How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020

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TESTIMONIALS USING THIS METHOD
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What is an Overhead shot?

Overhead-IPhone-stand

In short, it’s a technique where a camera looks straight down above a table with objects placed on it. Also known as a Top Down shot, this style of video or photo technique is best used when showing food, gadgets, make up and tutorials.
It’s even used when showing any commercial product to get sales.

Overhead shots place the viewer in the heart of the action giving them centre stage of all that is happening.

If you see the Food, Crafts and Artist examples below, you’ll get a feel of this technique.


Click here for The official Tasty YouTube channel

Ā  Ā  FOODĀ 

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Ā Tasty

Owned by BuzzFeed with 17 MILLION YouTube Subscribers.
Obviously down to their content with their tasty
food shots, but a big part of it is how it is filmed
to further create engagement.
CLICK TO WATCH

Click here for Simple craftsĀ and DIY projects to make inĀ 5 minutes

CRAFTS

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5 – MINUTE CRAFTS

SimpleĀ craftsĀ and DIY projects to make inĀ 5 minutes.

The videos on this channel are SO good. You end up
binge watching them!

The creators use top down shots along with close-ups.
The videos become so simple to follow with this method.

CLICK TO WATCH

Click here to watch an artist designing and creating bullet journals amongst other things

ARTIST

Amanda-RachLee- Artist

Amanda RachLee

An artist and digital content creator giving in-depth how-to videos to help newbies create with her.

She uses top down shots along with close-up shots making it really easy to follow.

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As you saw on the channels above, the bestĀ instructionalĀ videosĀ areĀ thoseĀ takenĀ fromĀ above as it places the viewer right in the action. I’ll now show how I place the camera overhead, or above the table.

NOTE
I have used an iPhone for this example. You can even use a DSLR or Mirrorless camera but different connections for your specific camera are needed. The overhead stand will mount anything though,

Equipment Needed
IPhone-Overhead-Suptek-Monitor Mount-Extension-Arm

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 6A Monitor Extension Arm

Get one by a company called Suptek as it has a 3/8″ thread on the arm to attach to your iPhone or Camera

IPhone-Overhead-Pole -Mount

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 7An Extra Long Pole Module

This pole length is required as it doesn’t limit you when doing various different shots.
This attaches to the monitor arm

IPhone-Overhead-Phone-Adapter

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 8A Mobile Phone Tripod Adapter

This has a 360 Degree Rotation for horizontal and vertical shots and attaches your smartphone to the Extra Long Pole

IPhone-Overhead-IPhone

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An iPhone

The Mobile Phone Adapter canĀ  hold many different iPhone sizes

IPhone-Overhead-Filmic-Pro-App

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 10FiLMiC Pro app

The FiLMiC Pro is a really advanced video camera for smartphones featuring focus peaking, zebras and much more

IPhone-Overhead-Ligthning-Cable

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A Lightning cable

This connects the iPhone to a MacBook for monitoring the footage being recorded

IPhone-Overhead-USB-Microphone

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 12A Microphone

This is to record your audio. Iā€™m using a USB lavalier mic that QuickTime recognises

IPhone-Overhead-Laptop

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 13A MacBook

This will connect to the iPhone and will record the footage using QuickTime

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Steps to Connect an iPhone on an Overhead Stand
IPhone-Overhead-Attach-Pole-Module

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 14Attach Pole Module

Attach the Pole Module to your table or desk using the clamps. Make sure they are fully tightened to avoid things toppling over

IPhone-Overhead-Slide-Mount-onto-Pole

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 7Slide Monitor Arm onto Pole

Slide it to the height required

IPhone-Overhead-Tighten-with-Allen-Key

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 7Secure Pole

Use an Allen key to tighten it onto the Pole. Remember to remove the VESA monitor face plate to reveal the 3/8ā€ thread

IPhone-Overhead4. IPhone Overhead-Screw-in- Phone-Adapter

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 8Screw in the Mobile Phone Tripod Adapter.

Ā Just position it depending on the size of your desk or table.

IPhone-Overhead- Insert-IPhone

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 18Insert iPhone into the Adapter

Make sure the FiLMiC Pro is already downloaded and working on the iPhone

IPhone-Overhead-App store

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FiLMiC Pro (App Store)

IPhone-Overhead-Connect-Lightning-Cable

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Connect the Lightning cable to the iPhone

IPhone-Overhead-Connect Lightning-Cable-to-Laptop

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 10Connect Lightning Cable to MacBook

For the MacBook I use QuickTime and select record ā€˜New Movie Recordingā€™

IPhone-Overhead-Use=Filmic-Pro-App

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 11Launch the FiLMiC Pro app

Play around and get comfortable with the features. It’s really easy to use

IPhone-Overhead-Connect-Mic-to-Laptop_

How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 12Launch QuickTime

Select USB microphone in the Microphone section of QuickTime.

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How to do Overhead Filming with an iPhone | 2020 12Check Audio levels of Mic in QuickTime

Speak into the microphone to test the level

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

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EQUIPMENT NEEDED

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