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Versatile videography: shooting in slo-mo and 4K
With the rapid adoption of smartphones, our camcorders have been taking a back seat in capturing our vacations. Pictures and social media posts have ruled the documentation of our vacation trips. You might want to get ready to step back into your camcorder shoes and become a 4K videographer.
Videography, the video cousin to photography, is undergoing a revival. If you buy a high-end smartphone this year, it is likely to have very advanced video recording capabilities. You now longer need to bring your camcorder, because the camcorder is moving into your most-used device.
The first revolution is 4K resolution. 4K or Ultra-HD delivers video with four times as many pixels as classical HD video. This technology is now being introduced in smartphones faster than you will see it in camcorders for the same price range. This evolution gives you very high recording quality at an affordable price in a camera you always carry with you. Never before have you had access to this kind of recording power in your palm 24-7.
The second key feature is advanced slow-motion capabilities. With 60 or 72 frames per second, you can tell very different video stories than with the standard 24 frames per second. You will now be able to capture details in your kids’ sports activities. Anything moving fast can be made to go slow. What things around you have you not yet been able to “see” in action?
Recording and sharing your memories in short video format (6-60s) is the next wave of impressing your friends and family. Even if you are not a Vine addict, you will make a very different impression with these creations.
My predictions for the future of personal videography:
• Capturing your life in video is more fun than pictures, and now you will always be able to have the camcorder handy.
• 4K and ultra-slow-motion capabilities are attractive things to watch for when selecting your next smartphone
• Video post-production tools for smartphones will ensure you can continue to be on an instant publishing paragon even as a videographer.
• Advanced videographers will create their own “video rigs” by adding light, sound and lens capabilities to their phablets and tablets.
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