Hi guys! So I’ve been super inspired by film lately and I want to learn as much as I can about it. My plan is to learn some stuff and then create a video (hopefully one or two a month) based off what I learned. This last week I learned about video frame rate and how to record manually on an iPhone.
I want to learn the basics of film from my phone so that when I do upgrade to a nice camera, I already know what I’m doing. This learning process so far has made me gain SO much respect for filmmakers. There are so many things you have to keep in mind when you are filming, and editing the video afterwards is a whole other story!
Here is a summary of what I learned:
Choosing Your Frame Rate:
1-15 fps: For when you want to speed up the footage in post production and create a fast motion effect.
24-25 fps: For when you want natural motion. This is the frame rate your eyes see and what you see in movies. This frame rate works great for landscapes and things that have little motion.
30 fps: For when you want to smooth the shot or add a slight slow-motion effect.
48-60 fps: For normal slow motion. This gives grace to the subject you are filming.
90-120 fps: For really smooth slow motion. This frame rate works great for the speed ramp technique.
As you can see, frame rate is SO SO important, and I didn’t know much about it at all until last week. I would just record footage on my phone, and then speed or slow it down as much as I wanted in post production. This caused my footage to be lower quality, and look kind of like it was skipping. You can truly see the difference when you record at the correct frame rate. The quality and smoothness is 100x better. It’s not an easy concept to grasp though, and I messed up a lot when I actually went out and filmed, so it definitely takes practice!
Recording Footage Manually on an iPhone:
Another thing I noticed in my past videos was that the lighting would automatically adjust. If I recorded a still shot it wasn’t noticeable, but as soon as I started moving the camera the lighting would adjust and it would look really bad. I kind of just gave up hope and figured it was because I was using a phone instead of an expensive camera. To my surprise, there is actually a lot you can do with an iPhone to improve the quality of your footage! I stumbled across an awesome article that compares the iPhone 7 Plus with a RED weapon (a $50,000 camera). Obviously, the $50,000 camera is a lot better, but it is amazing to see the potential quality of the iPhone 7 Plus.
To sum up the article for you, they suggest downloading the Filmic Pro App. It enables you to have a high quality video camera at your fingertips that allows you to control the look and feel, unlike the native camera app on iPhone. There are some initial set up steps that you have to do in order to get the best quality, which they cover in the article and video. The reason this app is awesome is because it lets you choose a higher bitrate, which essentially doubles the quality of your footage. It also lets you change the audio format, lock the exposure and focus, and more.
There is a lot more I can say about all this, but I just wanted to give you guys a brief overview. If this is something you guys want to know more about or see more in-depth posts in the future, let me know in the comments below! Or if you’d like to ask questions or discuss this subject more, feel free to comment below or message me!
Also, I just want to apologize that this video has so much walking around and exploring! It was a learning experience to implement the concepts I learned above and shows off the beauty of Snow Canyon! Hope you like it 🙂 Subscribe to my YouTube Channel to get updates on future video posts!