MemberDecember 28, 2019 at 1:53 am
Kinda spotty with my uploads but I can’t seem to get a hold on how to film with a phone and not have it be stretched out wide. I know it used to be tilt the phone upwards but now that’s not working. It seems to upload properly at first but when being re watched it looks horrendous in the sense of quality. I love sharing my little accidents with people but my videos look deformed ;(
Any help would be appreciated. I am using an iPhone 7 <3
MemberDecember 28, 2019 at 10:01 am
Your videos look great! If you don’t have it already, I recommend a small iPhone tripod or a stand.
MemberDecember 28, 2019 at 1:16 pm
No they don’t, they are all stretched out wide and not displaying properly. It’s as if it was squashed and pulled out at the same time. I remember this is why I stopped posting so often, frustrated…
MemberDecember 29, 2019 at 5:15 pm
I don’t have an iPhone, but I googled your problem (I assume you have done this too) and from what I can see, it is important to make sure your iPhone is making the video in the 16:9 aspect ratio that online players use.
Old TVs and monitors (pre-2015 or so) used a 4:3 aspect ratio, and I have read that the iPhone 7 defaults to that ratio. That will S-T-R-E-T-C-H the image with most online players because they are not programmed to do the “letter boxing” (black bands on the sides of the video) that would be required for a proper display.
There should be a way in the iPhone camera app to adjust this aspect ratio before making the video. Also, I have read that making a video in landscape mode (not portrait) helps.
If you can’t do anything with the aspect ratio in the iPhone alone, you might need to download a free video editor app. These usually let you adjust the aspect ratio.
OR, you could go to the Apple store and ask one of the geniuses (that’s not a dig at Apple — they used to call the folks working there “geniuses” – don’t know if they do anymore) how to fix the problem – but you probably don’t need to tell him/her that it is for PPL (:>)!
- This reply was modified 1 year, 7 months ago by ishitpants2.
MemberJanuary 18, 2020 at 5:54 am
I’ve always found a couple of “rehearsals” helps.
In my case, I enjoy urgent poop. So there’s often a very limited opportunity to set up cameras etc.
I’ve got a rough idea where to place my phone or camera with wide angle so it captures me even if I’m in the wrong place.
MemberMay 7, 2020 at 11:43 am
Can’t be much help on format issues but I will say that videos require more light than some people think. Adding additional light even if you think you have enough can help the video capture a smoother higher quality image, just be careful that the lighting isn’t so direct that it overexposes the image. You need light but it needs to be diffused somehow. Aiming a bright light at a light colored sheet hung nearby can work well, it’s the same concept as photography lighting.
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