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Open Camera App Tutorial – Filming with Android Camera Apps!

Open Camera App Tutorial – Filming with Android Camera Apps!

– Hey it’s Justin Brown
here from Primal Video. Recently we did a video talking
about the best camera apps on Android, and we
narrowed it down to two. For free apps we picked Open
Camera, and for paid apps, we picked Cinema 4K. In this video, we’re gonna
take a look at all the settings and the setup for Open Camera,
so that you can get the best results with your videos. Now it’s really important
to note here that this video isn’t a complete review. It’s also not going to cover
off every feature in the app. There’s way too many. But what we are gonna do,
is show you, step by step, how to set up Open Camera
for the best results for filming your videos. (upbeat electronic music) Now it’s really important
here to not get overwhelmed with all the settings
and features in the app. There are so many things
that you can do and change and really tweak to get different results. But what we’re gonna take
you through is step by step the settings that you need
to lock down into manual, and a lot of them really
replicate what you would find in a DSLR or video camera,
so that you’re getting the best results with filming your
videos on your smartphones. Alright, so we’re here in
Open Camera, the first place to start is in the Settings menu. So we’re just press up
on Settings here now. And it’s a good idea to go
through all the settings first, get those locked down
before we lock down your actual recording settings
at the time of recording. So the settings that we want
to adjust here for video are down at the bottom
under Video settings. And we’ll start off here at
the top with Video resolution, which is the quality of the videos that we’re gonna be creating. So I’d always suggest that you pick the highest for your device. So here we’re using a Google Pixel XL which has a 4K camera in it. So we have the ability
to pick Ultra HD 4K. Next up is video stabilization. You can turn this feature on or off. If your phone supports
it, and you’re going to be walking around or moving
around with your videos while you’re recording, then it would be a good idea to turn this on. It will take some of the
shake out of the videos, and help it look a bit more smoother. If your video is going to be
filmed on a tripod or lockdown, then I’d suggest that you
turn this feature off. So turn that off here. The next thing you need to
set is the Video bitrate. So how this works is
the higher the number, the higher the quality,
the larger the file size. So I’d recommend that here
you’re using at a minimum 20 megabits per second, so
that the quality is decent. But the higher the number,
the higher the quality. So if you can, and your
device supports it, then record at 50 megabits per second, or right up to 100 megabits per second. But as I said, this will
chew more data as well so, if you don’t have much
recording space or free space in your phone, then opt for
50 or 20 if you need to. But if you’ve got the
space, the storage capacity, delete whatever photos or
videos that are on your phone if you can, and film
at the highest quality that’s supported by your phone. So we’re gonna pick 100
megabits per second here. Next up is the frame rate. This is the number of images per second to make up your video. So if you’re in Australia
or the UK, then you’ll want to be selecting 25 frames per second. If you’re in the US, then you’ll
want 30 frames per second. Now once again, depending
on your phone, you can also select higher frame rates,
so 25 and 30 are standard frame rates for video, but
you can also pick 60, 96, 100, or 120, or even higher
depending on the phone so, things like 120 frames per second are classed as slow motion. So, depending on your
phone, depending on what it’s capable of, you may see
some different options here. But just for creating regular
videos, 25 if you’re in Australia or the UK, or
30 if you’re in the US, would be the best starting place. Now it’s a good idea to check the maximum duration of the video here, and make sure that it’s set to unlimited. The last thing you want to
have happen, is you’re halfway through a video and find
that you’ve hit a limit that you didn’t know existed. So, set it to unlimited, and
you won’t have a problem. And it’s also a good idea
to disable Restart on maximum file size, so we can turn that off on the side there. Now you will want to make
sure that recording audio is enabled, so that you’re
going to get audio through either from the built-in
microphone in your device, or from an external microphone. And then, on the next one down, we’re gonna pick the Audio source. So we open that up, and we
get to choose Camcorder, which is the built-in
microphone on your device, External microphone if you’ve
got a plugin microphone, or a lapel microphone that
you’re gonna plug directly into your phone, or you could just select Default audio source, and whichever is plugged in will work. So if you don’t have a
microphone plugged in, it’ll automatically default
to the internal microphone. If you plug in an external microphone, then it will default to that. Personally, I don’t like
leaving any of these settings up to the app to decide. So for me, I’m gonna be
using an external microphone, I’ll pick External microphone. So those are all the settings
that you need to change to get the best results. Now there are a lot of
other settings in here, and especially back in this other menu, if you’d like to tweak and
refine the app further for you, but in regards to creating awesome videos, these are the ones that
you have to lock down. Okay, so now we’re gonna lock down all the settings for our current shot. So at the top here, we can switch between front camera and back camera. The next one across here we’ll switch between photo and video. So obviously we’re gonna
want video enabled. Next up we’re gonna
adjust the White balance, or the color temperature of
our shot and lock that down. So if we come up here to the three dots, you’ll see here this is what comes up. We’ve got our Camera
resolution and Video resolution so that we can quickly
check that our camera is set to the right resolution. And you can see our White
balance here is set to auto. Now, have a play around here and see which is the best for
your shooting location. These are the same presets that
you’d find in most cameras. So for us, we’re gonna
lock down fluorescent. Because that matches the lights that we’re using in this scene. Now you don’t want to
leave this setting to auto, because that means potentially the colors could be changed throughout your filming, which isn’t ideal. You’ll also get the option
in here for different scenes, things like landscapes,
snow, beach, other ways that you can lock down
your colors, and you can also apply different color
effects if you’d like to here. Personally, I’d steer clear
of all the color effects, and even the scenes. I would just stick with
the White balance settings. The next thing that we need
to lock down is the exposure, or the brightness of the shot. Now, we can press up here,
and we can slide this to make it darker or brighter,
but where I’d recommend that you start is actually
by touching on areas of the screen, to pick the areas that you want to expose for. So you can pick the area of the screen, that matches the brightness
that you’re after. And then if you’re after
further adjustment, then come up here and slide this slider up, or down to make final adjustments. Once you’re happy with
the overall brightness, or the exposure of the
shot, then press the little padlock up here, and that
will lock your exposure. Then the last thing that
we need to lock down is our focus, so if I click
those three dots up here again, this second row here,
with the a, the infinity, macro, and lock are the focus settings. So a is for auto, and
it’ll set your camera focus to be automatically changing. The next one is infinity,
which will set it to the furthest focus point possible. Macro will set it to a close focus point, and the padlock will lock down our focus. So what we’ll do here
to lock down the focus, I’ll bring my hand in here,
we’ll focus on my hand, and then we come up
here to the three dots, and we will choose lock focus. So now our focus is locked at that point. So no matter where we move our
camera, or adjust our shot, that is now our locked off focus point. So those are all the settings
that you need to adjust, and to lock down for best
results with Open Camera. Now one more quick tip
before you record your videos is that you do a quick
test, so record a 15 to 20 second clip to make sure
that your audio is working, that your shot is looking
the way that you want. Play it back, make sure
you’re happy with it, before you get into your full recording. So there you have it. That’s how you can set
up and use Open Camera for your videos. If you found this video
helpful, we’d really appreciate you hitting that big
subscribe button and giving this video a thumbs up,
and linked on screen now is another video taking
you through step by step, the ultimate video process for filming on your Android device. I’ll talk to you soon.

100 thoughts on “Open Camera App Tutorial – Filming with Android Camera Apps!

  1. I use this camera and some time use after its crash in my phone I have mi 5a phone and it's crash my phone camera app and I reset my phone

  2. I subscribed. You make the best technical tips on yourtube and trust me, I searched a lot. Your ones are the simplest to follow and the most relevant and most useful. You also seem to know just how much info to provide so that a person can actually get help from it. You also don't try to make the video unnecessarily lengthy just to buy yourself more watch time. Thanks for the great work!

  3. I have seen 100s of videos on how to use this and that …but this is the best presentation …

    Hats off …can I have a number to call u ? And the country code ?

  4. It's good. I use OC..on my one+5
    I like it. Your presentation was simple and clear and you covered the whole settings. Now I got some more ideas to take better
    videos.. Thanks

  5. Hey thanks For the vídeo. I noticed that while editing with pinacle 15, the audio a images didnt correspond. Audio came before lip and am movements. Many pauses…whats the problem?

  6. Open camera is the only app I've found so far, that allows me to utilize my Røde Video Mic Go while recording with the selfie camera on my Oneplus 6. All others default to the phone Mic.

  7. Hi, need your help. A bit urgent. My phone has an inbuilt stabilization feature but Open camera doesn't seem use it even when i turn stabilization on. the stabilization works fine with the default app which I don't want to use.

  8. Hi Justin
    I tried using Open Camera on my Huawei P9 lte & while I was able to get a good looking video, the sound track was out of sync when I viewed the video. I could not change this in I movie. Any suggestions?
    Thanks David

  9. Hi Justin ! Great vidéo review. The only obstacle that prevents me to use this application is that there is no fashion beauty mode as on the default one I've got on my phone. Convenient to erase wrinkles or bags under the eyes. Ah, narcissism!

  10. Great job on the video you are a godsend keep up the great work. Also does Open camera have the ability to pause the video and then resume the video on the same clip. This feature would reduce editing time later.Is this possible?

  11. Great explanation..It's clear and up to the point..no fancy gimmicks..u got a new subscriber.. wish to present like u someday😍

  12. Hi Justin, I downloaded and checked my Open Camera app but it does not have video stabilization option. Does it mean that my smartphone doesn't support video stabilization or it's just that the new update of Open Camera removed that feature.

  13. very sad after oppo color 5.2,1 update the open camera shutter sound becomes super unheard able ,it super soft .can fix this issue?

  14. im having a problem with the video recording with the app if  start recording with the cell phone horizontal and then turn it vertical it don't show on my screen as im recording but in the save the video is rotated and laying flat and you have to turn your head to watch what is causing that?

  15. How can I change the Shutter speed? I shoot at 25fps and I would like to have the shutter speed at 1/50, can I do that?

  16. My open camera app will only record 27min. I shoot from a note 9 with plenty of space for lg files. Any ideas y?

  17. 2019..need to know..shutter speed not Available?..what audio format is used for recording, AAC, PCM, WAV, BWM?

  18. I was just recently found your channel. As I'm using Open Camera on my phone for my creations i found this video really useful. Thanks for this. Subbed and voted

  19. I have had used this open camera for longtime. But finally it started shaking while recording which spoiled the whole video. How to improve it again?

  20. Sir can you pla tell me which is better to record audio while recording video in mobile
    1to record using external mic which is plugged to mobile using an open camera
    2record using the external mic which is better into mobile using a rec forge Audio recorder

  21. Please I need your help,why is it I can't record video with my open camera?, when I'm trying to record,I'm seeing this: Bitrate/frame rate is not supported in your device. How can I fix this?

  22. It is useful ….
    But you set all the settings on high side…
    While my mobile is average …
    So how can I set these settings on my phone

  23. please tell me bout log profile, which one should I use fro green screen and which one for my tutorial video where I shoot with a whiteboard????

  24. Anybody knows why some of the white balance settings shown here are missing in my setup? They were all there the first time I installed the app. I then uninstalled and installed again. Second time, most of the settings are gone, including image stabilisation and some white balance options. I'm using Samsung Note 8

  25. Just downloaded the app today and I didn't see 'enable video stabilization' on video settings. There is no that option after video resolution. Care to help? 😶

  26. Can we get an updated review since they've added log and other things since this vid was released.

  27. Why are we disabling "restart on max file size"? That seems counter-productive unless it doesn't do what I think it does. Many phones have a time limit/file size limit. Isn't the point of this feature to allow you to continue recording when you've hit that limit?

  28. I sub you you sub me we're a happy family 😂😂😂
    Thabks for this i needed this coz i bought a boya external mic

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