If you’re going to a concert and want to record a short video to post on Facebook or Instagram, here’s how to properly record video with your iPhone at concerts.
You could just blare your favorite artist at full volume in your house or in your car for a private concert of sorts, but it’s not quite the real thing. Going to concerts is perhaps the best and most ultimate musical experience that you can encounter, which is why they’re so popular. Plus, seeing your favorite musician play live can be really cool.
Like with any other experience in life, though, you want to snap a photo or record a video to have a physical copy of that memory, so you might get the urge to record a short video at the concert. However, most videos shot on an iPhone at a concert are pretty crappy, with the audio blown out and the user way too far away from the stage to even capture anything remotely clear.
This is why we’ve decided to come up with a few tips on how to record video with your iPhone at concerts and hopefully turn those crappy concert videos into actual works of art that many of your friends will enjoy viewing.
Know When & When Not to Record
Okay, so perhaps one of the most important rules when recording video at concerts is whether or not you can legally record video or not.
Some concert venues will say that video recording is prohibited, but that usually doesn’t stop people, and if you do get caught, the ushers will probably just tell you to put your phone away.
However, if you are allowed to record, you still need to know when and where to record great concert video on your iPhone. For example, if you’re really far away from the stage, your video will probably not look that great, as you won’t be able to see anything, but if you’re high up in the cheap seats, you could get a really cool shot of the crowd doing the wave or something.
Of course, the best place is toward the front of the stage, where you could get close enough to record a video where you can actually see the band or singer perform.
Use a Special Camera App for Concerts
One of the most annoying things to see at a concert is when the person in front of you has their phone held up and is taking photos and video with their bright screen right in your face. Of course, you already bright lights shining at you, but you don’t need an iPhone’s LCD shining in your eyes while trying to enjoy a concert.
If you’re the one recording a video or taking photos, there’s a special camera app that you can download and use specifically for concerts.
The app is called Kimd, and it’s a free app available in the App Store. One the biggest features of Kimd is that it automatically dims your iPhone’s screen to the lowest setting, and from there you can take photos and record video.
Furthermore, the app makes it easier to record video without looking at the screen, as you simply just hold down the record button to take video and release it when you’re done.
Cover Up the Microphone
Most concert videos that you’ve probably seen recorded on an iPhone most likely has the audio all washed out, but there’s a little trick that you can use the next time you record video at a concert.
All you have to do is cover up the microphone with your hand. The microphone on the iPhone is at the bottom where the speaker is. Simply place your hand over the grille. This keeps the sound muffled, but the music is so loud that your iPhone picks up enough of the audio that it sounds a lot clearer when you play it back later.
You could also get a detachable third-party microphone that’s able to record sound a bit better, but you probably don’t want to lug it around at a crowded concert.
Just Put Your iPhone Away
Honestly, the best thing you can do is simply just put your iPhone away and enjoy the concert.
It’s understandable if you want to post a photo on Facebook or Instagram, so if you absolutely want to do that, snap a photo at the beginning or towards the end of the concert and then just have your iPhone in your pocket the rest of the time.
Concerts are there so that you can watch your favorite band or artist perform live, not look at them through the screen of your iPhone.