Post Production: Making Your Video Ready for Mobile Devices
Post production techniques are important to make the most out of the video that you have created. These techniques can edit and enhance your videos for a variety of different reasons. One of the most popular post production techniques is making your videos suitable for mobile devices.
There are now many different devices which are capable of playing video. This means that your videos are no longer confined to a TV or computer screen. They can now be enjoyed on MP3 players, phones and portable computers. These devices have their limitations though which is why it's important to ensure your videos are compatible.
Step 1: Format
It's unlikely that you will want to record your videos in a format which is only suitable for portable devices. This will make any edits less successful. That's why it's such a good idea to record the videos in the highest quality possible. You will then need to transfer the videos to your computer.
Once the videos are on your computer they might need to be converted. Most video players are capable of playing back a wide range of different types of file. Try to stick to the most popular types including MP4, MPEG, and AVI. If you are targeting a specific device like the iPhone then you might have a more limited choice.
Step 2: Resolution
While most of these portable video devices can now play back high definition video there is little point. On a four inch, or even seven inch screen you're unlikely to notice any loss of quality by changing the resolution. You can either use video editing software to do this or alternatively a software package which is designed specifically to convert the video to a format and size for mobile devices. With this software you can select the intended screen size and it will work out the resolution accordingly.
Step 3: Size
When you are making your changes it is important to do everything you can to make the video as small as possible. This is important for several reasons. Firstly by making your video small it will be much easier to download quickly from the Internet. It will also be much easier to fit onto SD cards or MP4 players. Some players might have 16GB of space but that doesn't mean that your viewers will want to fill up their entire device with your content.
Adjust the audio tracks, frame rate and size so that the videos are as small as possible without noticeably affecting the quality too much.
Step 4: Testing
If you have a portable video device on hand then it's always a good idea to test it out. You will never be able to see exactly how a video will look until it is loaded onto a portable device ad it's playing back. Remember the screens and speakers on these won't normally be as good as your computer.
Step 5: Sharing
With your video converted it is now time to upload it to the Internet and start sharing it with people. You might also want to upload a higher resolution copy of your video too to play on other devices and HD Televisions.