I have to shoot a project for Snap Chat, composing in vertical format. I want to use my Canon HD camera, (1920×1080) but any suggestions on how to elongate the hight from 1080 to 1920 in camera. Or do I do it in past.
A technique that’s been used a lot, and I also do it for certain projects, is to use a pan head that gets your camera tilted 90 degrees on its side, to grab a tall. full-body shot with as much resolution as possible, as close as possible. I’ll do this for greenscreen shots in amateur music videos of mine. Then I’ll just rotate it in post and adjust the sizing and cropping, etc. as needed. The only slightly tricky part is, when using the crop tool, you have to use a different edge to represent the top and bottom and sides, but you get the hang of that in a few seconds. You can collapse the rotated shot into a compound clip and treat it afterwards like any other source.
I was shooting several of my music videos this way without greenscreen, just because the set was about as wide as a phone booth, and I couldn’t get the camera back far enough to capture the framing I wanted. In post I put the 90 degree “skinny” framing up on one third of the conventional 16:9 frame, then punched-in on a head shot on an identical synched track of my skinny shot, to fill the other two thirds with a closeup where I can do in-post fake tilt-ups and downs from face to instrument… Looks like two different cameras.
I think several NLE’s will automatically re-frame a source image for the various social media platforms, but to do it, yes, they might re-scale the frame and lose some resolution. But my personal take is that if the original is 4K or better, that’s nothing much to worry about.
If you don’t have a ball type pan head that is notched to get to 90 degrees, you can clamp your existing tripod to something with bungee cords , etc. or cobble together some kind of cradle to hold the camera sideways, (cardboard boxes are easy for this) or attach a spare mounting plate to a piece of wood or whatever. Not the most elegant look, but hey, it’s the resulting image that counts.