SUPER SHOOTER This easy iPhone trick will make your videos look WAY better

Apple smartphones can record immensely detailed video footage, if you know how

13 November 2018 - 09:44

THERE'S an easy way to improve the quality of your iPhone video recordings.

That's because Apple sets your iPhone to film footage at a lower quality to save storage space – but you can change this in settings.

For instance, on an iPhone 8 your camera will be automatically set to record at Full HD (1080p) resolution.

That means video will be made up of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels, or just over 2million pixels in total.

But you can choose higher (or lower) resolutions, up to 4K Ultra HD on some models. That's more than 8million pixels.

It's also possible to tweak the frame rate of your videos.

There are options for 24, 30, and 60 frames per second (fps).

Cinema films are usually recorded at 24fps, but using a higher frame rate can give videos a cool effect that makes the footage look more realistic.

Apple sets your iPhone to lower resolutions and frame rates to save space on your iPhone.

So bear in mind that if you boost the quality of your iPhone footage, you may run out of storage far quicker.

How to change iPhone video quality

It's simple enough – open your Settings app and then tap Camera.

Next choose the Record Video option and you'll see lots of video resolution and frame rate choices.

You'll have different settings available depending on which iPhone model you have.

The best video settings available will be on the iPhone XS, which will support:

  • 720p HD at 30fps
  • 1080p HD at 30fps
  • 1080p HD at 60fps
  • 4K at 24fps
  • 4K at 30fps
  • 4K at 60fps

How much space does iPhone video take up?

Increasing the quality of your video recordings will hoover up more of your iPhone's storage space.

Here's a quick guide on how much your videos might use, per minute of footage:

  • 720p HD at 30fps – 40MB
  • 1080p HD at 30fps – 60MB
  • 1080p HD at 60fps – 90MB
  • 4K at 24fps – 135MB
  • 4K at 30fps – 170MB
  • 4K at 60fps – 400MB

Obviously if you're recording lots of 4K video at 60fps, you'll burn through storage very quickly.

An iPhone with 64GB of storage would only be able to hold 160 minutes (more likely less), for instance.

And if you automatically back up your content to iCloud, you might find yourself using up all of your cloud storage too.

Do you know any useful iPhone tips or tricks? Let us know in the comments!

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