huge factor when it comes to video quality, so shooting outdoors in daylight or in a well-lit room will improve your videos immensely if you can't shell out for a lighting setup, and you can spice up your videos with iPhone camera capabilities like time lapse and slow motion. Stabilization is as important as lighting - brace your elbows or invest in a tripod or a handheld gimbal.

    If you're going to be taking a lot of video with your iPhone, you might want to check out something like the $130 DJI Osmo Mobile 2, which uses a gimbal to smooth out and counteract camera shake. It's not for everyone given its high price point, but it's worth the investment if you're aiming for quality video that's shake free. For a cheaper option, check out the Manfrotto Pixi Mini Tripod, which is just $24.95 (with an additional $9.95 for the mount).

    For a full rundown on all of our video tips, make sure to watch the video above, which, fittingly, was filmed entirely on an iPhone X. Did we leave anything out? Let us know your own tips and tricks for capturing better video in the comments.

    Article Link: How to Capture Better Videos With Your iPhone
  2. Rayd5365 macrumors member

    Aug 31, 2010
    ....and for the love of all that's holy, don't shoot "vertical video"!!!
  3. yadmonkey macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2002
    Western Spiral
    I disagree on this one. My videos are for me and my family, not for you on iTunes or youtube. If I'm taking a video of my baby walking, then a vertical video will get more of him in the frame and thus capture more of the moment. And by the way, the vast majority of views of this video will be family and friends on iPhones and iPads, so the vertical works quite well.

    That's just one example and yes, people should consider portrait v. landscape each time they start recording, but this is far from the hard and fast rule so many people would have you believe.
  4. Sheza macrumors 68000


    Aug 14, 2010
    Cambridge, UK
    Were those latter shots supposed to be taken with the gimbal? Because they looked shaky as heck.

    You're aware of the OIS/Gimbal conflict with the iPhone right?
  5. tkukoc macrumors 65816


    Sep 16, 2014
    Wish I Was In Space!
    I am so bad at capturing photos and videos with my phones. No matter what I do they never turn out that great. I know it's me, my hands have a little shakiness to them. Even with stabilization they don't look amazing as others I've seen. Even with gimbals they still don't look right. I've posted this before on the photos section.. I hate you all for being able to capture such amazing works of art.. and by hate I mean, you guys are all amazing! Wish I could capture like a lot of you.
  6. FasterQuieter macrumors 6502


    Feb 21, 2008
    The thing I hate most about iPhone video is the blown highlights. I am forever reducing the exposure level to avoid this. I wish there was an option to permanently underexpose by half a stop. Maybe more. I know it can be done in third party apps, but they are fiddly and not accessible with a simple swipe.
  7. Chupa Chupa macrumors G5

    Chupa Chupa

    Jul 16, 2002
    But one day he is going to get married or have kids of his own or some other occasion where you or him will want to splice together a traditional video for mass viewing. You'll show it on a nice size to huge screen and 2/3rd of the screen will be black bars on either side.

    It's just not natural. I mean, hey, if it was, then Hollywood would start making rental videos horizontal. Millions of people watch movies on their tablets these days. How about Star Wars viewed on your iPad in portrait. It would massacre the entire film. Same is true if you shoot your son's soccer games in portrait. Just a thought.
  8. georgB macrumors member


    Jan 7, 2004
    Many videos have some kind of audio, often the recording of someone, people, in the film speaking. It would be good to have a tip or 2 about this, hopefully including some info about microphones.
  9. Applemaniac7 Suspended

    Mar 2, 2018
    So Cal.
    You could not be more wrong my friend. Anyone who shoots vertical video should be burned at the stake!! Do you see spiel burg, lucas or abrams shooting vertical for the next blockbuster. Is your tv or laptop vertical? Consider this your only and final warning.
  10. BasicGreatGuy Contributor


    Sep 21, 2012
    In the middle of several books.
    Very useful video, Dan (with MacRumors). Thanks.

    The DJI mobile 2 does not support 4K 60 fps, for those interested.
  11. noah82 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 16, 2008
    San Diego, CA
  12. yadmonkey macrumors 65816


    Aug 13, 2002
    Western Spiral
    10 seconds of video isn't going to ruin that big day, is it? By that time my wife and I will have enjoyed the video 200 times on our devices in full screen, which is more important to us. Besides, if I took the video on landscape, then 2/3 of the video would be something other than the subject matter, which is all that matters when you watch your kids take their first step. Arguably, it looks far better without the messy living room (don't judge - you'll understand if/when you're a parent!) in frame.

    I already covered this in my previous post. I don't take videos of my kids for Hollywood and I'm not filming Star Wars in this example. It's frankly a bizarre comparison to make, especially in light of the fact that I already made the point clear that this was for personal use, not an attempt at a major production. The next Star Wars movie is at zero risk of being shot in portrait as a result of my reckless home filmmaking. And I wouldn't record my kid's soccer game in portrait - again, I said it's a decision that should be considered each time you make a recording. BTW, here's another thing you'll never see on a movie screen: a notch.
  13. DavidAkin macrumors newbie


    Mar 6, 2018
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
    Hear, hear. (Pardon the pun) it’s called AUDIO-video and while app makers/hardware makers have done plenty to make the video better; would like to see some tips on better audio. For instance - I’d love to shoot video but take as my audio source a mic connected via Bluetooth. More tips on the audio part of th3 equation please!
  14. iapplelove macrumors 601


    Nov 22, 2011
    East Coast USA
    I understand your point. And yes, if you just played the video back forever on just a smart phone, yeah your baby will “appear” to look larger, fill out more screen space.

    But in reality, it’s always a best practice to shoot in landscape. It’s the correct way and will play back more natural on any and every screen.
  15. Falhófnir macrumors 68030


    Aug 19, 2017
    Still mono audio recording - catch up Apple :mad:
  16. WannaGoMac macrumors 68020


    Feb 11, 2007

    That video says most of it all in...

    Vertical video looks like crap when you decide to move it to a projector or large monitor.
  17. The Mercurian macrumors 68000

    Mar 17, 2012
    Lol.....noooooo....beaten to it by one post :(
    @yadmonkey -pay close attention to the pubic service announcment
  18. citysnaps macrumors 601

    Oct 10, 2011
    San Francisco
    If anything, my X under-exposes a bit.

    OTOH, many times I intentionally over-expose, liking blown highlights for some photos. Probably has something to do with liking Daido Moriyama's contrasty photography a lot.
  19. Kiorr macrumors member


    Dec 7, 2017
    maybe the moondog labs Anamorphic lens for shooting widescreen!

  20. Khedron macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2013
    When your kid grows up and wants to look back at old videos of himself he'll find it in a format that was ruined pointlessly because of your selfish consideration of how it would be viewed 1 hour from now not 1 decade. Just like the generation of parents who ruined home VHS recordings thinking they had to constantly be zooming in and out.
  21. tkatz macrumors 6502

    Dec 14, 2009
    Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, however when you subject family members to vertical video you are doing a great disservice.

    I understand your argument, but I still have to disagree with it. Most of the vertical videos I get from family members are very shaky because they are struggling to keep the subject in frame, constantly turning the phone left and right to keep their kid, dog, etc.. in frame. If you simply record in landscape it will be significantly easier to track the subject.

    You also never know when you might want to use the footage in something more, like a video montage or whatever, and target a larger screen. Vertical videos look like utter crap on a television.

    Please do everyone, including your family a favor and shoot in landscape.
  22. B4U macrumors 68000


    Oct 11, 2012
    Undisclosed location
    How about how to compress the videos afterwards?
  23. JosephAW macrumors 68020


    May 14, 2012
    Movie Pro is a great app with lots of size options and quality options. And shutter and focus controls. Plus post processing file sizes and remote control.
    I use the lowest 320x480 videos to email and iMessage without a huge file sizes for my friends with 16gb iPhones.

    MoviePro : Video Recorder by Deepak Sharma
  24. kahkityoong macrumors 6502


    Jan 31, 2011
    Melbourne, Australia
    Obviously you’ve never tried to shoot any homemade porn. It’s much easier to grip the phone in vertical while keeping up the action
  25. Julien macrumors G4


    Jun 30, 2007

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