The Ultimate Smartphone Videographer's Toolkit

The Ultimate Smartphone Videographer's Toolkit

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Elizabeth Giorgi
Nov 3, 2014
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Did you know that you can shoot, color correct, add music and even edit an entire short film on a smartphone? With a variety of gadgets, apps and a few items from our smartphone photographer guide, you'll have a toolkit that absolutely kicks butt.

I'm actually a professional videographer by trade, so I'm embarrassed to admit just how much I love shooting on my iPhone, but it's true. And I can attest to these products, because I've paid for them and used them myself.

Here are a few things to check out:

1. Olympus Stereo Microphone: $36.97

This handy little microphone plugs into your headphones jack and quickly improves the sound recording quality of the whole ordeal.

2. The Pocket Spotlight: $30

What is the number one factor between good video and great video? LIGHT! This tiny little light won't create feature film lighting, but it will at least light up details in the dark that will help to improve the quality dramatically.

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3. iMovie for iPhone: $4.99

If you're not on an iPhone, I've heard really positive things about Power Director for Android, which is Free with in-app purchasing options.

4. xShot Pocket Extender: $23.95

Shooting landscapes or sweeping shots can be kind of hard when you've got to use your hands to create the motion. Adding a tool like this extender can help you to create more fluid movement. You will want to add a Jellyfish tripod mount from our Smartphone Photo Guide or something similar to use it.

5. Anker External Battery: $29.99

Nothing puts a great video on hiatus like running out of battery. And let's not forget that shooting video is a serious power drain. Don't get caught without some portable power.

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