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The Fix: Shoot better video with your smartphone

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The Fix: Shoot better video with your smartphone

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With the right technique, you can get great-looking video from your smartphone. We show you some simple tips including lighting, audio, and add-on accessories.

With a few simple techniques you can get really good looking video from your smartphone. I'll show you how to make better use of the built in tools you. Already have. Plus, I had an upgrade with some affordable accessories. [MUSIC] Lighting is everything. But, even if the lighting looks right, your phone might end exposing the wrong area. So, use your camera's exposure and focus locks feature to set the lighting and keep it that way throughout the recording. [MUSIC] If audio is important and the video isn't terribly long, there's a simple trick for getting clearer audio. Just cup your hand around the microphone toward the direction of the audio. That way, noise you don't want gets filtered out. [MUSIC] Finally, don't forget about composition. Just like with still photography, use the rule of thirds to place your subject away from the center to make a more interesting shot. With those tips, you're already leagues ahead of everyone else. But if you really want to step up your game, get some add ons [INAUDIBLE] Even a little bit of jitter can ruin a great video. So if keeping your elbows firmly to your side won't cut it, use a stabilizing accessory. These range in price and style. But the point is that they give you one handed control that cuts out a lot of the shakes that can often ruin smartphone videos. This one from Photojojo is great because it also slips out into a mini tripod or you can **** off the top and mount it on a standard tripod. If you want clearer, louder sound, add a mic. There are plenty of cheap options but this one's from Dayton and it's only 20 bucks on Amazon. [MUSIC] And finally, the default app on your phone is fine for basic recording. But apps open up a whole world of features. And if you're too lazy to edit, there are even app's like Magisto, which automatically splice together your footage for you. [MUSIC]

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