Tips to film with mobile

 Create on YouTube from your phone: Videos, Shorts, Live & Posts

YouTube Shorts lets you shoot and share vertical videos from the camera you carry everywhere: your phone. Anyone can create with Shorts. Let's dive into some tips to consider when filming.

Set up your phone

  • Clean your camera lens before filming
  • Turn off your notifications before you start filming to avoid disruptions
  • Shoot vertically with your phone or camera of choice

To Record a clip, press and hold the capture button or tap it to start recording and then again to stop. The Shorts multi-segment camera lets you film and string multiple videos together.

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Choose the right lighting

  • Soft, even lighting will help your camera’s image sensor maintain detail in the brightest and darkest parts of the image.
  • On sunny days, try shooting in the shade to avoid bright sun and dark shadows.
  • When filming at home, you can capture natural light by setting up your camera near a window.

Record quality sound

  • Quality sound can make a world of difference. Make sure you’re recording in a space with minimum echo and background noise.
  • Turn off nearby fans or buzzy electronics to prevent your phone’s microphone from picking up unwanted sounds.
  • If you have a mic and want to use it for the audio, great! If not, your phone mic will be fine


You can tap Undo to remove the previous video clip you recorded or tap Redo to add it back. Take as many tries as you must to get the perfect shot.

Things to keep in mind

  • If you have an idea for your Short, consider making a shot list before you start filming. Will you need screen recordings or extra footage?
  • Always wait a beat after you press record before you start doing anything and always wait a beat after you finish before you stop recording. Don’t stop recording until you are done.

Next: check out tips for creating Shorts

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