How to edit videos like a pro on your smartphone

Shooting video is one thing, but the time that’s need to edit it is totally another, often requiring patience and a sense of storytelling to really produce something that’ll be engaging to audiences. Professionals in the field leverage all of their tools and expertise when it comes to video production. Over on the editing side of things, it’s normally done on a computer – whether that’s a high-powered Windows PC or a Mac, you’re going to need something with a lot of horsepower!

What’s interesting, though, is that the innovations made to smartphones in the last several years have …


How to use Huawei Mate 10 Pro's AI-powered camera to shoot the best winter videos

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The HUAWEI Mate 10 Series has it all – a dual camera with an ultra-wide aperture on both lenses (one color, one monochrome), optical image stabilization, 4K recording, real-time scene adjustments and fast-moving object tracking, all courtesy of the first AI chipset with a dedicated NPU.

But what about capturing the perfect shot when the …

The first Samsung Galaxy S9 teaser videos are here: 3D emoji, slow-mo, superb low-light camera teased

SamsungMobileKorea has just uploaded a slew of Galaxy S9 teasers on its YouTube page, and just like any self-respecting video teaser should do, these all but confirm many of the key features that the Galaxy S9 and Galaxy S9+ are wildly expected to have.

The first video blatantly reveals the advantages of slow-mo videos, the second one is a dead giveaway for superb low-light photography thanks to the variable aperture that can go as wide as f/1.5, and the third one… Well, the third one is a sign of the times as it features 3D emoji, which would allow users to create animated …

New Samsung Galaxy Note 8 videos show how to maximize battery life, and setup mobile hotspot

Samsung may be getting ready to announce a Galaxy S9 and an S9+ at MWC 2018 next month, but its Galaxy Note series is (probably) not going to be refreshed until the second half of the year. And that makes sense, as the Galaxy Note 8 is only 4 months old now, so it doesn’t need a replacement yet. With that in mind, we’re not surprised to see that Samsung just shared a couple of new how-to videos featuring the Galaxy Note 8. 
The first new Note 8 video shows what can be done to maximize the battery life of the handset – including using dark wallpapers, disabling …

YouTube's new Intelligence Desk will help it find inappropriate videos before they go viral

Google’s streaming video site YouTube is creating what it calls an “Intelligence Desk” to help it spot inappropriate and controversial videos early, before they become a problem for advertisers. The desk will rely on third party consultants, social media sites, user feedback and Google data to help find videos that are too controversial for YouTube’s advertisers and subscriber base. These videos will be eliminated before ads are attached to them..

YouTube has run into some problems recently by allowing videos posted by extremists to contain ads from big corporations. This made it appear …

Photos and videos reveal 2017's extremely icy exit

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In case you didn’t notice, it’s very cold across parts of the globe, stretching from a good chunk of the U.S. to the UK and Europe and even down into India this New Year’s EveThe coldest in decades, in fact, and the chill is going to hang around for a bit. 

While that makes it incredibly inconvenient to do anything that doesn’t involve being on your couch under around a dozen or so blankets, the weather does make for some interesting images and you can enjoy them without having to dig out your gloves and scarf.  Read more…

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No stereo recording on your new iPhone? MikMe will make your 4K videos sound professional, for a price

If there is a weak spot in Apple’s iPhone video recording abilities, even the latest “4K at 60fps” crop, it’s not the visuals, but rather the sound. While the iPhone has multiple mics for noise cancellation while on a call, the videos are still recorded with mono sound, long after most top-shelf Androids moved to stereo sound recording with an ever-increasing bitrate.

Enter MikMe, the company which has noticed this omission on part of Apple, and has swooped in with a classy external mic to remedy the situation. Its price is not, however, for the faint of heart, but the $499 tag may …

Google Chrome soon to get ability to mute autoplay videos, improved features

Google is expected to introduce new features for Chrome users, as the search giant is already testing a couple of them in the beta channel. Chrome beta version 64 has already been released and those who want to test it will be given the opportunity some of the new features Google plans to bring to all browser users in the coming weeks.

The first thing Google confirmed it will add to Chrome is an improved pop-up blocker, which is meant to prevent sites with abusive experiences from opening new tabs or windows. Apparently, many Chrome users complained some sites include …

VLC media player for iOS updated with iPhone X and 4k videos support

It’s been less than a week since VLC, one of the most popular media players for mobile devices, received an important update on Android, and the iOS version is getting the same treatment.

As expected, the new update brings support for iPhone X, but also some fixes that should prevent the app from acting erratically on devices powered by iOS 7 and iOS 8. On top of that, the update adds support for HEVC (High-Efficiency Video Coding ) 4K videos. Some general bug fixes have been implemented too, so you should have a smoother experienced now.

If you haven’t yet …

Google Pixel 2 and Pixel 2 XL use OIS and EIS to take "the shake" out of videos

The Google Pixel 2 and Google Pixel 2 XL can produce videos with images that are so steady, they appear to have been shot using a tripod. But the truth is, you can just hold your Pixel 2/Pixel 2 XL in your hand and even if you are jittery, the phone uses what Google calls Fused Video Stabilization. Essentially, this is a combination of optical image stabilization (OIS) and electronic image stabilization (EIS).

Besides a shaking camera that can cause videos to look like you shot them in a hurricane, other things can cause your videos to appear jumpy. Moving the camera too fast can create …