Getting Started: Filmmaking in the Moment Pro Camera App
Filmmaking in the Moment Pro Camera App
Gorgeous mobile filmmaking is more than just swiping up into the native app and hitting record. Really understanding your manual settings will affect the final output of your video. By conceptualizing manual settings like frames per second, resolution, shutter speed, and more. — you’ll be shooting movies on your phone like a true pro in no time. Download the Moment Pro Camera App to unlock full manual controls on your mobile device.
Below is everything you need to know for getting the best possible video on your mobile device.
Lucky for you, we couldn’t have made this process easier. To do this, simply press the Settings button on the lower left-hand side of your bottom screen. Scroll down to where you’ll see “Apply Desqueeze to Saved File” and click the toggle. When the toggle is blue, this means you’ll be able to desqueeze any visual clips once you save them to your Camera Roll.
Log refers to an even lower contrasted version of a flat color profile. See above.
A big topic of conversation is the major differences are when shooting in 1080p vs 4K. To put these in simple, technical terms — 4K resolution is exactly 3840 x 2160 pixels, whilst 1080P consists of 1920 x 1080 pixels. So, yeah. 4K is the ultimate resolution setting for ultra-high-definition outputs.
The truth is if you have enough storage space on your phone then always shoot your video in 4K. Although each video file is massive in size, you’ll be able to tell the difference in quality between the two variants. At an aspect ratio of 16:9, 4K contains almost four times the number of pixels on a screen compared with 1080P technology — more than eight million pixels for 4K and just two million pixels for 1080P, according to Filmora Wondershare.
Your smartphone’s native app won’t have the ability to independently control these settings, that’s why our Moment camera app comes in handy when wanting to control how each scene is portrayed.
A frame rate is a frequency at which motion video sequences are displayed. The higher frame rate (120 FPS) is supposed to make fast-action scenes look smoother when put in slow motion, while a slower frame rate (24FPS) allows the footage to appear more cinematic. Depending upon how slow or fast the frame rate is crucial to figuring how life-like the motion appears. A too slow of frame rate will look jagged and awkward, while a fast live-action movie filmed at an unnecessary 48 FPS will mimic a soap-opera quality that audiences tend to dislike.
If you’re shooting a normalized scene at a life-like speed, but are still aiming for a cinematic spice, then shoot at either 24ps or 30fps.
How To Make a Custom Preset
- Click the “Preset” button right next to the shutter button on the bottom of your screen.
- By clicking, “Cinematic Video”, set up the desired resolution, frames per second (FPS), flash, white balance, etc., and hit “Save”.
- By clicking, “Slow-Mo”, you can set up the desired settings and click “Save”.
- If you’d like, you’re also able to save an entirely new preset for say, indoor photography or outdoor videography, by adjusting the toggle settings to your own discretion and hitting “Save”. This can be done by clicking the large blue button at the bottom of the Presets page.
Presets are a fantastic way to set up an existing mode of operation when you open up your app. Work smarter, not harder.
Manual Settings For Video
Shutter Speed For Filmmaking
Defined at its most basic level, the “shutter speed” refers to the amount of time the camera’s shutter is open. Think of it as the length of time that your image sensor ‘sees’ the scene you’re attempting to capture in motion.
Most filmmakers follow what’s coined as the “180 rule”. With your camera’s physical shutter, 180 means it's open for half of the exposure and closed for the other half. So at 24fps, you'd have an effective exposure of 1/48. At 50fps, it would be 1/100. At 100fps, it would be 1/200. So on and so forth. Of course, you’re more than welcome to utilize a higher shutter speed, although that is never generally recommended as it will look more haggard.
In many cinema cameras, there’s something called the 180º shutter angle rule; which, if you set it to 180º, it will automatically adjust the shutter speed for you. Granted, some cinematographers like to switch up the shutter speed or shutter angle based on stylistic preference.
ISO is the level of your camera’s sensitivity to available light in the scene. The lower the ISO number, the less sensitive it is to the light, while a higher ISO number increases the sensitivity of your camera. Always begin with an ISO at the lowest possible number. This will introduce the least amount of noise into the frame, which is crucial for producing an overall high-quality video. High noise levels produced with a high ISO is extremely noticeable in video and can be uncomfortable to stare at for long periods of time.
If you are wanting to shoot in low light – how far can you bump up your ISO without making it look terrible? You’re safe for anything under an ISO of 600, but anything over may either require a tripod or external lighting systems.
Not all light is created equal – so it’s imperative to understand the basic essentials of what white balance is how we can adjust it accordingly.
Light sources emit a range of colorful sources known as “Kelvin”. No, not the terrible Instagram filter from 2012 (though I see why they got the name), but a colorful spectrum that runs from white/blue to yellow/orange. The cooler the image, the bluer in tone, and the warmer the image, the more yellow in tone. Simple, no?
One of the best ways to ensure you’re in the correct white balance setting is by holding up a white piece of paper in front of the sensor. Adjust the kelvin setting to a higher number (cool) or a lower number (warm) until the piece of paper looks white to your naked eye.
Attaining a relatively sharp image first comes with proper focal range. Most DSLR shooters capture with autofocus because it’s simple, effective, and reliable. However, having the option to manually focus on a particular subject, or part of a subject, is crucial to finalizing the perfect picture. Manual focus especially comes in handy when the camera can’t quite fix what part of the frame you need.
A focus slider, like in the Moment - Pro Camera App, allows you to manually focus by sliding focal points from near to far. This comes particularly useful when shooting portraits or other subjects in the foreground.
Turn your headphone/speaker volume down to almost nothing, and if you can still hear everything, you’ve got a good mix.
Bitrates refer to the number of bits per second that are transmitted along with a digital network. According to HelpEncoding.com’s database: 1 byte consists of 8 bits; video data rates are given in bits per second. The data rate for a video file is the bitrate. So a data rate specification for video content that runs at 1 megabyte per second would be given as a bitrate of 8 megabits per second (8 Mbps).
When choosing what bitrate is best for your mobile workflow, it’s important to consider what device your video will be played on. Various platforms — internet videos, smartphone videos, and tv videos — all greatly vary in bitrate. If you’re a mobile filmmaker, consider a standard 30 or medium 60 bitrates by encoding API to apply VBR bitrate to your media files.
With Moment’s new app update, you can now get precise control over video quality with standard, medium, and high bitrates to choose from.
For a mobile filmmaker’s workflow, a color histogram is a representation of the distribution of colors in an image. The histogram can be immensely helpful to know the number of pixels that have colors in each of its ranges for every video frame (note: the histogram changes in a fluid fashion with each frame captured).
RGB histograms and color profiles go hand-in-hand; dial in your video color, balance, and exposure with a live RGB histogram while selecting from default, flat, or log color profiles to get the most out of your files in post-processing.
We’re beyond pleased with Moment Camera Pro’s latest 3.5 updates, in which users are now able to select video color, balance, and exposure with our new live RGB histogram.
Waveforms are typically used to measure and display the voltage of a media signal in respect to time and space. The level of a video signal typically corresponds to the luminance of an image produced on a screen at the same point in time. The monitor can be used to display the general brightness of a T.V picture or zoom in to show the individual colored lines of the video signal itself.
Waveform histograms are similar to that of RGB, but the main difference is the overall brightness measured. Graphs, as illustrated below, can be used to visualize and observe the level of scientific luminesce within each frame.
- Location - Tapple the toggle on/off means the app either will or won’t permit access to your current location.
- Grid - Tap either None, Square, Thirds, or Golden ratio to control the composition of your picture, whether that by Photo or Video.
- Add Siri Shortcut - Integrates siri into the app.
- Bluetooth Devices - Allows you to connect your bluetooth to devices like the Osmo 3.
- App Icon - This is a cool one! Tap which icon you’d like to represent the Moment Pro Camera app on your iPhone.
Each of these settings are typically seen as an overview and can be adjusted at any time you’d like. They’re made for ultimate customization at your leisure!