This smartphone hack for making TikTok videos will blow your mind!

(Image credit: Rebecca Jennings @rebexxxxa)

Shooting for TikTok usually means that you can shoot for other social media platforms or other applications at the same time. The reason being that the signature feature of the video sharing TikTok app is that videos are shown in an upright format - to suit the way that most people hold their smartphone for most of the time.

But this presents a conundrum for influencers and vloggers who want to maximize the exposure of their videos on multiple platforms. Do you shoot vertically for TikTok - or do you cover more bases by shooting video in the tradition TV-friendly horizontal format?

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Obviously you can shoot the video twice, and get around the problem. But that is not much use if you are shooting a once-in a life-time event - such as a wedding. Or if you are trying to catch that moment that your skateboarding mate nails that grab on the half pipe. 

The solution turn out to be a simple as using a rubber band – according to a Twitter post from @rebexxxxa that has now been liked some 18,900 times. You shoot your video using two phones held together in a cross-shaped arrangement - so that you get verical and horizontal footage in just the one take. And as you can't hold two phones easily as you shoot, you strap the two together using an elastic band or two. 

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The only issues that we can see with this set-up is that you need to have a friend that will trust you with their phone, so that you can shoot tandem in this way. And you also need to make sure you have rubber bands that you can trust with the load. But apart from that, the only other piece of advice is to make sure you don't get your fingers over the lens of the horizontal camera. 

Doubtlessly enterprising manufacturers will come up with rig set-ups that allow you to do this in a less Heath Robinson style - but in terms of sheer genius, this is one of the best video shooting tips we have seen in a long while

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Chris George

Chris George has worked on Digital Camera World since its launch in 2017. He has been writing about photography, mobile phones, video making and technology for over 30 years – and has edited numerous magazines including PhotoPlus, N-Photo, Digital Camera, Video Camera, and Professional Photography. 

His first serious camera was the iconic Olympus OM10, with which he won the title of Young Photographer of the Year - long before the advent of autofocus and memory cards. Today he uses a Nikon D800, a Fujifilm X-T1, a Sony A7, and his iPhone 11 Pro.

He has written about technology for countless publications and websites including The Sunday Times Magazine, The Daily Telegraph, Dorling Kindersley, What Cellphone, T3 and Techradar.