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The GoPro Hero 9 Black appears to be like like a formidable motion cam, however should you don’t have the spare money to put money into one, you may get a number of the identical outcomes utilizing the video digicam you’ve already obtained in your pocket: your smartphone.

And we’re not saying your smartphone can beat the standard of a GoPro—not less than not in a whole lot of circumstances. For top-resolution, super-steady footage from a small unit that may be fitted nearly anyplace, the motion digicam remains to be often going to be the only option. But you may flip your cellphone right into a extra viable different. Right here’s how.

{Hardware} Equipment

In terms of {hardware}, video stabilization is essential. Some top-end flagships now include reasonably spectacular video stabilization in-built, together with the iPhone 11 and the Galaxy S20, so it’s price trying out the native options you’ve already obtained entry to.

In case your cellphone wants slightly assist in the video stabilization division, the $149 DJI OM 4 is among the finest within the enterprise. The accent affords a magnetic attachment, the power to actively monitor topics, and a wide range of artistic results (together with a time-lapse mode) moreover the all-important gimbal expertise. When it comes to options and the enhancements it will possibly make to your video, it’s exhausting to high.

The DJI OM 4.

The DJI OM 4.
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The $70 Zhiyun Smooth X gives some budget competition to the DJI gimbal. For about half the price, you get remote Bluetooth control of your phone, an app that provides plenty of fun effects to play around with, and a lightweight, foldable design that isn’t difficult to carry around with you. It might not get results that are quite as good as the DJI model, but it’s still worth considering.

Clip-on lenses can also help you get more of a GoPro-like effect from your smartphone camera. The Olloclip vary is often good worth for the cash, together with a wide range of super-wide and macro lenses that may allow you to seize the proper video each time. Most merchandise are constructed particularly for the iPhone or Samsung Galaxy telephones, however there are common lenses out there, too—just like the $45 fish-eye and macro lens.

The Moment fisheye lens.

The Second fisheye lens.
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The $100 Moment Fisheye lens must be in your brief listing of prospects as effectively, including a 170-degree discipline of view functionality that’s prone to be considerably larger than something your smartphone can provide natively. It’s appropriate with a wide range of telephones, together with the newest iPhones, Pixels, Galaxies and OnePlus telephones, and it’ll even work with the night time mode in your handset as effectively, because of its superior optics.

One of many different benefits of a GoPro is the convenience with which you’ll be able to connect it to virtually something—from a ski helmet to a automobile bonnet. Discovering comparable attachments for telephones could be tough, however it’s not inconceivable should you seek for equipment particular to your explicit handset make and mannequin. As you’d count on, the extra widespread the cellphone, the extra equipment you’ll discover for it.

You can mount your phone like a GoPro.

You’ll be able to mount your cellphone like a GoPro.
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VelocityClip affords a formidable collection of mounts for various telephones and completely different functions. The choices cowl bikes, helmets, vehicles, chest and head straps, and nearly in every single place else you’d need to put a digicam mount. The least expensive choices begin at round $20. Armor-X additionally has an excellent vary of choices, combining instances and mounts to suit most situations from round $15 and up.

Talking of instances, they’re useful elective extras, simply to get that ruggedness and safety you’ve with a GoPro motion cam—particularly in case your cellphone isn’t waterproof or dust-resistant out of the field. You might have loads of choices to choose from in the case of instances, in fact, particularly should you’re utilizing a well-liked Apple or Samsung handset. Gear4, Speck, OtterBox and Tech21 all have choices price investigating.

Software program Apps

On the software program aspect, the precise GoPro Video Editor app for Android and iOS would appear like a logical place to begin: It’s designed primarily for loading up video from an precise GoPro gadget, however it will possibly additionally work with footage captured by your cellphone as effectively. You may even add the GoPro brand on the finish to make it appear like your video was recorded on an precise motion digicam.

Whereas GoPro Video Editor doesn’t provide the identical frame-by-frame management as you’d count on on a conventional desktop app, you may apply crops and filters, sew collectively and trim down scenes, overlay audio, and insert titles. When it comes to what’s doable on a cellular gadget, it’s a formidable package deal.

The GoPro Video Editor app.

The GoPro Video Editor app.
Screenshot: GoPro Video Editor

Quik for Android and iOS, additionally made by GoPro, is a video editor that takes much more management when it comes to automations and wizards. All you actually need to do is decide the movies (and photographs) that you really want the app to work with, select a theme template from these out there, and the app will care for the remainder—even down to picking audio clips to overlay on high.

There are nonetheless a restricted variety of modifying choices should you dig deeper into Quik, although: It’s doable so as to add textual content overlays, trim video clips down, and alter the velocity of clips the place obligatory, so you may shortly put collectively a professional-looking video that matches the temper you have been going for. On this case you get the Quik title outro reasonably than the GoPro one (and you may disable it should you don’t prefer it).

The Adobe Premiere Rush app.

The Adobe Premiere Rush app.
Screenshot: Adobe Premiere Rush

For a extra superior filmmaking app, Filmic Professional for Android and iOS will set you again $15 however comes with a complete host of highly effective options and instruments to get your films wanting their finest. The app brings with it extra granular and dwell management over settings reminiscent of white stability and saturation, handy zoom controls, assist for each sluggish and quick movement, and lots extra.

Adobe Premiere Rush for Android and iOS makes use of a extra typical timeline-based method to video modifying, although it’s nonetheless quick and easy to make use of. It’s designed that can assist you get clips up on social media as shortly as doable, however it’s able to producing all types of movies for all types of situations, with options like velocity changes and music overlays. The extra superior options within the app require a $5/month subscription, although you should utilize it totally free (and it’s free should you’re a Artistic Cloud subscriber).

Know your video stabilization options.

Know your video stabilization choices.
Screenshot: Android

It’s additionally essential to familiarize your self with the controls that you simply get natively with the default digicam app in your cellphone. Within the case of the Google Pixel, with the video mode activated, swipe in from the aspect of the display screen then faucet the cog icon to entry the related settings. One is Video stabilization, which you must carry on.

Over on iOS, the video stabilization characteristic is at all times enabled if it’s out there in your iPhone—you may’t flip it off, it’s simply utilized on a regular basis. You’ll be able to, nevertheless, entry a couple of associated options and settings, together with the slow-motion mode and the decision you’re recording in, by opening Digicam from the Settings menu.

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David Nield