Using Director’s View and Dual Recording on the Samsung Galaxy S22
Every wave of new smartphone releases seems to bring their cameras one step closer to professional cinematography equipment. While films shot entirely on mobile may still feel like a novelty, pioneering features like Director’s View and Dual Recording for the Samsung Galaxy S22 are seriously changing the game for aspiring vloggers, amateur filmmakers, and digital content creators.
What are Director’s View and Dual Recording?
They are theSamsung Galaxy S22's camera settings geared to upgrade your production values, originally launched with the S21. Dual Recording allows you to film with the rear and front-facing cameras simultaneously, and Director’s View lets you shift between different camera lenses in the rearview while recording. So, not only will you be able to share your reactions to what you’re shooting with your audience, you can preview thumbnails of different zoom lengths and switch to the most appropriate lens as your rear scene changes.
How have the settings been improved for the S22 camera?
With the Samsung S21, you could already use Director’s View to switch rear camera lenses while shooting. However, when using Dual Recording, you had to choose one Dual Recording mode and stick to it, whether picture-in-picture (displaying the rearview with a small selfie-view window) or split-screen (displaying half rearview and half selfie view).
The Dual Recording options are now limited to picture-in-picture, but you can either create a ready-made video using this view or choose to store your rear and front-facing films separately and edit them together as it suits you, once you’ve finished shooting.
How to use Director’s View and Dual Recording?
It’s satisfyingly simple to make the most of them, so you can focus on perfecting your content and putting it in front of your audience, or making memories to treasure for years to come.
Open your camera. At the bottom, next to the ‘photo’ and ‘video’ options, you’ll find a ‘more’ option. Tap ‘more’, then select ‘Director’s View’.
You’ll now be able to see picture-in-picture, displaying your rear camera view and a small selfie-view window in the top righthand corner. If you want to store your front and rear-facing recordings as separate files, select the icon.
Choose between the different lenses shown in thumbnails at the bottom of the screen and decide which you’d like to start filming with, whether wide-angle, ultra-wide, or telephoto. Can’t see the thumbnails? Simply tap the ‘^’ arrow above your record icon.
Start recording with your chosen settings and move between rear camera lenses as the object of your shoot requires. You’ll still be able to see thumbnails of the other lenses so you can see what each shot would look like before you switch.
Pause and continue filming as you need to and when you’re finished, press the ‘stop’ button. Your recording will automatically be saved in the Gallery app as usual.
When could I use Director’s View and Dual Recording?
If you’re a content creator or a vlogger, you might use these settings for interviews, product unboxing, or sharing your experience of an exciting event. For those of us recording memories or moments for social media, you can use them in much the same way, to effectively document special times in your life, like a wedding proposal, a surprise party, or a night out with friends.
Are Director’s View and Dual Recording available on my Samsung Galaxy?
First featured on the S21 and enhanced for the S22, Director’s View and Dual Recording modes can both be used on a variety of devices with One UI 3.1 software or higher.