Join Richard Harrington for an in-depth discussion in this video Mounting a phone to a tripod, part of Corporate Video Weekly.
- Rob, I love these little handheld rigs we talked about, but sometimes you want a step up. I've noticed there you adapted the handle. It can kind of actually set down like a mini tripod. - Yeah, I wouldn't really call it a tripod. I would just call this something that can sit flat and sort of work. A lot of these handheld rigs if you kind of rig them the right way they can sit flat on a stable surface like a countertop here. In this case I've just set that flat. I'm shooting out this way and the cool thing about it is because of the angle of view of the camera, I'm not actually seeing this little leg in front.
That's something that also, just to be sure you test your video, so you don't have arms or attachments in the way. - This particular unit that I use can actually detach which is kind of nice. You might want to set the phone down if you start breaking things down here. - That's a good idea. - This is the expensive part. This is the not expensive part. The handle detaches. What can we do right there, Rob? - [Rob] We can mount that. That's just a standard quarter inch or eighth inch mount. - Yeah, so we could put this on all sorts of things like I see you have a selfie stick there. I could attach this to the tripod. We'll show a mode like that in a second.
Talk to us about selfie sticks. This is not really a professional option. - No, I mean selfie sticks are obviously something that you would see through, you know, in an amusement park with everybody holding it up like this. But selfie sticks are so affordable and come in so many different flavors and styles. At the first glance what I could do is simply take my phone off, go ahead and put it into the unit right here. Let me just kind of get that mounted in there real quick. - [Man In Pale Shirt] Usually they use a tension grip to hold things. - Right and so I could from a stability standpoint of view hold this, right? This is going to give me a little more reach.
I could keep this under my arm. I could angle this up. What I like about a lot of these selfie sticks is that they include a little mini tripod. I can actually just kind of put that down onto the ground, onto the tabletop there and be able to record that way as well. Because it's height adjustable and because I have it on a stable platform it's going to give me obviously rock solid video. - One thing that people don't think about is that this can actually add some stability. I attached a slightly heavier duty tripod to the bottom of this selfie stick. Here's an interesting thought, when that's hanging at the bottom here if I'm going to talk and move-- - Provide you balance like a gimbal.
- This is kind of like a steady cam rig at its basic principle which is a counterweight on the opposite end. As we turn here, if I just hold that it stabilizes the movement so I can walk with the camera. - A lot of you probably also have existing video gear that you're working with, video cameras and things of that nature. You might have a heavier duty tripod. These days it's actually relatively simple to adapt your phone, which obviously for lightweight purposes and travel purposes is nice to bring with you everywhere, but if you want to put that on a professional tripod we can do that, right? - Yeah, and they actually make dedicated mounts for this.
Most tripods are going to have a plate like you see here. Pretty simple. On the bottom there, there's that thread. You just take the two pieces and connect them. Different tripods will have different plates. This particular one here is Magnus. It's sold by the folks over at B and H. It's a nice lightweight video tripod. - They're relatively affordable too. - Yeah, and what I have here is a nice clamp. What's kind of cool about it is you can switch orientation. If you need to-- - You can go portrait to landscape. - Yep, without having to remove it. - [Rob] Cool. - We slip that in.
Simple enough. And just clamp it in and tighten it down. This is a little bit more grippy than something that's tension. What's the benefit of a lock here? - Well, that you're going to be able to really get some force on it, so it's not going to come out. This is just tension, which a little bump or knock on it could have the phone fall out. - Now we can slip this into the tripod, lock it into place, and it has the ability here. If I need to I could angle it to counteract, but now you've got the full benefit of the tripod. This is going to make it really easy so that I can actually get my shots.
- Yeah, absolutely. There's a lot of ways that, when it comes to actually mounting the phone and using a tripod, don't necessarily think traditional tripod. You can adapt a handheld unit. You can use something as simple as a selfie stick and hold it against your body, or use the feet on a selfie stick. But yeah, I think you're right. When it comes to the most robust way of doing it, it's even easy to kind of mount your iPhone to a professional tripod for the utmost in stability. - Yeah and just to be clear, this is not heavy duty, Rob. This is made out of aluminum. It's probably like 10 pounds. - Yeah, something like that.
- Nice light weight. This just gives you absolute stable shots plus you can then have options like a built in level to make sure that the video is level. You've got the ability to attach things. Like here I've attached an extended battery. - Yeah, yeah, right. - 'Cause life streaming is just going to chew through your battery. This battery here can charge the phone ten times, which means I can stream for an eight hour day. - Yeah, and also when you consider mounting your phone to a tripod, also consider that in a lot of live streams mobility is a big thing. Being locked down with a super big, heavy setup might not be something that you want.
You might need to kind of strike that balance of mobility versus stability. - We're going to talk about that next when we address the use of using a powered gimbal which gives you the ability to walk and move while keeping your camera stable.