OnePlus always seems to offer an affordable yet powerful tool for videographers of all kinds. The camera hardware itself is crucial, but what is hardware without good software to show its true potential? It does not matter which smartphone version you use, they are all powered by the same OnePlus camera app.
Starting with the OnePlus 5, the two cameras on the back provide even better depth perception than previous models. The primary shooter on the newer models also supports EIS and OIS, allowing for stable video recording by reducing or removing most, if not all, of the video shake. All this is all that OnePlus does to give its users the best possible video experience.
In the following tutorial I would like to highlight some of the best features, settings and tips that you should check when using OnePlus Camera app to record videos. These are all general guidelines that are not set in stone ̵
Tip 1: Use gridlines for accuracy
OnePlus phones already offer OIS and EIS for video stabilization, but if you want a very accurate video capture, you should use gridlines.
Grid lines work especially well when trying the perfect shot, but clean and symmetrical. You should try to follow the rule as a general guideline when taking videos and taking pictures. This is a great way to change your perspective on how to take your pictures, especially if you are new to photography.
To start the gridlines, swipe up the main screen of the OnePlus Camera app and go into "The Settings." Tap on "Grid" and select the desired grid type. The default setting for the thirds rule is the 3×3 option, but test the other options to find out what meets your needs.
In the rule of thirds, the scene is divided into nine total rectangles Three-by-three segments horizontally and vertically. This is indicated by the gridlines you just added to your viewfinder. If you place your subject at the intersection of two of these lines, you will usually get a more visually appealing setting.
Adding this rule to your video and photo habits creates a composition. This is the method of organizing and arranging your subject within the frame. If you want to know more about the rule of thirds, which contains all the technical jargon, click on the following link for more details.
Tip 2: Use 60 fps for smoother performance
In recent years, the hardware used in smart phones has finally become strong enough to allow recording live video at 60 frames per second, which compares to the old method of 30 frames per second allows a much quieter playback. Doubling the frame rate from 30 to 60 results in silky, smooth video playback and is often the usual format for high-speed or high-intensity recording.
With 30 frames per second, nothing is wrong depending on what you want to achieve. For a cinematic and more natural feel you should go with 30 frames per second. However, for more complex events, such as a live sports event, you should most likely take pictures at 60 frames per second. YouTube and other popular online video platforms support playback at 60 frames per second. So, if you prefer more even video performance, you can easily do it.
To start capturing at 60 frames per second, go to the Video section In the OnePlus Camera app, tap the current video resolution in the upper-left corner. Select "1080P 60FPS" or "4K 60FPS" if your phone supports both formats.
The average refresh rate on consumer displays for smartphones and televisions is still at 60 hertz (Hz), which equates to a maximum of 60 frames per second for video playback. Not all video content is recorded by default to use 60 Hz. But if this is the case, most should notice the difference if they know what to look for. Higher refresh rates for our displays are on the way. So, expect future smartphones to record and replay even smoother video as the demand for more powerful hardware increases.
Just as 60 videos per second could be used for video performance, until recently our smartphones were not capable of recording Ultra HD 4K video. The standard for HD video for almost a decade was 1080p and is slowly being replaced with 4K as the new standard with each passing year. Most newer televisions are now equipped with a 4K display, and even some smartphones use the same technology.
4K has the four times the pixel count of the standard Full HD 1080p, which means that everything looks much sharper, especially with video content It makes sense that newer phones can record in 4K, making them ideal for today's entertainment company makes. As 4K is becoming more prevalent in homes, you should use these extra pixels when recording video on your smartphone.
To begin 4K video capture, go to the Video section of the OnePlus Camera app, then tap the current video resolution in the upper left corner. Select "4K". The next time you record a video, the quality will be much higher than before.
If your smartphone is new and has the hardware, you can now pair 4K video recording at 60 frames per second for maximum quality and performance. However, there are a few things to keep in mind when using this feature. For beginners, in most cases, you can only record five minutes of video because the file size for a video of extremely high quality will be very large.
Providing this type of power to your smartphone's internal hardware will be a tremendous measure, making it much tougher so that the heat builds up on these components. The extra work that is done by recording such high quality videos in real time also affects battery life. Keeping this in mind, it is usually best to use 4K 60 fps to record your absolute best moments to maintain visual performance until hardware improvements can exceed current physical limitations.
The light in the scene captured by your camera usually does what it needs to do without having to touch the manual controls. However, you may want to make a particular scene brighter or darker without having to adjust the room lighting. Alternatively, you may prefer to change the brightness for a particular effect or to better highlight your focus.
You can easily adjust the brightness of the scene by tapping the spot where you want to make adjustments from within the OnePlus Camera app during video capture. When you tap the location you want to change, a brightness adjustment slider appears, allowing you to adjust the setting as you like. As you move the bar up, the brightness increases as you drag it down to decrease it.
Capturing cool moments in slow motion videos is not something you'll do every day But you should always do it when you have the chance. Depending on which OnePlus smartphone you have, the OnePlus Camera app displays various options while you use the slow motion feature.
The most common frame rates for 720p slow motion video are the OnePlus 120, 240 or even 480 fps phones. Similarly, the default frame rate for 1080p slow motion is 120 or 240 frames per second. When it comes to slow motion video, the higher the frame rate, the slower you can record what's in your scene.
To start slow motion video recording, go to the slow motion section of the OnePlus camera by dragging it up on the main screen. In the upper left corner, you can select the resolution and frame rate options as needed.
You should also note that the higher the resolution, the lower the frame rate you can record. This ultimately means that lower resolutions can capture ever better slow-motion video, but compared to higher resolutions with less clarity. That's the trade-off – you can decide which feature is better for your specific needs at this time.
This article was created during special reporting by Gadget Hacks about smartphone-based video creator tips for filming and editing. Take a look at the entire Videography series.