After getting my hands on a BlackBerry® Torch™ 9860 smartphone, I’ve started to create a lot more videos because playing them back on a 3.7” high-resolution display is a great way to relive moments I’ve caught on camera. Since I can capture videos in 720p HD as well, I’m recording a lot more footage for home movies I want to create, so if you’re in the same boat I am, I’ve put together a few things you should know about recording and sharing HD videos.
For this post, I’ll be featuring the BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone, which includes a 5MP camera with 720p HD video recording capabilities. When it comes to capturing live video, a few more features offered by the BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone are as follows:
- Continuous auto focus
- Face detection
- Image Stabilization
- 4X digital zoom (still images only)
- Zero shutter lag
Note: To view the features of other BlackBerry® smartphones, click here.
The first thing you should do after opening the video camera icon (displayed in the media folder that appears on the home screen) is press the Menu key and select Options.
- Video Light – In low lighting conditions, the video light can improve the quality of videos that you record.
- Image Stabilization – This setting helps reduce blurriness that is caused by slight movements of the video camera when you are recording a video.
- Scene Mode – Change the scene mode in the video camera to optimize the settings for different environments.
- Video Format – The larger the video, the more storage space the video requires.
- Storage – The BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone comes with 4GB of built-in storage that I can use, with the ability to insert a microSD card with up to 32GB of storage space as well. If you don’t have a microSD card inserted, videos will be stored on your device.
Since we’ve reviewed the options, let’s take a look at the interface when open the video camera.
1. An indicator of how much storage is available for videos you’d like to shoot
2. Tap this to start, or stop a recording
3. Video Light indicator
- Note: To turn the Video Light on or off, press the menu and select Options
4. Video Recording length
The BlackBerry Torch 9860 smartphone supports the auto focus feature when recording videos. To turn this feature on, or off press the menu key and select Auto Focus.
Recording and sharing videos
Since we’ve reviewed the options, let’s shoot some video by tapping the record button. After tapping the record button again, the following screen will appear:
Underneath the size, filename and length of the video you just recorded, the following options are available:
1. Continue recording
4. Send – Depending on your data plan, which apps and services you have set up, and the size and length of the video, you will be shown several sharing options. On my BlackBerry smartphone for example, I can select from the following options:
- Upload to YouTube®
- Text Message
- BlackBerry® Messenger Contact
On top of sharing videos from your BlackBerry smartphone, you can also import the videos on to your PC or Mac using BlackBerry® Desktop Software. An important thing to keep in mind is that you cannot import pictures or videos if encryption for media files on your BlackBerry smartphone is turned on. For more information about encryption, check out the user guide for your BlackBerry smartphone.
1. Connect your smartphone to your computer.
2. On your computer, in the Applications folder, click the BlackBerry Desktop Software icon.
3. Click Import Media and do any of the following:
- To import new videos from your smartphone to your computer, select the Videos check box.
- To import new pictures from your smartphone to your computer, select the Pictures check box.
- To delete your media files from your smartphone after they are imported to your computer, select the Delete imported media from your device check box.
4. To open the iPhoto software after your media files are imported to your computer, select the Start iPhoto after importing new media check box.
5. To import all pictures and videos again, select the Include previously imported media check box.
6. Click Import.
1. Connect your smartphone or tablet to your computer.
2. In the BlackBerry Desktop Software, click Videos.
3. Click the Device Videos tab.
4. If you want to import all your videos, including videos that have been imported previously, in the drop-down list, click All device videos.
5. Click Import.
To remove videos, select the Files option, and then browse to the Videos folder in one of the following locations (depending on what you specified as your storage option when recording videos on your smartphone):
- Device Memory – Device -> Home -> User -> Videos
- Media Card – BlackBerry -> Videos
Since your videos are now on your PC or Mac, you can use your favorite video editing software to create a home movie, or start sharing your videos right away using the dozens of options provided by the internet.
Got any questions related to shooting videos? Leave a comment and let me know!