Tips from the Editor: Shooting Great Footage

As we prep for launch, we thought we’d help you get ready too with a few videography tips for shooting top quality footage. So want to know the greatest way to make the most of your VidMob experience? Start by giving your editors the best possible video content! Below are the top tips straight from our editors on how to capture professional video with your smartphone.

If you’re shooting for Snapchat or other vertically-favored social feeds, stay vertical. Shooting horizontally will force your audience to flip their phones in order to view your content in full (read: annoying!). But if you’re looking forward to showing off your videos on devices other than your phone—like on YouTube or on a TV or computer screen—vertical won’t look nearly as polished.

No Zoom!

Zooming significantly decreases the quality of the video’s image. Just like when you zoom while taking a photo, the image gets grainy and looks far less sharp than if you had just cropped the photo post-shot. Same with video. So if you’re hoping for a zoomed-in shot, simply mention it in your editor notes. That way your editor can maintain the quality of the content while still getting the shot you hoped for!


Unless you’re a Blair Witch Project super fan (unlikely!), stabilizing your smartphone will do wonders for your video quality. It will prevent image distortion which provides greater clarity and, of course, a better final product. So, if you’re not into the fancy, professional accessories available for stabilizing (although this one looks pretty awesome), then be sure to take advantage of flat surfaces when available. Or do your best to keep that hand steady.


Okay, this is a lot easier said than done. We understand. But if you have the choice, shooting in areas that have little to no background noise will help improve the sound quality so those moments come in as crystal clear as possible. Other ways to help get better sound? Invest in an accessory microphone or to get as close as you can to the subject. The only exception to this would be when you actually want background noise—like the sound of a stadium erupting after a touchdown or to show off a really fun party.


Lenses, spotlights, drones, sliders, GoPros, etc. are all super bennies as far as our editors are concerned. So if you’re feeling fancy, look into some of these upgrades to take your average smartphone to a professional camera.


What other tips do you take advantage of to shoot the best possible video? We’d love to hear from you—share with us on Twitter or comment below!

Why VidMob Matters

A large percentage of global Internet traffic is videos. Hundreds of millions of people have smartphones capable of capturing high-quality video, but a majority of these people don’t know how to edit their video into something another person would actually want to see. VidMob wants to connect these consumers with editors who can give their video that extra push to make it more appealing.

Imagine a consumer who has multitude of videos of her dog. With VidMob, the consumer can upload her dog videos, select an editor, and work with that editor to combine the videos into one video to share on Facebook or Twitter.

VidMob also allows consumers to open up their project to multiple contributors. After a wedding, the bride and groom can ask all of their friends to upload any pictures and videos taken from the wedding to VidMob. The couple can then work with a VidMob editor to see their wedding from their guests’ perspective.

There are endless uses for VidMob from a consumer’s standpoint, but VidMob is great for editors as well. Too many editors working in independent film need to have a “day job” to support their passion, but through VidMob, editors will be able to take on as many editing jobs as they can handle, while setting their own price.

VidMob represents new opportunities for editors and consumers, with both sides benefitting.