Smartphone video is a simple and powerful way to help tell your story. Explore the process of setting-up and shooting smartphone video to use in your Camtasia creation.
- [Instructor] We're going to look at the basics of shooting video with your phone for use in your Camtasia project. For the live action sections of our demo video I used and iphone 6 with the default video app. Nothing fancy. Just point and shoot video. Any relatively new smart phone will work just fine. Scene one has Kat introducing Fuse. It's a simple shot. Just one angle with the iphone mounted on a tripod. I highly recommend a tripod. Especially, if you'll be working both sides of the camera.
A tripod will give you a nice, stable, hands free shot so you can focus on capturing your story. You can pick up a tripod made specifically for smart phones, starting under 10 bucks on sites like Amazon. Just search for phone tripod and look for one compatible with your phone. To fit everything into the frame, we had to play with angles a bit and even prop up the laptop so it would be included in the shot. I also framed Kat a bit left using the rule of thirds as a guideline.
This is a creative choice. You can center your subject or place them off center to the right. Whatever looks good and draws your viewer's attention to your subject. There are no hard and fast rules. Play around and have fun with it. Also, be mindful of background clutter. If we had shot the other way instead of using the backdrop, it would make for a very distracting shot. Remember, nobody needs to know what's going on outside your frame. Take the time to be sure that what the viewer sees, is what you want them to see.
Once we were set up, including a double check on the lavaliere, we ran through a practice take. This gives me a chance to make sure everything is working correctly and the talent a chance to warm up to the camera. Now, here's a little trick. Always record your practice takes. Sometimes they end up being the best shot. I found that my talent is often more relaxed when they think it's just a practice run. I usually don't even tell them the camera is rolling. Alright. So, we're ready to roll. I hit record.
Signal Kat. And let her do her thing. Now, she's pretty good at this kind of stuff and nailed it on the first take. But don't expect this to always be the case. Some people really struggle in front of the camera and it make take several tries so, relax. If you get impatient, your talent will pick up on it and it will only make things worse. Now, here's another trick. If you have multiple scenes, you don't necessarily have to shoot them in order. Since our introduction and ending were both going to be shot from the front angle, we went ahead and recorded both.
Remember, when it comes time to edit, you can rearrange your clips in any order you want. If you're gonna have scene changes, plan ahead and shoot all your common scenes together. It's a huge time and hassle saver. So, that's how we shot our intro and outro using a simple one camera set up. If you're looking to dive a bit deeper into exploring angles, camera moves and other fancy videography stuff, there are plenty of videos and courses available here in the learning library.
- Scripting a video
- Choosing and setting up a lavalier
- Shooting video with your phone
- Capturing multiple sources
- Using a phone screen recorder
- Removing noise
- Choosing a resolution
- Leveling vocals
- Making detailed audio adjustments
- Copying effects to save time
- Editing synced videos
- Adding closed captioning
- Sharing your finished video