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You will need more than your phone cover to shoot high-end video

1 TRI­POD AND SLID­ERS: Hold­ing a small and light­weight smart­phone still can be tricky. To avoid blurs and shaky videos, place the phone on a tri­pod. You can eas­ily find tripods in the mar­ket that are spe­cially de­signed for phones.

Mo­bis­ly­der: Meant for both An­droid and iphones, this is the among the world’s first por­ta­ble slid­ers. This ul­tra­portable com­pact slider holds the phone tightly and al­lows one to cre­ate cap­ti­vat­ing cin­e­matic videos. $135 Grif by Stu­dio Neat: Those who have a tri­pod and still can’t mount the iphone 4 should con­sider get­ting a Grif. This is a sim­ple tri­pod mount made of rub­berised plas­tic that can also be used as a tablet top stand for the phone. $20 Go­rilla Mo­bile from Joby: Go­ril­lapods from Joby are among the most flex­i­ble tripods avail­able in the mar­ket. The com­pany has in­tro­duced a wide range of Go­rilla Mo­bile tripods for iphone and reg­u­lar hand­held de­vices that al­low you to at­tach a cam­era phone al­most any­where. $14.95

2 AU­DIO: Un­less you are a Theartist fan and want to shoot a silent film, em­bed­ded mi­cro­phones in the smart­phones will do you no good. “Us­ing a clip-on mi­cro­phone that can be at­tached to the ac­tors’ clothes will mostly do the trick,” says Aneesh Bhasin, an in­de­pen­dent pho­tog­ra­pher who used his iphone 4 to cre­ate some time-lapse videos.

3 BAT­TERY: An­other is­sue that crops up while shoot­ing videos is the bat­tery. Al­ways en­sure that the phone has a full charge or carry a por­ta­ble charger that you can plug in on the go to power-up your smart­phone.

4 STOR­AGE: HD videos con­sume a lot of space. So en­sure you have enough mem­ory in your smart­phone. If short on mem­ory, stop shoot­ing and trans­fer the videos to the lap­top.

5 SD CARD READER: We all have strug­gled a lit­tle while trans­fer­ring data from the iphone. Now, the cam­era con­nec­tor kit for IOS, priced at 1,790 takes away this pain, as you can ` sim­ply plug and con­nect the iphone to the card reader and your iphone is a tamed an­i­mal, trans­fer­ring data at sim­ple com­mands.

6 FLASH LIGHT: An ad­di­tional flash for the phone is eas­ily avail­able in the mar­ket. Priced be­tween $10 and $50, you can choose the flash light suited to your re­quire­ments. iflash LED flash can be ei­ther at­tached at the bot­tom of the iphone or in­di­vid­u­ally used in a torch mode. Price: $13

7 APPS: If your are un­happy with the limited fea­tures and video op­tions in your smart­phone, con­sider down­load­ing movie mak­ing apps. iphone users can down­load Filmic Pro from Ci­ne­genix for just $3.99. It will of­fer three sep­a­rate shoot­ing modes, four se­lectable res­o­lu­tions, 26 dif­fer­ent vari­able frame rates, au­dio mon­i­tor­ing lev­els, stereo record­ing sup­port and much more.

8 AD­DI­TIONAL LENSES: Look­ing to cap­ture videos be­yond the boundaries of the dig­i­tal zoom in your cam­era? Don’t worry; here are a few op­tions for de­tach­able lenses for your smart­phones.

OWLE Bubo: This is a solid alu­minium iphone cam­era mount that not only sta­bilises the grip but also adds an in­ter­change­able 37mm wide an­gle macro lens, four tri­pod mount points, a mi­cro­phone and an ac­ces­sory mount. Avail­able for iphone 3GS, iphone 4 and ipod Touch, prices start $160. Kogeto Dot: A snap-on ac­ces­sory that can be used for cap­tur­ing 360 de­gree panoramic video from iphone 4/4S. This ac­ces­sory is ac­com­pa­nied by a free ap­pli­ca­tion down­load­able from itunes App Store. The Dot also comes in black, green, pink and red colour. Price: $79 Pho­to­jojo lens: Avail­able for iphone, An­droid and other phones, Pho­to­jojo of­fers three spe­cial lenses in­clud­ing a fish­eye, macro/wide an­gle and a 2x tele­photo lens. These use mag­netic rings to match with the cam­era’s built-in lens but has to be han­dled with care. Price: $49

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