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When Shooting iPhone Videography, Meta uses the Moment Pro Camera and FiLMiC Pro on her iPhone 13 Pro, protected by a Moment Case and Moment Nylon Wrist Strap. This Special iPhone Case includes a Drop-in M-Series Lens Interface over all 3 iPhone Cameras, which can connect to Moment Lenses or a MoonDog Labs 52mm Filter Mount.

Meta explains How To Create The “Film Look” With an iPhone Camera using FiLMiC Pro, set to 24 fps, 1/48th Shutter Speed, using a Gold Flare Anamorphic Lens and Variable ND Filter, FiLMiC Pro Vintage Film Looks, all shot on a DJI OM 4 Gimbal Stabilizer.

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Meta Explains Her Best iPhone Videography Tips For Beginners


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iPhone Videography Tips

Here are Meta’s Best iPhone Videography Tips you can use to shoot Better iPhone Videos.

• Shoot With The Edit In Mind – Storyboard your Project before you start filming. Plan your Videography Shots with The Edit In Mind. Do you need Close-Ups, Wide Angles, Detail Shots, etc.

• Learn The Basic Cinematography Techniques – Extreme Long Shot, Bird’s Eye Shot, Long Shot, Medium Shot, Close Up Shot, Extreme Close Up Shot, Dutch Angle Shot, Over-The-Shoulder Shot, Tilt Shot, Panning Shot, Zoom Shot, Craine or Drone Shot, Tracking Shot and Point-of-View Shot.

• Digital Zoom – Never Use Digital Zoom! Use Optical Zoom instead, which uses the iPhone’s built in Cameras to get optically closer. If you need to Zoom In, walk closer or use the iPhone 13 Pro Ultra Wide Tele Camera which is 3.0x, or you can add a 2x Moment Tele Lens. Digital Zoom is Digital, not Optical, so you will often get a larger, but blurrier images.

• Level Horizons – There’s nothing worse than a Landscape Video with a tilted horizon. To get the Best Level Horizons, turn on the Grid Option.

• Use Manual Focus – Auto Focus takes an average focus of the entire image, but for sharper videos, use Manual Focus. Tap on the screen to focus on an area in the Foreground, Middle Ground or Background. Once focused, you can Manually Adjust the Exposure on the screen. Turn on Focus Peaking in Moment Pro Camera and FiLMiC Pro.

• Keep Built-In Filter Set to Original – Left over Colored Filters, like Vivid, can leave unwanted colored tones on your videos. Make sure the 3 Circle Filter Icon (top right corner) is Grey and not a colored.

• Apple Watch Monitor and Remote Control – If you own an Apple Watch, you can use the Camera Remote Apple Watch App to View and Remote Control your iPhone Camera. Moment Pro Camera and FiLMiC Pro provide Apple Watch Apps.

• Backup Your iPhone Files To SD Card – You can Backup your iPhone Files to an SD Card using the Apple SD Card Adapter. First Plug in the Apple SD Card Adapter with an SD Card. Faster SD Cards will Transfer Quicker. Open the Photos App on the iPhone, then Select all of the Files you want to Backup to SD Card. Select Save to Files, then select the SD Card. Hit Save.

• Tripod / iPhone Clamp and IOS Remote Control – For TimeLapse Videos you should use a Tripod / iPhone Clamp and an IOS Remote Control. This eliminates any movement when you press the Shutter Button on the iPhone.

• Gimbal / Monopod – For super smooth Video, consider using a Gimbal such as the DJI OM 4 Gimbal. You can also extend the reach of the Gimbal using a Monopod for Drone Like Video Footage.

• Shutter Speed – Always Lock the Shutter Speed at 2x the Frame Rate (1/48th for 24 fps or 1/60th for 30 fps). Attach a Variable ND Filter to reduce the amount of light.

• ISO – Keep ISO below ISO 100 to Prevent Overexposure. Meta shoots at ISO 50 to Keep the Noise as Low As Possible.

• White Balance – Get into the habit of setting your White Balance using a White Card or Grey Card, then locking it for the entire scene.



Meta Explains Her Best iPhone Videography Production Tips For Beginners


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iPhone Videography Production Tips

Pre Production Planning Tips

• Get Permission – Some Venues have Rules on Commercial Photography.
• Tell your Story – Build Suspense – Tug at the Viewer’s Emotions and Feelings.
• Plan Your Project – Storyboard Your Project to Visualize the Final Result.
• Set the Scene – Your Introduction Scene Should Include Where You Are.

Filming Production Tips

• Clean Your Camera Lens – Your Tiny Lens can Pickup Fingerprints, Lint and Dust.
• Airplane Mode – Put your iPhone in Airplane Mode to prevent Notifications.
• Shoot from Start to Finish in Sequential Order.
• Keep Your ISO as Low as Possible Use Base ISO or Under ISO 100.
• Avoid Constantly Zooming In and Zooming Out. This is a Beginner Mistake to Avoid.
• Enable The Rule of 3rds Grid – This will help compose keep your horizon level.
• Lock Exposure – Lock your Shutter Speed at 2x the Frame Rate (180° Rule).
• Remote Control: Use an IOS Remote Control to Start | Stop Recordings.
• Use Slow Motion and Timelapse – These Special Effects can add interest.
• Vary Shooting Gear – Just because you own a Gimbal, you don’t have to use it all of the time. Try a Tripod or a Monopod.
• Move Very Slowly – Even if you are using a Gimbal, you need to Move, Zoom and Pan Very Slowly. Practice your “Ninja Walk”.
• Take Notes When Shooting – This Helps when Video Editing.

Audio Tips

• Sound Is Very Important – Set your Audio Levels Correctly.
• Use a High Quality Digital Microphone for the Best Audio Content.
• Add a “Dead Cat Wind Screen” to Mask Wind Noise.
• Use Music and Sound Effects – Music can create suspense and adds interest.
• External Sound – Sound can be easily recorded externally on an old iPhone 8.

Lightning Tips

• Use Proper Lighting – Meta uses Ulenzi VL49 RGB Lights.
• Shoot in Shade – This will soften or diffuse your natural sunlight.
• Avoid Over Exposure – Use a Variable ND Filter.
• Enable The Rule of 3rds Grid – This will help compose keep your horizon level.

Video Editing Tips

• Rename and Organize Your Files into Folders for Easier Video Editing
• Master your Video Editing Software – Meta uses Filmora For Video Editing.
• Learn Your Video Editing Program Keyboard Commends.
• Try Editing Backwards – Generally the Final Shot you will need is at the end.
• Edit Clips – Set the In and Out Point For Each Clip Before Dragging to Timeline.
• Short Clips – Use a Lot of Short Clips – Limit Clip Length to 5 Seconds.
• Color Grade Your Video at the End of your Video Production.
• Create Daily Copies of your Project Timeline.
• Cut on Action – Hollywood Technique keeps your Audience Wanting to See More.
• Sync Multi-Camera and Audio Files in the Same Folder.

YouTube Channel Tips

• Consider Disabling YouTube Comments – Ignore Negative Comments from all the Negative People out there!



Meta Explains Her Best iPhone Videography Production Tips For Beginners


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What does an Anamorphic Lens Do For iPhone Videography?

Anamorphic Lenses turn normal iPhone videos into a 16:9, wide screen movies! It makes video appear smoother and then when you get the right light hitting the lens it creates these colorful flares on your video footage. It brings Hollywood cinema style of video to your iPhone. Available in Cool Blue Flare or Warm Gold Flare.

Wider Field of View

Typical iPhone lenses shoot a 16:9 aspect ratio, while Anamorphic Lenses capture at 2.39:1 making it ideal for widescreen viewing. You can capture a super wide-angle image with the inherent shallow depth of field and perspective of a telephoto lens.

Horizontal Anamorphic Flares with Artifacts

True anamorphic lenses have unmistakable horizontal lens elements such as colorful Horizontal flares that you see in Hollywood movies, instead of the spherical elements found in most camera lenses. These cylindrical optics and vintage style coatings create unmistakable oval bokeh, unique light artifacts, and horizontal lens flares found in Vintage Anamorphic Lenses.

True Black Bars

The classic cinematic look is to add black bars on top and bottom. Anamorphic Lenses organically capture the wider 2.39:1 aspect ratio with true black bars.



Meta Explains How to Create The “Film Look” With an iPhone Camera


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The Moment Gold Flare Anamorphic Lens brings a Warm Cinematic Look to your iPhone Videos. Inspired by the iconic Iscorama Pre-36 anamorphic lenses, this iPhone Anamorphic Lens produces a subtle blue flare combined with a gorgeous yellow-gold flare. Less sci-fi and more neutral, this combination gives you rich tones and golden flares that will take your iPhone Videos to the next level.

The Moment Blue Flare Anamorphic Lens brings that Cool early 60’s cinematic look to your iPhone Videos. Inspired by JJ Abrams films, this lens gives you that brighter, sci-fi looking flare when shooting into headlights, street lights, or directional lights. Designed with premium cinema glass for edge-to-edge clarity and true Anamorphic Flares.

Anamorphic Wide Field of View

Typical iPhone lenses shoot a 16:9 aspect ratio, while Anamorphic Lenses capture at 2.39:1 making it ideal for widescreen viewing. You can capture a super wide-angle image with the inherent shallow depth of field and perspective of a telephoto lens.

Horizontal Anamorphic Flares with Artifacts

True anamorphic lenses have unmistakable horizontal lens elements such as colorful Horizontal flares that you see in Hollywood movies, instead of the spherical elements found in most camera lenses. These cylindrical optics and vintage style coatings create unmistakable oval bokeh, unique light artifacts, and horizontal lens flares found in Vintage Anamorphic Lenses.

Classic Anamorphic Black Bars

The classic cinematic look is to add black bars on top and bottom. Anamorphic Lenses organically capture the wider 2.39:1 aspect ratio with true black bars.

The Film Look Technical Settings

Variable ND Filters – Use a Variable ND Filter to Shoot at Lower Shutter Speeds.
Frames Per Second – Use 24 fps.
Shutter Speed – Use 1/48th Shutter Speed (180° Rule).
White Balance – Set White Balance using a White Card or Grey Card.
Lenses – Use an Anamorphic Lens – Gold Flare or Blue Flare.
FiLMiC Pro Film Looks – Emulates Vintage Kodak Film Stock.






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