In 2017, iPhones accounted for less than 15 percent of the global smartphone market. So what is different in your ‘mojo life’ if you’re part of the global majority on Android?
There are thousands of different Android devices, and manufacturers don’t update the operating systems on all these devices at the same time. This is called ‘fragmentation’.
It means that an app may work differently on different Android devices – and it may not work at all. The more high-end your Android the less likely you are to have this problem. The safest thing is to try different apps to see which one works best on your phone and that you’re most comfortable with.
So is it really better to work on iOS when you want to be a mobile storyteller?
Wytse Vellinga is a TV journalist and mojo pioneer from the Netherlands, who works as mojo trainer and recently published a book on mobile storytelling with his German colleague Björn Staschen. Wytse uses both iOS and Android for his work as visual storyteller for the regional Dutch broadcaster Omrop Fryslân. We asked him for his advice on the ‘Android mojo world’.
Do Android workflows differ from iOS?
Not so much, those workflows are pretty much the same. You can record video with a number of very high-end apps on Android, for example FilmicPro, Cinema FV-5, Cinema4K and Open Camera. And you can edit that material on a professional editing app like KineMaster. Recording and multi-track editing audio is also possible with apps like AudioEvolution.
So no difference to iOS then?
Well, the fragmentation is a problem. You can’t be sure that all your favorite apps work on your Android device before actually trying them out. Buying a high-end device gives you a reasonable chance of everything working but still no guarantees. This doesn’t just go for apps, but also for gear. You can’t be sure every microphone or connected headphone or light works. This is the biggest downside comparing Android to iOS. But in general it is much cheaper to get an Android phone and it probably offers better hardware then Apple can get you.
My budget only allows me to buy a cheap Android phone. Which features are mandatory for the phone to be mojo-adequate?
A good camera with full HD (1080p video capabilities), the ability to connect an external microphone through USB or through TRRS and enough battery power and storage.
And what if a newsroom is unable to pay for apps, what workflow do you recommend to get round watermark issues, for example within KineMaster?
If the newsroom is not paying for apps, then you will have to deal with a lot of limitations and loss of quality. You can shoot good videos with apps that are for free. But it is not possible to edit in quality for free.
So if you work professionally you have to spend money for apps?
I think so, yes. At least if you produce for TV and need multitrack editing. If you produce for online and social platforms, there are some options for free that might get you there, but limited – like FilmoraGo and Adobe Clip. Videopad is even able to give you 25fps export, but there is always something that will get in the way, like bugs, a weak layout or ads.
What phone are you currently working on?
I am using a Samsung S9 with FilmicPro and KineMaster. The phone’s camera is fantastic. The only thing that is still missing — and I really do need — is exporting my videos in KineMaster with 50fps. But that feature is coming soon, I am sure.