Every day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.
Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day is a very simple and affordable DaVoice Cell Phone Tripod Adapter with Bluetooth Remote Control. I love this little gadget. It works with most iPhone and Samsung Galexy phones. See the description on the Amazon Page for this Item for full compatibility.
The control is pretty much a on and off camera button, but it also does take stills. I use this a lot in my videos in the kitchen when I am cooking, making mead etc. I also use this on my desk top to do Youtube segments of just me talking.
So many people want to get into doing youtube videos, well your smart phone, something like this and a tripod you can buy for less than 20 bucks, is a simple way to get started. For great audio just get an inexpensive lav mic and run it across the floor using an extension cord and clip it to something on your table or work surface.
With that simple set up, using the phone you likely already have for under 50 bucks you can start making great quality youtube videos. Here are some additional pro tips.
- Pro Tip One – If you want to make a videos over 10 minutes long. Just shoot segments about 7 minutes each, upload them all as “private” videos. Then go to Youtube.com/editor an splice them together. This way you can make videos and never even use software, just directly upload and piece them together. The youtube editor isn’t great but for splicing segments together and adding transitions it works fine and is VERY intuitive.
- Pro Tip Two – You likely already have a good behind the camera mic. What I mean if if you are doing show and tell videos from behind the camera, like I do with The Duck Chronicles, just plug in your ear piece you use on phone calls as your mic.
- Pro Tip Three – If you are shooting behind the camera, MOVE SLOWLY, avoid panning side to side and up and down, move to an object of attention slowly then talk and keep the camera relatively still. Modern Smart Phones have cameras that rival 1000 dollar video cameras if you do this, but they don’t have the frame rate to handle a lot of motion without making your viewers kind of well, sea sick.
I still struggle with number three myself. Anyway if you are looking for a low cost way to shoot great quality videos that are mostly Vlog, or show and tell type things, like say Meads of the Week, this is the easiest and most affordable way I know to go about it. It also prevents the dreaded illness called VVS!
So check out this affordable Cell Phone Tripod Adapter with Bluetooth Remote Control, I can’t think of anything that can do as much for the content producer out there for under 12 bucks.
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P.S. – Warning Cat Attractant Remote Control Unit – Just a funny thing, likely will not effect you. I have repeatedly had to go without my little remote due to our cat Alice. For some reason she is very obsessed with the remote and will attack it if she sees it unguarded. I made a habit of leaving it on our bar in the kitchen and she will eventually knock it to the ground, bat it around until it inevitably ends up under the refrigerator. Requiring me to drag it out to retrieve it.
Alice is a cat that you would nicely call “special” so your cat likely won’t have this issue, that said you have been warned. Keeping everything in the little bag and attaching your bag to your tripod both solves this issue and makes sure you can always find your gear.
P.S.S. – Sadly our special little cat Alice has passed on since this was first posted. She was a good little girl who we cared for over about 14 years.