9 November 2019

Orientation in Video Production

Mobile devices has become a staple product in everyone’s lives. And thanks to that, most people basically has a good video camera in their pocket. With the continuous advancement in technology, the mobile video filming experience gets better and better over the years. Of course the mobile devices still can’t compare to those commercial cameras used by video production companies. But as a daily filming device, it is sufficient to create vlogs, capture memories and even used to record a short documentary. However with this in mind many people still do not know how to fully utilize the cameras capabilities to its full potential. There are many different things people tend to miss out when capturing images or recording videos, and here are some of the great tips that can further improve your experience with your mobile camera.


For mobile devices there are 2 ways you can capture an image or record a video and that is landscape and portrait. Both these options have their pros and cons and depending on what you want to capture there are different styles. People mostly use the portrait mode for capturing images of an individual as it will reduce the space around and make them the focus. If you are more concern of taking a video of yourself speaking, both orientations can be used. If you want to capture a bit more of your surroundings you can also consider the landscape mode. But generally most videos are taken on the landscape orientation as seen by most video production companies.

The obvious reason for this is because when you are capturing a video while on portrait mode, there will be two black bars on the side. This tends to ruin the experience for a lot of people as they do not find the viewing experience pleasant. That us why recording a video in landscape mode is better and makes the video more pleasing to the eye. While in landscape mode, you are also able to capture more especially when you are taking a video of a scene where you want every detail of what you are looking at. So just don’t forget to turn your phone into landscape mode while taking a video.


Framing ties together well with the orientation of the phone. What this means is to make sure that the object that you are trying to record is framed properly in the video. When you are recording yourself portrait mode is the the best orientation as you will be the focus of the video. However if you also want to showcase your surroundings when filming yourself, you can always turn it into landscape mode. Like most video production companies, they tend to always go for the landscape mode so that they can have a better framing setting. This way you can also play around with angle of the object which may be slightly off center which can showcase the background of where you are filming.


Most phones do not have a highly capable zoom setting and usually it is best not to play around with the zoom too much as it may distort the image the more you zoom. Digital zooming is a bad thing if you ask any video production company. Some higher end mobile devices have better lens technology which can help you kind of get away with digital zooming, but most of the time it is recommended not to use it. The best way to actually zoom with your mobile phone is to actually move closer to the subject.

These are just some simple guidelines to know about orientation when filming with your mobile device. Technology has come a long way for us and will continue to improve in the future. As consumers we are always getting better and better options in terms of choices we have for mobile devices. Depending on what your needs are, you can choose from a wide variety of mobile devices which cater to specific needs. Lens and video capturing technology is also improving while the software makes it simple for us to record videos.