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Step by step guide to start editing videos from your phone

Hello, Welcome to my new blog, in which I will talk about one of my new passions, video shooting and editing the fast way. But that doesn’t mean less interesting.

Do you want to know how to shoot videos and edit them right away!?

Learn which equipment works to get out there and start filming right now. Which editing apps work best in this fantastic review I’ve made for you. 

Something of which a while ago, I had no idea.

Almost about four months ago, I decided to change my career, making a bold move, and turning my whole world upside down. 

I have not only decided to change my career, but I have also added new knowledge regularly.

Finding new passions in new activities.

Passion is something that must be developed, it is like a seed to which you have to water every day. 

Well, let’s go straight to the point, let’s talk about what matters to us right now.

What do you need to start!? 

As I have just told you, I didn’t have the slightest idea of ​​how to edit a video, shooting, nor any techniques. So let’s dig in a little and find out what equipment works best.

One of the first things we learn when we start filming is to look for attractive lighting and excellent photography.

You´ll find attractive lighting on sunsets or sun risings as well. In the same way, mild or soft textures work great to make a more cinematic scene.

Look for unusual angles; for example, if you shoot while walking, be gentle with your moves; if you want to show something magnificent, maybe start from behind a wall or a tree to present that to the spectator, adding depth to that scene as well.

Use your hips and both arms trying to avoid wrist’s moves. 

Equipment you´ll need

  • Microphone
  • Tripod (with a selfie stick tripod is ok to start).
  • Gimbal (if you want to make the scene look much more stable ).
  • Editing App (Adobe Rush, Filmora 9, etc.)

I’m going to give you a few tips of what I’ve been learning and experiencing so you can make your analysis after. Here you have some tips and equipment.

  • Microphone

You don’t need to buy a costly one, and there’s a lot of different microphones out there in the market. What you have to take into count when choosing a microphone is the use. If you are planning to make still videos for your youtube channel and you are not going to move from your desk is one thing. And if you are planning to film in the outdoors, that’s completely different. Look what adapts the best for the job. For indoor I’m using a straightforward and cheap one, the Raycue Microphone Dual Headed, and even if there’s no wind, I take it outdoors. The other option on a budget and to upgrade the quality of audio would be the Rode VideoMic Me, it’s easy to use, you just need to plug it in, and it’s ready to use.

  • Tripod

Of course, we can’t leave the tripod out.

Helpful for steady images, time-lapse captures, and long exposure photography.

Many brands, shapes, and models so focus on your needs. If you usually film from your phone and indoors over your desk you can buy a simple gadget like the one I´m using the Peyou selfie stick, tripod with wireless remote control.

But if you are looking for something firmer, with more body to resist windy days, you may be interested in the Camera tripod ESDDI 70 inches, that comes with a phone clip included.

  • Gimbal

These are the gimbals I know that are working well, with features like a tripod incorporated, smart control, portable and stable recording.

Osmo mobile 3

Zhiyun Smooth 4

  • Editing phone apps.

I won’t talk about every one of them since they are many, but among those that stand out, are Adobe Rush (Express version of Adobe premiere), and Filmora 9. 

Both are very good, they are easy to use, and of which you can find a lot of information on YouTube. I’m using Adobe Rush and find it easy to use, here’s a video showing you the necessary steps.

You can download the application to your phone or to your computer, whichever is more comfortable for you. Here you can see how Adobe rush looks and works primarily.

  • Phone

In my case, I just changed the phone a short time ago, and I bought an iPhone 11 Pro. 

The great thing about this phone is that it has a spectacular image stabiliser. I have to say that it is something that helps and a lot. And especially if you tremble a lot.

But as we all know, for tastes, colours. I’ve chosen this cause it has three cameras and the image quality is outstanding. 

  • Music 

Artlist or Epidemic sound!?

It is another subject to talk about, and when we talk about editing videos, music is as vital as the image. 

One of the problems I encountered when I was starting to edit is to get royalty-free music.

The video editor indeed has some melodies, but most of them are super basic and sound like elevator melodies. 

Enough to start learning, but as you learn, you will surely be interested in getting a bit more sophisticated songs.

Two applications are the largest in the market, according to what I know.

One is Artlist and the other is Epidemic Sound. 

Of course, there are others, and if you know a better way to get music, I’ll be happy to hear. Please feel free to comment on the feedback.

I´ll leave you the links for both of them, so you can compare and see what fits best for you. /

  • B-Roll

What is B-Roll!?

B-Roll is that footage, which you can find, for example, in between scenes.  It is a tracing term of the film set and means “tape A runs on tape B”. It came from when the assembly made with photosensitive film, and two coils used to combine their images in various ways.

Let’s pretend that the main actor comes out talking about something beautiful, and then we go to a 2 seconds long take of a flower; this shot of the flower would be the perfect example of b-roll footage.

They are also filler shots, which serve to make much more exciting and descriptive filming. 

  • Movement

The movement of the camera must be subtle so as not to have shocks impossible to edit later.

My phone can film both 30 or 60fps (frames per second). There’s no need to be shooting 60 fps to make standard takes, but if you are planning to make a slow-motion on your editing, that’s a whole different story.

Same if you want to film a fast move, in that case, you’ll need more fps.

In this way, we will be able to make much crispier scenes.

I’m talking about the essential equipment for filming and editing. For this purpose, all we need is a phone and an excellent app to edit.

Many people will talk about the need to buy a gimbal. 

If you don’t know what a gimbal is, I’ll explain it to you.

It works like a selfie stick, but with a stabiliser. Works with battery, and some models do come with a tripod. They use their app, which you’ll have to download. 

Getting this way, a little more consistent and stable scenes.

Some tips that may help you start

These are the six main points to start shooting videos; there is no better way to learn than to start.

Try to always look for different places and weather conditions if you want to obtain different results and to get the emotions out of your audience.

It is also advisable to find attractive lighting in what you try to film, to enhance the scene. And to plan what you are trying to obtain.

Its always better to shoot more takes than what you’ll need, you probably will need enough backup footage to edit.

Then you have terrific apps to make your videos look much more cinematic and professional.

One I really like is FilmicPro, it’s a paid one, but worth it, in my opinion. 

Before downloading any app, check if the gimbal is compatible.  Of course, if you are planning to use any.

You don’t want to pay for an app that is not compatible with your device.

Copyright claims

Are you planning to upload your music to YouTube later!?, If so, I will tell you my experience by uploading a video with Epidemic Sound music to YouTube.

I was using 2 Epidemic Sound songs for the video you are going to watch below, and I have a personal account with them as well that covers Copyright to monetise videos on Youtube.

The option to monetise your videos on YouTube means that you can get paid for the ads embedded in your videos.

That is, earn money with advertising. Of course, for this, you will have to inform yourself about the rules and regulations to know how it works to avoid getting banned. 

The only problem I had, I don’t know why YouTube was not allowing me to monetise the video. 

And let me say that I still think its because it is my first public video. *

Therefore, I had to claim back, explaining that I have an Epidemic Sound account for which I pay not to have this kind of copyright problems.

I’ll comment here when they answer me. 

In the same way, it can happen to you on Facebook, be careful when uploading copyrighted music, since Facebook can claim you or directly take out your video.

Thank you very much for reading my blog, I hope it has been helpful, and if so, share it!

Best regards

  • Problem solved, after five days Epidemic Sound answered back releasing the claim. I think this is just a thing of being new. I’m just starting my channel, I had a request for the same reason on Facebook, and the same thing happened, so everything is ok now.

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