Top 5 Pro Tips to Shoot Cinematic Video With Smartphone

If you have a smartphone with a good camera then this article is for you. Today in this article I'll tell you Some 5 Amazing steps.

Today’s smartphones are so Interesting, and the technology so advanced, you can shoot a professional looking short movie, or even a full-length feature on your smartphone.

Your phone probably shoots 4K broadcast quality images - something that many older expensive video cameras can’t even do.

Top 5 Pro Tips to Shoot Cinematic Video With Smartphone

Shooting Cinematic video is always fun for me, If you have a smartphone with a good camera then this article is for you.

Today in this article I'll tell you Some 5 Amazing steps.

Which by following, you can create some amazing cinematic videos by just using Your Smartphone.

1. Camera or Gimbal Movement

First step is camera or gimbal movements Now, I know a lot of you don't own a smartphone gimbal, but don't worry even though you don't have a gimbal, you can still capture some amazing stable footages by just using your smartphone and hands.

And I'll get into that in a second. So, don't worry about it.

So, for making the cinematic videos engaging, you have to shoot your videos with some movements.

And you have to make your video more engaging. And if you want your video more engaging, Then all you have to do to is make sure that all your videos have a moment in them.

So, for shooting videos like professional all you have to do is connect your smartphone with your gimbal And after that just slowly try to move forward.

If you don't have a gimbal Then try to hold your smartphone strong and stable, and after that slowly try to move forward.

You can also use the same clip and use it as reversed. which looks kinda cool.

And now if we talk about your not having a gimbal problem then, then you can use Google Photos to stabilize your clips on android.

Or if you have an iphone just like me then you can use an app called Emulsio which by using you can convert your shaky footages into stabilized once.


2. Using Good and Well Matched Music

Now, next step is using good and well matched music. In any cinematic video music plays the main vital role and the actual sound effects.

If you have these two things in your video on point, and the actual music and sound effects are complementing your video, then eventually it will make your video a lot more engaged, and your audience will love this as well.

Personally for my projects and YouTube videos, i just use Epidemic Sound. And I have been using it for the past one and a half year.

Epidemic Sound is one of the best music licensing platform around the world and you will find more than 30,000 plus royalty free music and non copyrighted sound effects in their liberary.

If you're a creator like me then I'll recommend you to use Epidemic Sound and bump us your creative process.

3. The Use of Slow Motion

Next step is the Use of Slow motion. Slow motion sequence fills your video with a dramatic look and that's gonna make your audience eventually engage with your actual content.

We can achieve slow motion shots via two steps by using our smartphone.

Number one - You can shoot your videos with a higher frame rate. if you want you can shoot your videos with 60, 120 or 240 FPS and after that you can slow it down in post production.

Number two - if your smartphone dose not support this feature then, you can actually use the slow motion section and that will surely present on your smartphone camera app. And by using that feature you can directly create some slow motion shots.

But, I'll recommend you to use the first option. because that's gonna increase the overall video quality and make your videos a lot more professional and cinematic.

4. Variation in Lenses

Now, we have to talk about the variation in lenses. For creating any kind of well produces cinematic video.

We have to have some multiple lenses to create some different vibes, moods and subjects to match with the actual vibe with the audience.

Now a time you will find at least two to three lenses on any of the smartphones.

Currently, I'm using the iphone 11 to shoot the cinematic videos with and this comes with two lenses which is more than enough to create some amazing cinematic video.

To shoot any kind of landscape or scenery videos I'll recommend you to use the ultra wide lens, If your smartphone have one.

Other than that if you don't have an ultra wide lens then you can buy it very from amazon in cheap price.

And if you want to take a subjective shot like a flower, dog or an object then you can use your telephoto lens.

If you don't have one, then you can go ahead and use the primary camera, which will give you the shallow depth of field, which looks super amazing to see in a cinematic video.

And that's gonna make the cinematic video a lot more engaging to the audience.

5. Post Processing

Last but not least, we have the most important thing which is post processing.

By following the first four steps you could have captured some cinematic shots.

But we can't say those shots a cinematic video until we edit and convert those clips into a cinematic video.

And in that thing Post processing basically plays the most vital role.

Color grading, speed ramping and using of black bars.

If you can follow these three steps for now then that's gonna make your video a lot more engaging and cinematic to the audience.

I suggest you a youtube video for "how you can color grade a cinematic video by just using your smartphone". So, make sure to check it out.

For the Black Bars - I'll provide a PNG download link, which by adding you can instantly gain a cinematic black bar effect directly into your video.

Black bars

Now if we talk about the speed ramping. Speed ramping is basically manipulating and playing with the actual speed of the video clips.

We can gain some amazing cinematic vibes by just making the video clips Fast and Slow.

And you'll find a lots of videos on youtube regarding Speed ramping. So, make sure to follow them along to know more about the actual details.

Bonus Tip : Less Transition, More Direction

Now if you have watched the film makers like sam kolder and matt komo, so you know that they use a lot of transitions but that does not mean they are creating a cinematic video.

If you are capturing a lot of footages and while editing you put a lot of random transition, that's not a cinematic video.

What you have to do is, in every perticullar shot you have to keep a record of your moving direction.

Means, if you are going from left to right or from up to down, you have to capture the next footage in the same motion.

Think that you have captured a footage from left to right than you have to capture the next footage from left to right also.

So at the end when you start editing the clips then that's going to give you a grate sequence. After editing a little bit, you can how good a motion it's generating.

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