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Leveraging your Smartphone for Video Production

In this article I’m going to talk about how you can use your smartphone to create videos that ultimately increase engagement.

Number One: Stabilization.

Nobody likes to watch shaky video. Sure it was fine for feature films like ‘The Blair Witch Project (1999)’, ‘Cloverfield (2008)’, ‘Paranormal Activity (2007)’ mainly because they’re deliberately creating that look to send a message and set the scene for you. When shooting video where the focus is your message with your face in it, you want to pull the audience in with stabilized shots. There are a few ways you can stabilize your camera:

  1. A tripod
  2. Use both hands and your body to stabilize the shot
  3. 3-Axis gimbal such as the DJI Osmo Mobile, Smoove

It all depends on the type of video you’re looking to shoot.

Number Two: Orientation

Now there’s two orientations that you can shoot your video in.

  1. First and foremost is the horizontal view, as the name suggests this is the default view that all content is created for. It’s the most common as it enables you to see the horizon or landscape and be able to take in the breadth of the environment and grand vistas. 100% of the movies, tv shows and online content is shot in this format.
  2. Number two, we have the vertical orientation, this was unintentionally introduced since the introduction of the first smartphone that enabled video capabilities. There even was a PSA (public service announcement) recommending not to record vertical video. When posting vertical video on the internet back in the day it would look quite weird.

So which orientation shall we pick?

It all comes down to the application where is this very good video going to go primarily Are you recording this video to go on Snapchat Are you recording this video to go on an Instagram story is this video going to show up on a Facebook story so began figure out your orientation orientation and figure out you civilization nobody likes to watch shaky video so figure that out and follow through.

you want to compress your videos for a faster upload and play. Now most of the times when you recording video on your phone, you’re primarily in 10 ADP most of the times they keep it on 10 ATP, you do have the option of

you do have the option to reduce the resolution down to 720 P.

Again you want to record video a tight resolution possible but then you can shrink it down using video editing applications such as I movie such as the YouTube app on there’s other apps available. There’s different apps available for different devices focusing on the iPhone for now movie video leap.

And there’s some other applications that lets you choose how the videos exported

again. So you compress your video faster upload and playback.

Next up, you want to improve the audio quality

because as you speak into your camera,

the microphone that’s built into the smartphone is good enough to pick up sound that’s loud

enough. But if you’re if it’s spoken word there’s lifetime there’s quite voices are quite words

that are picked up properly on

your film. So you want to use an external microphone, there’s several all different kinds that you can purchase an external microphone can plug into your headphone jack. On the newer phones, there are no more headphone jacks so they can read adapters and those adapters enable you to connect the microphone to your smartphone. And then you have direct audio coming from the horse’s mouth and those levelers Mike lowly or mix can go directly on your shirt or on your blouse on a T shirt. That way the sound is being caught

as soon as it exits your mouth. And you have clean audio for people to listen to

our next

enhance performance with mobile apps. So this is where I was mentioning using mobile apps to record your video. one specific app that I recommend is Filmic Pro. Now I’m not sure if this app is available on the Android but I do know that it is available for the iPad as well as the iPhone.

What’s amazing about Filmic Pro is this film this app is used by professionals shooting long feature length movies, as well as TV series Web TV series using smartphones like an iPhone or an iPad.

And Filmic Pro also has a remote application. This remote application lets you connect to other Filmic Pro devices that are in your arsenal. So let’s say you have your iPad mounted on a tripod somewhere, and it’s hard to reach, you can connect to that I iPad camera through the filmic remote app. So you have film a

film camera running on your iPad, it’s mounted up

onto the way and your phone is near you so you can trigger it from your phone and start speaking to the iPad.

What’s also cool about the Filmic Pro app is that you can select which audio source to record from. So if you have a bluetooth headset, you can use a bluetooth headset connected to the iPad that’s on your body. And that way the audio is going directly to the device and getting recorded in highest quality

from the source. Of course,

other cool thing about an iPad is iPads still have the headphone jack. So you can connect your long 20 foot

cord for the month microphone directly to the iPad, getting clean audio attached to your video. So enhance performance video mobile apps using these specific applications. And using ethical you’re stacking up all of these tips to get the best possible

video from your mobile device.

Next tip, avoid the annoying digital zoom. Yes,

I know people are obsessed by digital zooms it was it’s been around for a while. And you’ll notice

on Snapchat, you can zoom in to 20 times and few look at the quality of that zoom. It’s not that great. But it’s it works. And

it works in ways where it will do the job. Because you’re just posting a quick video

is just posing a quick video to get it out there. So it works.

So if you do want to zoom

on a smartphone, you would have to either move closer to the camera

or bring the camera close to the action.

Some other things you can do is get dedicated lenses that give you twice the zoom. So on most smartphones, there’s double there’s two lenses. One is a wide angle lens. And the other one is a telephoto lens, which essentially gives you two times system. So that works, you have an optical zoom, you’re not using digital zoom. So most of the times it works perfectly fine. The image quality is not reduced at all, because you’re optically coming closer to the subject.

Alright, next tip, increase video views on LinkedIn. So how are we going to do how we’re going to increase these video links reviews on LinkedIn? Well, if you stack all of these tips together and create a compelling video, you’ve got the digital you’ve got stabilized video you’re compressing this video. So uploads fast to the platform of your choice. You’re enhancing performance by using mobile apps that give you the best quality possible of the subject you’re recording.

you’re avoiding these two zooms. What this does, gives you some really good views on LinkedIn. Having an horizontal orientation, which is landscape orientation video is the best way to go on LinkedIn. If you do want to post a vertical video on LinkedIn, go right ahead. But make sure that

either the video is edited using video leap which enables you to edit vertical videos and keep them in vertical because if you bring in a vertical video into a movie, you will get the top and bottom of the video chopped off and you’ll have white or black bars on either side of your video.

So don’t do that use video leap or other applications that enable you to edit a

vertical video

if you have access to a desktop you’re able to do that. Do you think the I movie or other movie editing software you can edit those vertical video those make them look clean. post them up on LinkedIn get tons of likes. Those vertical videos come up really nice on smartphones because

they detect the orientation and they can display it in full screen I have tested his but I think it works these video views of your content then brings you more new clients. How effective is that strategy all comes down to how consistent you are in creating content for your platform, about your business, by your services and what you’re doing for your fellow human beings.

Thanks for listening tonight. Signing off from hacks

and hobby.

Indoor Cyclist Roller Dream

Indoor Cyclist Roller Dream

As the 2017 biking season ends for the east-coast we all gotta run home and bike indoors to keep the fitness up and level up for next year. Training is the key to keep those legs strong and growing!

Ran into Clan Knox Cycle They posted a project that’ll get you rolling without much issue!

Clan Knox Roller Bed

They’ve also provided simple instructions! Wood and Steel

Wood Pieces

Wood Pieces

  1. Plywood 1″ 36″ x 9″ 2x – Sande Premium Plywood @homedepot
  2. Plywood 1″ 36″ x 41″ 1x
  3. Plywood 1″ 22.5″ x 9″ 2x
  4. 2×4 36″ 4x – 2×4 Premium Whitewood @homedepot
  5. 2×4 4.5″ 4x
  6. Black Door Hinge 2x – 3-1/2″ Black Door Hinge @homedepot

Steel Parts

Steel Parts

  1. Steel Pipe 1″ 24″ 2x – Black Steel Pipe 24″ @homedepot
  2. Steel Pipe 1″ 36″ 2x – Black Steel Pipe 36″ @homedepot
  3. 90 degree connector 4x – 1″ Black 90-Degree Elbow @homedepot
  4. Floor Flange 1″ 4x – 1″ Black Floor Flange @homedepot

Wood Cuts

For the wood pieces, homedepot or Lowes can do the cuts for you at 25 cents per cut.

Get 1x Sande Plywood 4ft x 8ft and have it cut into 1x 36×41″ 2x 36×9″ and 2x 22.5×9″. You will be left with a lot of left over pieces but that is the cheapest way to get the perfect cuts.

Get 2x 2×4′ make sure that they piece you get is straight. Start with the 2x 36″ cuts from each and then get the 4.5″ pieces from the remaining.

Assembly

Follow the images above to layout your pieces and mark them for easy assembly. You’ll also want to get 1-1/2″ to 2″ wood screws. Make sure to pre-drill before putting the screw through the wood or you can also get self-drilling screws to speed up the process.

Assemble the metal parts and measure the proper location for the Floor Flange that’ll connect the metal assembly.

Post Assembly

After you assemble your roller bed, make sure to pain the bed/wood portion with some water/sweat resistant paint, here is Rust-Oleum Truck Bed paint

Enjoy your ride!

How-To: Train the Most Important Core Muscles for Cycling

How-To: Train the Most Important Core Muscles for Cycling

Recently I got more serious about bicycling and it’s not a joke! It definitely takes a lot out of you especially when you have to attack a climb.

Bicycling.com has a great post on which muscles form the foundation for a biking body.

Don’t let a weak core frustrate all the hard work your legs do on the bike. Here’s how to make those important trunk muscles strong.

Source: How-To: Train the Most Important Core Muscles for Cycling | Bicycling

Got iPhone Pwned?

Well after reading articles and dugg stories of the iPhone Pwnage Tool first being in existance, then being delayed from released, then being completely closed-out and shutdown and sold to a private company to finally being released on April 3rd, 2008. I was in complete awe and amazement. So I did what everyone who is an early adaptor and downloaded the tool, loaded it up on my MacBook Pro as quickly as I could. I ran into one issue which caused me a little delay (my home Mac was the primary sync point for my iPhone). If I were to use the tool on the iPhone from my MBP it’d erase my music/videos and this would cause me to listen to nothing on my way back home.

This is where AFPd came in handy, I created a private WiFi network, connected to the iPhone and copied over all of my music to this iTunes Library into a new playlist (which will now sync to the iPhone). Once that was done I “erase and sync”ed the iTunes with the iPhone. Now I was ready to Pwn my iPhone. I was then missing the ipsw files required by the Pwnage tool, which I was easily able to download thanks to ‘iphone.unlock.no’.

I then put my phone into recovery-mode and was able to use the iPwner tool to flash the rom (using the downloaded 1.1.4 ipsw)

Then I created a new custom 1.1.4 ipsw using the Pwnage tool & the original 1.1.4 ipsw.

Once the iPhone was pwned, I restored it using the new custom ipsw that I just created using iTunes (option + restore button, select file)

The Monsterpod

The Monsterpod

The MonsterpodIf you’re a photobuff like me (not that it shows) and like to take photos of yourself or a group or just want a portable enough tripod, well this tool here, which is a cross between a tripod and a hoverboard the Monsterpod would be the result.

It easily screws onto your point-and-shoot camera and sticks to anything! It’s simply amazing.

Specs:

  • Holds any camera up to 20oz (560 grams).
  • Sticks to over 1,000 surfaces and objects, even upside down and peels right off.
  • Tilts and rotates to any angle with pivoting tripod mount.
  • Molds to hold almost any surface or object.
  • Waterproof and dirt resistant.
  • Fits in your pocket.
  • Works over and over. Simply wash it with water when it gets dirty.

Get your own here!