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Nov 28, 2011
Lights, Camera, Smartphone

Want to shoot brilliant home videos? Look no further than the tools in your pocket or purse

Toronto, ON – November 2011 – Looking back at home videos is a great way to reminisce about travel experiences, childhood milestones or sports memories. Gone are the days where you need bulky cameras and a camera bag full of accessories to capture these moments, as most of today’s smartphones come equipped with a video camera feature. Whether you have a basic model or one with the latest bells and whistles like 3D, you can capture all the memories - spontaneous and planned - as they happen.

“Traditionally, video cameras were used primarily at planned events like weddings, plays or Christmas morning to capture stationary subjects. Because of their size, portability and battery life it was more difficult to capture spontaneous moments on video than it was with still photography,” says filmmaker and director Kyle Welton. “That has changed with the features in today’s smartphones. Not only are citizen journalists capturing real time news, but more memories are being captured in more places. The new technology also makes it easy to produce quality videos.”

HTC has prepared tips on how to shoot quality videos from your smartphone’s camcorder. “With a steady hand, cooperative subjects, advanced smartphone settings and these tips from HTC, you can turn memories into videos that people will actually want to watch again,” says Welton.


1. Be steady. Rest the camera on something solid - this will keep the shot from shaking even during times of action. Nothing available? Try holding the wrist of your shooting hand - it will help stabilize the shot.

2. Have a plan. Just because it is a home video doesn’t mean you can’t have a shot list. Write down or mentally prepare a list of the order of events to be shot for the day to ensure you will not miss a special moment.

3. Lighting is key. If you look at your screen while recording and it appears “backlit”, just change places with your subject. The brightest light source should be over your shoulder. Plus, smartphones like the EVO 3D from HTC come preloaded with lighting settings like daylight, fluorescent and cloudy. Be sure to test each of the options to see which one works best for your environment.

4. Quiet on set. It’s important to remember that everything you do creates a sound. Stay close to the action and limit speaking. If you need to get someone’s attention, try a silent arm wave. They’ll get the message pretty quickly.


1. Change angles and positions. Using various types of shots will keep the audience captivated and add a bit of artistic flare to your video.

2. Record in a new dimension. Turning your videos from 2D to 3D is as simple as a switch of a button with smartphones like the HTC EVO 3D. Don’t overdo it; choose something that will really jump off the screen, like swim meets or landmarks with unique architecture.

3. Slow and steady wins the race. Panning quickly creates a dizzying effect for the audience and you could miss something. If you have to move the camera, use a slow and steady motion.

4. Hollywood Effects. Try to recreate your favourite moment, scene or shot from a film. Play with different lighting, angles and subject matter. Some smart phone cameras, like the HTC EVO 3D, have settings that allow you to create effects on your videos like sepia tone for a vintage look and feel.

The World Premier

Not only has technology simplified the process of shooting videos, but screening them as well. HTC, one of the world’s leading and innovative designers of mobile devices, recently launched the HTC EVO 3D, a multi-media powerhouse that fits in the palm of your hand. Users can record and playback video in full HD to a big screen TV via DLNA so videos can be shared comfortably with a bigger audience.

More than just a powerful communication device, the HTC EVO 3D is a proficient camera with Stereoscopic 5 megapixel cameras that allow people to film, shoot and watch in 3D—no glasses required! It also features a dedicated camera button and a 2D/3D switch button to change shooting modes in the moment.

For more tips and helpful how to videos, please visit www.htc.com.

About HTC

HTC Corp. (HTC) is one of the fastest-growing companies in the mobile phone industry. By putting people at the center of everything it does, HTC creates innovative devices that better serve the lives and needs of individuals. The company is listed on the Taiwan Stock Exchange under ticker 2498. For more information about HTC, please visit www.htc.com

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