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Now let's take a look at how to capture video with your iOS device. The controls for shooting video are pretty much identical to shooting still photos. Just start up the Camera app, and move the Mode Selector to Video. The Shutter button turns into a red circle with a white ring around it, which is a visual indicator to let you know you're in Video Mode. All you have to do now is frame up your subject. As with still photos, you can shoot videos in either Portrait or Landscape mode. The iPhone will know what you're shooting and keep the video right side up when you play it back later. But, bear in mind that most standard videos are wider than they are tall, so while shooting in Portrait mode might not seem odd when you're recording, it looks strange to watch a video that's taller than it is wide later on your computer, and even more so on a TV.
So, unless you have a specific reason for shooting vertically, flip your phone to the Horizontal position. Also, as with shooting still photos, you can tap on the area of importance in your frame to help the iPhone set the Exposure and Color Balance before you record. But, the iPhone will continue to evaluate the scene as you shoot and move around, and attempt to keep things properly focused. So to shoot video, just tap the Record button to start recording. You'll hear a tiny ping sound, and the red dot on the Shutter button lights up. You'll also get a time Indicator, so you can see how long you've been shooting. Also while you're recording, you have this white button here that looks a lot like the white Shutter button for the Camera when you're in Still Photo mode.
And that's exactly what this is. While recording video if you see a moment you'd like to have a still photo of as well, tap the white button to take a picture. Your video won't be interrupted at all, although you do want to be a little careful about how hard you tap the still photo button since you might introduce some unwanted shaking into your video. When you're done recording, just tap the Record button again. The video is moved to your Camera Roll just like for still photos, and you can immediately shoot another video again if need be. To review the stuff you've shot, just tap the thumbnail. In here, tap the Play button to watch the video. This is also where you can edit or trim your footage.
And we'll look at how to do that in an upcoming movie. If I swipe to the right, I can also check out the still photos I shot while capturing the video. Now if you're using an iPhone or a Fifth Generation iPod Touch or later, you have the option of using the built in flash as a light if the scene you're shooting is too dark. If you leave the Flash setting on Auto, your iPhone will determine if it needs to turn on the light. You can also choose On or Off to force the flash to turn on or off while shooting. Also remember you have the front-facing camera as well, which you can choose to record video with by tapping the Camera icon to toggle to the front-facing camera.
This is a nice way to shoot videos of yourself without having to worry if you're in the frame or not. And that's the gist of how you shoot video with your iPhone.
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