Memories of the highest quality. We advise you on how to record your vlog from holidays with your smartphone

In 2019, I do not have to convince anyone that a good video can be recorded with a smartphone. It's good to know a few tricks that will help you squeeze the full potential of our phone and let you record - for example - an interesting holiday vlog.

If you follow our materials carefully, you already know how to bring good pictures of holidays , how to photograph at night and how to use the zoom on your smartphone .

I refer in the introduction to the previous texts, because when it comes to video recording with a smartphone, the basics are almost exactly the same. We crop in a similar way, we look in the same way in a similar way, just like in the pictures we wait for the best possible lighting conditions, and so on.

There are, however, issues that when taking pictures (especially during the day) do not have to worry about, and which play a key role in the video.

What should you pay attention to when recording a vacation vlog?

The first thing is the right choice of the camera we're recording video. Thinking about the vlog, most people think about the front camera of the smartphone, because by recording it we can see the preview of themselves on the screen - make sure that we are in the frame, we are not overexposed, etc.

However, in order to get a better recording quality, it is much better to use the main camera. We will not then see each other on the screen, but it is a compromise that is worth going to.

First of all, the main camera always offers higher quality than the front camera. I'm talking here not only about the surface of the matrix (which in the front camera is always smaller), but also about the available recording quality. Even in the best smartphones, the front cameras usually offer a quality no higher than 1080p, while the main camera can record in 4K and even 60 frames per second.

Of course, most of us will then watch such video on the Full HD screen, and if we come to assemble such a clip, we will probably eventually put it in Full HD, because not everyone has the equipment to install material in 4K. One way or another, however, it is worth recording in a higher quality, so that if you want to reduce the image, save as much as possible from the original recording.

When recording in 4K you only have to keep in mind two issues - the battery and the capacity of your smartphone. High resolution video recording drains the battery of the smartphone like nothing else, and the generated files, even a dozen or so seconds long, can weigh several hundred MB. In the case of Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, which has 256 GB of memory for data, it was not a problem for me, but if the smartphone has a smaller data store, you have to be careful, because it can be filled quickly.

Still remaining in the subject of quality - with a choice of 4K 30 FPS and 60 FPS it is always better to record yourself in this lower-level situation. 60 frames per second looks great in video games or let's play on YouTube, but the reality recorded in this way just looks artificially.

You can use the 4K 60 FPS mode to get creative shots and slow down the recording in post-production. By slowing down such a clip, we will obtain the effect of a gentle "slow-motion", which can be used to show, for example, waves crashing against stones on the edge or footprints in the sand.

Vlogging with the main camera has one more advantage.

In addition to the available recording quality, there is one difference between the front and the back camera - image stabilization. The front sensors are usually devoid of it, and even if they have it, it works much worse than the stabilization of the main matrix image.

The matrices of the main cameras are sometimes stabilized twice. This is the case in Oppo Reno 10x Zoom, where a hybrid stabilization system is used - we have optical stabilization (OIS) operating in tandem with electronic stabilization (EIS). The matrix not only "floats" on electromagnets stabilizing it, but thanks to the fact that Oppo has as much as 48 megapixels, the smartphone then has a large field to make the generated picture a bit cropped and get even more impression of motion smoothness.

As you can see on the video attached at the beginning, the difference in the stability of the shots between the front and the main camera is colossal.

Even the best stabilization needs a little help.

When we record ourselves, we have no other choice - the hand must be pulled forward to fit in the frame. However, when we record tapes, it is good to help stabilize the image on the smartphone itself by behaving as stable as possible.

Professional photography usually refers to three points of contact: arms pressed against the body create two points of contact, the third is an eye pressed to the viewfinder, the shoulder frame to the camera or a neck strap, which additionally helps to obtain a more stable shot.

In the case of a smartphone with three points of contact, there is no way, but let's try to have at least two. Do not record a copy with one hand, outstretched unnaturally, but squeeze your elbows, hold your hands as close as possible to the body and make gentle movements, paying special attention to the initial and final phase of movement - then the easiest way is to move the shot.

Automation is a blessing, but sometimes it is worth taking control.

Smartphones in the vast majority of cases are fully automated devices. When recording a video, we do not think - like in a professional camera - to set ISO, aperture or shutter speed. The smartphone does everything for us.

It has its good and bad sides. Good, because it allows you to focus on framing and telling stories, not on camera settings. Bad, because the smartphone in one shot can change its brightness and focus point many times, which usually does not look good.

However, there is a way to deal with it - just lock the exposure and autofocus at one point. For this purpose, it is usually enough to first touch the screen to select the place in relation to which we want to highlight the shot and on which we will focus. Then you only need to hold the autofocus field for a longer time until the padlock and / or the "AE / AF lock" message is displayed. Then we know that the exposure is blocked and if, for example, we shift the frame from the dark sand to the bright sky, the smartphone will not try to darken the image at all costs, but will maintain even brightness and sharpness throughout the entire recording.

Vertically or horizontally?

Until a few years ago, I would pour holy water over anyone who would propose a video recording vertically, yet time has shown that it is in this way that we consume the content. Most of us watch web video on a smartphone, and platforms such as YouTube or Instagram adapt to vertical image display.

Here, you have to make a decision depending on what you want to record and where to show it later. Video vertically, by nature, means narrower frames and less scenery in the background. If you want to see them on your laptop or TV one day, vertical video will not look good.

However, if you record a vacation vlog mainly with a view to sharing it in social media or on YouTube, video recorded vertically may be an ideal choice, especially then we can also use it in the popular Stories format, whether on Instagram or on Facebook in Messengerze or on YouTube.

Image image - what about the sound?

Sound is the most ignored part of video recordings, not only by amateurs, but also by professionals. And yet this is equally important, if not the most important part of the recording - ultimately you can digest a bad looking video, if the sound is ok, but no one will want to watch video with a fatal sound, even if it will be the most beautiful in the world.

In the case of video recording with a smartphone, the question of sound is quite problematic. Well, the microphones used in smartphones, just like the cameras' matrices, are really small, and therefore prone to distortion, noise and other distortions.

So how do you get the best results? First of all - speak as close to the smartphone as possible. If we want our voice to be clear and clear, we should not go farther than a step away from the phone, because the further we leave, the higher the sensitivity the microphone will need to work, the higher the noise, the worse the quality will be.

Some smartphones cope with physical limitations using a variety of software tricks. For example, Oppo Reno 10x Zoom thanks to the Audio Focus function allows you to either focus the recording on the most prominent source or record it evenly at 360 degrees. This first mode is especially useful when talking to a telephone, while the latter one is used to record a copy and sounds of the environment.

However, there are situations when even the most clever software tricks of physics will not jump - for example, when we are on the beach and the sound of the sea obscures everything we would like to say.

Then you can resort to the use of an external microphone. Unfortunately, most Android smartphones do not work with analog-connected microphones, through a 3.5mm jack or a USB-C adapter. You can use a Bluetooth microphone, such as the Sennheiser Memory Mic.

There is only one catch; Bluetooth microphones do not work with the default camera application, it is necessary to use a dedicated microphone manufacturer application. And these applications unfortunately do not offer so many possibilities and equally good quality recordings for built-in camera applications.

So you have to choose the situations in which we use the microphones built into the phone, and when we resort to accessories. The latter should be used when the built-in microphones absolutely can not cope, and for the rest of the time stay with the microphones of the smartphone, remembering only to keep a sufficiently short distance.

A beautiful picture and sound are not everything.

There is one thing more important than image and sound - history. Even the most beautiful, best-sounding videos in the world will not be worth anything if it's deadly boring.

When recording a holiday vlog, it's a good idea to take care of this video ... something. Do not let it be just a bunch of random frames and scenes, but a coherent story that you will want to come back to later.

On holidays, the history of such a vlog can be simply how we spend the day. Keeping a certain chronology and focusing on what we've been doing on a given day, we'll get a lot more interesting video than if we only recorded moments taken out of context and put them together.

Video is just a medium that tells a story - history is the most important thing. It does not matter if we are recording a video with the idea of ​​uploading it into social media or thinking about preserving vacation memories for ourselves.

The film, which will be "about something" will come back much more willingly than to a bunch of unrelated clips.

You only need a smartphone.

Looking only a few years into the past is amazing that today we can record video with such high quality with a smartphone. I remember the times when there were small video cameras with which the families immortalized their holidays. Today, the same families pull out smartphones from their pockets and record videos of much higher quality than those from previous webcams.

You do not need anything more than a smartphone to bring a beautiful holiday vlog. On the smartphone we will record a movie, we will assemble the video, publish it on social media, or simply keep for ourselves for the future.

It's good to know how to use the full potential of this powerful device that we carry in our pocket to bring video from the holidays, which you will want to return even years later.

* The material was created in cooperation with Oppo

Memories of the highest quality. We advise you on how to record your vlog from holidays with your smartphone


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