Cruise Videos / Videographers

okay folks listen up.....

If you insist on making a video of your cruise experience, and your intent is to post it to YouTube,

DONT USE YOUR CELL PHONE ! Please, get yourself a GoPro or something similar. It is so frustrating watching a narrow video with thick borders.

rant over

14 Answers

Yes I find that frustrating too. But if people would hold their cells horizontally that wouldn't happen. Sheri, or is it Sherri, or maybe Shery, or Sherry, at CruiseTipsTV has great informative cruise videos on YouTube and she insists she does them with her cell phone. They don't have the narrow video with the blurred wide borders. Just have to hold the camera horizontally. I've posted a video of the Star Princess on YouTube that I took with my cell and it didn't have the borders. I've since took it down.

I fix it by I just don't postHappy

I've watched some that were with cell phones held horizontal and they are fine. There are so many cruise videos on YouTube, that if I come across ones I don't like for any reason, it's quick to stop them and go to the next. Sometimes, just the sound needs to be turned off. LOL

To me, it is always better to do a "voiceover" style where I take the video on the ship then go back and narrate it. I did do one that had the sound of the amphibious bus, but then I wanted the sound of the excursion to come through. I agree about the use of cell phones for videos, it is better to have a go pro or camera to use for videos. I watch the Sea Cruisers videos and they talk through their videos while on the ship and sometimes it is hard to understand them.

Every video we own is not suitable for public consumption ... except maybe the sailaways and go pro mounted ones...

What????? Are they the type of videos that you had to go down town and then to a below street level secret shop to buy? Or is it just the language?

Both - lol


I agree!

As a video junkie, I use my cell phone as a backup to my camcorder and still camera that shoots video clips. It makes decent video, with reasonable resolution and color rendition. Downside: no stabilization system to isolate movement and shake. Also, the cheap microphone is severely limited. I haven't found one that accepts an external mic. Once you find out how much better it is to shoot HD video in 16:9, you're showing everything you're seeing. Another downside, no practical zoom lens. Sure you can, but it's hardly smooth. Better to pause your recording, zoom in (or out), recompose and start again. Also, mounting a cell phone camera on ANY kind of support, like a tripod, will improve your shots immensely. Even holding it against a wall, a ledge, a signpost will do in a pinch. Here's a sample:


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