June 29, 2016 at 9:12PM

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Anyone got quality footage out of an Iphone?

Hey guys, I'm looking to start a vlog and looking to to everything on a budget-
Is the Iphone a capable tool for the job? Any way to tweak it to get some performance out of it?

Share your experiece!

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Absolutely! The quality out of the iPhone 5 and above is pretty great, what you should look for is a great setting and great lighting. The footage falls apart in dim lighting but you'd be surprised what you can get with proper lighting. Look up MKBHD on YouTube. He uses a RED but his lighting is on point and so is his setting for his videos.

June 30, 2016 at 10:24AM

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Clark McCauley
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The Rode VideoMic Me is a big improvement to the audio recorded by an iPhone...

BEST VALUE Camera Mic? - Video Micro & VideoMic Me Review, Test & Comparisons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dKBOxUm5hHA

I've shot footage with the iPhone 6s and over all I found that the footage was pretty good as long as I had some form of physical camera stabilization when I shot. ( I used a standard camera pistol-grip bolted on to an iPhone 6s camera cage )

The built-in iPhone stabilization can be a bit wonky if you aren't already holding the camera relatively steady.

June 30, 2016 at 10:53AM, Edited June 30, 10:53AM

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Guy McLoughlin
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I haven't done a lot with it but I've been impressed with the Filmic Pro app. Lots of controls.

June 30, 2016 at 6:56PM

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Has anyone seen / considered this? Looks like a great little educational package by someone who knows what he's talking about - he mentions most of the topics discussed above.

Guy McLoughlin - I think it mentions image stabilisation as you mentioned. Is that usually a hard thing to tackle?

https://crowdpleaser.io/campaign/18/filmbreaker-pro-iphone-masterclass

July 2, 2016 at 9:02AM, Edited July 2, 9:07AM

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Mik Fox
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>>> I think it mentions image stabilization as you mentioned. Is that usually a hard thing to tackle?

Camera stability is not a heard thing to learn, but you will need some basic gear in order to hold your camera steady enough. Even something as simple as a pistol-grip is enough.

The quality of the video image from an iPhone 6 is very good, so with some basic gear like a microphone, stabilizing grip, and small LED lights, you can produce something quite nice with it.

My friend Dan shot a corporate interview in a car last month using an iPhone 6, because his Sony FS5 camera was too big and bulky to position in the car, where the iPhone 6 was perfect for the job.

July 2, 2016 at 4:44PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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Is your mate Dan using similar techniques as demo'ed in the above crowdfunding campaign?

July 3, 2016 at 7:22AM

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Mik Fox
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Many vlogger use iPhones.
So yes, you can use an iPhone.

July 3, 2016 at 9:09AM

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WalterBrokx
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Yes, absolutely! The iPhone is a great tool. Try the app FilmicPro, Olloclip lenses, and the VideoMe Mic from RODE to improve quality. And picture stability is key, so invest in a little tripod or stabilizer rig. The iStabilizer Monopod is good if you want to do handheld. Good luck!

July 3, 2016 at 10:07PM

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Michele Konrad
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>>>Is your mate Dan using similar techniques as demo'ed in the above crowdfunding campaign?

It was for a corporate video he was shooting. Most of the camera work for his project was done with a Sony FS5, but his iPhone 6 was good enough for the section shot in the car. Dan's been involved in corporate production ( video, AV, and live shows ) for more than 20 years, and has been shooting video almost as long as me.

The iPhone 6 is a fairly easy camera to shoot with as long as you can hold it steady and you add on an external mic like the Rode VideoMic Me I linked to above. Most film-making techniques apply to almost any camera, so if you frame your shots well and get a good performance out of your subject the results are quite good.

The only minor issue when shooting with an iPhone is that you have permanent "deep" focus, so everything in the shot will be in focus, which is fine as long as you plan for this. ( this is because of the tiny sensor size the iPhone uses )

It's also not a great low-light camera, but given it's small sensor you really can't expect much more than this. ( just shoot in good light and bring your own lights when you need to shoot with them )

July 3, 2016 at 10:21PM, Edited July 3, 10:32PM

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Guy McLoughlin
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