Record Widescreen Movies with Windows Phone

June 14, 2011, By Christian Cawley

Windows Phone 7 devices are equipped with some good quality camera options, enabling you to snap friends, family and scenes in a variety of modes. These options are available in both standard stills camera and the high definition, 720p video camera mode, and thanks to the widescreen option your recordings can achieve a professional-looking, high quality finish whether you apply any filters on the camera or if you upload the data to your PC and edit it there.

There are, of course, several techniques that you will need to be aware of when recording a widescreen movie on any camera, but fortunately the camera on a Windows Phone 7 device has everything you will need to make a remarkable and impressive end product.

Before starting, remember to give the camera lens a wipe with a soft, lint-free cloth in order to achieve the best quality image possible.

How to record home movies in widescreen with Windows Phone 7

Setting Up Widescreen on Windows Phone 7

By recording widescreen movies on your phone camera you can look like a real pro, and this function is easy to enable. First of all, launch the camera by holding the camera button on the side of the device (with your phone held horizontally) and wait for the display to appear; this is where you will see the switch for swapping between stills and movie camera, the zoom + and – buttons and the settings cog.

Tap the Settings button and then Resolution, where you will find the listing for 720p (1280 x 720) – selecting this will give you an impressive high definition widescreen resolution!

If you want to take advantage of this right away, simply point at the subject and tap the record button (this is the camera button on the side of the device), and a few seconds later you will have recorded some impressive widescreen footage that is also in HD!

Metering and Effects

In addition to selecting 720p widescreen mode (along with the lower-resolution VGA and QVGA options) you can also apply various effects to your recording. Metering, meanwhile, is performed automatically, so you shouldn’t have too many problems with incorrect lighting and white measurement. By selecting Metering mode from the menu you can choose between Center, Average and Spot, each of which is suitable for different scenarios.

The effects that can be applied to your videos should be selected in advance of pressing the record button. Again available via Settings, these Effects are Grayscale, Negative, Sepia and Solarize. Various impressive results can be gained from these, although as with any camera setting they each have their optimum time and place.

Editing Your Footage

There is currently no Windows Phone 7 tool or app available for purchase that will allow you to edit your recordings, which means that you will need to use the Zune sync tool to copy the data from your phone and onto your PC.

After doing this, any number of video image editing and manipulation tools can be used, from Adobe Premiere to Windows Live Movie Maker.

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