How to make great home movies with your phone

Step up your family videos with these easy steps.
Step up your family videos with these easy steps.

Family videos not only provide a good laugh and plenty of nostalgia but capture priceless moments in time. From memorable milestones to uncoordinated family fun, there’s always a reason to pause and play back some good memories.  

And luckily, we’ve made some strong progress in terms of video cameras over the years. Long gone are the days that dad has to peer through his bulky video camera with one eye to capture the interschools final or miss half of your graduation because the tape was full.  Smartphones have given us all the tools to be savvy videographers.

Phone cameras are becoming more and more intricate to bring produce photos and videos that are great quality. With the convenience of always having a phone with you, anyone can now take great home videos. Here’s how: 

1. Get a phone with a good camera 

Most smartphones sport a few special features and specifically aim to be a cut above the rest in at least one area. The Huawei P30 Pro for example is a phone that has a state-of-the-art camera. Huawei partnered with Leica to bring a super sensing quad camera to a phone.  

This unmatched camera system includes a SuperZoom Lens, a 40 MP Super Sensing Camera, a 20 MP Ultra-Wide-Angle Lens, and dual video mode, giving you the freedom to create great video content. 

2. Consider the landscape vs. portrait debate 

A common conundrum that pops up when making videos with a phone is whether to shoot it horizontally (landscape) or vertically (portrait).  Traditionally videos, unlike photos, are almost universally presented horizontally, writes Robert Baldwin in Wired. “There's a reason for this: It's how we're built to view the world.” If you think about your TV screen, a movie theatre or a computer, they all have horizontal screens.  

But people naturally hold their smartphones vertically and watch videos on a vertical screen on a smartphone, which brings us to the pro-vertical videos side. Mobile videos are much more engaging if they’re shot in portrait mode and saves you the trouble of turning your phone sideways to view a video in landscape.  

So, whether to shoot your video in landscape or portrait mode will ultimately depend on which screen you would want to watch your home video on.  

3. Do a final cut with amazing apps 

Another benefit video cameras upscaling to smartphones is that you can now edit your videos on your phone. Android apps like FilmoraGo, Quik or KineMaster are free to download and easy to use. A handy app like this can help you make a collection of home videos for each year or even make a highlights video of your annual holiday.  

This post is sponsored by Huawei produced by Brandstudio24 for News24.  

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