Over the years the video cameras on Android devices have steadily improved, and nowadays they are actually quite good. That being said you may still have issues with the quality of the videos that you record – but odds are that is due to other factors.
If you’d like to record better quality videos on Android devices there are a few steps that you can take:
- Set the resolution and frame rate higher
Both the resolution and the frame rate that you record at will affect the quality of your video. The resolution will determine its definition and how clear it looks, while the frame rate will affect its smoothness – particularly when rapid movement is involved.
Generally speaking you should try to record at a resolution of at least 1080p and a frame rate of 30 frames per second. If possible you can push the frame rate to 60 frames per second to make the video look more fluid.
- Make sure there is plenty of soft light
Ideally the area that you’re recording should be well-lit with plenty of soft light. Sunlight on a bright day that is coming through a large window can be perfect, or artificial lighting using a softbox could work too.
If you’re feeling adventurous you could make your own softbox on the cheap – or you could even make three for a three-point lighting solution.
- Keep the camera steady and still
While you’re recording your video camera (i.e. the Android device) needs to be kept as steady and still as possible. Even small movements can affect the quality of the video, so avoid them as much as you can.
As a rule you should always hold your device with both hands and keep your elbows near your side so that you can use them for additional support. If you still have difficulty, you may want to consider using a tripod or monopod stand – just be sure it is designed to hold your device.
- Avoid using the digital zoom
The zoom on most Android devices (with a few exceptions) is a digital zoom, meaning it will enlarge the video’s image at the cost of its resolution. That will adversely affect its quality and so you should avoid using.
Instead of using the zoom, it is always better to try to move yourself so that you’re physically closer to the subject that you’re recording.
All these tips can help, but after you’re done you should try to tidy up your video in post-production as well. For that you’ll need a video editor, and for example you could try Movavi Video Editor for Mac (https://www.movavi.com/mac-video-editor/).
The next time you record videos using any Android device, you should try these tips out. Odds are you’ll notice the difference that they make almost immediately and may be surprised by the quality of the videos that you end up with. With practice you’ll probably get even better at gauging the lighting and keeping the camera still – which will help your video quality further.