Video Editing Tip #3 - Using Your Mobile Phones as Your Video Camera

Most of the available mobile phones nowadays are equipped with the latest multimedia technology that would actually help our everyday living more meaningful when it comes to capturing those precious moments and keeping it for future references. I'm talking about the ability of your phones and stretching its specs not only because you can send text messages or take and make calls all day.

I know that most of you guys know its features and how to use it by taking pictures and videos, also, using it as your MP3 player and voice recorder. Others, even watch movies or video clips in it, whenever and wherever. The mobility of our cellphones are overwhelming compared before wherein we can only use it for calling and maybe self-defense.

Going back to our phone's ability through multi-media usage, capturing videos using our mobile phone is also a great way for us to save those moments that really matters in our lives. Sometimes, a video camera is not available, this is where our mobile phones will come-in to capture those humiliating, fun, wild, or good moments that took place in our lives.

It is known that cellphones has its own video standard most commonly called as 3GP. This video standard is playable not only in our cellphones but also in our PCs. I would suggest that you use Quicktime Player or RealPlayer for this. But you might ask, how are we supposed to burn this on DVD or VCD format? This is where we will use a software they call a video converter. I would suggest that you download Xilisoft Video Converter. With this fantastic software you can convert almost every video format that you desire. For example, .3gp to .avi or .divx video format or even .mpg format and so on. After converting to those said format you can now either burn it to DVD or edit the video.

For those who will edit a video, you can convert the edited video to .3gp again and upload it online or to your cellphones. Also, when capturing a video using your cellphone don't forget the following:
  • Use the highest video frame size that your cellphone has eg. 640x480 or 320x240 [see camera settings]
  • Use the highest resolution for clarity of the video [see camera settings]
  • Maintain a steady shot and don't move too much. You can zoom-in or out even pan but remember that this is not a video camera so the shots are shaky and pretty sensitive.
  • Don't use it with insufficient lighting, it's pretty dark even if you use the phone's night-mode. But it's great at natural sunlight.
Lastly, don't forget to upgrade your cellphone's storage memory. This would definitely help you capture a lot of videos and pictures for an event when you don't have your video camcorders with you.

To download the useful softwares for video converting/playing:
You could also view one of those videos I edited using my Nokia 6233 [click here]

If you have any questions, comments or suggestions please send me an email or post it here so we could discuss it. Thanks!

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