Lights, camera, action: a guide to shooting great video with Dolby On
Lights, camera, action: a guide to shooting great video with Dolby On

Dolby recording tips

Lights, camera, action: a guide to shooting great video with Dolby On

Creating videos with your smartphone is now widely accepted as a powerful way of capturing music experiences. And by using this app, you now have a video camera in your pocket equipped with Dolby sound. However, shooting video is still intimidating, even if it’s with your phone.

Here are some basic tips for shooting and editing great video, using Dolby On:

  1. Find good lighting

    Lighting has a big impact on smartphone cameras because they have smaller sensors and lenses than traditional cameras. Avoid back-lit settings and don’t point the camera directly at bright light sources, which will cause overexposure and flaring.


  2. Charge your phone

    Shooting videos will drain your battery quickly.


  3. Use a tripod

    Leaning the phone on objects to capture the right shot can be a frustrating, and also risks covering the microphones in the phone, so invest in an inexpensive tripod. Tripods also offer you more options to get the right angle for your shot.


  4. Do a soundcheck

    Do a quick soundcheck before shooting any video. Test your levels by speaking or singing with the phone in position and you’ll see the levels rising and falling. Check that neither your hand or phone case are blocking any of the mics, particularly the bottom one.
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  5. Prioritize your subject

    Get close to make sure you completely fill the frame with your subject. Better yet, place your subject slightly off-center to create a more visually appealing scene. Avoid distracting background situations where there’s lots of activity behind your subject.


  6. Shoot in vertical AND landscape

    Rewind a couple of years and most experts would say to not waste your time shooting vertical video. However, because more video is now being created and viewed on smartphones, the vertical format is embraced by the larger social media platforms.

    Shooting vertically requires a closer, cropped, and more intimate approach.

    Dolby On accommodates vertical and landscape, and we absolutely recommend you shoot video in both formats to find which works best for you.


  7. Editing

    When editing, we recommend you wear headphones so you can hear all the little details.

    Use Sound Tools to edit your video:
    • Use Styles help you choose the perfect audio enhancement for your newly recorded video.
    • Use Noise Reduction to clean away unwanted background noise.
    • Adjust bass and treble independently for a sound that fits what you want.
    • Use the Trim tool to mark your video’s start and finish.
     

Like everything in music, creating great video takes practice. Try shooting video by default. Turn those jam session audio recordings into jam session video recordings.

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