No Tripod? Make One Yourself!
- Never hold your phone on yourself when you are filming.
- Use a tripod as much as you can.
- Get help for starting and stopping scenes.
One of the main problems that clipflip video producers encounter is finding ways to keep their camera steady when filming. Although it is always good to have a friend to help you make your video, it is almost impossible to keep a camera steady by hand.
It is possible to buy a smartphone tripod adapter to help you with your filming, and, if you have the funds, we do recommend you do this. However, you can also just as easily make your own tripod with everyday household items. For shots that require a a specific angle, you can even make your own “stand” out of a paperclip as demonstrated in our “tricks and tips” video.
For straightforward shots that don’t require any camera movement, you can simply place your smartphone on a flat surface and get a friend to press the record button. This also works if you need some “overhead” shots, as you can use a table edge to keep the camera steady. If you need your camera to pan around, you can get a friend to hold the smartphone on the back of an office chair and “spin” accordingly. This will make for a much smoother shot than if someone simply does it by hand.