If there is any phone to do vlogging with, it’s an iPhone. Everyone knows that iPhones have one of the top cameras available for smartphones, plus Apple is just made for creative work, so that makes things a little easier. However, even with this titan of a mobile device, there are certain challenges to overcome. Here we’ll talk about the accessories needed, common challenges and how to move your video files from your device to your computer.
Vlogging Accessories for iPhone
If you want to be technical, then you can vlog with your iPhone and nothing else. Since this is such as advanced device (especially if you have the most updated version), it already has an amazing camera and a good microphone for picking up your voice. You can just hold up the device, point it at your face and start talking. However, vlogging this way presents a few problems.
First of all, it limits your angles. You can only be arm’s length from the device, plus your arm is going to get tired with longer shots. Secondly, ambient noise from the wind, other people or anything going on around you will get into the video. So, how do we solve that?
A tripod, or similar measure of support, is necessary if you want to walk back a little or at least give your arm a break. This makes it easier to position your shot, plus it makes the entire process much easier. Just make sure that you get a tripod that is stable and won’t suddenly collapse after a few minutes. The next accessory would be a microphone. Shotgun or directional microphones tend to be the best since they are very direction dependent, only picking up noise from where it’s pointed and not from the sides. Lapel microphones work well too as they stay on you to capture sound.
The iPhone is consistently one of the most advanced smartphones on the planet, but many people avoid it for a real camera. That’s because there are a few challenges to consider. Perhaps the biggest challenge of all is that you don’t have a flip screen.
Almost every real camera has a flip screen that you can use to position your shot with ease. You can see where you are positioned even as you are filming. That’s not the case with an iPhone. Even though your smartphone has a camera on each side, you don’t want to use the front camera as it has lower resolution. This means you are stuck with the rear camera, so you can’t see your shot as you’re filming.
You’ll have to position everything from one end and then hope that you’re not too far back, forward or to the side when you’re actually filming.
Secondly, the iPhone doesn’t have expandable memory. One of the easiest ways to move video files from your device to your computer would be through an SD card, but that’s not an option with the iPhone, so you’ll have to work around that issue.
The last challenge is that even though the camera is very good, it doesn’t have the same wide-angle capabilities of real cameras. It will work in a pinch, but the iPhone simply doesn’t have the same toolset or power of a real, dedicated camera. It’s a good way to start, but you may want to upgrade in the future.
With all that said, this is still an adequate way to vlog. You just have to work around these challenges. It’s a little difficult here and there, but very far from impossible.
Moving Files to Computer
Moving the video files to your computer isn’t difficult, but it can be tedious since these files are so large. There are actually a few methods available and we will go over the most common ones. First of all, your iPhone will have access to iCloud, which you can use to save videos to the cloud and then download them to your computer. This is a viable option, but it can quickly clog up your iCloud storage, so it’s not quite the best option.
The next option is to use iTunes. Simply connect your device to your computer (doesn’t matter if it’s PC or Apple) and import the video to iTunes. This might be done automatically if you have it set to sync every time, or you may have to select to manually sync through iTunes. In either case, this is easy, but it will take several minutes or longer for the video to import.
The third method is to connect your iPhone to your computer and access it like a USB drive. There should be a dialog box that appears that allows you to access the files on the computer. Just choose to open the device and view files, then go through the folders until you find your video. This should only take a few seconds to find your video, then you just have to wait for the import.
There are actually a number of apps that can help you with video editing and getting your video ready before you even upload it to your computer. Most of these apps aren’t quite as advanced as desktop versions, but you don’t always need an advanced program for video editing. Sometimes a simple program that can cut and splice is all you need.
With that in mind, here are a few apps that will help you easily edit your video:
If you plan on using special effects, then these might be a little too basic for you. But if you just need some editing here and there, then they should work perfectly.
Vlogging on your iPhone is a little challenging here and there, but overall the challenges are easy enough to overcome and this is a good way to get started without buying too much hardware (as long as you already have an iPhone). All you need are a few accessories, some good apps and a USB/Lightning cable to import your videos. After that, the rest is easy.