Tips to shoot the best video using Android

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Whether you’re looking to amuse your friends on YouTube or you’re dreaming about dressing up for the Oscars one day, you can take steps to improve your Android film-making skills.

Know what your Android phone can do

Android phones are all over the map. There are budget options all the way up to powerhouse flagships. There’s a reason “The Tonight Show” used a Samsung Galaxy S10+, a $1,000 phone with top-of-the-line cameras capable of telephoto and wide-angle shots. If you get serious about making films using Android, you might want to look into a high-end phone with the latest tech. But whatever you have in your pocket right now is still the best place to start.

Try a new Android camera app

The built-in Android camera app is ready to go to shoot video. Just tap on the film-camera icon to switch into video mode. This is a quick and easy way to shoot clips, but a dedicated app can put more powerful features at your fingertips.

The free Open Camera app is a good place to start. It places a lot of settings within easy reach, including focus, video resolution, bit rate, white balance and exposure compensation. You can dial in changes to get the best-looking video. The auto-stabilization feature is also worth a try. If you’re new to these sort of settings, take a few moments to play around with them and see how they impact your video.

By Amanda Kooser

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Free Calling Apps Download – Wi-Fi Calling for Android

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Wi-Fi calling has many benefits, as you can have audio and video chats all over the world with family and friends, who also have the application on their devices.

There are many companies offering such free download of calling apps, with some offering voice calling alone, whereas others offer additional perks, like file sharing, group chatting and photo transferring and so on. Here are some of the top calling apps for Android.

Google Voice

Google Voice works equally well on tablets as on smartphones. You can synchronize your text messages with missed calls and voice mails across contacts in different devices. You can also use the same number for calling on different devices through Google Voice, so long as you have a Wi-Fi Connection. Years ago, it used to be known as Grand Central and it still offers a great service. It is a pleasant experience to know that you can resume your conversation started on a phone or a tablet and then jump on to the PC as well. Calls are made within the Gmail service and international rates are quite low. However, the service is available only in the US and you cannot send or receive image messages.


Fring allows you to make free calls to other Fring users all over the world. You can send free video and chat messages. You can also call landlines or other mobiles that are not in your country at very small rates. Fring also offers group-calling facility, with a limit of four at a time. You can make video calls through Android phones that have a front facing camera and it is, in fact, a good alternative to Skype, as Fring offers a good quality of voice and video calling.

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Easily add special effects to your videos on your Android Phone

fxguru - Easily add special effects to your videos on your Android PhoneThe video camera on your Android phone just became a lot more fun to use thanks to FxGuru.The app is easy to use. You pick the effect you want, hit the OK button, and start recording. There’s an overlay on your screen of where the magic will happen so you know just how to keep things lined up. When you’re done, you can select a filter and boost the audio, and it saved to an mp4 video right on your phone.

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Vine For Android Gets Updated With Front-Facing Camera Support

biggs - Vine For Android Gets Updated With Front-Facing Camera SupportIn an update pushed to the Google Play store just a few minutes ago, Vine for Android finally learned how to play friendly with that front lens. Meanwhile, this update also brings a few other new tricks: there’s a new upload manager for the Vine’s you’ve yet to finalize, a few tweaks to the settings screen, and an overall speed improvement — most importantly, the camera is said to load notably faster, now.

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How to Use Video on Instagram Like a Pro

voi01 266x400 - How to Use Video on Instagram Like a Pro Facebook and Instagram today took the wraps on its Vine-killer, called Video on Instagram. It allows users on iOS and Android to shoot, edit, filter and share 15-second videos in their social networking feed. While the Instagram app still maintains its easy-to-use format, newbies will appreciate a few pointers.
Here’s how you can use your Instagram video like a pro.

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Submit your phone snap and videos to the news through an Android App

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GuardianWitness is a user-generated content platform, which allows you to submit your eyewitness pictures, videos and text to The Guardian from anywhere in the world online or through apps on your phone or tablet.

The Guardian wants you to get involved even if you don’t happen to have witnessed any earthshaking events while popping out to the shops for some milk and a Curly Wurly. Those loveable lefties set specific assignments, inviting you to send in pictures and videos around a particular theme.

Assignments right now include subjects from sleeping pets and views of tall buildings to more serious fare, such as your photos that illustrate the impact of recent government cuts, or submissions from refugees and aid workers in Syria.

The site also wants to help you improve your videos with a series of tips, starting today with a guide to lighting.

To submit, you need an account, which could be either an existing Guardian account or your Facebook or Twitter accounts.

Then you simply send your eyewitness accounts of unfolding events to, or through free iPhone or Android apps from your smart phone or tablet. Submissions can be geotagged, adding location data from your computer or mobile device.

If selected by The Guardian‘s editorial team, your submissions will appear on The Guardianwebsite or in The Guardian or Observer newspapers. Video submissions will also flicker to life on a new GuardianWitness YouTube channel.

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How to shoot a 360-degree time-lapse video with your phone

Time-lapse videos aren’t just for pros. With the right accessories and apps, you can shoot, edit, and publish a 360-degree time lapse with just your phone. Let Photojojo guide you through the setup.

What you need:

  • Tripod
  • Your phone
  • Rotating tripod attachment (like the Camalapse)
  • Smartphone tripod mount (like the Glif, or your own DIY solution)

1. Pick your subject

Maybe you’ve thought about what you’d shoot if you made a still time-lapse video, but a 360-degree time-lapse video is a whole different beast.

What looks awesome in a nonmoving time-lapse won’t necessarily look awesome in a rotating one, so think about what would make for a captivating 360.

It could be a carnival, a road trip with a car full of buddies, a construction site, a day at the office, an epic day of cooking or baking in the kitchen, a sunrise or sunset, a packed park, an animal sanctuary, or a simply beautiful landscape over the span of a day. Anything that changes over time and looks cool from a 360 view.

2. Choosing the right app
Since you’ll be shooting on your phone, you have two options: the app route and the native camera route.

Yep! You can shoot a time-lapse using your native camera app. It’s a shortcut but creates a similar effect. To use your native camera app:

  1. Put your camera in video mode.
  2. Set up your phone in your rotating time lapse attachment. If you’re using the Camalapse, twist the Camalapse, and hit record. (Or, if you’re the hacker type here’s a DIY solution.)
  3. Export your footage to an editing program like iMovie or QuickTime.
  4. Speed up the video, so it plays in a fraction of the time it took to make.

If you decide to go the app route, we recommend Motion Pictures (iOS) or Lapse It (Android and iOS).

Motion Pics lets you choose more options like number of frames, video playback frame rate, and how long your final movie will be.

If you’re into a quicker setup, Lapse It narrows down the options. Just pick your interval, resolution, and adjust your exposure and white balance.

Lapse It for Android and iOS lets you shoot, edit, and share time-lapse videos.

3. Pick an interval

An interval is how long your camera waits between shooting photos. You’ll base your decision on how long the event you’re shooting is. Is it a sunset? You’ll probably want to go for 1-second intervals. If it’s something that takes a bit longer, you’ll want even longer intervals. For example, if you’re shooting something that takes hours or all day, you’ll want to aim for something like 5-minute intervals.

To get more precise, you can throw in some math. Most movies play at 20 to 30 frames per second. The more frames per second, the smoother the video plays, so keep that in mind.

We’re going to pick a frame rate of 24fps for a smooth video. Next, we’ll pick how long we want the movie to be. We’ll say 30 seconds. How many frames will we need to shoot? Just multiply the frame rate by the length of the movie: 24fps x 30 seconds = 720 frames.

To calculate the interval for this same video, we’ll need to divide the length of the event (in seconds) by how many frames we need to make a 30-second video. We’ll say our event is 4 hours. So 14,400 seconds (length of the event) / 720 frames = 20-second intervals.

That’s it!

4. Shoot your time lapse
Since you’re shooting with your phone, you’ll want to make sure you place it somewhere where it will be safe from the weather and anyone who might want to snatch it. If your shoot’s short enough to stand by, then you can keep watch over it.

A rotating tripod attachment (like the Camalapse or this DIY rotating attachment) is the key ingredient to making your time-lapse shoot 360 degrees. To mount your phone to the Camalapse, you’ll need a phone tripod mount, like a Glif . Once you’ve got that on, just twist the device to where you want it to end up, hit record, and let go.

7. Share your time lapse
Once your video’s done, pick where you want to share it. If it turned out really well, you’ll want all your friends to see it. Vimeo, YouTube, and Facebook are all decent options!

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Watch Bollywood Streaming Videos for Free on your Smartphones

Watch Bollywood Streaming Videos for Free on your Smartphones

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Spuul, the Singapore-based company bringing streaming Bollywood TV shows and films to the world, has launched an Android app compatible with Android 2.2 to 4.x on Google Play. The new app, which is a global release, is currently focused on smartphones, though it will work on tablets. Viewers can enjoy a limited free ad-supported version of the service, or sign up for a premium subscription for $4.99 a month.




I took the app for a spin and appreciated how simple the whole interface is.It’s spare in a good way. Playback was immediate and streamed quite well over my connection.Admittedly, I’m not a Bollywood aficionado, so I can’t speak much to the content, so you’ll have to judge for yourself on that count.


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