Guerrilla Boys. Guerilla.
Budget Tech was penned 1 year ago. It was It was 80°F in San Diego, CA and the sky was clear. Dreams by Fleetwood Mac was spinning on the ol' iTunes.
When in doubt, grab your phone and hope for the best.
I have recently jumped, feet first, into the world of online video. Starting with my web series 3 Sheets and now my newly launched VLog "Patio Therapy" I am embracing all things video, which has forced me to get crafty.
While my ambitions are high. my budget is low. For 3 Sheets it's around 500.00, which I have already burned through purchasing a 4k capable camera (GoPro!) and a copy of Final Cut Pro X. For the VLog, my budget is exactly 0.
Luckily for me, I have an iPhone 6, and it has an incredibly capable camera. I mean, a seriously capable camera. With an app like Filmic Pro you can shoot in 2K.
I fully plan on using my GoPro Hero to shoot Patio Therapy in 4k, but I am still waiting for the camera to make it through the bowels of GoPro to my hot little hands. IN the meantime glorious 1080p will do nicely.
While I have Filmic Pro, and it is a beautiful application, I have found that it is overkill for these little VLogs. I film them on my patio in the bright California sun so color and contrast are pretty easy to control. The hardest part is the whole tripod/stabalization issue.
I obviously don't want to do the whole "hold the camera at arms length" deal, and given the $0 budget issue, it was time to get creative. For my GoPro camera I picked up a 3 Way Mount from GoPro and a Tripod Mount Kit.
Add to this an old case for my 6 that I wasn't using and I began to see some solutions emerge. If encouraged in the right way the case fit snugly into one of the Tripod Mount Kit brackets, while still protecting the phone from damage.
A quick setup on one of my old tripods and we have lift off. The quality is outstanding, and the workflow is very, very quick. 7 minutes to record, 10 minutes to edit and then upload to Youtube from within Final Cut Pro X. You can't ask for better than that.
At this point in time there isn't really anything that is stopping from people from turning out high quality video content for the web. And man is it addicting. I am thinking of using some of those college credits from Media Comm, and make a short film.
All on iPhones of course.
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