The Easiest Way to Get Started With Video Recording on Your Smartphone

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Photo: Ceri Breeze (Shutterstock) – With your phone’s video camera, you’ll never miss capturing a viral moment. You never know when you’ll need to use your phone to record anything. Perhaps a rodent in the subway is taking a slice of pizza home for supper; perhaps a pedestrian on the phone is going to reveal someone’s living circumstances. In any event, if a viral moment is developing in front of you, there is no time to waste—you must begin shooting immediately.

On our cellphones, we all know how to record videos: Switch to Video mode in the Camera app, hit the red record button, and start recording. You may even be aware of how to ensure that your video is recorded in the best possible quality. When the moment matters, though, you don’t want to fumble with buttons or menus, which is why iPhone and Android both include a feature that allows you to shoot video directly from Photo mode without having to switch to Video mode first.

This function has an official name: “QuickTake,” according to Apple. The function is now accessible on iPhone XS and subsequent models. However, it’s unclear which Android phones support the function and which don’t; for example, I’m using it on a Pixel 4 running Android 12 beta.

On iPhone and Android, how to rapidly capture video from Photo mode

To do so, just launch the Camera app and long-press either the shutter button or one of the volume keys. When you do, your phone’s shutter button will change to a red record button, and it will start shooting video instead of taking photos.

From here, you have a few alternatives. Swipe up to zoom in on your topic, then swipe down to zoom out, while keeping your finger attached to the screen. Other applications, such as Snapchat, also allow you to zoom in this way. If you don’t want to keep pressing the record button the entire time, slide over the lock icon on the screen; on Android, it’s to the left of the record button, while on iOS, it’s to the right.

If you’re utilizing the volume button on your iPhone, none of these alternatives will work. Simply lift your finger off the shutter button or volume button to stop recording.

Quick-recording does not produce the greatest video quality

The only catch is that you won’t be able to shoot video in full quality on your phone. QuickTake used to record 1080p video at 30 frames per second on iPhone, but it appears that Apple increased the resolution to 1440p. Android, on the other hand, appears to capture video at a resolution of 768p, which is far below the maximum 4K resolution. As a result, you’ll want to utilize this function when you need to shoot video quickly, rather than when you want to take your time.

Alternative ways to shoot video more quickly

To get into a video faster, you don’t have to rely on your phone’s version of QuickTake. You can also long-press the Camera icon on your phone’s Home Screen and select “Take a video” (Android) or “Record Video” (iOS) (iPhone). That will open your Camera app in Video mode rather than Photo mode, allowing you to start recording right away.

If you’re on iOS, you may also change your settings so that the last used camera option appears when you open the app the following time. If you know you used Video mode the last time you used Camera, it will open in that mode when you open it again. Our entire guide to this setting may be found here.

What happened to Apple’s Burst mode on the iPhone?

On iOS, holding down the shutter button activated “Burst” mode, which took a sequence of photos in fast succession. Burst mode is still available, although it’s well disguised. Drag your finger to the left when you first touch the shutter symbol. Burst mode will be activated, and your iPhone will begin snapping photographs one by one.

You can also assign the volume up button to Burst mode by going to Settings > Camera and enabling the toggle next to “Use Volume Up for Burst.”