One of easiest hacks to give you better videos is to use an iPhone Tripod Mount to eliminate shakiness as you record. Attaching your phone to a tripod is a great way to help your videos not suck.
Get a cheap iPhone tripod mount
The good news is that tripod mounts are really cheap, and most will work with pretty much any phone (but definitely verify before you buy).
I've been playing around with a few tripod mounts over the last 10 months or so, and I've had great results. I've been using the i.Trek SUPER MOUNT F, Metal Smartphone Tripod Adapter (FYI: that's my Amazon link). For the nominal price of $19 or so dollars, it just makes a lot of sense to me.
It's so small, I just carry it with me
I love the fact that it's tiny, and I can take it with me wherever I go. I keep it inside my laptop bag next to my mini tripod and lav mic for my iPhone. It also works great with a regular sized tripod.
If I ever need to record a video or capture a testimonial, I've can grab it in a flash.
In this video I'll show you how easy it is to get it set up:
Transcript of the video
Over the last few months I've tried eight or nine different ways (cameras) to record video and put it up on YouTube. I've tried a lot, but what it really came down to was simplicity.
What I wanted to do was start using my 1080P, always with me, iPhone 5. The only problem I found is that you can't really mount it onto a tripod, or can you? Let's talk about it!
The solution I went with was the i.Trek SUPER MOUNT F, Metal Smartphone Tripod Adapter.
There are a lot of other tripod adapters out there. The reason why I got this one is that there are some out there that (hold the phone like a scoop), but I found that if you have a thick case, it doesn't always work.
I did have one of those on hand, but unfortunately I (recently) gave it back to my buddy Greg Gazin, the gadget guy.
This one (the i.Trek F) actually works really well. I'm going to get Eva To demonstrate how this one works.
Okay Eva, Can you go ahead.
I'm going to show you with my old iPhone 3GS because I'm recording with my iPhone 5.
Okay Eva, throw that bad boy in there. Can you slip it into the holder. By the way Eva, say hi.
(Eva says Hi)
This is so easy even a five year old can do it. What we want to make sure is that we don't twist to hard. Otherwise we could potentially crack the screen. Just enough twisting or tension so that it'll hold onto your phone.
One thing I want to point out is (regarding) the iPhone 3GS. You can see the one that I'm holding is off at an angle to the side. It's off at an angle to the right in the video. That's because the 3GS has that curved back on it. If You have a 4, or a 4S, or an iPhone 5, this is not an issue because it has a more squared design and it will fit better into a rectangular holder like this.
Once you have this thing tightened and snugged so it's just right, you can add it to any device you want. Here I have a small tripod that it works well on, I have a hand held quick pod, and (it also works with everything) up to the gigantic regular ones.
You can see all the three options. It's very handy for the $15 (Price has gone up since I bought mine. $19 as of this posts writing). I really enjoy.
If you get the chance I recommend picking something like this up. You can head over to Amazon.com and there at 8 million types of adapters like this out there.
Overall, I really enjoy this “Bad Boy.” It's worked well for me. I like it better than those scoop ones, again just because I can now put any phone I want into it. Just be careful that you don't crank it too hard.
Overall though, I do love it. It'll take your smart phone to the next level as far as video production. Check it out.
Until next time, remember Achtzener's out! See ya!