7 Awesome Ways To Shoot Videos With Your Mobile Phone

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If you haven’t noticed, there seems to be no limit to what people are creating using photo editing apps on their phones. But what about video? In the wake of Instagram’s video release, momentum is building as powerful video editing apps are hitting the market. This is a list of five apps & seven tips that can help take your mobile video editing to the next level.

UpGrade Your Camera – CP Pro

The only place to start is with your camera app and the one I’ve found most useful for live recording is CP Pro. This simple app lets you choose video quality, lets you pause/resume recording, has a smooth zoom feature and time lapse options, and gives you nine live filters. My clips have always come out crisp and export easily to the camera roll.Remember to shoot in landscape!

Take a Timelapse – OSnap!

Timelapses are a perfect way to push your video capturing to new a creative level and you don’t need a DSLR rig to create one anymore! OSnap! is the perfect app if you’re looking for a powerful interface with full manual control. This app gives you the ability to set the capture rate, focus, and exposure separately, as well as set your white balance. When exporting, you can choose the frame rate for video or just export the stills for use in another app. OSnap! outperforms others by a long shot. One last thing, don’t forget to watch out for wind – phones are light and if not secured to a tripod or against a surface, wind jitters might ruin your final video.

Collage Your Video – Diptic Video

Diptic is arguably the most successful photo collaging app on smartphones today, so it should be no surprise their video collage version makes this list. The app lets you combine both stills and video, and also has a number of playback options so you can loop or reverse your footage – this alone makes it a useful app for phone video editing. Play around and see what you come up with!

Add filters – Vinyet

A great way to add filters to your video before going to Instagram is the Vinyet app. You can import any video on your phone and add filters that utilize color blurring, sharpening, and color adjustment. It even has a stop-motion mode that lets you set a capture delay so you don’t have to perfectly tap your screen when capturing. In addition to exporting to other apps or your camera roll, Vinyet lets you export your video as an animated gif!

Add Your Music – Vinyet

Probably the best reason to download Vinyet is for its intuitive music interface. Vinyet, like many video apps, lets you select a song from your library to play behind your video. But where this app stands out is its selective waveform viewer – it lets you move the song around visually, so you can start it exactly where you want.

Vintage grain – 8mm

8mm Vintage Camera is one of the oldest video apps on the App Store, and also by far one of the best. The app lets you shoot or upload your clips with 10 authentic looking 8mm video filters as well as a handful of lenses and sounds. It even has a simple editing interface that adds transitions between your clips. This app is well worth the $1.99 – it does things other apps just don’t do, and does it well.

Light Leaks – 8mm

There have been very few photo editing trends more prominent than the light leak, and as something native to film, bringing it to mobile video seems like a no-brainer. Surprisingly, as of this post, there aren’t very many options to bring light leaks to your phone videos. The most successful one I’ve found is an in-app purchase within the 8mm app. One of its three purchasable themes adds moving light leaks to your shot. This might be exactly what you’re looking for when editing your final video!

Article by Mark Gabriel Laos, a video and design extraordinaire. Check out his website here: markgabriellaos.com and Instagram @imbroglio3

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