There’s never been a time when video content was more popular. With COVID-19 keeping everyone indoors and on their devices, it makes perfect sense that millions around the globe have headed online and found content creators for their favourite topics, from gaming to beauty and sports. Add to that the rise of streaming platforms like Netflix and YouTube, and it’s clear to see how video consumption has been pushed into hyperdrive.

If you’re passionate about creating such content, it might seem like you'll need a huge investment to get ahead. But that couldn't be further from the truth, especially with the development of 5G broadband. With smartphones like the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G opening up possibilities for creators and helping modern content creators produce exceptional videos, and seamlessly interact with their audience, now is the perfect time to start your journey.

Imtiaz Ali and the Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G

As smartphone technology has continued to develop, content creators no longer have to rely on bulky and expensive video and audio equipment for their productions. For example, Steven Soderbergh’s Unsane and Sean Baker’s indie hit Tangerine were both shot using nothing but smartphones. Meanwhile, celebrated director and screenwriter Imtiaz Ali recently collaborated with OPPO to showcase the Reno5 Pro 5G’s incredible potential for creators. This partnership saw Ali push the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G’s features to their limits, shooting and directing short film Eyes for You set against the stunning backdrop of Dubai.

What made the Oppo Reno 5 Pro ideal for video recording? With its innovative AI Highlight Video feature, creators can shoot sharp and bright footage in any lighting conditions. The groundbreaking technology automatically adjusts exposure and contrast to enhance facial features and illuminate all the right details. Creator-friendly features like AI Colour Portrait and Ultra Steady Video further ensure your footage is vibrant and stable, perfect for sharing either on social media or in full-scale cinematic productions. With the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G,you don’t have to be a videography expert like Imtiaz Ali to launch your career in content creation.

Besides making it so easy to shoot high-quality video under any conditions, this 5G-compatible smartphone helps you push the boundaries on your creativity. With other exciting features like 5G network connectivity, 960 FPS smart slow-motion video recording, and Dual-View Video, which allows you to record simultaneously with both front and back cameras , the OPPO Reno5 Pro 5G gives creators all the features they need to take their content to the next level.

Start Your Own Content Creation Journey in 2021

With audiences increasingly interested in consuming video content, starting your own content creation journey in 2021 might be perfect. Whether you’re thinking about launching a fresh new YouTube channel or getting active on social media, the latest research backs up your aspirations. More than 50% of consumers say they want their favourite brands to produce more videos in 2021, and audiences are twice as likely to share videos with their friends than other content formats.

However, don't rush in without a plan.Find a niche that you’re passionate about and find an audience who shares your enthusiasm. This way, you can establish a long-lasting relationship with your fans that sets you on a path to becoming a top creator.

With every successful creator polishing their skills to produce content that’s entertaining, educational, or both, you don’t want to sacrifice production quality either. So be sure to check out these handy tech-focused tips to help you start with a bang.

Tech Tips for New-Age Creators

You don’t need to spend a fortune to become a successful creator. With a high-quality smartphone camera, cheap data plans, easy-to-use apps, and a selection of accessories, operating as your own content studio is no problem at all.

1. Shoot with your smartphone

DSLR and mirrorless cameras are certainly great for shooting, but you don’t have to make this hefty investment when you have a perfectly capable camera in your pocket. Make sure you’re shooting with your smartphone at maximum resolution and consider storyboarding your video beforehand to ensure a compelling and cohesive video. Without overdoing it, don’t be afraid to get creative with interesting angles, slow-motion, and time-lapses.

2. Edit at home or on the move

Making time to edit your videos ensures you can create the best possible experience for your audience. Fortunately, user-friendly software and apps make it simple for beginners to learn. WeVideo is a cloud-based service for mobile and desktop that’s completely free to get started on and affordable for when you want pro features. Adobe Premiere Rush is another comprehensive solution for both Android and Apple users, where you can splice multiple clips together and make adjustments to speed, lighting, and more.

3. Gimbals and stabilisers

Avoid annoyingly shaky footage by adding a gimbal or stabiliser to your equipment. This way, you can shoot smooth and cinematic videos without cumbersome tripods. With options like the Zhiyun Smooth 4 and the DJI OM 4 available at a relatively low price, your audience will appreciate the difference in quality.

4. Microphones

Another aspect of content creation that many new YouTubers overlook is audio. Yet the value of good audio quality is immediately obvious when you check out a video only to discover the sound is too grating to finish watching the whole thing. Even if you choose to shoot with your smartphone, add an external microphone that plugs into your headphone jack and provides a much better overall quality. The Rode VideoMic Me, Saramonic SmartMic and Shure MVL are all top-notch options.

5. 5G network and cheap data

There is no denying that 5G has and will continue to change everything in innovative ways. And, M1’s revolutionary 5G broadband network streamlines the entire content-making process for creators. With vastly improved download and upload speeds, creators can collaborate with their teams and push out exceptionally high-quality content, including 4K, to their fans faster than ever before. Plus, our cheap data packages on Bespoke phone plans ensure creators won’t have a problem watching videos, streaming, and interacting with their audience even when on the move.

Get Your Oppo Reno5 Pro 5G Today

Ready to start producing videos like your favourite creators? Now you can, with the OPPO Reno5 5G – pay as little as $0 upfront when you sign up to M1’s Bespoke Flexi Plan. Alternatively, browse our entire 5G phone list for other phones that deliver magnificent video quality! For those who want the most seamless streaming and gaming experience possible, our 5Go Access supercharge your compatible smartphone with the latest broadband technology in Singapore. So, what are you waiting for? Quit asking “what is a content creator?” and become one today!