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    Default Video with a Phone Only?

    I know there's a sub-forum about video and audio, but I was afraid I'd only get answers that were maybe too technical for me.
    So, can you make a passable video using only a phone? Some videos I see look like they were recorded in cars, kitchens, patios... Is everyone setting up a small studio in these places to record?
    I don't want to get involved with mics and pre-amps and other stuff that I don't know anything about, have room to leave set up, or think I would be ambitious enough to set up to record one video. Plus, I might look at the first one and say "I'm out..." Then I'd have even more stuff that I don't need.

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    Depends on your goals, but I think iPhone video quality is perfectly fine for YouTube. Audio perhaps less so but with some editing can also be passable. It's certainly a great place to start if you already have the phone and aren't sure you'll stick with it. Editing on the phone can be a problem depending on your hardware. I had Pinnacle Studio and it was pretty painful on an iPhone 4s but I did get through a few projects with it. I'm now using LumaFusion on an iPad Air 2 and it is much, much better.
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    Mobile phones, both iPhone and Android make acceptable videos these days. Both the video and audio quality is much better than it used to be. In fact, they are better than a web cam on a PC whose audio, in particular is usually pretty poor. There are Apps for editing. I use Movie Pro on the iPad which was free and has basic editing capability and I imagine there will be an iPhone version. Android used to be much less well provided than Apple but I believe it's catching up. Search for video editors on play store.
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    Yes, it is perfectly do-able. I normally use my laptop with a webcam and a decent microphone, but when I go away anywhere, my videos for the Seasons challenges have to be done on my phone. It is a fairly basic Android phone, but the quality, both picture & sound, is pretty good. The video can be uploaded straight to YouTube, and there is an option to trim off bits at the start and finish before it is published, although I have never bothered.
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    Thanks all. I'll give it a try. I need to get a tripod or tripod attachment, which I assume I can get at Wally World.
    Is this going to make feel like I need to shave more regularly? I'd hate to start acting too respectably at 63 years old. My wife might rethink letting me get away with drinking beer on Saturday mornings.
    YorkSteve - the Seasons is what I'm thinking of getting involved with.

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    No need to buy a tripod, or anything else for that matter, one of the Seasons most prolific posters just props it up some where, & another tapes it to the door!
    I started out just using a laptop's webcam & mic, wasn't good, but then nor was I, but it was a start - see you in the Seasons sometime.
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    I just want to add the suggestion that you turn your phone sideways, not upright. The video fills the entire screen for someone watching on their computer or TV and on a phone or tablet turned sideways, but if it's upright, people watching on a computer or TV will only get 1/3 of the size.
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    Your phone's camera and audio are likely many times better than what could have been done on professional equipment 8 years ago.

    Some thoughts: with an iPhone, you can even make a decent edited video using iMovie for iOS, without using a computer.

    To hold your phone, I suggest the new Glif from Studio Neat. I have owned several generations of Glif mounts--this is the best. https://www.studioneat.com/products/glif

    An investment of a camera tripod is all that is needed for the Glif.

    If you want better audio, any USB microphone can be added to an iPhone (that is what I have--cannot speak to Android) using the USB camera connection kit.

    But let's be honest...you are preparing for fun and a relatively small audience. The chance that anything you make will go viral is unlikely--which is okay. Share your art. Share where you are at.

    I also recommend turning comments off--it is amazing how mean and rude people can be hiding behind their computers.
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    I used my iPhone 6 with a tripod until recently, when my employer generously bought an iPad Pro for me. Either one works great; the iPad video camera is terrific. I continue debating whether to get an external mic, because the built-in picks up everything. An external would help highlight vocals (if that's your bag).

    The advances in video phone cameras over the past five years are jaw-dropping. And the free or built-in software makes it a breeze to upload. Have fun and have at it!
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    Quote Originally Posted by Choirguy View Post
    I also recommend turning comments off--it is amazing how mean and rude people can be hiding behind their computers.
    If you are joining the Seasons, leave comments on. It is also amazing how supportive and encouraging people can be.
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