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Take a video tour around the iOS 9 beta

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The iOS 9 beta has been out long enough for me to give it a fair test drive and discover all that it has to offer. So in today’s video, I’m going to give you a rundown of all the new features coming to your iPhone this fall.

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Plan better stories to make your iPhone videos come alive

Mobile editing is much easier when you have a plan.

Mobile editing is much easier when you have a plan.

We’ve all done it before: we head to the family reunion, the wedding, the kid’s birthday party and we just shoot everything. We have no plan except that we think we’ll have time later to edit it down to something interesting.

Unfortunately, that just leads to a bloated iPhone with too many unnecessary video files. Plus, you know you’re never going to get around to sitting down and looking through all that footage again. Ugh.

With a good plan, however, and a firm grasp of one simple storytelling technique, you’ll avoid this problem and create some amazing videos without a whole lot of extra work.

Here’s how.

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Shoulderpod’s iPhone grip helps you shoot video like a pro

ShoulderPod's S1 grip is a fantastic addition to your kit.

ShoulderPod’s S1 grip is a fantastic addition to your kit.

So you want to take video with your iPhone, because you realize that it’s a fantastic camera with some great features like slo-mo and time-lapse, and you also know that the best camera for any video or photo shoot is often the one you have with you.

If you’re like me, though, chances are you’re a bit shaky-handed. Or you have big mitts that tend to cover your whole iPhone, and they constantly end up hitting the Sleep button when you don’t want them to.

In short, shooting video with any sort of professionalism or polish is much more easily accomplished with a camera you can grip. That’s where ShoulderPod S1 Pro iPhone Grip comes in.

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Capture blur-free iPhone vids with this tip

Lock focus and exposure values for better video (and photos).

Lock focus and exposure values for better video (and photos).


Your iPhone is set up as a still camera first and foremost, so it tends to automatically focus and expose your images. This is fantastic when you need a quick snapshot, but when you’re taking video, the constant re-focusing and exposure adjustment just makes everything look blurry and amateur.

You can tap the screen in either video or photo modes to get a quick adjustment, but the minute you or or subject moves, all bets are off. Your best chance, then, at keeping your iPhone videos blur-free is to lock the focus and exposure.

Here’s how.

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Zoo animals love (and hate) Apple Watch as much as humans do

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They misunderstood when they heard that Newt was reviewing the Apple Watch.

We’ve heard a lot of opinions about the Apple Watch since it came out in April. Some people love it, while others don’t see the point of wearing a device that offers no more functionality than your iPhone.

But that’s just humans. What do animals think?

Mashable posted a short video that puts the new wearable next to a series of adorable animals to see how they react, and you can check out all of the verdicts below.

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Detroit’s desolated stadium is the perfect playground for this BMXer

Shred on, Tyler. Shred. On.

Shred on, Tyler. Shred. On.

This Red Bull-sponsored film of Tyler Fernengel, an up and coming BMX star, shredding through the creepy post-apocalyptic remains of Detroit’s Silverdome stadium is both amazing to watch and poignant at the same time.

The stadium represents with a gravelly-voiced narration, as well.

“I remember it like yesterday,” it says. “The smell of fresh paint. The stands overflowing; a colosseum for the modern age. Forty years ago, I stood for Detroit.”

Check it out below.

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How to shoot stunning 60 fps video with your iPhone 6

Shoot super-crisp video at 60 FPS with your iPhone.

Shoot super-crisp video at 60 FPS with your iPhone.

Clear, high definition video is all about a frame rate of 60 frames per second (fps).

Luckily, your iPhone 6 or iPhone 6 Plus can shoot in this high-speed format that will smooth out your videos as well as make the results of your slo-motion editing a much more watchable experience.

If you want to set your iPhone 6 or 6 Plus up to shoot 60 fps video, here’s how to do it.

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Sick of Apple Watch unboxing videos? This one’s different. Trust us.

The magic of stop-motion animation allows an Apple Watch to unbox itself. Photo: Burger Fiction

The magic of stop-motion animation allows an Apple Watch to unbox itself. Photo: Burger Fiction

This is the best Apple Watch unboxing video ever. Watch an Apple Watch unbox itself!

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You’d be crazy not to buy Chinese furniture from OK Go

The boys are back...in a Chinese commercial. Photo: OK Go/Red Maccaline

The boys are back…in a Chinese commercial. Photo: OK Go/Red Maccaline

Rock band OK Go contains some incredibly talented folks. Their crazy-creative videos keep us dancing and guessing “how did they do that?” while they make iOS games and manage a successful touring and record-making career along the way.

Now the foursome is advertising for Red Star Macalline, a Chinese furniture company, with an advertisement using their hit song “I Won’t Let You Down,” including a video shot in China itself, as well as a remix of the tune for the ad.

Check it out below, but don’t say we didn’t warn you. Chair dancing will probably ensue (if you’re sitting down).

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Vessel’s new subscription service gives you one more reason to cut the cord

Get a year of early YouTube access for free. Photo: Vessel

Get a year of early YouTube access for free. Photo: Vessel

Imagine getting early access to videos from your favorite YouTube channels, like Good Mythical Morning or Smosh.

Now imagine paying for the privilege.

Vessel, from former Hulu CEO Jason Kilar and CTO Richard Tom, proposes you do just that: pay $2.99 per month to get your videos three days earlier than the rest of the internet.

You’re not alone if you think this is a tough sell to a market obsessed with getting things for free, but Hulu Plus (which offered shows seven days earlier for a fee) did pretty well with the model, becoming the fastest paid subscription service, according to Kilar.

The team has also made the first year of Vessel for free, so that will help.

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